• Arts & Entertainment

    Lopate brothers discuss family history at Evening Reading

    On March 21, in LeFrak Concert Hall, two brothers reminisced on their childhood and their mother. At the final QC evening reading for the 2016-2017 academic school year, Leonard Lopate interviewed his brother, Phillip Lopate, who recently released a tell all story about his mother, “A Mother’s Tale.” Lopate is the director and a professor of creative non-fiction at Columbia University. This particular work details his mother’s life from the tragic loss of her father in childhood, to the birth of her children, to her many careers, raising her children in Williamsburg, Brooklyn all against a landscape of many historical moments in the United States such as the Great Depression, World…

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    Coptic textile donation expands QC museum’s collection

    The estate of Rose Choran recently donate to the Queens College Godwin-Ternbach museum 85 Coptic textiles from Egypt that are 1,500 years old. Along with the textile donations, art books were also donated to the museum. These textiles are expanding the museum’s textile collections. The textiles will be on display from May 15 to May 20 in the museum. Associate professor of art history at Brooklyn College and Byzantine specialist, Jennifer Ball, will be speaking at the museum during the display. The term “Coptic” comes from Copts, an ancient Christian group from Egypt. The textiles are from 3rd to 7th century AD when Egyptians, Romans and Greeks co-existed. The textiles…

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    “Power Rangers” provides fun, if cheesy, movie reboot

    Well, it’s once again time for Hollywood to take something from a past decade and reboot it for a new generation to make boatloads of cash. Nostalgia has meant big bucks for tinseltown in the past decade. From Trans- formers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Mad Max, reboots and reimaginings have resulted in bucketloads of cash for studios, and the next franchise that has been retooled for a new audience is the American/Japanese action comedy drama hybrid that won the hearts of children in the 1990s and is still going strong today, Saban’s Power Rangers. Power Rangers is up there with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as one of pop…

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    Jhumpa Lahiri discusses career and publishing at QC Evening Readings

      Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri visited QC on March 7 to discuss her past work, the publishing business and her new venture of writing and translating works in a different language. Lahiri has authored works such as “The Namesake,” “The Lowlands” and “Interpreter of Maladies,” but it was her most recent texts—2016’s “In Other Words” and 2016’s “The Clothing of Books”—that were the focal discussion point of the event. Given her accomplishments in her career, Lahiri’s new focus has shifted to writing in Italian and translating works from Italian into English. “It’s an experiment worth pursuing,” Lahiri said. “It’s a new way of seeing things; I’m enjoying how…

  • Arts & Entertainment,  Op-Eds

    “The Salesman” offers intense action and subtle realism

    For those of you who have not seen the recent movies coming out of Iran, such as “Taxi” and “A Separation,” I suggest you skip the next trip to the local multiplex and spend an evening watching them instead. These excellent films provide an intimate look into Iranian society that is scarcely covered in the news. “The Salesman” is another example of an Iranian made gem that must be watched. This film is an emotionally lacerating and riveting drama that is directed with a patience-rewarding subtlety you will be hard pressed to find in most American movies.   “The Salesman” tells the story of a childless couple in their mid-30s…