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Lowenstein brings Chicago's South Side to CDS

(10/22/15 7:23am)

The South Side of Chicago is a part of America that has infamously been in the news for a variety of social issues. From violence to mass public school closings, these news briefs shape people’s perceptions about the lower part of the Windy City. However, Jon Lowenstein’s newest exhibition “South Side” to be displayed in the Center for Documentary Studies aims to expose audiences to another side of the South Side—one about a community fighting to maintain order and dignity despite being systematically deconstructed through gentrification.

The art of satire

(09/10/15 6:01am)

Here at Recess, we like to cover the arts and media. Clearly. I mean, it's not even in our name. This section has been known to cover the indie band that no one has ever heard of or that art exhibit that piques your interest but you might never see because you are just that busy. And that is just fine. We savor covering and writing about the arts community just as much as you relish getting the artistic lowdown. In all seriousness, go see these events and exhibitions, but one thing that I'm hoping for Recess to entertain this year is additionally covering pop culture beyond reviews and the occasional commentary.

Review: Difficult People

(09/03/15 5:23am)

Generally speaking, for anything to be snarky, cynical and, quite frankly, sometimes offensive, it can be hard to see the beauty in such an entity—no matter how hard you squint. Hulu's "Difficult People" can be characterized as all of the above and more. However, where such a caustic combination in a show could be a turn-off for viewers, Difficult People somehow managed to charm me beyond expected while making me laugh out loud and anxiously refresh my browser in hopes that maybe next week's episode might magically appear.

Mosse's 'The Enclave' records war stories with a twist

(09/01/15 5:51am)

Flipping through the channels on television, it seems that the an overwhelming amount of content has to do with war. War, while truly horrific at its core, can appear to be just as commonplace and normal as a commercial for Viagra. However, the horrifying nature of war hasn’t changed. Society’s sensitivity towards the graphic brutality of war has been suppressed by war’s prevalence in media. Richard Mosse’s “The Enclave” explores this jaded attitude toward war images by using the film as a medium to capture war in the Congo with an artistic twist.

Prof. Bev McIver on painting, family and fragility

(07/21/15 3:30pm)

There's a clandestine beauty hidden behind the faces of people in our lives. Each individual's thoughts, worries, aspirations, state of being radiate what it means to human, and how as humans we struggle to communicate these thoughts and manifest their sentiments in reality. Professor Beverly McIver captures such nuances of humanity through her paintings.

Prof. Bev McIver on painting, family and fragility

(06/15/15 8:12am)

There's a clandestine beauty hidden behind the faces of people in our lives. Each individual's thoughts, worries, aspirations, state of being radiate what it means to human, and how as humans we struggle to communicate these thoughts and manifest their sentiments in reality. Professor Beverly McIver captures such nuances of humanity through her paintings.

TV Review: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

(03/26/15 7:19am)

If you've been fighting 30 Rock withdrawal, Tina Fey has something to fuel your comedy dependence, a new Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Now let's be real, nearly everything Tina Fey has written is comedy gold. From Mean Girls to her tenure on Saturday Night Live, Fey has a knack for delectable, situational and ironic comedy that is simply gut-bursting. If you couldn't tell already, I am a total Tina Fey fangirl, and so it was expected that when I heard that Fey was coming out with a new show with 30 Rock executive-producer Robert Carlock I totally soiled myself in excitement. Clearly, my expectations were high for this series, and the truth is, they were met––sort of.

Music Review: Piece by Piece

(03/05/15 9:55am)

The Kelly Clarkson we've known and loved has matured—and so has her music. The Grammy award-winning artist's newest album Piece by Piece diverges from the rock vibe her albums have traditionally radiated. Developing this album during her pregnancy and after her recent marriage, Clarkson—known for her rock-smashes such as "Since U Been Gone" and "Miss Independent"—moves away from powerful anthems about a confused and heart-wrenching love to songs with more reflective lyrics. The beginning of this transition was well-noted in her previous album Stronger which features a song of self-empowerment with the same title.

