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Unpopular Opinion: I’m Sick of Superhero Feminism

On the surface, it’s kind of ridiculous that it’s taken Marvel 11 years to release one movie led by a woman.

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An Interview with Boston Calling Co-Founder Brian Appel

"Over the last 10 festivals, we’ve booked really diverse line ups, so you’ve got a lot of hip hop, a lot of indie rock, DJs, rock and roll bands, comedians, even podcasts. If I had to say there’s one common thread, it’s artists that tend to be incredible live performers."

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Ben Platt Breaks Out of Broadway with Debut Album ‘Sing To Me Instead’

On his debut album “Sing To Me Instead,” Platt is right next to you, sitting at his living room piano with a visceral kind of honesty.

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Alison Klayman on her New Film ‘The Brink’ and Her Unlikely Relationship with Steve Bannon

The Harvard Crimson sits down with director Alison Klayman to discuss her documentary, "The Brink," about Steve Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News and President Donald Trump's Chief Strategist.

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Isabella Boylston on Ballet, Business, and Being Yourself

Isabella Boylston, an icon of American classical ballet, came to Harvard's Office of Career Services on Feb. 25.

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Dodie’s “Monster” is Whimsical and Sharp

Having so specific a brand can be limiting, and in her latest video, Dodie runs into a story that can’t be painted in yellow flowers.

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of the First Gender Neutral Hasty Pudding Show

Cross-dressing has always been a part of Pudding shows, and Weiss and Perusse emphasized the importance of keeping “France France Revolution” true to the Pudding’s original spirit.

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Twenty One Pilots’ Evangelical Gamble

For the 24 percent of America that identifies as evangelical, “religious” music isn’t just popular, but a cultural mandate. Twenty One Pilots’ drummer, Josh Dunn, would know.

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‘figures;’: Harvard’s First Dance Thesis

"figures;" is the first-ever senior thesis to take the form of a choreographed dance performance. Choreographed and directed by TDM concentrator, Tiffany Y. Lau ’19, the show premieres this Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

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Like its Protagonist, ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ is Brilliantly Ridiculous

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is taking the risk of leaning in to the full range of its self-destructive protagonist, in all of her morally questionable, even near-fatal decisions.


André Aciman Explores Identity and Displacement

Internationally acclaimed Alexandrian author André Aciman drew an eager crowd in Andover Hall for “Exile and Elsewhere."

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In ‘A Star is Born,’ Lady Gaga Peels Away the Poker Face

"A Star Is Born" can feel like it’s waffling between real female empowerment and its elusive approximation.

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In Season Five, Time’s Up for Bojack Horseman

Thankfully, if “Bojack Horseman” knows how to do anything, it is balance its incongruities.