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A. G. Cook’s latest album 'Apple' unearths a singular digital sound, with its reverberations extending far past genre conventions

A. G. Cook’s latest album ‘Apple’ unearths a singular digital sound, with its reverberations extending far past genre conventions

September 30, 2020

Apple, A. G. Cook's second studio album, was released September 18, just one month after his 49 song studio debut, 7G (Photo courtesy of PC Music). Perhaps best known for his collaborations with Charli...

A. G. Cook’s latest album Apple unearths a singular digital sound, with its reverberations extending far past genre conventions

A. G. Cook’s latest album Apple unearths a singular digital sound, with its reverberations extending far past genre conventions

September 30, 2020

Perhaps best known for his collaborations with Charli XCX and for founding the electronic pop music label PC Music, A. G. Cook’s musical oeuvre is hard to pin down. Apple, his followup to the gargantuan...

A cappella groups discuss the transition to quarantine, new initiatives

A cappella groups discuss the transition to quarantine, new initiatives

May 6, 2020

Photo courtesy of Emaun Irani '20 The classroom experience has been hindered, athletics have been canceled, final performances have been nixed, lives have been uprooted and, yet, some continue to sing...

Box Office Hours: ‘Border South’ with Cheryl Shanks

Box Office Hours: ‘Border South’ with Cheryl Shanks

March 4, 2020

“Wherever people feel safe … they will be indifferent,” Susan Sontag writes in her 2003 essay “Regarding the Pain of Others.” How, then, might government officials or other privileged individuals...

Box Office Hours: “Fantastic Fungi” with Katya King

Box Office Hours: “Fantastic Fungi” with Katya King

February 26, 2020

“Fantastic Fungi” explores how mushrooms grow and are harvested, revealing knowledge about the fungi. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images). Katya King, Director of Fellowships at the College, grew...

“The invisible enemy should not exist” continues a necessary discussion, asks for institutional responsibility and change

“The invisible enemy should not exist” continues a necessary discussion, asks for institutional responsibility and change

February 19, 2020

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART. WCMA transfromed one of its galleries into an exact replica of the Room Z of King Ashurnasirpal II’s ninth century palace. The piece engages with...

Images Cinema turns 103

Images Cinema turns 103

December 6, 2019

Nov. 30 marked the 103-year anniversary of Images Cinema. Since its opening in 1916, Images has been a principal element of the Berkshires arts culture. While the film industry has certainly changed,...

Mia Lisette wins ACE and WCFM Battle of the Bands

Mia Lisette wins ACE and WCFM Battle of the Bands

November 20, 2019

Mia Lisette performed a stripped down, R&B influenced set. PHOTO BY SOPHIA SHIN On Saturday evening, dozens of students filtered into the dimmed Currier Ballroom to watch four College bands perform...

“Box Office Hours”: ‘Parasite’ with Anthony Y. Kim

“Box Office Hours”: ‘Parasite’ with Anthony Y. Kim

November 13, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY OF IMDB Parasite (2019) explores class dynamics, reliance and disposable labor in an intricately crafted narrative subverting the commercial film sector. Parasite is seemingly familiar....

‘Museum Town’ documents how MASS MoCA got to North Adams

November 6, 2019

Last Friday, Museum Town began showing at Images. While the College community may be familiar with the film's focus, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), many are not familiar with...

Mike Glier on his current series, recent artist residency

Mike Glier on his current series, recent artist residency

October 30, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE GLIER Mike Glier ’ 76 recently returned from his residency in Somerset, UK. Mike Glier ’76, an accomplished artist, alum, father and professor of studio art at the...

‘One Cut of the Dead’ screening horrifies Spring Street

‘One Cut of the Dead’ screening horrifies Spring Street

October 23, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY OF IMAGES One Cut of the Dead, a special screening hosted by Images, provides a meta-take on the horror genre by using tropes and cliches.  Last weekend, Images showed One Cut...

Common Folk “Found Footage Night” gets spooky(tooth)

Common Folk “Found Footage Night” gets spooky(tooth)

October 2, 2019

SPOOKYTOOTH and Everything is Terrible! create an array of bizarre content and are planning on creating a pyramid of “Jerrys” (Jerry MacGuire VHS tapes) in the desert. (Photo courtesy of Everything...

Joe Welch ’18 connects campus musicians through Quadio

Joe Welch ’18 connects campus musicians through Quadio

September 25, 2019

IMAGE COURTESY OF QUADIO MEDIA. “Make music, make friends” is the motto at Quadio (pronounced Quah-dee-oh), a new social platform for musicians created by Joe Welch ’18. Music sharing platforms...

Word on the Quad: What quote or excerpt do you have fully memorized?

Word on the Quad: What quote or excerpt do you have fully memorized?

September 18, 2019

“Face down, ass up, back gotta be arched." -JAZMIN BRAMBLE ’20 “I'm  George, George McFly. I'm your destiny." -Ben Kitchen '21 “The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing,...

Adriiian (Adrian Oxley ’20) discusses his music, creative process

Adriiian (Adrian Oxley ’20) discusses his music, creative process

September 11, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY OF EDDY VARELA. Adrian Oxley ’20 performs with Homebrew in 2017. Oxley opens for Kari Faux this Saturday. Adrian Oxley ’20 recalls Mano Sundaresan ’19 once saying, “Adrian is...

