The Sublimity of Nature Captured

"Lewis Blackwell, Chair of the jury, explained, “What these images achieve is up to you. You may pick up a camera. You may travel. You may have a mission.” With this advice, I wandered through the exhibit and admired each image as a way to provide clarity in a world of obscurity."

The End of a War, The Dawn of a Revolution

"Though some may be inclined to dismiss Dior’s vision as retrogressive in that he redrew the lines of femininity, Dior himself explained that: “All around us, life was beginning anew; it was time for a new trend for fashion. The war was over... What did the weight of his sumptuous materials, his heavy velvets, and brocades matter? When hearts were light, mere fabrics could not weigh the body down.”"

Top Albums of 2017

"2018 is just around the corner, which means it's time to recap this year’s best albums. 2017 has been a year of defined new voices, fresh sounds and powerful records."

A New Look at the Brazen Age

"As a method of combing both beliefs, jewellery ornamentation and rune stones combined Norse and Christian symbols. This integration suggested a harmonious balance between the new religion and the Old Norse practices."

The Seasons Are Changing, Your Wardrobe Should Too!

"One day, when you are rushing through Queen’s Park, stop and take a look at the colors you see. These are going to be the colors of your fall and winter wardrobe. Subdued but rich colors like olive, burgundy, burnt orange, shades of brown, beige, and grey are going to be the colors of choice."

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A True Review of the Heart

"Overall, my biggest critique of the play was that after Christopher finds his way, independently to London, the play is guilty of holding low expectations of people with disabilities, evident by the manner in which Christopher’s victory is presented as utterly miraculous. As Stella Young argues in her TED talk, we should strive to live in a world that believes people with disabilities can accomplish great things in life."

A Very Nice Beginning

"As comfort counselor Mitch Mahoney, also played by Betz, remarks when faced with the revolting kids, “Pain has degrees.” The learning process to achieve that perspective involves some appropriate growing pains. Every aspect of this production perfectly reflects the shiny, polished awkwardness that characterizes both spelling bees and musical theatre."

Paper Trail

"Perhaps it was just a bad haul? Surely, the used-book supply, like any other yearly yield, must see its ups and downs. But I suspect the operation of a far less innocuous cause."

Coffee House Helps the Homeless

"With a little over 3 weeks of planning, preparation and organization, Cards4Humanity and Pair-a-Dice’s amazing club members created a remarkable event that connected different people for a good cause."

Hedwig Takes Hart House

"Born a male resident of East Berlin, Hedwig’s escape was effected by a marriage with an American soldier who required a sex change. With that operation botched and Hedwig’s gender identity thrown into confusion, she reinvents herself as a rock star while searching for a theoretical alter ego who she hopes will complete her. As Hedwig’s put-upon husband Yitzhak (Lauren Mayer) bluntly instructs us, the star is not to be touched — unless she explicitly invites us to do so. Indeed, the show invites us to “touch” Hedwig, to empathize with an individual whose life story could hardly be more salacious, grotesque, and ultimately worthy of our attention."

Old vs. New: Unlikely Concert Audiences

Compared to the lively, mosh-pit filled concerts with a younger age group, the Us + Them tour was a relaxing, thought-provoking, and exhilarating experience for the audience.                                                                   

At Home with Monsters

Central to del Toro’s philosophy is that: the seed of the soul is free choice. “What makes us human is that we can choose, whereas insects are hardwired. What is beautiful about humanity is that we can choose to be heroes or villains,” he explains.