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Ola Topczewska

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Data Sculpture
Visual Arts

Painting by the Numbers: Data Visualization

Persuasive and engaging, digital visualizations are opening up new frontiers of understanding and sharing information, as well as creating new risks.

Stolz dessert
Visual Arts

Dessert Storm

Declare baking an art form, and it’s likely you’ll be met with a few raised eyebrows. But for students at Harvard with a passion for creating desserts that are as aesthetically dazzling as they are delicious, there is no question that dessert-making is indeed an art form.

On Campus

“Così fan tutte” Updated and Repackaged at Agassiz

What happens when two men try to seduce the other's fiancée? The outcome can be seen in the Dunster House Opera's "Così fan tutte," premiering Wednesday, February 5. Infused with a modern edge, DHO's rendition of Mozart's classic opera takes on a new perspective.


The New Words of 2013

Outgoing Campus Arts Exec Ola Topczewska discusses 2013's newest lingo.

Visual Arts

Urban Renaissance

Arts programs have managed to have an unmistakable impact of young people, even in the face of budget cuts and policy changes. Though not a panacea, they have shown themselves to be an important part of a long-term economic strategy for urban renewal.


TV's Fall Lineup: Worth the Hype?

Every fall television networks do the equivalent of throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks by premiering dozens of new shows, hoping at least one of them is a hit that will make them millions in ad revenue. These are four of the most heavily promoted new shows of the fall—and our take on whether or not they live up to their hype.


DRCLAS Event Explores Tragedy With Poetry

"What poetry brings to the table is not just historic documentary but also a sense of play and a sense of song that shouldn't be forgotten," Delagdo said.

On Campus

Harvard Playwrights’ Festival

The annual festival will this year feature readings of eight student plays written in Liz Duffy Adams's advanced playwriting workshop.

What The Hell
On Campus

Freshmen Go to Hell and Back

For a musical about Hell, "What the Hell?!" is strikingly uplifting. It's a world where Satan (Brad A. Latilla-Campbell '16) is a socially isolated failure, and where the most gruesome scene is an attack with hockey sticks. Despite using political messages as a source of humor—much was made of Hell's ill-advised decision to "go corporate," and the Greedy Pig demon lord kept workers at Walmart non-unionized—the show did not moralize to the audience.

On Campus

DanceFest on the Plaza

A diverse array of Harvard dance groups will perform in this free, four-hour Arts First showcase.

On Campus

Mankiw, Lithgow with River Charles Ensemble

Economics professor N. Gregory Mankiw will conduct the usually conductorless River Charles Ensemble's performance of Beethoven's 5th, with assistance from actor John Lithgow '67.


Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Crimson arts editor Ola Topczewska explains her choice for the Best Original Screenplay award.


Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"

Crimson arts editor Ola Topczewska chooses who should win the Best Adapted Screenplay award.

On Campus

"The Last Will": A Bard's Final Word

Dark, self-aware, and ultimately sanguine, “The Last Will” presents a more complicated portrait of the man behind the name.


In the event that you survive the apocalypse on December 21, 2012, look out for...

10 things to live for in the new year