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I kind of like Taylor Swift now

(11/09/23 1:06am)

I’ve always had eclectic music tastes. I have only one Spotify playlist, which I’ve stuffed full with everything from death metal to smooth jazz to klezmer music to rap to something I recently discovered called thrash grass. My top four songs are probably “One Piece at a Time,” “California Uber Alles,” “Amos Moses” and “Godzilla.” And right now, my four favorite musicians/bands are Johnny Cash, The Dead Kennedys, The Native Howl and Slipknot (all of whom you should check out, by the way). 


One last time in the chamber: The Emerson Quartet's farewell to Duke

(09/15/23 4:00pm)

Ralph Emerson famously remarked, “Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startles out wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.” When the Emerson Quartet – named in Emerson’s honor – played the first notes of their first song last Friday, the audience fell silent out of respect to the group’s nineteenth and final performance at Duke and awe at the wondrous opening. As the performance continued, it became apparent that the Emerson Quartet didn’t just borrow Emerson’s name: they borrowed his quote and, with it, their purpose.



Five great ice cream places in Durham

(06/18/23 9:00pm)

Summer is in full swing (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), meaning that it is the perfect time for all things summer: beach trips, picnics and, above all else, ice cream. And since I’m spending my summer in Durham for Duke’s Data+ program, I felt it was the perfect time to compile a list of five of the best ice cream places in and around town. This list is perfect for those currently in town – be it for classes, research or something else – but if you’re not, don’t fret; you’ll have plenty of time to patronize these fine establishments when you get back.


Asimov's 'Foundation': Incredibly flawed, incredibly powerful

(05/26/23 8:00am)

When I was ten years old, I received a compilation of Jules Verne's most famous works as a birthday gift. At first, the stories — which had plots like using a cannon to launch a spaceship to the moon — seemed bizarre and silly. But the moment I opened the book, I found myself loving everything about them. This started my lifelong fascination with science fiction. 


Six ALP classes to help fill your fall 2023 schedule

(05/23/23 8:00am)

While fall registration has passed, there is still a need for an honored Recess tradition: the Arts, Literature and Performance (ALP) Class List. Because if you’re like most Duke students, you're either a Trinity student trying to meet those T-Reqs or a Pratt kid looking for a fun way to fill one of the few free spots in your schedule. Or maybe you’re panicked about your current workload and looking for a way to mellow your schedule. Add-Drop period is open now through Sept. 8. Regardless of why you’re reading, here are six carefully curated ALP classes that will provide an enjoyable and interesting learning experience.


Duke Chorale: Family or club?

(05/21/23 8:00am)

It's no secret that Duke has a bustling arts scene and an abundance of musical talent. And when most think of the singing scene at Duke, the first groups that come to mind are often a cappella clubs like The Pitchforks, Lady Blue or Speak of the Devil, which are student-run and student-created. However, there is an entire ecosystem of groups that are university-run and led by professional directors. One such group is Duke Chorale, which has its own quirks and focus.


Picnic spots in and around Durham

(05/20/23 8:00am)

To all the Duke students and local Durhamites staying in the area this summer, you would be remiss to not spend some of your time outdoors enjoying the sunny — albeit humid — weather. I’d personally recommend making a whole day of it: go for a picnic, soak up the sun and get some much needed fresh air. If that sounds appealing to you, here are six of the best picnic spots in and around Durham.


Studio Duke: A Year in Review 2022-23

(05/18/23 9:00am)

Two years ago, Recess covered StudioDuke, an application-based, year-long arts program where students work on a creative project with the help of a Duke alumni serving as their mentor. This year, twelve students participated in the program, several of whom presented their projects at the annual showcase. Here, in honor of several successful 2023 graduates and an incredible year for the University’s arts, I’ll talk about each project presented, the story behind it and what the students gained from the experience.


A deep dive into this year's LDOC artists

(04/24/23 11:00am)

On April 10, Duke University Union (DUU) announced this year's slate of LDOC Artists: headliner NLE Choppa, supported by solo artist 070 Shake and indie-pop duo Cafuné. While the Chronicle’s news team already briefed said announcement, I wanted to dive a little deeper into the artist's backgrounds and music and provide some representative songs students can listen to leading up to the big concert.


