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in the blink of an eye: a review of “boyhood”

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by MATTHEW LIBBY

“Time’s going by,” says one character in the early scenes of Boyhood, the extraordinary latest film from Texan auteur Richard Linklater. It’s a throwaway line, and an obvious one at that, but those three words serve as a simple guideline for the movie as a whole: time’s always going by.

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go away, you sad immoral harlot: Stanford Theater Laboratory presents “Boston Marriage”

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by ALEC ARCENEAUX

As StAR’s resident David Mamet fanboy, and generally willing to attend plays about lesbians, I was happy for the opportunity to review “Boston Marriage.” This was somewhat tempered by the realization that, unlike Stanford Theater Laboratory’s previous play, the scenery did not contain a chalkboard filled with terrible puns. That was a questionable directorial choice on the part of Austin Caldwell, in my opinion, but I respect that he stuck to his vision.

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Stanford’s annual picnic: a first exposure to Frost Music & Arts Festival

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by ALEJANDRA SALAZAR and SASHA PERIGO

Two of StAR’s freshmen reporters sit down to talk about Frost. The music festival, not the poet, or the frozen water.

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Kishi Bashi Brings Joy to the World

by SOPHIA LAURENZI

In the scientific community, the theory of chaos as a lens for studying the world says that variability, static, and noise are not exceptions to the steady state—they are the state of the world. In our culture, noise is all that is not music. There is a separation between what is structured and beautiful and downloaded, and what is distracting and plain and blocked out.

But there is joy and beauty in this noise. At his May 17th performance at The Fillmore, Kishi Bashi, the pseudonym of Kaoru Ishibashi, reminded the audience that the boundary between noise and music is not so rigid after all. Though far from noisy, his original music captures something very everyday within its intricacies. In concert, that richness intently came to Lighght—the name of his newest album and current tour, released only four days before the Fillmore performance.

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crossing states and genres with Youngblood Brass Band

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by SOPHIA LAURENZI

New Orleans
The dark mustiness of this bar wraps around the band so tightly that they appear permanently constrained to maneuvering ten grown men, three different drums, two trombones, three saxophones, two trumpets, and one sousaphone around what can be no larger than a 25 x 15 foot stage. But this is New Orleans, and a traditional brass band draws an already lively city to its feet—this is the music of dancing in the streets, and Youngblood Brass Band’s song choice of “Is That a Riot?” suggests that even they would prefer to take their music and fans outdoors and through the city.

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trouble and redemption: The National at the Greek Theater

by WENDING LU

Sometimes melancholy doesn’t just come from traumatic events, but also from trying to understand the nature of the wounds that linger. The songs in The National’s latest album Trouble Will Find Me conjure many vignettes of people in this state of agony—caught in the middle of a storm and trying to find some meaning in their suffering. How the troubles come about is never made explicit, but we get an impression of how the singer feels when various kinds of trouble with people he cares about seemingly appear out of nowhere.

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dancing on the cusp of insanity: a review of Next To Normal

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by BOJAN SRB

It’s heartwrenching. Never doubt: it’s heartwrenching. No show I have seen in my two years at Stanford heaves with as much aesthetically mobilized darkness as Ram’s Head and the Stanford Theatre Lab’s production of Next to Normal, which opened on Thursday at the Elliot Programing Center.

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diary of a converted coachella fanboy: a perfectly unbuttoned floral shirt

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by LAWRENCE NEIL

part three of a three-part series

read part one and part two

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On Sunday, it was hot.

As the morning progressed, the bad news trickled in, first as a joke, then as a fact, then as a reality.  Chance the Rapper was in the hospital and his main stage show was cancelled.

Ah.

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diary of a converted coachella fanboy: how to be cool

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by LAWRENCE NEIL

part two of a three-part series

read part one here

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Today, it was Saturday and it was hot.  I discovered a cooling technique — I took a small towel, plunged it into ice water, then secured it under my Teamsters hat and over the back of my neck.  It kept my internal temperature at a bearable level.  Thankfully it was pragmatic, because I looked like an idiot.

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agile and ambigious: an evening with Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone

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by JUSTINE BEED

‘Agile’ and ‘ambitious’ are words you might use to describe a pair of young Broadway-bound performers, but instead these are in reference to Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.  They’ve been to Broadway and back, LuPone, 65, and Patinkin, 61.

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