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hip hop and apartheid: a conversation with Kareem Alston

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by PHOENIX C. 

Kareem Alston produced the documentary “Cape Town Hip Hop: Cultural Embattlement of Apartheid” for his honors thesis. He is a senior in African and African American Studies with a concentration in the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. I caught up with him a few days after his debut screening.

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"a sibling named Molly": a conversation with Molly Antopol

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by GILLIE COLLINS

“I hate Highway 17,” Jones Lecturer and former Stegner Fellow Molly Antopol told me on the phone this morning. For the sake of scenery, when our interview began, Antopol was driving up Route 1 instead.

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from baseball to the beat: an interview with freddy avis

by LINDSAY MEWES

Sitting in a studio upstairs in the magical place that is the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) surrounded by synthesizers, speakers, gizmos and gadgets, Freddy Avis looks right at home. As a sophomore majoring in Music and specializing in Music, Science, and Technology (MST), Avis spends a lot of time at CCRMA developing his music—something he is only able to do after choosing to redshirt for the Stanford Varsity Baseball team this year due to an ongoing shoulder injury. In February, he and his brother Charlie wrote, produced, and released “Fortress”— an album self-described as “dark, dancy, and delightful”— under the band name “Arswain.” Since then, Avis has continued to explore and develop his music through the resources CCRMA and Stanford’s greater artistic community has to offer.

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acting games and intimacy: an interview with patty hamilton of the FREEKS

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by KELSEY DAYTON

When the FREEKS production of Annie Baker’s “Circle Mirror Transformation” opens today, director Patty Hamilton expects it to hit close to home— both because of the content of the play itself and the way in which the cast and crew have spent the past month rehearsing.

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lindy hoppers and french noses: an interview with artist jackie lin

by JUSTINE BEED

Overlooking Lake Lag, there stands a girl, one foot perched on the other leg’s ankle, with a pair of binoculars and a detective kit by her side, pen in her hair and camera around her neck. Wes Anderson, if he so desired to make a documentary, would have Jackie Lin as his artist-adventurer subject and this would be his opening shot.

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trash talk: an interview with Claire Lynch

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by SILVIANA CIUREA-ILCUS

Claire Lynch, a senior majoring in Art and specializing in woodwork, is the Student Resident at the prestigious Recology program in San Francisco, where she creates objects out of materials from the San Francisco dump. In the midst of preparing the pieces for the May 23rd show at the end of her residency at Recology, she sat down with StAR’s Silviana Ciurea-Ilcus to talk about her artwork, her experience as a Student Resident, her creative process, and the importance of conceptual frameworks in art.

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driving a bus through the fourth wall: an interview with sammi cannold

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by BOJAN SRB

It is extremely easy to slip into the mindset of considering Sammi Cannold (’16) a rising star. We might be lulled into thinking this, but she certainly isn’t. Modest, focused, and driven, she proclaims to approach theatre holistically, never centering a show around any given subset of its team (ahem, actors). Even this hour-long conversation revealed that there is a rabidly creative mind working incessantly beneath her calm comportment –an exquisitely self-reflective directorial psyche responsible for some of Stanford’s most memorable musicals. This includes fall quarter’s most talked about show, Violet, which Cannold staged on a moving bus. At the very least, it is safe to say she is one of the loudest voices in a choir of students claiming that theatre is not dead, and that its stories continue to matter.

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a post-modern romantic: an interview with Alex Ketley, Director of ‘Swan Lake: Recalibrated’

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by ANJANA BALA

When I watched Swan Lake: Recalibrated in late February, I was immediately struck by the exploration of the blurred lines between movement and language. “Bodies” didn’t even come to mind as they normally do when I watch dancers move; it seemed as if human ties dissolved entirely into a unique kind of motion. The darkness of Swan Lake was clearly palatable, but this time fragmented through an abstract, modern lens.

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let it ride: an interview with Fitz and the Tantrums’ Joe Karnes

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by JUSTINE BEED

Joe Karnes is one of the founding members of Fitz and the Tantrums and the bassist for the neo-soul pop band. Contributor Justine Beed caught up with him to talk about their new record, More Than Just a Dream, their upcoming tour, and the band’s whirlwind journey.

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A Weird, Contentious Thing: An Interview with Lauren Youngsmith

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Stanford Arts Review sat down with artist Lauren Youngsmith (Class of 2013) to discuss her art, her recent project with the Flaming Lips, and getting Stanford to pick up the tab.

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