Get Your Pop Culture Fix at Vulture Festival Los Angeles

Calling all pop culture lovers: Are you feeling a little empty inside after realizing you blew through the new season of Stranger Things this Halloweekend? Did that fresh new trailer for Annihilation leave you chomping at the bit for Natalie Portman’s next performance? Perhaps you’re already missing the cast of Scandal even though there are still three episodes … Continue reading Get Your Pop Culture Fix at Vulture Festival Los Angeles

Moonlight Reimagines the Classic Coming-of-Age Story

The saying “Art imitates life” or vice-versa doesn’t accurately describe Barry Jenkins’s critically-acclaimed Moonlight, although many early reviews and interviews with the filmmaker make it seem that way. To succinctly summarize, the film chronicles the journey of a young black boy as he traverses into manhood. The overall plot is that simple, but where Moonlight … Continue reading Moonlight Reimagines the Classic Coming-of-Age Story

Fringe Benefits: A Review of the Hollywood Fringe Festival

In the month of June, I attended three productions at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Truthfully, I didn’t know if any of them would be worthwhile, considering it was a little difficult navigating the Fringe’s seemingly never-ending schedule online. There were so many shows listed, I didn’t know what to choose or how to even begin to … Continue reading Fringe Benefits: A Review of the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Brooklyn Renaissance at the Brooklyn Museum

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend “Brooklyn Renaissance,” a talk at the Brooklyn Museum about the role storytelling plays in the visual arts. The panel featured three of my favorite artists working today: portrait painter Kehinde Wiley, a superstar in the art world; Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a young multimedia artist whose name … Continue reading Brooklyn Renaissance at the Brooklyn Museum

Theft, Cocaine, and Tavi Gevinson: A Review of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth

I managed to restrict myself to only one Arrested Development joke during Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of This is Our Youth, which speaks to how much I liked Kenneth Lonergan’s play. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro and starring George Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson, the show will move from Chicago to Broadway at the Cort Theatre in Fall … Continue reading Theft, Cocaine, and Tavi Gevinson: A Review of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth