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How I learned to stop worrying and love the arts

(04/03/19 4:00am)

So, this is my last editor's note ever. I've reported for The Chronicle since the first month of my freshman year, and have thought about what I'd write in this specific piece since then. During the last few years, I'd occasionally wonder: What infinite wisdom will I be able to impart in my last words as a graduating senior? What experiences will define my Duke career, and will be interesting enough to share with the rest of campus? As a reader of Recess, the answer is not unexpected: I've discovered that I really, really love art.

Roy Lichtenstein and giving modern art a second chance

(02/07/19 5:00am)

I used to hate modern art. This is an especially embarrassing fact for an art history major to admit. As a high school student in my first art history course ever, I was a sucker for talent in realism. The genius of Rembrandt is blatantly obvious through the emotion he painted into his self-portraits, and it is hard to conceive of David sculpted by any other hand than Michelangelo's. I fangirled over Dürer and Vermeer to no end, and thought my friends were silly for liking anything remotely modern. If an artist's skill wasn't immediately apparent to the viewer, did they really have skill at all?

Having it all

(01/16/19 5:00am)

Over winter break I watched the film version of one of my favorite novels, "The Valley of the Dolls," and decided it was one of the scariest movies I've seen in a long time. Jacqueline Susann's 1966 book deeply resonated with me when I first read it the summer before I came to Duke. As a young woman about to leave home for the first time, I could see myself in the story's three main protagonists, each chasing her dreams in 1940's New York City. With endless hope and ambition in their youth, the women's lives devolve over two decades into substance abuse and depression. While I (thankfully) don't see myself on the same path as these characters, the fact that they don't make inherently wrong decisions makes their stories all the more compelling. Their mistakes are ones I could see myself making. It's not hard to become overly invested in a career, or to fall in love with a person that's bad for you. As my graduation day in May nears, the life decisions I make in the next few months and years seem all the more daunting.

Jean Luc-Godard's latest film comes to the Ruby ahead of New York premiere

(01/09/19 5:25am)

At 88 years old with nearly 60 years in the film industry, Jean-Luc Godard remains at the cutting-edge of cinema. His newest film, "The Image Book," or "Le Livre d'image," was the first film to ever receive a Special Palme d'O' at Cannes 2018. Duke students will be able to see the film a full two weeks before its American opening on Jan. 25 in New York City with Screen/Society hosting showings Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at the Rubenstein Arts Center. 

A Recess guide to local holiday celebrations

(12/05/18 5:17am)

As the campus trees change color, a chill fills the air and the sense of dread surrounding finals sets in, Duke is settling into winter. Although it may be difficult to feel festive between exams and essays, the holiday season is a great excuse to take a study break. Here are some upcoming wintry events around Duke and the Triangle to explore this month.

Shop Independent Durham Week encourages local holiday shopping

(11/28/18 6:10am)

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not the only times to find great deals on holiday gifts this year. Shop Independent Durham Week, an annual event held by Durham's nonprofit independent business alliance Sustain-a-Bull, kicked off last Saturday and will run through Sunday. Local businesses across town are running promotions to encourage holiday shopping in Bull City. From a pet boutique to an olive oil company, Durham has an array of independent businesses for all interests. Here are a few of the local businesses participating in the event:

'Rocky Horror' comes to the Carolina Theatre at last

(10/31/18 5:15am)

After requests for over a decade, one of the most popular Halloween cult classics of all time is coming to the Carolina Theatre this Halloween. The Retro Film Series will host "The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball" for the first time on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Carolina's 1000-seat Fletcher Hall. As the second longest-running genre film series in the United States, focusing on films created between 1920 and 1998, the Retro Film Series has conspicuously and specifically refrained from screening "Rocky Horror" for twenty years.  

What to eat at the N.C. State Fair

(10/17/18 4:55am)

The N.C. State Fair comes to town just once a year, drawing in over 1 million visitors from across the state. Although the fair features rides galore and a number of exhibitions and competitions, the real star of the event is the food. Ranging from classics like deep fried Oreos to oddities like the Krispy Kreme burger, fair food packs a high enough calorie and sugar count to satisfy any craving. Recess sampled a selection of foods from the fair.

Food truck rodeo brings familiar tastes to year-round tradition

(09/05/18 5:00am)

Home to Durham’s Farmers’ Market every Saturday, Durham Central Park also hosted another exciting culinary event this Labor Day weekend: the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo. An amalgamation of over 50 food trucks, the vendors represented cuisines from around the world and flavors from across the Triangle. While the atmosphere itself, with live music and lots of friendly dogs, would be enough to warrant a visit, here are a few vendors that stole the show:

Listening to 'ASTROWORLD' when you don't listen to music

(08/09/18 4:00am)

I live in a music vacuum. Ask any of my friends, and they'll tell you: I'm not at all musically inclined. Out of all forms of art, it's what I've always appreciated the least. As an art history major that loves the theater and keeps a running wish list of films to watch, I like to tell myself I'm at least somewhat cultured in other ways...ways that (don't really) make up for my absolute ignorance of the current music scene.

10 Durham hidden arts gems to see this summer

(06/08/18 4:05am)

2018 has been a significant year for culture at Duke. The opening of the Rubenstein Arts Center on Campus Drive served as a testament to the university's commitment to the arts and the building remains an unmistakable daily reminder of Duke's artistic resources on the bus ride between East and West Campus. With expanding cultural amenities on campus, it's easy to forget that a flourishing arts scene exists just outside of Duke; from a dynamic film community to a network of local art galleries, Durham embraces a vibrant cultural hub. Here are ten great art spaces students shouldn't miss out on:

My first (and last) day at the Carolina Cup

(04/04/18 4:30am)

If you had told me last spring that I'd be going to Carolina Cup this year, I'd have thought it was some lame April Fools’ joke. As an independent junior who can count the number of college parties she’s been to on one hand, I can confidently say that this glamorized darty isn't my usual scene. But when my boyfriend asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to go, I hesitantly agreed. While I had judged the bougie-ness and drunken revelry through acquaintance Facebook friends over the past few years, how could I know it wouldn't be fun if I never attended? 

Appreciating the people who matter the most

(02/28/18 5:00am)

Last Wednesday, our men’s basketball team blew out Louisville 82-56, but that wasn’t the only reason the game was important to me. It was also the first game I was able to go to with my stepdad. After wanting to see a Duke basketball game for years, he finally flew to Durham from our hometown in California to go to one ... and it couldn’t have been better deserved.