Crimson staff writer

Liana E. Chow

Latest Content

Gene Kelly in “An American in Paris”
Arts Blog

This Year in American Arts: 1951, An Age of International Intimacies

It’s no surprise that in 1951, the imagination of American artists went abroad.

Food and Drink

In Downtown Boston, A Tiny Powerhouse of Ramen Artistry

Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go may be a tiny restaurant, but it punches way above its weight-class when it comes to flavor.


From Panorama Music Festival 2018: Queerness, Asian America, and Rock & Roll

The founders of musical projects Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som are notable in the music industry for being female, queer, Asian American, and outspoken about those identities.


From Panorama Music Festival 2018: The Inescapable Draw of “Mr. Brightside”

What is the inescapable draw of The Killers? This question became especially confounding as the night went on and The Killers seemed more and more determined to keep their performance devoid of meaning.


From Panorama Music Festival 2018: Janet Jackson Is the Mother of Reincarnation

Present and past icons became larger than life and joined her in song onscreen. Jackson herself—a new mother at 50 whose pregnancy halted her “Unbreakable” album tour in 2016—came back dancing with the full force of her sexuality. Decades of art forms, and human flesh collided at high speed.


From Panorama Music Festival 2018: Liana’s Sunday Sound Bites

Between Cardi B’s pregnancy, the Friday rain debacle, and Lil Wayne’s last-minute no-show, cancellation threatened to be the theme of the festival. Instead, thanks to some of the remaining acts on Sunday, the more important trend of the day was inventive instrumentation.


From Panorama Music Festival 2018: Before Festival Cancellation, Melancholy Pours Over Daniel Caesar's Set

The flood and rain imagery in Daniel Caesar’s lyrics felt biblical against gospel harmonies during his Panorama set on Friday.

Hail to the Thief album cover

Timely and Foreboding, Radiohead’s ‘Hail to the Thief’ Turns 15

Simultaneously a mutter and sing-song, strained and explosive, electronic and a return to a guitar-driven rock core, “Hail to the Thief” embodies the frustration and defeat of a bruised animal throwing itself against the bars of a cage—“hysterical and useless,” to quote the band’s earlier work.

Wrinkle In Time Still

Page To Screen: 'A Wrinkle In Time'

An openness to more of the book’s awkwardness, humor, and pain would have helped to remind viewers why, for 56 years, readers have accompanied L’Engle’s misfit characters on their mind-boggling journey through space and time.

Claire Messud

Creative Writing Tips from Harvard’s Faculty

While not every Harvard student will have the opportunity to take their classes, anyone can try their hand at creative writing.

Elise Paschen

Alumni Spotlight: Elise M. Paschen '81

"No matter what you end up doing in your life, if you have a strong grounding in literature, it will serve you throughout the rest of your life. I think that for all of us, when we think about fiction or novels, there are so many that have made such a deep impression on our lives."

In Passage

Harvard Ballet Company’s ‘In Passage’ Takes Flight

Harvard Ballet Company believes that the debut of “In Passage” will be the first of its kind in Ivy League history.

Jose Mateo

José Mateo Ballet’s “Assault on the Senses” Blends Vigor With Grace

José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s October series, “Assault on the Senses,” is not as bone-rattling as the title would suggest, but the three ballets included are both haunting and illuminated with moments of passion.


Dion’s ICA Show Mourns Humans’ Impact on Nature

In Dion’s work, no natural object is left untouched by a human hand, and images from nature pervade even the most consumerist aspects of civilization.

On Campus

MFA Opens Fall Slate of Exhibitions

From the juncture between “Seeking Stillness” and its neighboring exhibition “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” Jonas’s installation is also within view; Saywell recommended that viewers stand in this spot to take in painting, sculpture, and video stemming from nature.