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“Moonlight” is Gritty and Gorgeous

“Moonlight” is not easy to watch. Most Best Picture Winners aren’t. “Moonlight” joined the illustrious ranks of films like “Schindler’s List,” “12 Years a Slave” and, most recently, “Spotlight” when it was bestowed the Academy Awards’ top honor on Feb. 26. It’s definitely harder to watch than the film that was first and falsely announced as the recipient of Best Picture, thanks to a catastrophic envelope mixup backstage — Damien Chazelle’s seemingly inevitable “La La Land.” But “Moonlight” unquestionably earned its title. While not always easy viewing, it’s dazzling, devastating and most importantly, timely. There’s one scene I did...

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Chinese New Year’s Gala

Hosted by the Confucius Institute and the Chinese American Cultural Association, the Chinese New Year’s Gala helped students to ring in the Year of the Rooster in Hall Auditorium. The event included singers, dancers, traditional music, and even a visit from two performers from the Peking Opera Company. Photos by Renee Farrell  ...

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Acting the Artist

“I really need to stop wearing my sorority clothes to this class,” she said, narrowly dodging another murky splash. Although the sink’s basin was deep, the smooth curves of her speckled palette provided the perfect bounce board up to her sleeves. It was true. Abby Murray’s gray Kappa Alpha Theta sweater had no business as a smock. Although she considered herself an artist, painting wasn’t Abby’s strong suit. She preferred the stage. The rest of the class roster was comprised of 13 other theatre majors and minors. All are actors, not painters. So for most of the class, Abby...

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Small Cities

Yantai is a small city of 7 million people. If you ask Danny about it, that’s what he’ll tell you: it’s small. He’ll tell you more about it, speaking in statistics and slogans you get the feeling he’s heard somewhere else. He’ll tell you that it’s about an hour from Beijing if you fly, that 60% or so of the population has family in Japan and Korea, that children are sent there for international schools. People vacation there; it’s on the ocean. Keep asking, and he’ll tell you that it reminds him of San Francisco. Tall, glasses, dressed in...

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Portrait of a Man at Desk

Dr. cris cheek (intentionally uncapitalized) is not a to-do-list type of person. He didn’t plan on being here, in this office of the neo-Georgian red-brick housing Miami University’s English Department, nor teaching poetry at a university 3,944 miles away from his birthplace—though he suspects London will always be hardwired into his system. At age 61, as he bumps elbows with overstuffed bookshelves and open texts sprawled on the desk before him, he discloses that he joined academia late—going to college at 39. Years ago, when the chair of the Miami English Department offered a visiting associate post, cris cheek,...

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