Category Archives: Extracurricular Activities

Life Back on a Roll

By Nicolas Renier I recently got myself an old and clunky film camera, but couldn’t completely get rid of the feeling that my frequent visits to Williamsburg had taken their toll, and my commitment to hipster culture had gone too … Continue reading

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Memorable Music at the Cloisters

By Susan Russo In Fort Tryon Park, overlooking the Hudson River in uptown Manhattan, through December 8th, an extraordinary sound installation is being presented at the Cloisters, a branch of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses rare and … Continue reading

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De Gustibus: The Bird’s the Word

By Mark Rinaldi If you’ve never had occasion to enjoy the marvel that is Japanese yakitori, I’ll break it down for you: wooden sticks are stuck through bits of chicken, and then those bits are grilled over coals. Simple, right? … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween!

By Aileen Marshall Halloween is coming up at the end of this month on October 31st. It has become a very big holiday in this country, for children as well as adults, and it is growing in other countries. How … Continue reading

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Culture Corner A Visit to the Musée national du Moyen Âge (Paris)

By Bernie Langs By roundabout way of introducing this museum review, there is a funny scene in Woody Allen’s film comedy Midnight in Paris when, after having visited the Rodin Museum accompanied by a know-it-all art history buff, Owen Wilson … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration– Best Picture Check-In Edition

By Jim Keller I dare not take a stab at the ever-changing supporting actor categories when several of the films that could very well give us our nominees haven’t been seen, so stay-tuned to fyc next month when I’ll offer … Continue reading

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Football (The American Kind)

By Aileen Marshall Have you ever wondered what your lab mates are talking about when they discuss Sunday’s football game every Monday morning? Or have you seen a game on television and tried to follow it? Have no fear, football … Continue reading

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Culture Corner: A Visit to the National Gallery (London)

By Bernie Langs I sometimes joke that the value of world currency should not be pegged to the dollar or to gold but to something truly valuable: paintings, drawings, and sculpture. And the arts of greatest value, in my opinion, … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration – Ones to Watch Vol. 2 Edition

By Jim Keller Last year around this time, I covered the Supporting Actor and Actress races in this column in order to save the Best Actor race for last, since it’s generally much more exciting. The trouble is the Supporting … Continue reading

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The Fourth of July

by Aileen Marshall This month we celebrate the Fourth of July. But do you know what we are really celebrating? It’s not just a day of picnics and fireworks. The holiday is also known as Independence Day. It marks the … Continue reading

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Skulls and Specimens: The Mütter Museum is Weird and Worth It

by Claire Warriner A similar version of this article appeared in The Incubator In April, I found myself in Philadelphia as a guest at the wedding of two people I’d never met. In addition to stuffing myself with Crab Rangoon … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration – Ones to Watch Vol. 1 Edition

by Jim Keller First, an apology to the one or two of you who read this column regularly and who don’t mind that it’s virtually devoid of science, for my hiatus since May. But luckily, I’ve returned in time to … Continue reading

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Summer in the City

by Aileen Marshall New York City has been called the “Capital of the World.” There are so many exciting things to see and do here. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most expensive cities to live in or … Continue reading

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Culture Corner Television Review: “Da Vinci’s Demons” (Starz network; Fridays at 9:00 p.m.)

by Bernie Langs Having seen the previews, I decided to watch the first episode of the British-exported television series “Da Vinci’s Demons” with the idea in mind of writing a scathing review of the show for its comic book depiction … Continue reading

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Creating Space

by Carly Gelfond On a recent evening in April, I sat in a bar in Brooklyn across from an old friend from college. She’d quit her job the week before, citing stress and a lack of career advancement. She’d also … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: A Brief Overview

by Daniel Briskin A few years ago, I found myself sitting with friends before class. We were discussing the upcoming exam schedule and our study plans, when one of us pointed out an approaching three-day weekend. Quickly, we realized that … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration—Crystal Ball Edition Part II

by Jim Keller Admittedly, last month’s column was thrown together between health battles, and birthday and Oscar celebrations—oh wait, those last two were on the same day, no lie! Without further ado, I give you the remainder of a short … Continue reading

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Natural Confections

by Carly Gelfond I think it’s safe to say that most of us have a “thing” about something. You’re looking at me funny, but I know that you know what I’m talking about: that feeling of distaste you get—the intensity … Continue reading

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CULTURE CORNER Book and Film Reviews: Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald & Celebration Day featuring Led Zeppelin

by Bernie Langs I waited impatiently for five years to view and listen to the one-time concert of the 2007 Led Zeppelin Reunion performance, and immediately bought the film the week it became available in November 2012. Celebration Day, the … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration – Chasing Gold Edition

by Jim Keller Last month, I revisited my preliminary predictions in all of the major categories and offered up my final take on the season to date. Since then, the votes have been cast, the nominees announced, and two of … Continue reading

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