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Zachary J. Lech

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Arts

Arts Vanity: Level-up Your Charcuterie Board With These Eight Must-Haves

Have you already mastered charcuterie board making? Do you want to wow your friends and family this holiday season?

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Theater

‘Queen of Magic’ Preview: Original Musical Explores the Price of Female Success

“Queen of Magic,” an original musical premiering on Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 3 at the Loeb Ex, tells the story of vaudeville performer Adelaide Herrmann and her niece-slash-assistant Adele.

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Theater

‘ISCARIOT’ Preview: A Heretical, Gay, Thoughtful Musical

The Hollywood Hills are not what comes to mind upon hearing the word “Iscariot.” But that’s exactly where “ISCARIOT” — an unconventional spin on the biblical narrative of Jesus and Judas — takes its audience.

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Visual Arts

‘The Effect’ Preview: ‘Love, Drugs, and Ethics’

“The Effect,” running Nov. 10 through Nov. 13 at the Loeb Ex, follows two volunteers in a clinical trial who fall in love. It aims for realism and an immersive, thought-provoking experience.

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Theater

‘Iolanthe’ Preview: Gilbert and Sullivan's Latest is ‘Beautiful and Sensitive, Yet Hilarious’

"Iolanthe" mixes love with a critique of Victorian Britain to the tune of a 25 instrument orchestra, and runs Nov. 10 through Nov. 13 at the Agassiz Theater.

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Theater

‘Something Rotten’ Preview: Hyperion Breaks with Tradition, Stages a Musical

“It's the most funny show out there. ‘Infectiously happy’ is a nice way to describe it,” said director Samuel F. Dvorak '23.

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Theater

Kirkland Drama Society Brings Hocodysseus Home in 'Quadyssey'

On Oct. 21, the Kirkland Drama Society staged its production of "The Quadyssey," the epic tale of Hocodysseus' return to Ithakirk from the distant Quad.

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Books

‘Fairy Tale’ Review: Stephen King Turns Old Motifs Into a Novel Tale

“Fairy Tale” is more reminiscent of a palimpsest, one that doesn’t simply cover old manuscripts, but skillfully incorporates the visible traces of folk tales and common fable motifs.

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Theater

‘If a Picture Never Lies’: A Thesis Sung By a Tenor

A chamber opera is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a senior thesis. But as Harry Sage shows, the two can go hand in hand.

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Film

A Preview of the 94th Academy Awards

On March 27, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the 2022 Oscar winners.

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Film

‘Wolf’ Review: A Perplexing Look at Mental Illness

The film maintains a perpetually serious tone, revealing how its institution is a place of suffering and mental anguish — what the film seeks to achieve within that framing is less clear.

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Arts

'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:' A 10-Year Retrospective

The richness of Skyrim's world and its story ensure its longevity and continued appeal.

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Music

ABBA’s ‘Voyage’ Review: A More Mature, More Varied, Less Catchy Comeback

“Voyage” is a more mature, stylistically diverse album, but one without the disco appeal of ABBA’s greatest hits.

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Film

‘Belfast’ Review: An Evocative, Sober Exploration of Family Struggles

Branagh’s film tells a touching, unabashedly human story of eerily normal family struggles in the midst of nightmarish circumstances.

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Film

‘The Souvenir Part II’ Review: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman.

Hogg creates a masterfully executed picture that elevates the prose of life into an emotive story about the making of a young director.

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