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Irina Marinov, an associate professor in Penn’s Earth & Environmental Science Department, is Penn’s leading researcher on climate change. While her research focuses on the way that the geophysics of the Southern Ocean can affect the rest of the globe, Marinov also teaches undergraduate courses on climate change and ocean atmosphere dynamics. Street talked with the newly tenured professor to hear more about her research, the role of politics in climate change, and what she thinks about the future of the planet.
When the musical Rent premiered on Broadway in 1996, it was an immediate cultural phenomenon and critical success. With four Tony awards—including Best Musical—and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent changed the theater world forever with its brash, honest, rock–based music, as well as its complex and sympathetic portrayal of those living with HIV/AIDS. Loosely based on Puccini's opera La Bohème, Rent—written by Jonathan Larsen—follows a group of impoverished young artists in 1990s New York City’s East Village, trying to live the bohemian life while grappling with homelessness, addiction, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
When the first Zombieland came out ten years ago, it featured a pre–fame Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg, alongside Woody Harrelson and a young Abigail Breslin. The film was a critical and commercial hit, full of dark, irreverent humor and a cast with unexpected chemistry. The backdrop of a gory zombie apocalypse, of course, just added to the entertainment. On Oct. 18, the original cast returns—now all Academy Award nominees or winners—in the horror–comedy sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap. The chemistry is still there, and the gore is turned up to 11, but though the cast (now with a few new additions) still brings a lot of fun, they have very little to work with.
Two years ago, Penn’s Classical Studies professor Emily Wilson rose to prominence as the first woman to translate Homer’s The Odyssey into English. Last month, she once again received worldwide recognition after being awarded the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Grant, formally known as the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. But on Twitter, where Wilson has been active since December 2017, her bio includes “Writer, professor, translator. NOT the first woman to publish a translation of the Odyssey.”
With a soft ambiance, and jewel blue walls all around, June BYOB is the latest French restaurant to join East Passyunk, South Philly’s restaurant row. Chef Richard Cusack opened the 28–seat establishment in late August, replacing a previous French BYOB in the same location. Cusack, named as “a chef with sterling credentials” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, has worked at classic Philly restaurants such as the Dandelion and Parc, and even spent some time working as Sixers star Joel Embiid’s private chef.
Penn’s campus is full of memorable public sculptures. Who hasn’t taken a photo by the Love statue, or walked under Covenant—the official name for the tall red beams on Locust? Now, with a long–term loan from the Association for Public Art for 99 years, Penn's sculpture collection grows even bigger. The relocation of two large–scale, outdoor sculptures—Louise Nevelson’s Atmosphere and Environment XII (1970) and Sir Jacob Epstein’s Social Consciousness (1954)—began in mid–July. Atmosphere and Environment XII has been placed on Shoemaker Green, and the installation of Social Consciousness is well underway at the Memorial Garden Walkway.
In the summer, when the textbooks are away, there's more time to read for pleasure. Luckily, there is no shortage of books to devour on Penn's campus. There are four bookstores on Penn’s campus, from the eclectic House of Our Own to the official Penn Bookstore. There is also the Penn Book Center, recently facing challenges as an independent bookseller, and Last Word Bookshop, a used book store with a resident cat. These stores each have their own unique personality, and very useful book recommendations.
Since Disney announced Toy Story 4 in 2014, the responses have ranged from excitement to nervousness to rejection. 2010’s Toy Story 3 wrapped up the trilogy perfectly and was then viewed as the end of the iconic series. So, how can the story of Woody and the gang continue? With the release of Toy Story 4 last month, our questions are finally answered.
Spider–Man: Far from Home always had some big shoes to fill. Released on July 2, the film is not only the first one to set after Avengers: Endgame but also the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four of films. It also continues the story of Peter Parker, aka Spider–Man, one of the most beloved superheroes of all time. The filmmakers, then, were tasked with creating both a standalone Spidey film and a satisfactory follow–up to the second biggest film ever. While many past Marvel movies have done both, Far from Home falls a little short. Filled with awesome action pieces and fun teenage antics, it's an enjoyable film that also feels at odds within the MCU.
Last Saturday, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts put on its first installment of Movies @ The Mann, a summer concert series that presents popular films alongside live performances of their scores. With exciting action and music, this series is perfect for those who adore the works of John Williams and the like, cinephiles who love a classic blockbuster, or someone who just wants to lay out on the lawn while enjoying some movie magic.
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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, or purposefully avoiding popular culture, you may know that a little film named Avengers: Endgame is due to come out in two weeks—on April 26, to be exact. Whether you have read every Marvel comic, or are only seeing this movie because your friend has read every Marvel comic, Street has got you covered on how to get up to speed for what is poised to be the biggest movie of all time.
When I first read Weike Wang’s name on the roster of the Penn English Department, I was thrilled. The Chinese–American author, teaching one course this semester and two next semester, is not only known for her debut novel, Chemistry—which received the PEN/Hemingway Award—but also for the journey she took to get there. With an undergraduate degree in chemistry and doctorate in public health from Harvard University, as well an MFA in fiction from Boston University, Weike’s career trajectory reflects a curious intersection between two areas that do not often mix.
The Chinese word for friends, when translated phonetically, is pengyo—a word primed for the pun that Penn’s Chinese a cappella group, PennYo, uses as its moniker. This spring, with a theme inspired by the popular sitcom Friends, PennYo’s show—P E N N Y O, presented in the iconic Friends font—felt even more on brand. The night saw a variety of entertaining yet poignant performances that were fun for not only those in audience who have connections to Chinese culture, but also those who might not understand all the words. Everyone could feel their passion.
The first thing I notice before I enter nunu is its enticing red glow. It's a little overwhelming at first, but once my eyes adjust, I begin to notice the subtleties of this Fishtown restaurant–bar: the sea of Chinese lanterns hanging above the bar, the neon sign alternatively flashing as a rooster and a hen fixed toward the back, and the variety of seat choices crowded into the small space. There are large curved booths, dining nooks fit for only two, and individual stools by the bar.
As the post–spring–break slump winds down, and school starts back in earnest, some of us may find our thoughts drifting to spring break next year. While it's always fun to use this time to relax on a beach or at home, Penn Alternative Breaks—a student–run organization that collaborates with various community partners to provide Penn students with service and engagement trips during school breaks—offers a unique, meaningful way to spend spring break. Here’s how the students who went on PAB’s three spring break trips spent their time this year.
When I walked into the theater last summer to see Incredibles 2 with my friends, I had already heard about Bao, the animated short film that accompanied it. After all, it's hard to ignore when your last name appears as the title of a project by a major film studio.
When someone says the words, “Love Hurts,” what do you automatically think of? Is it that moment when an ex unceremoniously ghosted you, or memories of a long–lost teenage love? For people at The Moth StorySLAM on Feb. 4, these words meant many things, from hilarious young love set against a backdrop of moving immigrant experiences, to the warm love a woman felt for her late grandmother.