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The bittersweet taste of “feel good” Hallmark holiday movies

The bittersweet taste of “feel good” Hallmark holiday movies

Ayden Smith, Arts Reporter December 2, 2021

“Matchmaker Santa,” “Merry Matrimony,” “Window Wonderland,” “Once Upon a Holiday”: the list of Hallmark Christmas movies goes on and on. In fact, an IMDb page lists 133 such movies over...

Maybe we’re missing the point: Two novels that help us reframe rest

Maybe we’re missing the point: Two novels that help us reframe rest

Marilynne Robinson’s “Gilead” and Jane Austen’s “Emma" can teach students about the beauty in the little things
Ayden Smith , Arts Reporter November 18, 2021

We as Trinity students all know the feeling that creeps in throughout November and the first week of December: mounting panic as the list of things to do before winter break steadily grows longer and time...

Carefully representing grief in Marvel’s “WandaVision”

Carefully representing grief in Marvel’s “WandaVision”

Viewers can find solace in Marvel’s critically acclaimed short series
Ayden Smith, Arts Reporter November 8, 2021

I am usually behind the times when it comes to popular television shows and movies, and my ability to keep up has only gotten worse with the emergence of countless streaming services. For instance, I watched...

Give it a rest: The trouble with classifying music into genres

Give it a rest: The trouble with classifying music into genres

The traditional labeling of music genres fails to account for all the nuances of music
Ayden Smith, Arts Columnist October 21, 2021

I have SiriusXM radio in my car, and I am often overwhelmed by the number of channels. SiriusXM satellite radio boasts almost 150 different music channels. There are some broad categories like pop and...

Theatre department reflects on first show of season, “365”

Theatre department reflects on first show of season, “365”

The immersive show encouraged audience and cast members alike to step outside of the box
Ayden Smith, Arts Reporter October 14, 2021

The theatre department’s first show of the season is “365 Days/365 Plays.” Trinity’s largely student-organized production goes through around 20 of the total 365 plays written by Suzan-Lori Parks,...

Exploring the early-2000s roots of todays indie-pop

Exploring the early-2000s roots of today’s indie-pop

Iconic sounds from early 2000s pop-rock have found a home in Gen-Z's playlists and music
Ayden Smith, Arts Reporter September 9, 2021

What we listen to, watch and spend time doing shapes us in both big and small ways. Artists of all different types both intentionally and unintentionally wear their influences on their sleeve, and some...

Talking to students about the intersection of art and mental health

Talking to students about the intersection of art and mental health

A music student, fine arts student and creative writing student share the benefits of making art
Ayden Smith, Arts Reporter April 18, 2021

The past year has been unkind to mental health. Quarantine has revealed the benefits and the importance of community — as restrictions lift and life returns to a semblance of normal, the negative effects...

Album review: boygenius

Album review: boygenius

The three female indie performers come together to form the perfect melodies
Ayden Smith, Arts Reporter March 17, 2021

Boygenius is the ultimate supergroup of female indie-rock artists. The group is made up of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, each of whom have successful solo careers as indie singer-songwriters....

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