“Raising Hell” enraptures audience with witty, absurd antics

At 8 p.m. last Friday night, students piled into Paresky Auditorium for the Perennial Amateur Convention’s (PAC) fall comedy show, Raising Hell, which consisted of a few introductory stand-up acts followed by sketches written by the group’s members. Julia Cochran ’19, PAC president, greeted the audience, giving a nod to the show’s director Abby Lloyd ’20, and introduced head writers Evelyn Elgart ’19 and Benjamin Stanley ’19, the latter of whom she jokingly said was only there “to not alienate the men in the audience.” She acknowledged PAC’s female leadership in a genre of entertainment that has historically been male dominated.

“Widows” subverts the classic heist

The heist movie genre is extremely popular and salient in pop culture, and for great reason: the tropes are well-known and obvious, and if a movie utilizes them well, it will be greatly celebrated. The 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven is perhaps the pinnacle of this feat and it remains extremely popular more than 20 years later.

Ocean Vuong delivers quiet charisma

“It’s strange getting used to your own voice,” Ocean Vuong mused, stepping onto the podium and bringing the microphone in closer to his melancholy smile. “You are born with it, after all.”
Vuong’s voice, more akin to a kitten’s mewl than human speech, filled the Sawyer Reading Room on Friday evening as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series, co-hosted by the Vietnamese Student Organization and the English department.