Anyone who has ever been in a relationship—or anyone ill-fated enough to have friends in relationships—knows first-hand how much a breakup can rock even the tightest-knit friend groups. Part true-facts, part satire and part courtroom drama, “The Ex-Trials” an original play written and produced by Savannah Kopp ‘14 and directed by Laura Petree ‘15, seeks to illustrate just that.
Chances are anyone who has attended freshman year at Stanford has encountered the work of the Stanford Improvisors, known as the SImps for short. Stanford’s only improvisational performing troupe, the SImps performed their winter showings last Friday and Saturday night brewed an uncalculated mastery satisfying loyal fans and those less familiar with the group’s work.
Though the god Apollo has blessed us with the likes of Adele and Mumford & Sons, the musical world has seen its darker days. When clouds gather and Kanye starts to think he can sing or Taylor Swift performs live, there’s only one remedy to the noise — indulging in the classics.
The idea of loving Kanye West, Kobe Bryant or Aziz Ansari isn’t foreign. But when you put them all together alongside the bests of business and entertainment, in the most dapper of duds and wrapped in self-satirizing Illuminati pretension, that just tickles our fancy into a whole new arena of idolization.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is like a group of guys at a bar. You want them to recognize all the hard work and success of your performance for the evening, but if they don’t — who needs them! The latter situation applies to this year, a shocking cast of awards overlooking many gems in what seemed like a year of Oscar heavy hitters.
January may be nearing its end, and you may have already given up on your New Year’s resolutions, but that’s no excuse to shirk your pop culture responsibilities. In case you’ve been under a rock or buried in winter quarter p-sets, here’s what you need to know. And remember–you weren’t one of 7 percent selected to just turn out a philistine, even if you are pursuing your CS degree. Read on, you uncultured yahoo!
“The Original Winter One Acts,” Ram’s Head’s winter production, hits the spot. In Stanford’s arguably bleakest quarter, the three short plays packaged into one show offer a drop of cultural relief that soothes the belabored mind.
It’s official: 2011 is over. We have said our goodbyes, tearfully and with good riddance, and now we have 11 months until the end of the world. To make these last months on Earth matter, here are a list of videos that will rightfully inform you of the trends–old favorites, unfortunate ones that refuse to go away and delightful newbies–that will keep on keepin’ on into 2012.