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The official cover art for singer-songwriter Kenzie Cait’s debut EP innocence, released on Oct. 20. The EP explores first love, heartbreak and the essence of girlhood. PHOTO COURTESY OF KENZIE CAIT/GROUNDWORK ARTIST MANAGEMENT

Kenzie Cait reflects on first love and teenage girlhood in debut EP “innocence”

Clare Gehlich, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor December 7, 2023
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kenzie Cait has always wrestled with the idea of growing up — a perspective shaped by nostalgia for her childhood. In an interview with The Statesman, the 20-year-old discussed her debut extended play (EP) titled “innocence,” released on Oct. 20, which was inspired by a recent breakup.
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The film poster for the Japanese animated film “Inu-Oh displayed on the screen of the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre. As part of its fall showings, the film screening was held on Nov 17. CHRISTINA MARIE MARIANI/THE STATESMAN

The Wang Center screens animated film “Inu-Oh,” blending rock and 14th-century Japanese culture

Christina Marie Mariani December 7, 2023
Director Masaaki Yuasa fuses rock and roll with 14th-century Japanese culture in his animated film “Inu-Oh,” which was screened on Nov. 17 as part of the Charles B. Wang Center’s fall film showings. The film is based on the Japanese novel “Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh” by Hideo Furukawa.
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The official movie poster for Hulus new film Quiz Lady. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Quiz Lady” redefines star personas with heartfelt comedy

Patrick Larkin December 3, 2023
Director Jessica Yu’s 2023 film “Quiz Lady” achieves national success by subverting the established personas of its stars, allowing them to redefine their images in this heartfelt comedy.
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LeAnn Rimes performed at Stallers Main Stage on ADRIENNE ESPOSITO/THE STATESMAN

Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes graces the Staller Main Stage

Adrienne Esposito December 3, 2023
On Nov. 18, iconic country singer LeAnn Rimes performed for a packed house on the Staller Center’s main stage. Rimes won her first Grammy Award at age 14 and remains the youngest Grammy winner to date. 
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The official cover art for fruitcake. Carpenters new EP features six new holiday-themed songs and offers a refreshing take on traditional carols. //PUBLIC DOMAIN

Sabrina Carpenter’s “fruitcake” serves witty and charming holiday spirit

Emily Chao November 28, 2023
Sabrina Carpenter’s holiday extended play (EP) “fruitcake,” released on Nov. 17, explores the emotional highs and lows of the holiday season with originality and a sense of humor. The release coincides with Carpenter’s appearance as the opening act for Taylor Swift's “The Eras Tour.” 
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The official movie poster for The Marvels. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“The Marvels” delivers a fulfilling storyline that shapes the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Sarah Chaudhry November 21, 2023
Nia DaCosta’s latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “The Marvels,” debuted on Nov. 10 and frankly, I would rate this movie a four and a half out of five stars. The film does not intend to be the next big MCU project; rather, it is simply an enjoyable, satisfying movie.
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A graphic showing the official film poster of The Holdovers in a public setting. ILLUSTRATED BY JERRY WEINTRAUB/THE STATESMAN

“The Holdovers” is a cute, innocent film that overly fetishizes a vintage outlook of the past

Joshua Lee November 21, 2023
Throughout his career, director Alexander Payne has examined broken and morally reprehensible people with a thick coat of dry-wit humor Payne’s latest effort, “The Holdovers,” is no exception to this. And even if it’s not a perfect film, it might be the best we’ve seen from the 62-year-old director.
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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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A graphic showcasing a shopping cart and shopping bags to represent Black Friday shopping. ILLUSTRATED BY ANGELINA LIVIGNI/THE STATESMAN

Tips and considerations to keep in mind when Black Friday shopping

Emily Chao November 21, 2023
With Thanksgiving around the corner, Black Friday has evolved from a post-holiday shopping event to week-long sales that encourage early spending. Many fast fashion brands offer significant Black Friday discounts that are hard to resist. 
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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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Artificial intelligence makes its way into the music and film industries

Patrick Larkin November 19, 2023
This year, artificial intelligence (AI) has taken the internet by storm and is now infiltrating the music and film industries. The sensational technology began with picture generators such as DALL-E mini.
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A graphic showing a woman surrounded by clothing and accessories with circuit board elements. ILLUSTRATED BY BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

How AI can improve sustainability in fashion

Emily Chao November 19, 2023
Although there are many concerns over how artificial intelligence (AI) will encroach on the livelihood of arts and creativity, there are some areas in which implementing AI can be beneficial, such as in the creation of environmentally-sustainable decisions in the fashion industry for both consumers and producers. 
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