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April 14, 2024 3:19 p.m.
Theater review: ‘Fat Ham’ is a must-see ‘Hamlet’ production, keeps classic charm, makes it its own

Marcel Spears (left) and Billy Eugene Jones (right) star in “Fat Ham” at the Geffen Playhouse’s Gil Cates Theater. The reimagining of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” will run at the theater until May 5. (Courtesy of Jeff Lorch)

This post was updated April 14 at 7:44 p.m.
To go, or not to go: that is the question that “Fat Ham” successfully answers.
Written by James Ijames and brought to life by director Sideeq Heard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fat Ham” brings a classic Shakespearean drama to a backyard family barbecue.

By Yuna Choi

Arts

April 10, 2024 4:44 p.m.
Music Preview: Familar artists bloom once again in upcoming spring releases

This post was updated April 11 at 7:34 p.m. 
Like many Bruins, these icons of pop culture are coming out of hibernation.
Following several years between projects, artists are making their return to music this season.

By Sydney Gaw, Ana Camila Burquez, Ruwani Jayasekara, Talia Sajor, and Allison Bushong

Arts

April 5, 2024 6:42 p.m.

Album Review: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Only God Was Above Us’ embraces beauty in chaos

Vampire Weekend has rediscovered the key to heaven on its fifth full-length album.
“Fuck around and find out,” Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig gleefully exclaims on the opening track of the band’s latest album, “Only God Was Above Us.” Born from a Daily News headline, the 10-track album’s title references a 1988 plane crash where when recounting the striking visual of the aircraft’s roof ripping off, one survivor declared “only God was above us.” Fittingly, the genre-bending record is deeply interested in mining beauty from chaos, and for the most part succeeds.

By Graciana Paxton

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