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“How to Train Your Dragon” is a Hidden Gem

“How to Train Your Dragon” is a Hidden Gem

Leianna Tanedo, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019

DreamWorks Animation is known for its comedic animated movies, producing both the “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda” series. Now, DreamWorks wraps up the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy with “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” directed and written by Dean DeBlois. The film conta...

“Fighting With Your Family” – Not Your Typical Sports Movie

“Fighting With Your Family” – Not Your Typical Sports Movie

Mikhail Faulconer, Contributor

February 27, 2019

What is Dwayne Johnson cooking up in “Fighting with My Family”? Probably his strongest entry as a producer to date. The film is based on the true story of Saraya-Jade Bevis, or “Paige,” played by rising-star Florence Pugh, and her journey to become the youngest WWE Divas Champion ever.  ...

SoFar Sounds Comes to SLU to Benefit Overground

SoFar Sounds Comes to SLU to Benefit Overground

Mikhail Faulconer, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019

On a cold, windy Valentine’s Day night in St. Louis, more than one hundred people gathered for a fundraising concert, hosted by SoFar Sounds, in the Sinquefeld Room in support of Overground Railroad to Literacy. In stark contrast to most concerts, Sofar Sounds’ events strive to produce an intimate...

Ariana Grande Strikes Back Again

Ariana Grande Strikes Back Again

Leianna Tanedo, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019

A mere five months after the release of “Sweetener,” Ariana Grande rides on the pop album’s success with her new album “thank u, next,” sharing the same name as the quietly dropped breakup anthem. Relying more heavily on beats than vocal riffs, “thank u, next” is the darker, more experienced...

Dorothy Delivers at Delmar Hall

Dorothy Delivers at Delmar Hall

Mikhail Faulconer, Contributor

February 14, 2019

“Take me down to the West coast/ Where the sun shines all day/ Weaving through the heart of Los Angeles/ To the San Francisco Bay,” mused Dorothy Martin, lead singer of the L.A.-based rock band Dorothy. As part of the band’s “Freedom Tour,” promoting its 2018 album “28 Days in the Valley,...

Panic! At the Disco Brings the Party to St. Louis

Panic! At the Disco Brings the Party to St. Louis

Chandana Kamaraj, Arts Editor

February 8, 2019

Panic! At The Disco never seems to disappoint. The band lead by musical genius Brendon Urie set the stage on fire (literally) after their return to St. Louis after two years, and a lot has happened since then. The touring crew is completed by the new bassist Nicole Row and guitarist Mike Naran along ...

Legally Blonde the Musical is a Teaching Moment

Legally Blonde the Musical is a Teaching Moment

Madisyn Siebert, Associate Arts Editor

February 7, 2019

In 2001, the world was graced with Reese Witherspoon playing the typical, but surprising blonde, Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.” Once the movie skyrocketed to popularity, it was only soon after it would be turned into a Broadway hit.   The Stifel Theatre hosted “Legally Blonde the Musical” for a...

Rent Live: Takes “Break-a-Leg” too Seriously

Rent Live: Takes “Break-a-Leg” too Seriously

Emma Carmody, Photo Editor

February 6, 2019

On Sunday, Fox aired its latest live musical, Rent, a 1996 Pulitzer Prize winning musical about a group of young adults living with AIDS. However, viewers who tuned in Sunday night were disappointed to discover that the “live” musical wasn’t in fact live at all. Brennin Hunt, the actor portray...

Kehinde Wiley Saint Louis Art Museum Exhibit

Kehinde Wiley Saint Louis Art Museum Exhibit

Mikhail Faulconer, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019

Kehinde Wiley, who painted President Obama’s official portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, currently has a featured collection at the Saint Louis Art Museum until Feb. 10. In these 11 stunning portraits, Wiley reinterprets classical works of Western art to replace white, often ari...

Strong Competitors for the 81st Grammy Awards

Strong Competitors for the 81st Grammy Awards

Lani Frost, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019

As 2019 begins and the previous year’s accomplishments are reviewed, awards season is fast approaching. With the 61st Grammy Awards less than three weeks away, everyone has their opinions on what should win in each category. Song of the year, one of the biggest awards, has eight strong competitors of...

Maggie Rogers Reaches Listeners with “Heard It In a Past Life”

Maggie Rogers Reaches Listeners with “Heard It In a Past Life”

Cassie Travers, Contributor

January 23, 2019

From small beginnings in a makeshift recording studio slash broom closet to quickly skyrocketing in popularity with her incredibly unique sound, singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers has established a well-earned spot for herself on the charts. The 24-year-old Maryland native went through a whirlwind of milestones...

Symphony Executes Seamless Performance

Symphony Executes Seamless Performance

Madisyn Siebert, Associate Arts Editor

January 13, 2019

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra got everyone into the Christmas spirit before the holidays by performing a live score to the movie “Home Alone” the weekend of Dec. 14. The show appeared to be a hit, as Powell Hall filled with guests of all ages. There were grandparents taking their grandchildren, cou...

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