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2014-04-03 20_41_51-Yale Drama Coalition - Arcadia

Theater: Arcadia

Derbyshire, 1809. A 13-year-old girl asks her tutor to define the phrase “carnal embrace.” Is it like love? “Oh no, my lady,” he replies. “It is much nicer than...

Roja

Fine dining with finesse

Named after the river that runs along the Franco-Italian border, Roia promises to draw inspiration from both countries’ culinary traditions. As a result, its menu demands a certain caliber...

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Stilted Shakespeare

“Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene.” You know how the rest of the story goes: rival families, star-crossed teenaged lovers, confusion,...

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Music: Fall Out Boy

In  PAX AM Days, the follow-up EP to this year’s Save Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy makes a concerted effort to sound more punk. The product of the...

Miley

Miley, please stop

It’s easy enough to look at the cover art of Bangerz and say, “Oh, she’s just being Miley.” But a closer look reveals how strange the image is: Cyrus stands face-foward,...

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FOOD: Maison Mathis

Maison Mathis, the hotly anticipated Belgian café and bakery on Broadway, is a luminous space. The glorious autumn afternoon sun floods the restaurant through floor-to-ceiling windows, shining even brighter...

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MOVIE: Adore

Some subjects lend themselves better to comedy than tragedy. Unfortunately, director Anne Fontaine seems to have missed this essential fact. Her new movie Adore is a pathetic attempt to...

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FOOD: Chipotle

People have come to associate Chipotle with oversized burritos, guacamole made from actual avocados, and fast food treated with respect. If that’s what Yalies are looking for, they won’t...

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MUSIC: Toro y Moi

It’s always difficult to articulate the genre of the music of Toro Y Moi. Crafting a distinct fusion of R&B, electronica, jazz, and ‘chill-wave,’ Chad Bundwick’s project as Toro...

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Twilight’s fading moments

The 9:00 a.m. matinee of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was a nice start to my Sunday—but I didn’t realize until watching the movie a second time...

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MUSIC: Christina Aguilera

After her last solo record Bionic turned out to be a critical and commercial disaster, Christina Aguilera’s latest release, Lotus, disappoints stylistically but is an improvement nonetheless. Between Bionic...

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What is a rose?

The myth of Gertrude Stein has perhaps eclipsed the reality of the woman. She is so closely associated with her rarified cultural scene that when we refer to Stein,...

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MOVIE: Taken 2

That sound of breaking glass and gunshots that you hear? That’s Liam Neeson doing his thing: delivering a well-deserved beat-down. Reprising his role as retired CIA officer Bryan Mills,...

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MOVIE: End of Watch

One might say End of Watch is politically incorrect. But End of Watch is serious bro-time (vengeful drug gangs pursue two cops in southern LA), and—let’s admit it—bro-time is...

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MOVIE: For A Good Time, Call…

Jamie Travis’s latest effort, awkwardly titled For a Good Time, Call…, is not funny—it’s laughable. In trying to meld the gross-out, female-driven comedy (see: Bridesmaids) with hipster, big city,...

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Movie: Bully

As a film, Bully is powerful. It is a fine assemblage of harrowing vignettes about the lives of bullied school kids. The bullying is relentless and unbelievable (one girl...

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Music: Madonna

Madonna opens her 12th album, MDNA, with the Act of Contrition over some sobbing strings: “Oh, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee…” she deadpans. Madonna...

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Music: Sleigh Bells

Reign of Terror certainly isn’t the worst album in the world, but it is arguably the worst-named record in recent memory—for a few reasons. Sleigh Bells’ newest album, released...