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Goodbye iconic black bangs and pining for a phone call, hello blonde bob and longing for in–person communication. While Carly Rae Jepsen’s style, sound, and musical content may have matured, her “Call Me Maybe” days still linger in her work. Her new single, “Julien,” released on April 19, is evidence of this.
Huddled around a table are three strikingly different figures: one wears brown glasses with hues of blue and rounded lenses, another dons a neutral colored scrunchie and big golden hoops complemented by her subtle nose piercing, and the third has blonde locks and a dark green hoodie. These three students—Aayush Sanghrajka (W '19), Belle Carlson (C '19), and Ethan Daly (W '19)—each have unique personalities, yet the chemistry between them is evident. As they sit down, the three immediately exchange updates on their respective weekends in New York, with continual laughter and the casual exchange of chocolate covered raisins.
Celebrities—they’re just like us. You might have rolled your eyes at this cliche, and for good reason too. But after Antoni Porowski, Queer Eye’s food and wine connoisseur, visited Penn on March 29 for an “Evening with Antoni,” the audience learned that this Fab Five member may be more relatable than one might initially assume.
The comic–to–screen phenomenon is in full swing, and the newest example is The Umbrella Academy, a new Netflix series that dropped on Feb. 15th. But in a world filled with the teen series cliches of Riverdale (still love it though), the action–packed saga of Marvel, and the spooky, satanic realm of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the darkness and dysfunction of The Umbrella Academy offers a refreshing take on visual media inspired by comics.
Feel like turning in Classical Studies for culinary school? Anything is possible on Penn’s campus. On Feb. 13, Penn Dining gave us the newest iteration of Quaker Kitchen—a demo in which chefs from Bon Appétit, Penn's food service provider, gave students the opportunity to learn recipes for a three–course meal, talk with the chefs, and taste the finished creations, all right on campus at New College House. The demo was Valentine's Day-themed: The menu included a cranberry and orange salad, shrimp fra diavolo with zucchini noodles (zoodles), and chocolate–dipped strawberries.
It’s a contradictory format: making fun of the genre that you fit perfectly within. But Isn’t It Romantic does just that. The movie, which will be released on February 13th, features Rebel Wilson satirizing the artificiality of romantic comedies with a plot that checks all of the audience’s expectations—and desires—for the genre. This movie gives us every cliché element that we secretly want, but gets away with it because it is refreshingly self–aware.
Located in University City at 3601 Market Street, The Common is inviting—but not exclusive—to college students. Scattered between two floors are round, square, and long communal tables—encouraging a variety of groups and occasions. The cohesion of Edison bulbs, metal chairs built from recycled oil drums, and engaging, original artwork provide The Common with a cool, casual ambiance. This is enhanced by the exposed kitchen that constantly wafts aromas of perfectly seasoned steak or fresh pasta throughout the space. The restaurant, which opened on Jan. 23, features New American cuisine with Mediterranean influences and is owned by Chef Patrick Feury, Henry Chu, Kenny Huang, and Michael Wei. The executive chef is Lucio Palazzo.
“It was so great to come together with people I didn’t know in such a magical place that really opened my perspective and mind even more,” says Kate Wattanavekin (W '20), finishing our interview, and perfectly summing up her trip over winter break. Though she’s dressed in a cozy black sweater and denim, the most notable feature on Kate is her smile. She’s practically glowing as she talks about her week–long adventure to Antartica, which, unlike many of our Netflix–filled, couch–located breaks, was filled with rigid temperatures, miles and miles of hiking on pristine lands, and poop tubes.
Following its initial release on November 16, the Netflix holiday original The Princess Switch has garnered fairly consistent reviews: it's silly, heart–warming, holiday fun that is extremely predictable. While I have nothing against a predictable story line and actually prefer happy endings, this movie felt like 100 minutes of very little excitement.
Jon Bellion makes me genuinely happy. He reminds me of car rides home when my friend and I would sing every consecutive "low" in the chorus of “All Time Low” without pausing to breathe. Or my junior year spring break when I listened to the entirety of his first album, The Human Condition, six times. Fast–forward to November 9 when the rapper, singer, and songwriter dropped his second album Glory Sound Prep—I'm now ecstatic.
Throwback to September 2016, when the internet met the 13–year–old who challenged an entire audience—or hoes, as she referred to them—to a fight on Dr. Phil. We simultaneously were appalled and amused by this tough–faced, Floridian white–girl who stole cars and claimed her “Brooklyn” accent was "from the streets."
He’s topped the iTunes charts, headlined international tours, and collaborated with Ed Sheeran—but at the end of the day, Hoodie Allen is Steve Markowitz (W '10)—Penn grad who spent his freshman year at Hill house and still remembers team building in Management 100. On the 8th Floor of Huntsman Hall, Hoodie walked into a room of eager Penn students with a “Ben Franklin Quakers” purple t–shirt and a beaming smile. He was excited to be back on campus, and we were excited to have him.
Khalid has done it again. In his seven–track EP Suncity, which came out on October 19, he once again does what he does best: acting as the voice of the teenage generation. In a seemingly simplistic fashion, he magically makes teen recklessness and the problems they face, beautiful. Listening to his lyrics as a young adult, you somehow become nostalgic for this age even though you are in the midst of living it yourself. And Suncity, a "love letter" to El Paso, Khalid's hometown, makes you miss the Texas town even if you've never set foot there.
Who needs last–minute costumes and smushed Starbursts this Halloween when your acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry awaits your reply? Okay, you may not actually have a formal invitation, but these events in the Philadelphia area are sure to satisfy your Harry Potter craving in the upcoming weeks.
I love Riverdale. I love the eeriness that looms in every episode, the mysteries that keep you on your toes, the idyllic, 50s–esque atmosphere that, like almost all the characters on the show, has a dark side to it. I also love the friendships and relationships. I even love the unrealistic plot twists.
Have you ever heard of the Faroe Islands? If not, “don’t feel bad,” Bjarni Rasmussen (W '22) reassures me and potential readers. “About one in every two hundred people actually know what it is.”