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Everyone loves a good twin story — the more dramatic and unfathomable, the better. I’m talking “Parent Trap” and “Twitches,” those movies we watched while growing up, where identical twins are adopted, and then, by some incredible twist of fate, find each other in adulthood.
The USC School of Music's Bernstein MASS is a giant undertaking, involving around 250 people on campus and in the community. But a full-fledged production of the MASS is not the only way it can be done.
Rehearsal for the USC's Bernstein MASS is borderline overwhelming. Singers are seated on the floor of hallways in the School of Music running through Latin song verses with each other. Music plays from speakers in small, sporadic bursts. It's a little frenzied, a little scattered — but in the creative, exciting way that the energy before a performance tends to be. Then the actors come together, take their places and the room suddenly comes alive.
The role of an artist in a community is as elusive as it is enigmatic. Completely open to interpretation and constantly evolving to fit the times, artwork in and of itself is one of the most undefined concepts we have as a society. Yet in the wake of tragedy — specifically events carried out by gun violence — we turn to art as though it is solid, as though it is a definite means by which to invoke change. We ask art to heal us and to bridge our divides and to transcend barriers. But are we expecting too much? What role does art actually play in gun violence tragedies, and what are its limits?
It’s almost unbelievable how applicable Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” is to America today. And it’s almost comical that a screenplay written more than fifty years ago was intentionally chosen as USC’s first main stage production of 2018 on the basis that it reflects the state of our current society, according to director Robert Richmond.
Tonya Harding was never one of my childhood villains. Before my time, too washed-up to matter, Harding was the face of a vague scandal of my parents' generation and an occasional commentator on truTV’s “World’s Dumbest…” So it’s fair to say that my first legitimate exposure to the Harding-Kerrigan incident was the movie “I, Tonya,” currently playing at the Nickelodeon Theatre. It is from this fresh, untainted perspective that I watched the Olympic skater’s life unfold.
It’s easy to get lost in the mathematics and jargon of computer programming, but second-year computer information systems student Taylor McGown views these processes differently. Beyond the vectors and vertices and models, McGown — who hopes to pursue a career in video game production — sees computer technology as an avenue for artistic expression.
Environmental destruction and societal factors played on Assistant Professor Naomi J. Falk’s mind for nearly a year before her ideas came to fruition in a physical work of art. Falk is not native to South Carolina, and it is from this unfamiliar vantage point that she watched its coastal cities struggle in the wake of hurricanes and noticed the divisive dialogue surrounding climate issues.
Restaurant Week South Carolina kicked off Jan. 11 — just in time for the start of the semester. Until Jan. 21, participating restaurants around Columbia will have specials for those of you trying to live large on a college budget. Here are a few deals that may be worth checking out:
As the Columbia arts scene gets into the swing of the new year, the Nickelodeon Theatre has plans to continue pushing Columbia towards a state of social awareness and to cultivate an environment for film appreciation.
Unlike other art disciplines at USC, the graphic design program requires students to go through a competitive application process before acceptance into the major. As a result, the graphic design program is small and focused. Fifteen seniors have been preparing to participate in the School of Visual Art and Design Senior Thesis Show, which is not only is a chance for the graduating class to display their work and progress, but also a way for the students to network within the community.
In the fictional town of Ebbing, Missouri, people talk too fast, work too slow and drink too much. Isolated and rough around the edges, it's the perfect place to set the unsolved murder of teenager Angela Hayes.
There is a question worth raising if someone such as myself, who grew up in a loving, unbroken household, wishes to have a life similar to that of a book character whose parents are dead. The popular entertainment I was exposed to while growing up frequently centered around characters with tragic pasts who then stumbled into something unbelievable — maybe they discovered they had super powers or were from a highly important family. The trend of crafting orphaned and neglected heroes in youth entertainment is dangerous because it tells children that if they make it through a traumatic event, something incredible might happen to them. It not only normalizes tragedy but also glorifies it.
Just as Columbia was wrapping up the 20th annual Native American Film Festival of the Southeast, Will Moreau Goins, chief executive officer of the Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina, died. Goins was a prominent and productive member of the community, and is well-known for his integration of film and education throughout the Midlands.
As Puerto Rico dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Columbia resident Jeremy Polley watched the news coverage of its recovery from his living room. The incessant occurrence of recent natural disasters and tragic events struck him hard.
For some of us, the physical manifestation of our self-expression is a piece of paper on which we can spill words. For others, it’s a canvas on which our thoughts collect as colors and shapes. It may even be an instrument through which our feelings are suddenly given a sound.
Born out of an interest to interact more with the community, the USC oboe and bassoon studios decided last year to put on a Halloween concert. With Halloween quickly approaching, the studio is getting ready for their second annual “Halloween Spooktacular!”
The Charleston-based band Brave Baby has been off the radar for awhile but is now making a return to the forefront of the South Carolina music scene. The band will travel up to Columbia on Thursday night to perform at New Brookland Tavern — the gritty, intimate music venue where followers of local music often congregate.
Halloween might be the only time of year in which masses of people who don’t typically seek fear-inducing events are on the hunt for a good scare. For those who enjoy that rush year-round, the influx of horror movies and spooky events are just icing on the cake.
To student photographer Robert Carter, buildings are dynamic. Each day, they change. Each hour they can be viewed with fresh eyes. There is beauty in buildings that most people do not see — that is, until they look at the world through Carter’s camera lens.