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“Percy Jackson” musical comes to Tulsa

First national tour of “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” coming to Tulsa PAC The Greek gods are real, and they’re coming to Tulsa. The smash hit “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” will be playing at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on May 31 and June 1 during the first national tour […]

Lil Nas X combines hip-hop/rap and country music in “Old Town Road.” courtesy NBC News

Lil Nas X pushes genre boundaries

“Old Town Road” challenges Billboard’s separation of music genres by straddling hip-hop/rap and country. Late last month, Lil Nas X, a little known singer-songwriter, released the song “Old Town Road.” Billboard originally listed the song in the Hot Country Songs list, where it debuted at 19. It was subsequently removed from the list by Billboard, […]

Rain Dove speaks about their gender identity at Lorton Performance Center. photo by Piper Prolago

Agender model Rain Dove speaks about gender

Rain Dove encouraged open dialogue and discussed their experiences coming to terms with their identity The Student Association sponsored a lecture by the androgynous, agender model Rain Dove on April 8 at Lorton Performance Center. Dove has been featured in Vogue, Buzzfeed, Cosmo, People and more. Throughout their career, Dove has struggled to form and […]

Zora J Murff works as a visiting professor of photography at UNL. courtesy University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Zora J Murff photos tackle intersectionality

Murff engages with the history of lynchings and redlinings in contemporary spaces through photography. TU Photo Club brought photographer Zora J. Murff to campus to speak about his work on Thursday, April 11. Murff is a visiting professor of photography at the University of Arkansas and received his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His […]

Critics have lauded Jordan Peele’s “Us” as an “elevated horror” film. courtesy Collider

The elevated horror genre is an arbitrary distinction

Subdividing the horror genre unnecessarily restricts films and misleads viewers. “Elevated horror” is a term I’ve seen people slinging around a fair bit recently, particularly in reference to the rise of films like Jordan Peele’s “Us” and “Get Out,” as well as John Krasinski’s entrance into the horror genre with “A Quiet Place.” The term […]

Lanier presented images of the slaves Renty and Dahlia in her evidence against Harvard. courtesy CNN

Are universities exploiting slaves through images?

Descendant of enslaved man challenges use of daguerreotypes owned by Harvard. In March, Tamara Lanier filed a lawsuit against Harvard University, disputing their ownership of daguerreotypes depicting enslaved people taken in 1850. Lanier claims the images owned and used by Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography portray her ancestors. Because Harvard continues to profit […]

Death Cab for Cutie gives unemotional concert

Opening act My Brightest Diamond performed with surprising vivacity while Death Cab seemed tired. I was really looking forward to the Death Cab for Cutie concert that played on April 4 at Cain’s Ballroom. I got there at 7:00 and stood a respectable four heads away from Ben Gibbard’s face. If I have one thing […]

John Mulaney performs material from his comedy routine “New In Town.” courtesy Portland Mercury

Regurgitating jokes makes comedy boring

Listening to more diverse comedians encourages creativity and originality. Let me start off by saying that I like John Mulaney too. He seems to do his best to write inclusive comedy that doesn’t punch down (excluding some SNL Stefon skits circa 2010), and that’s pretty exciting. Not all comedians, especially comedians who also happen to […]

The show followed the life of famous composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. courtesy Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa Ballet’s “Tchaikovsky” a biographical ballet

The show payed homage to one of history’s most renowned composers, to great success. The world premiere of Tulsa Ballet’s “Tchaikovsky” was a stunning blend of choreography, costuming and modern lighting effects. These elements combined to produce a beautiful, perfectly-paced ballet about the life of the famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky is famous […]