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@applemusic/Instagram | Lana Del Rey's matures on "Norman F-----g Rockwell!" and releases her best album yet while maintaining her now iconic persona

Lana Del Rey Reimagines Herself on ‘Norman F—–g Rockwell!’

★★★★★ Lana Del Rey’s sixth studio album “Norman F—–g Rockwell!” marks a watershed in the singer’s career and image. Featuring her typical dreamy, psychedelic sound and sharp yet escapist lyrics, Del Rey innovates her style and overall persona by revamping the subject matter of her songs. The record still latches[Read More…]

RECORD REWIND: Taylor Swift’s Ever-Shifting Identity

RECORD REWIND: Taylor Swift’s Ever-Shifting Identity

“Lover,” Taylor Swift’s latest release, sees the megastar return to the never-ending love present in her early albums, veering away from the icy and tough persona curated on her previous release “reputation.” However, this renewed embrace of her famously bright persona doesn’t necessarily translate into a coherent artistic development. My[Read More…]

SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM | Seattle-based Ginny Ruffner meticulously designed each plant present in the exhibit, and half of the experience is discovering each one through a digital screen.

‘Reforestation of the Imagination’ Combines Art With AR

Glass-sculpted tree trunks with bright, painted tree rings on gray rock formations fill a small exhibition room at the Renwick Gallery. Without the aid of the exhibit’s app, the room seems barren and as a whole underwhelming. The magic of the exhibit, however, lies in its use of augmented reality[Read More…]

by September 12, 2019 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Guide - Top, The Guide
EARTHGANG’s ‘Mirrorland’ Offers Novel Take on Atlanta Hip-Hop

EARTHGANG’s ‘Mirrorland’ Offers Novel Take on Atlanta Hip-Hop

★★★★☆ Atlanta hip-hop duo EARTHGANG fortifies its standing among rap’s most promising newcomers on its first major label debut, “Mirrorland,” with fun, bouncy bars over eclectic production with roots in funk music. EARTHGANG, composed of rappers Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, has been recording and releasing music on and off[Read More…]

GUNSLINGER PRODUCTIONS | Engel's documentary at once solidifies Ivins' legacy as a journalist and memorializes her sharp wit and infectious humor.

Molly Ivins’ Life, Legacy Examined in ‘Raise Hell’ Documentary

★★★★★ Director Janice Engel’s latest documentary, “Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins,” enshrines the life, legacy and wit of acclaimed journalist Molly Ivins, a charismatic and confident 6-foot tall liberal woman from Texas, with a well-paced tribute film that captures the charm and moxie of its subject.[Read More…]

by September 11, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
CATALONIA FILMS | A vibrant underground club scene helps set the stage of "This is Not Berlin" and creates the space for Carlos' exploration of his identity.

‘This is Not Berlin’ Tackles Queer Coming-of-Age Story

★★★★☆ Evocative of recent masterpieces “Moonlight” and “Roma,” “This is Not Berlin” presents a brilliant coming-of-age story in Mexico City during the 1980s. Anchored by stunning performances and mesmerizing cinematography, the film amazes with a gorgeous narrative of exploring sexual identity and finding social acceptance in the margins of society.[Read More…]

by September 11, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
MANAGING READS: ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ Portrays Authentic Modern Love

MANAGING READS: ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ Portrays Authentic Modern Love

In many ways, Alex Claremont-Diaz is a fairly typical Georgetown University student: politically engaged, overachieving, convinced he will be a senator one day and prone to poor decision-making when intoxicated. Unfortunately for him, the latter quality manifests itself in the form of an altercation with Prince Henry of England and[Read More…]

by September 7, 2019 1 comment Books, Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: An Incomplete Survey of Georgetown’s Boba Tea Shops

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: An Incomplete Survey of Georgetown’s Boba Tea Shops

In the Chinatown of my home, Las Vegas, Nev., each block seems to host an endless supply of boba tea shops, from international chains to mom-and-pop businesses. It surprised me when I came to Georgetown and discovered that the neighborhood had alarmingly few boba tea shops in the immediate vicinity. [Read More…]

Bullet Journals Highlight the Aesthetics of Study Culture

Bullet Journals Highlight the Aesthetics of Study Culture

The practice of crafting beautiful, meticulous notes and planners gained widespread traction online over the past five years, especially on online blogging platforms like Tumblr and Pinterest. Bullet journaling serves as a method of organization, and its inherently adaptable nature presents ample opportunities for personal, creative agendas that document more[Read More…]

by September 6, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Lifestyle, The Guide
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HBO’s ‘Years and Years’ Envisions Future With Cynicism

“Years and Years,” an HBO miniseries that debuted earlier this year, is simultaneously harrowing, hopeful and amusingly speculative as it attempts to paint a picture of what the near future might hold for the world. Told through the eyes of tight-knit English family the Lyons, the show follows the four[Read More…]

by September 6, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Television, The Guide