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Grace Z. Li

Grace Z. Li is the Arts Chair for the 145th guard. She can be reached at grace.li@thecrimson.com. Follow her on Twitter @gracezhali.

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AJNA
Music

From Outside Lands 2018: Fresh Out of Berklee College, Boston Band Ajna Performs on the Main Stage

Ajna's Berklee roots are why a relatively new band with just one EP was able to perform at the main stage at Outside Lands, San Francisco’s largest music festival.

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Film

Loving 'Crazy Rich Asians' Is Crazy Complicated

“Crazy Rich Asians” is a step forward in the right direction, even if it stumbles a little bit along the way.

Jonathan Van Ness
Arts

From Outside Lands 2018: Jonathan Van Ness Gets Curious with Michelle Wolf and Florence + The Machine

“We’re going through mono as a country,” Jonathan Van Ness said at San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival.

Florence + The Machine at Outside Lands
Music

From Outside Lands 2018: Going to Church with Florence + The Machine

Whether she intends to create it or not, Welch’s concert experience is much like that of a spiritual one, one where the devotion is to the music than a specific religion.

Carly Rae Jepsen
Music

Outside Lands 2018 Friday Sound Bites: Carly Rae Jepsen, The Mountain Goats, and More

From Perfume Genius to Carly Rae Jepsen, some of the biggest names in music graced San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Music

Real Bites: The Best and Worst Food of Outside Lands 2018

Throughout the weekend, we’ll be visiting the best and the worst of Outside Lands’ food tents.

In Retrospect
Arts

In Retrospect

The Handmaid's Tale: "The Word"
Arts

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Ends a Frustrating Season 2 with a Disappointing Finale

The constant repetition is suffocating the story—and Gilead is already a suffocating place.

Handmaid's Tale S2 E11
Arts

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: ‘Holly’ Brings Genre Twists but Little Change

This cycle of visiting the outside world only to return to Gilead’s borders is getting tiresome. At this point, June just needs to get the hell out already.

Hayley Kiyoko Live
Music

Hayley Kiyoko Rules the Screen, the Stage, and Societal ‘Expectations’

It’s easy to feel comfortable with her when Kiyoko is actively trying to make everyone in the room feel that way. “Everyone in this room loves you, supports you,” she said, and the crowd of strangers cheered, reaffirming her statement.

Handmaid's Tale S2 E9
Arts

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Worlds Collide and Letters Ignite in ‘Smart Power’

"The Handmaid's Tale" has finally given us a satisfying and refreshing episode that forces Gilead’s creators to step outside of their comfort zone and reckon with what they’ve done.

Mitski
Music

Mitski’s 'Nobody' is a Love-Hate Relationship with Loneliness

Mitksi wants you to dance in “Nobody,” her dreamy, disco-pop love song about solitude.

Convenience Store Woman Cover
Books

Sayaka Murata’s ‘Convenience Store Woman’ Asks You to Reconsider ‘Normal’

Together, Murata and her protagonist lead a novel that is delightfully candid and unexpectedly empowering.

'13 Reasons Why'
Arts

How '13 Reasons Why’ Makes the Same Mistakes it Warns Against

The show needs to stop romanticizing trauma under the guise of heroism.

“The Handmaid’s Tale”: “First Blood”
Arts

'The Handmaid’s Tale': Catalysts for Sisterhood in 'First Blood'

First Blood” is one of Season Two’s better episodes, even if it rushes the changing dynamics between June and Serena Joy ever-so-slightly.

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