In March, coronavirus swept through the world, leaving a destructive trail in its wake. Auditoriums, professional theaters, cinemas, and art galleries were forced to close down to prevent the spread of the virus, as the threat of exposure was high in tightly packed spaces such as these. The arts were essentially forced to shut down. For many, the only way to see other people and stay entertained was through cable television, Netflix, YouTube, and TikTok. While networks and media companies worked tirelessly to provide viewers with sufficient amusement with which to stay busy when the world shut down, this task proved far more difficult than most realize. Even the most well-known television series struggled to deliver entertainment with new episodes. Many networks placed strict COVID-19 regulations in studios to keep actors, technicians, and directors safe. Most shows were postponed until further notice. Live shows faced a particularly brutal beating. To survive, many live shows continued to air from hosts’ and guest stars’ homes via Zoom or Skype. Saturday Night Live’s 45th season ended in sketches recorded and designed by the stars from their own living rooms.
As is common knowledge, COVID-19 was officially characterized as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Following this, emails and news stories announcing the cancellations of various performances, classes, and even the closing of studios as a whole flooded into artist’s inboxes. Before we all knew it, everyone’s calendar was emptier than a grocery store’s toilet paper aisle. However, rather than being excited and looking at this as an extended spring break, this brought about significant panic. Artists already get paid very little, would they be paid during this time? And as it is so difficult to “make it,” in a career in the art industry, every minute of practice is of the essence for students. How would they receive proper instruction and training? Fortunately, because of modern technology, continuity in training and a continuation of practice in the arts has been made possible.
On March 12, 2020 every Broadway show currently running was shut down by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. This was a response to stop the spread of COVID-19. Initially, the theaters were only supposed to be shut down until April 12. However, this date has been extended to June 7, the day the Tony Awards were supposed to be broadcast. Although this response is completely appropriate and helpful in stopping the spread of Coronavirus, it is leaving many people in the entertainment industry in need of money and supplies. So, many people with industry jobs are turning to an organization called The Actors Fund.
Jessica Mann (center), one of women who testified against Weinstein, leaving a Manhattan courtroom after Weinstein’s sentencing.
Alexa W., journalist
(GW CHRONICLE) — Harvey Weinstein. This name–his name–could be seen on the credits of almost every major motion picture at one point in time, establishing his power and control that he had over Hollywood and the entertainment industry. However, many failed to realize that as his name flashed across screens everywhere, it also elicited fear and anger from the many women whom he objectified, harassed, manipulated, and assaulted.
“I just don’t have enough time.” Many of us love to cuddle up with a good book for an hour or two, but at the same time, we have busy lives that prevent us from finding the time to read. This was a dilemma that I faced, as well. As a high schooler, my days are filled with schoolwork, studying, and extracurriculars. I have always loved books since I was a child, and it saddens me that nowadays, I do not have the time to dive deep into long stories like I used to. Last fall, I was browsing Barnes and Noble with my mom, when I noticed a little magazine called Reader’s Digest. I picked it up and asked my mom if she had ever heard of this publication. In fact, she had! She used to read it quite a lot when she first came to America, and she highly recommended it to me. That day, I bought the November issue of Reader’s Digest magazine, and I became hooked. I quickly subscribed, and today, Reader’s Digest has become one of my favorite sources of personal reading.
“Without music, life would be a blank to me,” Jane Austen once said. Music has been a part of our lives since our early ancestors first walked the Earth (Greenberg). In fact, some people believe that music developed even before language (Greenberg)! Our ancestors clapped their hands and banged stones and sticks together (Frontiers). From there, a whole range of different types and styles of music developed, including, but not limited to, classical, opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and rock. While these genres all seem radically different from one another, they are united by one fact: they are all a form of music, and music has the power to affect us all throughout our lives.
We have barely stepped into the new decade and the new year, however it already seems as though we are going backwards. Recently, the Oscars held its 92nd show to honor a myriad of films, however the spotlight fell onto its nominees or rather the lack of diversity present in the nominations. While a lack of diversity in a nomination list for an award show celebrating elite members of society seems small in comparison to many other issues plaguing the world, this issue is much larger than it seems. In fact lack of diversity in the Oscars led to popular trends such as #OscarsSoWhite and led many people to boycott the Oscars, celebrities included. Natalie Portman even showed up to the 2020 Awards show in a custom Dior gown which had the names of all female directors who were snubbed by the Academy.
I have always had the belief that books are more than just interesting stories written to pass time. Books carved impressions and opened gateways to different places and times for me. Books have engulfed me in worlds of both joy and tragedy making me bubble with happiness or sigh in sorrow. Books have enabled me to escape my protected world to explore other dimensions. With each journey, my mind broadened and my feelings confided.
Social media acts as a powerful force in spreading awareness to issues and events as they occur in the world. Over the years, celebrities have begun to utilize their growing influence to help further raise attention to such information. Leonardo DiCaprio is one star in particular who has utilized his voice to raise awareness about climate change in the world and its consequences.