Part B

Arts and Culture reviews, previews, and comment pieces.

Thank you Ariana, for “thank u, next”

Ariana Grande’s rapid rise was unexpected; rarely does a Disney Channel or Nickelodeon child star shrug off their slapstick history and climb to such heights of popularity. With her high pony in tow, Grande released her fifth studio album and…

In memory of Naomi Hersi: Exploring the Exhibition

In celebrating LGBQT+ History month, LSE Arts are hosting an exhibition detailing key QTIPOC campaigners, their experiences and their fight for equal rights through visual media. You are immediately faced with a bold, life-sized painting drafted by Amir Khadar. Khadar’s…

Gay, Lesbian, Queer, Bi?

I’m gay. It’s a Friday afternoon, and as I stand in front of a crowd of teenagers, the words echoing in my head, my stomach flips. No one in this room knows me, but the paranoia of people knowing is…

Gay All Your Love On Me

Why Mamma Mia’s gay appeal runs deeper than shirtless guys and sequins I was raised on ABBA’s music. My parents owned lots of CDs, but after my brother destroyed them by lining them up and stepping on them, we mostly…

Crime and ‘You’

Another Netflix controversy Last year, Netflix’s show 13 Reasons Why caused public anxiety about the risk of a suicide contagion among teenagers – particularly in those who are vulnerable to bullying and stereotypes. The show portrays the aftermath of a…

“Everyone loves you. Become a party politician and everyone will hate you”

A review of I’m Not Running Considering the current political climate of the past few weeks (or months? Years?), it seems strange to go to a theatre to indulge in political drama. However, David Hare’s new play I’m Not Running, provides entertainment…

The Unlikely Epics

“Lawrence of Arabia”, “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Star Wars” are amongst the most famous examples of epics. Even if you have not seen them, you have certainly heard of them. The genre holds a special and elusive position in…

A ‘Clare Market Review’ Review

I arrived late the journal’s launch event. Imagine my surprise when I noticed that getting into the room would prove a challenge: the room was packed. The launch of a rather obscure literary journal. Packed a room. At LSE. As…

“Colette”: A feminist portrait more forgettable than its subject

Colette had a daunting task: to defy gender norms and explore how an overshadowed artist can forge her own identity. The well-assembled biopic’s messages of empowerment are refreshingly authentic. But January sees the release of two other female-led period dramas.…

Binge-Worthy TV Recommendations

The Christmas holidays are nearly over – but it’s not all bad news. Need a new show to binge before you get back to LSE? Here are some recommendations to avoid the arduous problem of scrolling through Netflix for an…