Queeny's: Great for food and gatherings

(04/18/23 9:00am)

In downtown Durham, less than five minutes from the Durham Convention Center and The Carolina Theatre, one of Durham’s newest restaurants lies on the ground floor of a small brick building. Marked by a simple yellow sign with stylized red letters, the outside may not inspire awe, but inside is Queeny’s, one of the best spots in Durham for people looking to have a great meal and an even better time. 



Hoof 'n' Horn holds its first 24-hour play with 'High School Musical'

(03/23/23 10:00am)

If you’ve spent time on DramaTok — the acting one, not the tea one — recently, you’ve likely seen a lot of content about 24-hour plays. For those unfamiliar, a 24-hour play is when a group of performers, writers and producers have 24 hours to produce and perform an entire play. That means all props must be assembled, all costumes sourced, all lines practiced and memorized and every scene blocked within those 24 hours. This is of course a very rushed production process, involving all-nighters with occasional naps throughout and more than a few comedic mistakes in the performance. This idea seems to have originated from a group called The 24 Hour Plays, founded in 1995, who have been involved in many productions across multiple continents. And starting March 25, Duke musical theater performance group Hoof ‘n’ Horn will begin preparation for their 24-hour play – a version of High School Musical: The Musical – culminating in a performance at 8:00 p.m. March 26 in Brodie Theatre.


Spending a spring break at the Duke Campus Farm

(03/10/23 5:00am)

Looking for something to do this spring break that isn’t going home or heading off somewhere tropical to party? Do you want a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Are you interested in nature, spending time with land and bonding with people at Duke? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you might enjoy Restorative Spring Break: a spring break alternative planned by and hosted at the Duke Campus Farm that will allow students to connect with the Earth and each other.


SmART Durham is using the public arts to reimagine economic development

(04/10/23 4:00am)

Is there an alternative path for economic growth that doesn’t rely on a single tariff or the typical subsidization of infrastructure, education and industry? Durham’s SmART Program thinks that art can be that alternative, one that causes growth by spurring more tourism and commerce, and they are putting their theory to the test with an ambitious effort to transform Durham's urban landscape.


Chagall at the Chapel: Beautiful and powerful

(03/01/23 5:00am)

Beneath the Duke Chapel’s stained glass, amongst the cold walls of gray stone and warm pews of richly dark wood, a collection of pieces of art — fifty in total — are on display. And though the Chapel’s resplendent Gothic glory is very different from the works' understated nature and modernist style, they share a focus on the biblical past and traditions of faith. This is the Duke Chapel’s Marc Chagall exhibit — on display until March 30, 2023 — a series of works in which Chagall merges biblical tales with his incredible understanding and command of color, shadow and shading to create transfixing new takes on familiar tales. 


Blockbusters to see in the first half of 2023

(02/08/23 5:00am)

A belated happy new year — both Gregorian and Lunar — to all those reading this article. As always, this new year brings with it a new roster of movies to watch. But while it may now be the year of the rabbit (or cat or mouse deer, depending on the zodiac you follow), it is still the decade of the sequels, adaptations and remakes, and the first half of this year won’t change that. With that in mind, here are 15 of the biggest movies to watch out for before July.


Triangle Restaurant Week: Doherty's Irish Pub is affordable and enjoyable

(02/06/23 12:00pm)

At the corner of High House Road and Davis Drive, in a shopping center that is best known for having the only H Mart in the Triangle area, one of the best restaurants in the Triangle is nestled between a coffee shop and an optometrist. And no, I’m not talking about Goodberry's. I’m talking about Doherty’s Irish Pub. Founded in 2012 by Sami Taweel and Donavan Favre and named in honor of local retired restaurateur Michael Dohert, this establishment has two restaurants — one in Apex and one in Cary — and operates its own food truck called the Paddy Wagon. And while this restaurant may not have the long history of other local establishments, its food and environment more than makes up for that.