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A graphic showing the different eras of pop artist Taylor Swifts albums. ILLUSTRATED BY ANGELINA LIVIGNI/THE STATESMAN

A day of song, dance and nostalgia at “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour”

Sudhiksha Krishna Kumar November 21, 2023
“Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” graced screens on Oct. 13, 2023 and earned more than $200 million at box offices around the world. Taylor Swift, in all her greatness, did not disappoint in this musical documentary.
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The soaring popularity of sci-fi in modern culture

Clare Gehlich, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor November 19, 2023
Due to renewed interest in cutting-edge technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and increased Internet accessibility — which generates climate change awareness — the desire for escapism has impacted the rise of the science fiction (sci-fi) genre.
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The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra held its second concert of the semester on Nov. 4 at the Staller Center for the Arts. Under the baton of Anthony Parnther, the orchestra comprises around 70 graduate students from the music department. CHRISTINA MARIE MARIANI/THE STATESMAN

University’s Symphony Orchestra electrifies the Staller stage

Christina Marie Mariani November 13, 2023
The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra lit up Staller Center’s stage on Saturday, Nov. 4 for their second concert of the season. The orchestra, consisting of approximately 70 graduate students from the music department, was under the baton of conductor Anthony Parnther.
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A graphic displaying the official movie post for Killers of the Flower Moon on a billboard. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

Dissecting the Osage Indian murders in Martin Scorsese’s latest film “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Patrick Larkin November 12, 2023
Four years after “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese has returned with another sprawling three-and-a-half-hour true crime epic. Based on the historical novel of the same name, his new venture, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” tells the story of the Osage Indian murders.
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Musical artists Ruben Cardenas (left) and Lewis Martinee (right) also known as SMLE. VIA @SMLEMUSIC

Electronic musical duo smle’s journey from dreams to Grammy nominations

Alexander Noll November 12, 2023
In 2018, smle received a Grammy nomination for Best Remixed Recording for their rendition of “Funk O’ De Funk,” originally composed by Bobby Rush. At the time, they had the one nomination in contention and were blindsided by a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
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The official cover for Mariel Lovelands debut album With a Smile under a solo project known as Best Ex. In her debut, Loveland explores themes of romance, societal pressures on women and mental health. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARIEL LOVELAND

Mariel Loveland takes on societal norms in solo project Best Ex’s debut album “With a Smile”

Clare Gehlich, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor November 9, 2023
Having begun her musical journey with the band Candy Hearts, Mariel Loveland is redefining several dramatic life changes — including meeting her now-husband and losing her grandmother — under a new solo project known as Best Ex. After trading the energetic guitars of Candy Hearts for fuzzed-out synths and dreamy acoustics, Loveland discussed her debut album, “With a Smile,” in an interview with The Statesman.
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The official film poster for “New Gods: Yang Jian” projected across the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre screen. The center held the film screening on Oct. 27. CHRISTINA MARIE MARIANI/THE STATESMAN

The Wang Center’s film screening of “New Gods: Yang Jian” presents a notable blend of futuristic elements and Chinese folklore

Christina Marie Mariani November 3, 2023
The Charles B. Wang Center featured the Chinese animated blockbuster “New Gods: Yang Jian” for its second film screening of the semester on Oct. 27. This film is the second in the franchise from Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation and is directed by Ji Zhao, who is most known for “White Snake” and “New Gods: Nezha Reborn.” 
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An official flyer for Stony Brook Universitys Department of Modern Languages new course which will be available for the spring 24 semester, Conlangs: Fictional Languages, Languages of Fiction, inviting students to explore fictional languages from books and films. PHOTO COURTESY ELENA DAVIDIAK

Stony Brook University’s new conlangs course explores fictional languages

Clare Gehlich October 27, 2023
Stony Brook University’s Department of Modern Languages is bringing The Lord of the Rings’ Elvish poetry and the battleground of Star Trek’s Klingon warriors to students in the spring ‘24 semester. The new course, “Conlangs: Fictional Languages, Languages of Fiction,” will transport students into the worlds of fictional languages.
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Singer-songwriter Louis Knight playing his guitar PHOTO COURTESY OF LOUIS KNIGHT

Louis Knight on music, mental health and self-discovery

Clare Gehlich October 21, 2023
Louis Knight stepped onto the stage of the 18th season of the widely televised singing competition “American Idol” in 2020. After finishing as one of the top seven finalists in the competition, everything stopped as Knight entered the music industry at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Reimagining tradition: Park Dae Sung’s ink art at the Wang Center

Clare Gehlich October 15, 2023
The Charles B. Wang Center is presenting a new exhibition titled “Park Dae Sung: Ink Reimagined,” showcasing captivating ink-based paintings by the renowned Korean artist Park Dae Sung
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Musical artist Del Water Gaps album cover for their new album I Miss you Already + I Havent left Yet. PUBLIC DOMAIN

An ode to love and loss: Exploring Del Water Gap’s album “I Miss You Already + I Haven’t Left Yet”

Clare Gehlich October 15, 2023
Indie-alternative singer Samuel Holden Jaffe, known professionally as Del Water Gap, found inspiration for his sophomore album “I Miss You Already + I Haven’t Left Yet” — released on Sept. 29 — from a nine-word message written by his grandfather above a poem from a William Carlos Williams book.
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The official show poster of the Netflix show Surviving Summer. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Surviving Summer” Season 2 rides the waves of teenage melodrama

Clare Gehlich October 1, 2023
“Surviving Summer,” the Australian series about surfing that satisfies fans wanting soapy drama, has made quite a splash on Netflix since the debut of its second season on Sept. 15.
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