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Aline G. Damas

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“Howards End” : A Glorious Take on a Classic Novel

The series manages to stand on its own with its skilled cast and gorgeous cinematography, and does a faithful job of unpacking the novel’s complexities while never losing sight of the overarching themes and main characters.


Revisiting the Female Gazes in Manet's ‘Olympia’

More than 150 years after it was painted, Édouard Manet's "Olympia" continues to astonish viewers with its subject’s challenging gaze and overt sexuality. Yet the question still remains—more than a century and a half later, is it still as provocative as when it debuted?

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HRGSP's 'Yeoman of the Guard' Puts a Twist on Tradition

The Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of "The Yeoman of the Guard" will bring fresh life to the Savoy opera with bold casting choices and an intricate set design.

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Boston Ballet’s ‘Parts In Suite’ Sizzles

“Parts in Suite,” is composed of three very different pieces from choreographers Jorma Elo, Justin Peck, and William Forsythe all of which captivate.

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'Richard III' Stresses the Humor of the Machiavellian Villain​​

Actors’ Shakespeare Project's "Richard III," is full of compelling acting and humor making it both enjoyable and accessible.


“The Alienist” is Dark and Intriguing

The show's combination of intriguing premise, seamless production, and haunting aesthetic bring to life the gritty underground world of crime and corruption in the Gilded Age.

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‘Persuasion’ 200 Years Later: Persuading Others To Rethink Jane Austen

The book’s 200th anniversary seems as good a time as any to reflect on its brilliance and quiet power.

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‘HEAR WORD!’: An Empowering Reflection on Women and Nigeria

“HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True packs heavy emotion, incredible music and acting all in one.

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Unpopular Opinion: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Its lack of character development drags it down tremendously

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Arts Vanity: The Execs as Zodiac Signs

Disclaimer: The only people who were qualified to write this did not.

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‘Obsidian Tear’: Boston Ballet Opens Season Strong

This production showcases the work of multi-award winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor and Boston Ballet’s Finnish resident choreographer Jorma Elo. McGregor’s beautiful piece features nine male dancers dancing to the haunting music of Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Lachen Verlernt” and “Nyx.”


‘Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent’ Sumptuous and Delicious

The film begins in present-day Mexico, as Towers walks through Aztec ruins to his Médira home. As he cooks himself a sumptuous meal of fresh octopus, he ruminates over his childhood, his college years at Harvard, and his restaurants.

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Unpopular Opinion: “The O.C.”

If you’re looking for any depth, don’t.

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Music Video Breakdown: ‘Still Got Time’ by Zayn Malik

The next morning Malik emerges from the building out of his ridiculously pristine white curtains to observe the damage while coughing profusely after a night of excessive smoking. To counteract this, he lights up once again, surveying his lawn strewn with rubbish.

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Guilty Pleasures: ‘Gossip Girl’

For those who do not know, “Gossip Girl” managed to convince thousands of teenage girls that Brooklyn is a cheap neighborhood, that headbands should be worn past the age of twelve, that you shouldn’t take drugs (at least not before the SATs), and that the solution to every problem is to spread gossip through anachronistic blog posts about your fellow New York prep-school friends.