Hamilton, At The Public Theatre

1.172693 “How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whoreAnd a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spotIn the Caribbean, by Provident impoverished, to squalorGrow up to be a hero and a scholar?”These are the opening lyrics to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit musical “Hamilton,” currently playing at the Public Theatre. The biographical musical begins with an opening song, rapped by none other than Aaron Burr, titled “the damned fool that shot him.”Hamilton announced …

The Cavaliers And Warriors Are On A Collision Course

i-2The first weekend of the NBA Playoffs has come and gone, but not without providing us with some awesome highlights and enticing storylines to carry us through the rest of this round and into June. It always seems that this time of year is tailored specifically for the NBA to take centerstage. While the Stanley Cup Playoffs have also just begun and baseball is still unimportant, no other sport is capturing national …

Americans Want To Celebrate 4/20

635651106094825233-michigan-pot-042015Since we will not be celebrating “4/20” today, we decided to fill you in on where our country stands on legalizing America’s sweet ol’ gal, mary jane.As of today, according to recently conducted poll by the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of Americans stand in favor of legalizing marijuana and 77 percent of Americans support the use of marijuana for medical purposes.In just the past several years, support for marijuana’s legalization has …

The Stoner Musical Comedy Every Neil Young Fan Needs To See

3044017-poster-p-1-human-highway-neil-youngPut down your Pono Players and shut off your rainforest live stream, because the greatest Neil Young side project of all time just opened at IFC. From now through Thursday evening, you can catch Neil Young in Human Highway, a bizarre 1982 stoner comedy about Small Town USA on the last day before a nuclear catastrophe.Young, operating under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, co-directed Human Highway with Dean Stockwell, who you might recognize from …

Can A “Global Network University” Protect Academic Freedom Worldwide?

1398141717594President Sexton still has not publicly addressed the Andrew Ross travel ban, but Professor Ross did get a response from the Faculty Committee on NYU’s Global Network.In an email sent to all faculty on Thursday, April 9, the committee released a statement laying out their thoughts on the incident.The letter acknowledged the importance of academic freedom, but rejected the notion of a “guarantee of free movement.”“Sadly, no such guarantee exists in any …

Obama Agrees, Your Feelings Are Great

635555357345253130-http-3A-2F-2F41.media.tumblr.com-2F4a2cd70fcadae26f29abcf38ee044433-2Ftumblr-nh42atfkcv1tddhzxo2-1280It’s safe to say that very few people enjoy the amazing perks of puberty. Not only do we start to physically develop, but puberty is the first time in our lives when we start to grow feelings towards others, both sexually and emotionally. Imagine going through puberty, having been told that those many first experiences were wrong. Picture yourself walking past your middle school crush in between class — can you still feel the butterflies all …

NYC’S First Queer Porn Film Festival Emphasizes Consent

qpffIt’s spring again, and that means that love is in the air. Or, well, at least there’s porn. Namely, New York City’s first annual Queer Porn Film Festival! Ah, yes, the seasonal pleasures of spring.The Queer Porn Film Festival, as its name might suggest, is a daylong festival featuring events that are centered on the various arts of queer pornography. It seeks to provide a “a space to submerge yourself into art, sex, …

Menstruation Cups And Instagram’s Period-Phobia

IMG_0031-620x465In a recent controversy, Instagram censored artist Ruki Kaur after she posted an image that featured her in bed with period blood on her pants and bed sheets. The site took the image off of its servers, stating it failed to follow community guidelines and Kaur responded by posting the image again, which Instagram removed a second time.The question now for Instagram users is why are images of female menstruation considered too graphic …

The Art Of Corporate America

5d353e2e7Images have always possessed a strange power over people, arguably a stronger force in conveying feeling than words. Paul Rand, (not to be confused with the 2016 elections candidate Rand Paul) was a graphic design artist who possessed a unique talent for using images to convey simple messages that have a more powerful effect on the mind and memory than most words. He worked as a designer of many famous logos and …

Tisch Freshman Is Headed To Cannes

Nick SahranavardTisch freshman Nick Sahranavard was not expecting his thoughts late at night to premiere at a major international film festival, but they are. Literally. Sahranavard’s film, His Thoughts Late at Night, has been selected to premiere in the Short Films Corner at Festival De Cannes.For those of you who have been living under a rock, Cannes is a prestigious international film festival that takes place in the south of France, and …

4th Annual NYUAD Hackathon For Social Good In The Arab World

FullSizeRenderThis past weekend, 110 students, mentors and judges gathered at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus for the 4th Annual NYUAD Hackathon for Social Good in the Arab World. The event is organized by Professor Sana Odeh – Affiliated Faculty, NYU Abu Dhabi, Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science, and Clinical Faculty, Computer Science Department Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York. The event is a three day …

Find Art In A Plugged-In World At The New Museum

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 9.04.08 AMThe annual international NYC art jamboree, Triennial, returns this year at the New Museum on Bowery. “Surround Audience,” 2015’s show, focuses on the fresh perspectives and talents of artists just embarking on their careers. The exhibition, at times overwhelming, searches for the often overlooked aesthetics in a world lost in technology and fixated on development. It aims to find beauty in once-controversial topics, such as gender-reassignment, that …

Independent Investigation Reveals N.Y.U. Abu Dhabi Labor Violations “Not Widespread,” But Apparent

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.23.37 PMIn 2009, facing criticism at the prospect of building a campus in the United Arab Emirates, where labor rights are virtually nonexistent, N.Y.U. issued a “statement of labor values” that outlined the University’s guarantee of fair and humane treatment of workers.Last May, however, the New York Times reported that conditions on N.Y.U.’s Abu Dhabi construction projects were “often starkly different from the ideal,” with workers facing poor housing situations, deportation, and unfair working conditions …

Flux App Makes NYC Nightlife Easy, Simple

10473855_394826470693829_4986854769577134484_oIt’s an underrated struggle, getting to know the nightlife scene in New York City. Nevermind college kids trying to take on small campus’ “go-to” spots, imagine the impossibility of the challenge we 21+ NYU kiddies face: mastering night-outs in one of the densest cities in the world. Concert or club? Bar or speakeasy? Will there be a cover charge? Will the boys get in? Who’s playing tonight?Luckily though, as with most things in life, there’s …

Inside Disney’s Magical World of Live-Action Remakes

UntitledSir Ian McKellen has played a lot of different roles throughout his career as an actor, spanning more than 50 years. His latest character? A clock. More specifically, Cogsworth, the neurotic human-turned-enchanted-timepiece in Disney’s live action adaptation of the 1991 animated classic, Beauty and the Beast.Disney has been particularly enthusiastic about reimagining its animated features lately, with Cinderella released just last month, and Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland in recent years. And there …