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The Jonas Brothers Are Back But are we a “Sucker” for Reunions?

Jonas Brothers ReturnWhen I was nine years old, I walked hand in hand with my dad as I went to see the Jonas Brothers in concert.

It was one of the best nights of my life. There I was, in a venue packed to capacity with young elementary aged girls (and possibly a few boys who would dare to admit it) who also loved the dark haired boys who sang about futuristic themes.

Even my dad was having a ball. 

As a full-grown woman, you would assume that these passionate feelings about the Jonas Brothers have subsided.

I wish I could say you were right, but I still teared up when I saw the Jonas Brother’s make an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden for a carpool karaoke.

With their new single “Sucker” that just hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, it seems that the Jonas Brothers are making a comeback.

And so are the hidden posters kept in dusty attics that younger girls gawked at when they were nine. 

The Jonas Brothers have a stable fan base, given the individual music experimentation done by younger brothers Nick and Joe.

Nick Jonas’s solo success in the pop charts includes “Jealous,” which stayed on the Billboard Pop Chart for 28 consecutive weeks in 2014, followed by collaborations with Tove Lo and Nicki Minaj.

Joe Jonas took center stage again as the front man of DNCE, releasing “Cake by the Ocean” in late 2015, which peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Pop Chart.   

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Mike Quon: The Art of a Designer

Mike Quon 1Bright, vibrant, unique and exciting are all of the words used to describe the style that Mike Quon paints, draws and creates.

The art exhibit, The Art of a Designer, that featured the works of Quon held its closing reception last Sunday, March 10.

The artist, Mike Quon, has been around the influence of art since a very early age.

Quon’s father was an animator and director at Walt Disney, who worked on a number of famous animated movies.

Quon said, “My environment was filled with magic markers, pastels, watercolor paints and more. As a master painter, [my father] was a big influence on me. I remember drawing from around the age of five or six.”

Born and raised in California, Quon attended UCLA where he graduated with a BFA, and furthered his education at the Art Center College in Los Angeles.

After graduating, Quon started a career as an art director at J. Walter Thompson and Young and Rubicam. Now, Quon lives in the New York City area.

His pieces have been in galleries and museums all around the world including Los Angeles, Paris, and everywhere in between.

His work is also in the Library of Congress, The New York Times office, the U.S. Air Force Art Collection and The New York Historical Society as part of their permanent collections.

Because of the bright and fun style of his work, Quon’s art has been used in campaigns and for logos, even promoting events like the Summer Olympics.

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CRJ: Our New Drug

CRJ New DrugFor those still craving a dose of bops since Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2015 album Emotion, the Queen of Pop is ready to give us a new fix.

The Queen released two new hit singles, “No Drug Like Me” and “Now That I Found You,” on Feb. 27, which has given people something to dance about.

The single with over 500,000 plays on YouTube, “Now That I Found You,” is a fun song that’ll make you “come alive” with its upbeat tempo right from the gate.

CRJ belts out at the chorus, “Cause there’s nothing like this feeling, baby/Now that I found you,” and you can’t help but feel the euphoria too.

When you have that feeling of finding the one, there’s no other feeling like it.

You “want it all” by being with that person at any moment you have.

Also, you “don’t wanna hide [your] love,” or “waste it;” you want to show it.

CRJ reminds us what it’s like to fall in love and the dance party you want to throw when you have it.

The artist also reminds us of how sexy some of her songs can be.

Her other single, “No Drug Like Me,” is reminiscent of her steamy deep cuts like “All That,” “Warm Blood,” or “Fever.”

It’s not so much of a throw down dance song, but more of a sway your hips and bite your lip type of tango.

Our eyebrows rise from the start when CRJ implores her lover to, “Take me to the limit, hold me down there.”

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Visiting Writer Hanif Abdurraqib

Visiting Writer Hanif Abdurraqib 1Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib read to a jam packed audience of fans, faculty, and students in Wilson Auditorium as part of the University’s Visiting Writers Series last Thursday, March 7.

Abdurraqib’s recent works include his first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, from June 2016, his first collection of essays titled They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, published in the winter of 2017, and his most recent book Go Ahead in the Rain, published this year, which debuted as a New York Times Best Seller.

However, there is always a significant difference in reading the works of a published artist versus hearing that artist read their own work to their audience, which holds true for Abdurraqib.

