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RECESS  |  STAFF NOTE

A loss for words

I’ve had to do an egregious amount of writing in the last few weeks. Not that much writing for Recess, admittedly, but writing for classes, internships, scholarships and the like.


"The Favourite" follows scullery maid Abigail and Lady Sarah Marlborough as they compete for Queen Anne's affections.
RECESS  |  CULTURE

Personal rivalries become political in 'The Favourite'

Director and auteur Yorgos Lanthimos has captured the attention of critics for his audaciously peculiar imagery and unorthodox storytelling. His repertoire includes “Dogtooth,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “The Lobster,” films that have split the opinion of viewers. Some call his work clinical and unrelatable, while others praise it as fresh and iconoclastic. 

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For many LGBTQ+ individuals, Pride is the one opportunity per year to be out and proud about their identities.
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For many LGBTQ+ individuals, Pride is the one opportunity per year to be out and proud about their identities.


"Hala" director Minhal Baig, actress Geraldine Viswanathan and executive producer Jada Pinkett-Smith at Sundance Film Festival.
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"Hala" director Minhal Baig, actress Geraldine Viswanathan and executive producer Jada Pinkett-Smith at Sundance Film Festival.


A downtown Durham staple, the Pinhook is an intimate live music venue host to both local and national acts.
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A downtown Durham staple, the Pinhook is an intimate live music venue host to both local and national acts.


Parquet Courts frontman Andrew Savage visited Durham's The Pinhook last week in support of his debut solo album "Thawing Dawn."
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Parquet Courts frontman Andrew Savage visited Durham's The Pinhook last week in support of his debut solo album "Thawing Dawn."


Indie musician Mac DeMarco played at Carolina Theatre Monday, Sept. 25, after recording a live podcast with Murmur Radio host Rob Milazzo.
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Indie musician Mac DeMarco played at Carolina Theatre Monday, Sept. 25, after recording a live podcast with Murmur Radio host Rob Milazzo.

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