Crimson staff writer

Alessandro M.M. Drake

Currently the Music Executive for the Harvard Crimson.

Latest Content

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Maggie Rogers Concert Review: Boston Won’t Forget Her

With a thousand fans surrounding her and her voice cartwheeling over every song she sang, Rogers’s performance was nothing short of ethereal.

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When We’re Back in Boston: Metropolitan Vignettes

Here is a collection of vignettes that demonstrates what exactly makes The Crimson’s Arts Board feel the pulse of Boston in that special, intangible way.

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Nostalgic Candy: Vignettes by The Crimson’s Arts Board

This week, The Crimson’s Arts Board reflects on their favorite types of candy from childhood, and the memories that it brings to mind.

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‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Review: A Fun Flick, but a Far Cry From the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Days of Old

Although it’s enjoyable, “Kung Fu Panda 4” is shallower, less funny, and disappointing when compared to its predecessors.

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Harvard in Bloom: Springtime Stories from The Crimson’s Arts Board

With spring break concluded, spring at Harvard is a time for memories to be made.

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Whalemobile Makes a Splash: The Huge, Inflatable Whale that May be Coming Soon to a School Near You

Inflatable Nile looked majestic as ever on the dusty floor, having completed his job as a wonderful tool to teach kids about our planet’s largest animals.​​

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On the Record: Black History Month Vignettes

Here’s how The Crimson’s Arts Board embraces Blackness to the fullest (with the volume all the way up).

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‘Thick With Trouble’ Review: Beauty in the Outskirts of the Ordinary

In her latest collection, Amber McBride spins together a beautiful web of interconnected pieces relating to her identity as a Black woman.

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The Harvard February: Winter Vignettes by Crimson Arts

Several Harvard students reflect on the subtleties of a dormant nature, memories long past, and how to find the light in the darkness of winter.

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Penn & Teller Live Review: With Flourishes, Jokes, and a Sprinkle of Magic, Penn & Teller Mostly Succeed in their Family-Oriented Show

Shedding the traditional mystique of a magic show, some of the more intriguing segments came in the form of explanations.

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Year in Review

Arts Vanity: What Your Favorite Song Length Says About You: A Musical Montage

Welcome. Have a seat! Given that my tenure as music executive soon begins, it is now my time to judge you on the most important minutia of the musical world — song length — and tell you what this means about your worth as a person. Let’s begin.


Fall into Harvard: Autumnal Vignettes from Crimson Arts

Read on for some of the Arts Board’s favorite fall memories, from the beauty of fall foliage in New England to all the delicious tastes of autumn!

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‘Princess Power’ Premiere Review: Colorful Fruitdoms and Geopolitics Galore

Aristocracy, monarchy, geopolitics, climate disasters — these are some of the heavy themes broached by the season opener of “Princess Power,” a new children’s TV show streaming on Netflix.

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‘Houdini’ Single Review: Dua Lipa is Certainly Back, but it is Time to Take Some Risks

“Houdini” suffers from one major problem: its lack of risks.

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Head to head: ‘Autumn Variations’ vs. the Acoustic Version!

Sheeran’s incredible voice and talented accompaniment on the acoustic version actually complements the lyrics, or at least makes them easier to ignore.