Billy Joel’s Top Five

It’s been only a month since the 41st anniversary of Billy Joel’s most impactful album release, “The Stranger.” To celebrate that accomplishment, and one of the defining artists of a generation, here is a countdown of my top five favorite Billy Joel songs. If you haven’t heard any of these, give them a listen. If…

Entrenched in ‘Trench’

Twenty One Pilot’s ‘Bandito Tour’ leaves little to be desired By Anna Dorl It’s an incredible feeling when you score seats to see one of the most popular bands in the world. I’ve been a fan of Twenty One Pilots for a couple years, ever since I discovered their album “Vessel.” So when my friend…

The most dangerous magic

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is a teachable moment for making choices and questioning evil By Kathryn Fannin The newest installment of the Fantastic Beasts series, “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” left fans’ hearts racing and their minds filled with more questions than answers. Many favorite characters made difficult sacrifices, and the fates of our…

Fashion for good

CNU IJM to hold fashion show to support trafficking victims By Kristen Ziccarelli This Friday, CNU’s branch of the International Justice Mission (IJM) will host their Freely Made Fashion Show, modelling ethically-made clothing to raise awareness about the affects of fast fashion and the beauty of slavery-free clothing production. With twenty-six student models walking the…

Masks, campfires and books of names

TheaterCNU’s November production, ‘Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play’ fuses acapella, ‘The Simpsons,’ and the future after an apocalyptic nuclear disaster By Annie Silva It’s the end of the world. You’ve lost your family, friends, and your home. What’s left to do, you might ask? Theater CNU’s production of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play answers this…

The fall of the house of Donati

Peebles’ stage captured the full breadth of Opera CNU’s talent in Puccini’s ‘Gianni Schicchi’ By Kristen Ziccarelli Before Thursday night, ‘Florence’ was just the name of the hurricane that evacuated CNU a few months ago. But with Opera CNU’s Thursday night performance of Gianni Schicchi, the cast and the orchestra revealed the true Florence –…

Adore the Adorned

PFAC’s newest exhibition features designer jewels, clothes, bags and portraits By Kristen Ziccarelli The Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s (PFAC) current art exhibition features a variety of displays capturing a variety of different aesthetics. Debuting on October 13, Adorn will run until early January and will then be replaced by an African Art Exhibit. For these…

Review: ‘Drawings from a Nobody’

A cartoon-packed critique from a Virginia-based comedian, John Poveromo By Daniel Mosakewicz American culture today is essentially a gold mine for comedy to the observant, and local comedian John Poveromo certainly proves his powers of observation in his recently-released collection of cartoons, Drawings From A Nobody. Poveromo picks at society to create a humorous collection…

Review: ‘Trench’

By Anna Thomas After their successful 2015 album, “Blurryface,” and nearly two years of touring, it seems the famous Twenty One Pilots duo haven’t taken a day off since. Their newest album “Trench,” released on Oct. 5, revisits the topic of mental illness, something lead singer Tyler Joseph has admitted to struggling with while discussing…

One stage together, one century apart

Behind the scenes of Opera CNU’s two performances this week: Paterson’s ‘The Whole Truth’ and Puccini’s ‘Gianni Schicchi’ By Kristen Ziccarelli In the minds of many college students, opera lies far way in a centuries-old, removed land home to screechy sopranos, long rambling plot lines and confusing classical languages. But seeing and hearing the CNU…