Interview: Retta Sirleaf

(02/26/15 8:37am)

Last Wednesday, when all of Duke was a-stirring for the UNC game, Parks and Recreation star Retta Sirleaf slipped onto campus to join in the Blue Devil hype for one of the most nail-biting and intense basketball games of the year. However, Retta isn't just a die-hard Cameron Crazie. She's also an alumna of the class of '92. As part of her homecoming before the big game, Retta stopped by Bostock for a small lunch with a few student artstigators to talk about her success in the television industry. The basis of this lunch was a kumbaya-type gathering where students had a question and answer session with Retta. Amazing right?

Movie Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

(02/19/15 11:30am)

Fifty Shades of Grey. Need I say more? To be perfectly clear, the uber-erotic, sadistic masterpiece adapted from the E.L. James novel was not something I wanted to see during my Valentine's Day weekend. However, when you're a single guy and three of your female friends suggest dragging you to the film for a "Galantine's Day," I could not help but throw myself at the occasion. But even though that eventually fell through, I had already sold my soul to writing this article, so I reluctantly ended up having to see it anyways.

5 Oscar categories that deserve more attention

(02/19/15 11:29am)

With the Oscars coming up, there are always those major categories that keep us on the edge of our seats. Usually these categories are saturated with celebrities or involve some of the most captivating films of the year. These categories are memorable even with the craziness of the Oscars: eccentric hosts, mid-Oscar selfies, celebs tripping up the steps to receive their award, nomination/award snubs, Adele Dazeem. However, other lesser-known categories get lost in the frenzy, overlooked due to the lack of a well-recognized celebrity or because people simply don't know what the hell the award is for in the first place. Nevertheless, some of these categories are remarkable and given to some of the most talented individuals in Hollywood. So let's take a look at some of those categories that could use some serious loving and might help you out with your Oscar predictions.

Student director tackles Hamlet with a little help from Wittgenstein

(02/05/15 11:21am)

We all know Hamlet––to be or not to be, the iconic skull in the graveyard, everybody dying at the end––as a tragedy at its finest. Even today, the work remains as one of Shakespeare’s greatest masterpieces, boiling with themes such as pervasive madness and the pursuit of a succulent revenge. What more could one ask for in a piece that continues to rattle the brains of both distinguished literary scholars and jaded high school students alike?

Danielle Burch's omnibus arrives at the Louise Jones Brown Gallery

(01/29/15 10:34am)

Nestled in the Louise Jones Brown Gallery on the first floor, North Carolina-native Danielle Burch's omnibus of vivid artistry is on display. The collection as a whole is laden with fusions of deft brushwork and 3-dimensionsal projections. But it is much more than just uniquely aesthetic beauty: Burch's Synthesis: The Audio-Visual Connection relates raw ardor, insecurity and hope, all through the lens of one who has grown up with a hearing disability.

Actress and activist Laverne Cox to visit Duke

(01/22/15 10:52am)

Headlines such as "Supreme Court to hear cases on Gay-Marriage" are bolded on television screens and lining newspaper stands, dynamic parades celebrate Gay Pride, and well-known gay role models such as Dan Savage or Ellen DeGeneres of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) movement advocate for recognition of LGBT rights in the eyes of the law. While mounting gay rights activism is imperative, gays and lesbians represent only a part––albeit a large part––of the LGBT community. The "T" of the LGBT community, transgender individuals, often gets overlooked and is certainly under-represented in the media compared to the frequency of gay and lesbian stories. In fact, historically-speaking, the media has portrayed transgender individuals in a "freakish" and dehumanizing light by being concerned more about their physiology rather than their humanity.

Two Duke students win a trip to Hollywood

(12/04/14 11:01am)

The arts at Duke have been growing: with programs and groups such as the Duke Entertainment and Media Arts Network (DEMAN) and the "Artstigators," Duke is fully harnessing all that the field of media can offer. Through both faculty and alumni resources, Duke has sought to better connect students to the arts world and even offer opportunities to showcase student work to successful individuals in arts and media industries.