Noah S. Guiney

Visual Arts

Framing Harvard Film

As the Carpenter Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, film pieces from past and present students show that Harvard’s program in film education coalesces with the liberal arts curriculum and results in a unique, holistic preparation for the film industry.

Crime

She's Looking Good

“She’s Looking Good” handles this dichotomy extraordinarily well. At no point does the song feel disjointed, nor do any of its constituent parts seem out of place. Given the history of both the artist and the record label, which worked with local blues and rockabilly artists as well as soul, this shouldn’t be surprising. The musicians who defined soul as a genre were actually working within a pre-existing framework.

Music

A Passionless "Paramore"

The trick is figuring out how walk a narrow line between indulging your creative urges and staying true to your roots—and your fan base. Every group that has achieved financial success while maintaining a sense of artistic integrity has figured out this formula, and the ones that haven’t, well, haven’t.

Columns

I Keep Asking You Questions

Black Ivory should have been New York’s answer to Sly and the Family Stone—they certainly were good enough—but due to a combination of poor timing and the limits of a small label they never got the audience they deserved. However, great music is timeless, and even though they weren’t appreciated in their day, Black Ivory found a new audience in a bunch of hip-hop producers with an ear for a great groove.

Columns

Big Bird

One of the hardest things for any artist to do is to mesh two different styles without compromising the integrity of either one. “Big Bird” is an example of precisely how this should be done. It is full of rock elements, but never once sounds like anything but a soul song. It captures both rock’s hard edge and soul’s lushness.

Music

Soul Fever

By the sound of it, if Queenie caught her man cheating, he’d be lucky if he got a three-second head start.

Music

This Love Starved Heart of Mine

Sometimes I feel like writing for the Arts Board is a bit like being a defense attorney. Granted, there are some things on which we all agree (shout out to Kendrick Lamar and Pokemon Blue), but a large part of my artistic taste has to be defended.

Af Am Department

9th Wonder Discusses History of Hip-hop

9th Wonder sees himself as a not only an artist, but also a mix between educator, curator, and librarian.

On Campus

Calderwood Collection Celebrates Old Persia at Sackler

“In Harmony,” which opened on Monday and will remain on display until June 1, consists of the collection of Norma Jean Calderwood, a private art collector, curator, and former fine arts lecturer Boston College, who amassed an extensive array of Islamic art over the course of her life.

Crime

Five People Chris Brown Is Most Likely To Fight With Next

Like an active volcano or a Kardashian sex tape scandal, it seems the question with Chris Brown isn't whether he will strike again, but when. As a public safety precaution, the Arts blog has provided a list of the top five people Brown is most likely to fight next. You have been forewarned.

Theater

'12 Angry Men' Rocks Agassiz with Righteous Indignation

The show boasted a very strong cast and costume design, and, apart from some slight directorial hitches, succeeded brilliantly in capturing the nuances of the characters.

Theater

'Bengal Tiger' is a Roaring Success

The acting is sometimes sometimes spotty, but “Bengal Tiger” is driven along by Park’s standout performance that highlights the script’s nuances.

On Campus

Taking A First Look At The Arts First Weekend

A selection of Arts First events not to miss.

Theater

Beautiful ‘Señora’ Reaches the Clouds

TEATRO!'s "Nuestra Señora de las Nubes" provides a heartrending yet comic look at life in Latin America. Through its stellar physical acting, the cast manages to communicate the plays universal appeal despite the fact that it is almost entirely in Spanish.

Theater

Brilliant ‘Ma Rainey’ Explores 1920s Racism

The Huntington Theatre Company's production of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" provides a fitting swan song to their exploration of playwright August Wilson's hugely influential "Pittsburgh Cycle," a set of 10 plays that explores the African-American experience in the 20th century.

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Transatlanticism

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I Am Not at a Cafe

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Away in Argentina

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Land of Fog