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Why are there no Jewish holiday movies?

(02/03/23 3:00pm)

Though my family and I are neither Christians nor observers of Christmas, we have our own little Christmas tradition of sorts. Each year, we get together, watch a movie in the local theater, and then eat Chinese food at a restaurant (yes, we took that from A Christmas Story). While we don’t watch Christmas movies on the day of Christmas, I’d like to think that we’d try and watch Hanukkah movies on Hanukkah, if there wasn’t a major hurdle to this idea – there are quite literally no good Hanukkah movies. The terribly mediocre array of choices include: cheesy Hallmark productions about a Christian learning about Hanukkah while falling in love with a Jew, a low-budget Disney TV movie about a man coaching a Jewish basketball team, a film about a boy who’d rather celebrate Christmas and a very Adam Sandler-esque animated movie starring Adam Sandler. 

Returning to normalcy?

(01/26/23 5:00am)

I have a confession: I haven’t taken a final exam in nearly three years, when I was in tenth grade. During the first part of Covid, my school canceled classes and replaced them with a few pre-recorded lectures before ultimately canceling final exams. Then, during eleventh grade, finals could only help your grade, so most of my school – myself included – chose not to take them. And in twelfth grade, my school offered senior exemptions in an attempt to keep students in class, which led to me once again not taking any finals. This semester marks the first time I will take finals in almost three years, and I don’t feel ready at all.

The Duke Symphony Orchestra brings winter symphonies to Baldwin

(12/07/22 6:48am)

At 7:30 p.m, Dec. 7, Duke Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will be hosting their second full concert and fourth show of the year at Baldwin Auditorium. To learn more about the event, The Chronicle interviewed DSO Publicity Chair David King. DSO is a full orchestra with between seventy to eighty members, a string section and smaller wind and bass sections. DSO is composed primarily of undergraduate and graduate students, with some members from the wider Duke community. It is relatively unique in that it is both a social organization and a half-credit class that meets twice a week for practice.

Netflix’s trivia show ‘Triviaverse’ is uninventive and uninspired

(11/30/22 5:00am)

Over the last few years, trivia has moved from the world of television and matches at local restaurants and bars to the internet, leading to apps like the TriviaCrack series, QuizzLand, HQ and countless adaptations of existing trivia franchises. While some of these apps proved to be very successful, just as many were failures This month, Netflix joined the competition by releasing a hybrid between a trivia game and an interactive show called “Triviaverse.” This is not the first time Netflix has ventured into the world of trivia — it previously released the “TriviaQuest” trivia series — but this is their first attempt at a truly interactive trivia experience (“TriviaQuest” showed questions but didn’t let players select answers) and is also part of a trend of them releasing games on their streaming platform.

Not all is quiet on the western front

(11/18/22 5:00am)

The film opens on a shot of no man’s land, filled with the many bodies of the dead, countless craters and the remnants of shattered defenses hit by artillery. A soldier climbs over the edge of his trench, going “over the top” as part of an assault on the enemy trenches. He fights his way forward as his friends fall around him, eventually getting so close to the enemy that he engages in hand to hand combat , at which point the screen fades to black. It reopens with a shot of a pile of bodies — the soldier’s corpse among them — which have their overclothes stripped before being buried, with the clothes being shipped back home to be cleaned of blood, fixed, and given to a new set of recruits, fresh out of school and ready to serve their country.

Tricks and treats: Movie recommendations for a classic Halloween

(10/24/22 10:00am)

With Halloween fast approaching, many of us find ourselves in the mood for a movie which — scary or not — reminds us of the holiday.  In that spirit, I am recommending six Halloween-themed movies and TV episodes perfect for spooky season. Between horror classics and waves of nostalgia, this list has something for everyone.

Mipsterz’s ‘Alhamdu Muslim Futurism' visits the Ruby

(09/26/22 10:00am)

Over the last two months, Duke has been the lucky site of the “Alhamdu Muslim Futurism” (Alhamdu is short for al-hamdu li-llāh, the Arabic phrase for “praise be to God”) world premiere, likely the first ever exhibit entirely dedicated to Muslim Futurism. Muslim Futurism is an Afrofuturism-inspired art movement which imagines a world where Muslims are free from religious prejudices and can create their own world. 

A Silent Presence: "Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina"

(09/14/22 12:00pm)

Walking into the visitor center of Duke Homestead, one might be surprised to see a small exhibit on the history of the Jews in North Carolina in the lobby. However, this is a fitting site for it, as the Duke family is strongly connected to the North Carolina Jewish community and employed Eastern European Jews as cigarette rollers in its factories. Because of these ties, the Duke Homestead requested to display the exhibit, which was created by Jewish Heritage North Carolina. Additionally, North Carolina’s Jewish population precedes the commercial tobacco industry which the center serves as a museum for. Similar to the other groups of people whose stories are represented in the museum, the Jews of North Carolina are also a diverse people whose origins span multiple continents and several centuries.