Abdurraqib is not only a writer who captures his readers through his poetic and critical words on the page, but also through his powerful presence and sense of hope and inspiration for all who have the opportunity to see him in person.

While in Wilson Auditorium, he read an essay from his collection They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us titled “Defiance, Ohio is the Name of the Band,” as well as a soon to be published poem titled “When Michael Jackson Walked on the Moon.”

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, Hanif Abdurraqib also participated in an entertaining and insightful Q&A with those in attendance.

When asked by a student in the audience what initially motivated him to start writing, Abdurraqib answered: “I was a music critic and writer before I was a poet, and I grew up in a house where music was often played a lot, but not often talked about a lot.”

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A Night with the Stars at The Oscars

The Oscars 2019 1After months of anticipation, we finally made it to this year’s Oscars last Sunday.

Annual viewers have been waiting anxiously to see how this will play out. Some of the drama surrounding this year’s Academy Awards included Kevin Hart’s stepping down as a host, which left the Oscars host-less, and rumors of awards not being televised.

Oh, and Lady Gaga recently broke off her engagement, hinting at rumors of an affair with Bradley Cooper.

Don’t worry, this year’s Oscars answered all of our questions and more.

We began our Academy experience with an opening performance from Adam Lambert and the remaining members of Queen.

It was a great way to begin the evening, especially with Bohemian Rhapsody nominated for various awards including Best Picture.

I was sitting on my couch, vibing with Queen, almost forgetting that we were lacking a host!

Not having a host was a little weird at first, considering the presenters in place of a host kept commenting on it.

The first  presenters, actresses Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler attempted to make jokes out of it to release tension.

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Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies

Van Gogh Fields SkiesCelebrated for his enthralling works of art, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh was a greatly tormented soul who was followed by a dull sting of ever-present loneliness, alongside strong bouts of mental illness.

The artist would have never known that years after his 1890 suicide, there would be a German woman, Helene Kröller-Müller, who would resonate with his sentiments and provide him with the love and devotion he had never received.

As the first installation of the Monmouth University Center for the Arts film series titled Great Art on Screen,  the Univresity presented Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies from 2017 is a stunning documentary directed by Giovanni Piscaglia.

It showcases a wide selection of works by van Gogh, 40 remarkable paintings and 85 drawings, from the Kröller-Müller Museum in Holland.

The film highlights priceless artistic treasures and the architectural beauty of the Kröller-Müller Museum set in De Hoge Veluwe Park in the Netherlands.

Dotted throughout Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies are visual extracts of the Milanese, Florentine, Roman and Palladian Renaissance.

Letter passages van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, set the pace in exploring Kröller-Müller’s collection.

The artist’s voice is loud, and those acted passages truly set scenes of the places van Gogh lived and stayed in, from Paris to Provence.

Van Gogh was someone who never connected with others around him but found temporary solace in landscapes and studying the natural [clothed] human form.

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Live From London

default article imagePop punk giants Mayday Parade and The Wonder Years, from Tallahassee and Philadelphia respectively, rocked the London Troxy last Saturday evening.

Opening acts included Pronoun, the solo indie pop brainchild of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Alyse Vellturo, as well as Southern California post-hardcore quartet Movements.

Pronoun opened the show with a brief set of infectious pop melodies against a backdrop of twinkling guitars.

Vellturo and her band performed songs off their 2017 EP Use Passport to Choose a New Location as well as some singles from their upcoming LP I’ll Show You Stronger which is due out May 24.

Movements pushed the show forward with their gritty mix of raw punk guitar tones and emotive melodies.

The band performed a set of songs from their 2017 LP Feel Something, including popular tracks such as “Third Degree” and “Colorblind.”

The Wonder Years then followed with the first headlining set of the night.

The Philly sextet dominated the stage as they established a wall of sound; drummer Mike Kennedy ripped into each song with vigor and excitement, laying the foundation for the band’s heavy guitar-laden sound.

The London performance signaled the end of the band’s month-long tour of the UK and Europe in support of their 2018 LP Sister Cities.

The tour featured stops in countries like the Netherlands, Italy, and even Iceland.

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Who’s Behind The Mask?

Behind The MaskThe new American reality singing TV competition series The Masked Singer premiered on FOX on Jan. 2.

The new show is based on the South Korean reality show, King of Masked Singer.

The show has 12 celebrities in a singing competition against one another and they sing their favorite songs whether they are professional singers or not.

