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Shruthi Venkata

Arts Vanity: Art That I Hate (For No Reason)

I, too, am impressed by the impeccable sheen of the velvet on More’s sleeves. Hans Holbein nonetheless chose an unflattering angle and that expression for his face.

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On ‘Jesus Is King,’ Kanye Tests His Fans

This music was not meant for the Ye fanbase; it’s just West personally evolving, in the public eye.

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From Boston Calling 2019: Travis Scott is the Highest in the Room

During one of the show’s best transitions, Scott appeared magically on the lower tier of the hanging podium and noted that there was only one more mode that he and the already-riled audience could possibly reach.

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From Boston Calling 2019: Sunday Sound Bites

Hits like “Primadonna” and Clean Bandit’s “Baby,” on which she is featured, were exciting to see performed live, but the highly edited, quickly changing nature imagery on the background display made little sense with her costume, dance, and overall stage.

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From Boston Calling 2019: Hozier’s Ardor in Serenity

Familiarity with Hozier made the lights brighter and his melodies more heart-wrenching, but the concert experience would be enjoyable to any.

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From Boston Calling 2019: A Mellow Show From Lord Huron

For noncommittal but appreciative fans of Lord Huron’s style of country-tinged indie-folk music, the concert was unenthralling after the first song.

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Boston Calling 2019

The Harvard Crimson sends three writers — Allison J. Scharmann '21, Jack M. Schroeder '21, and Shruthi Venkata '22 — to cover Boston Calling Music Festival.


From Boston Calling 2019: Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals Dazzle

Through a mélange of the most up-and-coming of his own music, Anderson .Paak’s show at Boston Calling displayed a level of performative genius.

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From Boston Calling 2019: Mura Masa and Bonzai, A Performance Duo

At his Boston Calling performance on Friday afternoon, touring singer Bonzai, now known as Cosha, stole the show with her vivid stage presence.

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Vesalius to Van Gogh: Medicine’s Niche in Art and Vice Versa

The “Mona Lisa” may have had a thyroid condition. The “Vitruvian Man” may have had a hernia in his groin. The “Gypsy Girl With Mandolin” may have had rheumatoid arthritis. The distinguished subjects of art sometimes had diseases, and often, so did the artists themselves.

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The Prospects and Plights of Instagram-Inspired Streetwear

@liljupiterr juxtaposes Lucky Charms, drugs, and memes with haute couture sneakers — many of which are rare, beautiful, and custom-made.

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The Candid F-Yous and Miss Yous of Kehlani’s ‘While We Wait’

In “While We Wait,” Kehlani creates a profound emotional experience, invoking large-scale romantic sentiments through a simple and candid lens.

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A Conversation on Literature, Love, and Loneliness with Hilton Als

Critic Hilton Als and novelist Claire Messud talked cultural monoliths, a Barbadian family heritage, and the gravity of the human condition on March 4.


Portrait of an Artist: Yan Chen, Dramaturg and Rhodes Scholar

"The conversations American theater is having about diversity are fantastic. At the same time, international artists rarely seem to come into the picture," Chen said.

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Harvard Art Museums Celebrate Bauhaus Centennial

The exhibit’s 200 works by 74 artists encapsulate the diversity of both the Bauhaus and of Harvard’s own collection, which is typically housed at the Busch-Reisinger Museum.