Stephen Winter discusses his upcoming courses, success in film and podcasting

Stephen Winter discusses his upcoming courses, success in film and podcasting

September 11, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY OF STEPHENWINTER.ME. Visiting Lecturer in Art Stephen Winter will bring experiences from the art world into the classroom. Visiting Lecturer in Art Stephen Winter landed in New York...

Box Office Hours: ‘Woman at War’ with Magnús Bernhardsson

April 24, 2019

Playing at Images through  tomorrow, Woman at War, directed by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, chronicles the story of Halla, an Icelandic woman, and her fight against the industrialization of Iceland....

“Us”: students react

April 10, 2019

Last Thursday, ACE held a screening of Jordan Peele’s hotly anticipated film "Us." After the film, I spoke with students about their reactions. Gavin Li ’22 “I honestly didn’t know what...

Jay Corey, videographer, films the College in a new light

Jay Corey, videographer, films the College in a new light

April 3, 2019

Director of Videography Jay Corey pursues inventive and creative projects about College life, including the “Shot a Day” initiative. Photo: Aniah Price, Photo Editor “It makes you have to think...

Box Office Hours: ‘Burning’ with Anthony Y. Kim

Box Office Hours: ‘Burning’ with Anthony Y. Kim

March 6, 2019

Photo courtesy of CGV Arthouse. South Korean filmmaker Chang-dong Lee’s Burning is a daunting, enigmatic tale saturated with social critiques. Lee’s first film since 2010, Burning channels Lee’s...

Box Office Hours: 'Capernaum' with Cheryl Shanks

Box Office Hours: ‘Capernaum’ with Cheryl Shanks

February 27, 2019

It’s taking everything in my willpower to restrain from commenting on Sunday’s Academy Awards. After seeing Capernaum, a film by Lebanese actor, writer and director Nadine Labaki, I can discuss the...

A conversation with Winter Carnival performers OSHUN

A conversation with Winter Carnival performers OSHUN

February 20, 2019

Thandiwe and Niambi Sala performed in Goodrich Hall Saturday night. OSHUN’S debut album, bittersweet vol. 1, has received critical acclaim. Photo by Sabrine Brismeur. OSHUN – a hip-hop...

Box Office Hours: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ with Anthony Y. Kim

Box Office Hours: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ with Anthony Y. Kim

February 13, 2019

Stephan James and Kiki Layne help bring James Baldwin’s novel to visual life in Barry Jenkins’ screen adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk. (PHOTO COURTESY OF TATUM MANGUS/ANNAPURNA PICTURES) My...

Ben Ortiz, an archivist from the Cornell Hip-Hop Collection, will DJ on Claiming Williams Day. Photo courtesy of Ben Ortiz.

Curator Ben Ortiz to spin records, speak about archiving Hip-Hop on Claiming Williams Day

January 23, 2019

Ben Ortiz, an archivist from the Cornell Hip-Hop Collection, will DJ on Claiming Williams Day. Photo courtesy of Ben Ortiz. Winter Study is coming to a close, and spring semester is rapidly approaching,...

Chalamet delivers visceral, raw performance

Chalamet delivers visceral, raw performance

December 5, 2018

A few Fridays ago, I decided to spend my whole evening at Images Cinema. I watched Damien Chazelle’s First Man at 4:45 pm and Beautiful Boy immediately after. It comes as no surprise that teenage movie...

Thom Yorke breaks convention with  jarring, experimental score for

Thom Yorke breaks convention with jarring, experimental score for “Suspiria”

October 31, 2018

It’s Halloween time, and horror movies are on our radars. Whether you’re into jump scares (The Conjuring, Sinister), psychological horrors (Sixth Sense, Rosemary’s Baby, Black Swan) or art house...

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Thomas Krens ‘69 was director of the Williams College Museum of Art in 1980 and is currently involved in Guggenheim’s plans in Abu Dhabi.

Krens ’69 discusses Guggenheim’s future endeavors in Abu Dhabi

October 24, 2018

Much of the rich art scene in the Berkshires can be attributed to Thomas Krens ’69. Previously director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Krens has a resume bolstered with achievements in the...

BROCKHAMPTON’s latest album, Iridescence, features seven soloists and serves as an opportunity for healing and self-reflection.

BROCKHAMPTON heals, finds comfort in ‘Iridescence’

October 17, 2018

My first experience involving BROCKHAMPTON came with the solo works of Kevin Abstract, a rapper from Texas. In January of last year, I stumbled upon the song “Empty” from his sophomore album American...

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Blood Orange's fourth studio album, Negro Swan, alludes to themes of political protest and sparks a mental health dialogue.

Blood Orange’s latest album reverberates political protest

October 3, 2018

My Spotify history is plagued with one-time listens, but every now and then, I find an album that I cannot stop listening to. Negro Swan, the fourth studio album by producer, songwriter and instrumentalist...

Noname (AKA Fatimah Warner) gained a cult-like following after appearing as “Noname Gypsy” on early Chance the Rapper mixtapes.

Noname’s Room 25 finds intersection between poetry and rap

September 26, 2018

Over two years after her debut album, Noname finally released Room 25 on Sept. 14. Born as Fatimah  Nyeema Warner, Noname is now 27 and has come a long way since her 2016 album Telefone. In Room 25,...

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