The celebrities are dressed as a lion, alien, rabbit, deer, unicorn, monster, peacock, bumble bee, and raven. There’s even a pink poodle, pineapple with a six pack, and a hippo.

The catch is that no one knows who the celebrity is because they are dressed in extravagant costumes hiding their identities.

In addition to their outrageous outfits, each celebrity has a constant autotune on their voice with the exception of when they’re singing.

Upon discovering the reality competition show, assistant professor of communications, Dickie Cox, M.F.A, stated, “An early precedent for this kind of show would be The Gong Show in the 1970s.”

Before each celebrity’s performance, a video is shown.

The video consists of multiple hidden clues that are visibly seen and said by the secret celebrity themselves.

The celebrity then goes to perform and allows the judges to ask about two “yes or no” questions.

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Ricky Byrd’s Journey From Rock ‘N Roll to Recovery

Ricky Byrds JourneyThe University hosted a conversation with former Joan Jett and the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd to discuss his struggles with addiction last Thursday, Feb. 21, at Woods Theatre.

Byrd has had an incredible journey featuring some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows.

While I was waiting in the foyer for the event to begin, I saw a student emerge from the stage area and began talking to someone about Byrd. “I asked [Byrd] when he knew he had needed to get help,” I heard him say. “[Byrd] replied and told me ‘Well, I almost died.’”

Hearing that right before the show piqued my interest and made me wonder what this guy was all about.

When the event started, Byrd walked out onto the stage wearing a black button down with the two top buttons undone, blue-tinted shades and longish white hair; he has the aura of a rock legend.

Byrd was joined on stage with music industry student and fellow musician Zack Sandler, who conducted the interview and helped organize the event.

A PowerPoint played in the back featuring pictures from Byrd’s life and career, as he talked about everything far and few between.

Byrd recalled the first time he knew he wanted to be a musician while watching the Ed Sullivan Show and seeing super groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones perform.

While he had good moments in his youth, Byrd also talked about how he started to get into drugs and alcohol during this time.

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Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography Of American History Photographs By Andrew Lichtenstein

Marked Unmarked Remembered 1The Ice House Gallery on campus, is a historical site that students walk past every day without ever knowing its significance in the lives of those who used to live in Wilson Hall before it became the University we now all call home.

This is what makes it the perfect place for Andrew Lichtenstein’s photography collection, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory to reside (from now until March 22).

This Gallery is a culmination of many years’ worth of photos taken in historical locations around the country, that aren’t often acknowledged for their significant places in history; but that’s not the only thing connecting these places.

Upon asking Lichtenstein how he found these locations, he shared the deeper connection of all the photos, saying, “it was all history that was important to me. So history that I was particularly interested in was the history of struggle and the history for the struggle for civil rights in this country.”

Lichtenstein began his career in photography while living in the east village of New York City several years ago, where he witnessed a modern struggle for civil rights.

What he’s seen provoked him to combat the injustice through documenting everything that went on.

The artist spoke on the event with, “When I was living in the East Village, they closed the park to the homeless. Then, I watched them take all the homeless people’s belongings and throw them in the trash truck.”

According to a friend of his and observer of the gallery, it was Thomson Square Park.

Lichtenstein continued, “I just felt that that was wrong; so all my friends and neighbors were throwing bricks and rocks at the police, and then they were getting beat up. [However,] I didn’t want to get beat up. [Then,] I quickly figured out if I brought a camera, I could participate, but not really suffer the consequences.”

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Has Liam Neeson’s Career Taken a Wrong Turn?

Liam Neeson CareerEarlier this month while on a promotional tour for his new film Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson made some staggering comments about an incident that took place nearly 40 years ago.

In an interview with The Independent, Neeson recalled a time where he discovered that his close friend was raped.

The only information about the assailant was that he was a black man.

As a result, in a blind rage, the action star admitted that he wanted to seek out revenge and “[…] hope some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could… kill him.”

Neeson talked about this time in his life and continued in the interview to display great remorse for those feelings he once had, but that isn’t the conventional issue with the comments made.

On one hand, it’s an appalling thing to reveal and it’s probably good that Neeson showed regret.

After all, he spoke truthfully and that should count for something, but still, Neeson shouldn’t come across as a hero in this story.

Neeson’s comments reflect a type of behavior that’s so incredibly despicable and something that still unfortunately exists in our society.

There are some people who will claim racism isn’t a major issue in our country—or just in general—but comments like this show there’s still a root of hate that exists.

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