Posts in category "Opinion"

"Suicide Squad Committed Suicide" or I'm gonna to tell you why Superhero Movies SUCK today (and why you should care)

"Suicide Squad Committed Suicide" or I'm gonna to tell you why Superhero Movies SUCK today (and why you should care)
Growing up in the 90’s, it was only natural for me to acquire a mild taste for superheroes. I had the Batman: The Animated Series VHS tapes and played with my Spiderman 2 Lego set and enjoyed every second. Yet, while it was a blissful time for me, it was also the continuation of the... Read more »

Why I love wearing lipstick and why anyone who laughs at that should 'stick it'

Why I love wearing lipstick and why anyone who laughs at that should 'stick it'
Indulge me in a quick flashback: When I was about four or five years old, I was browsing the costume shack at Sonny Acres Pumpkin Farm in West Chicago. The year was approximately 1995, many years before the current acceptance of a person’s free will in defining their gender. I bounded excitedly towards an exquisite... Read more »

Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump

Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump
Throughout history, Opera has been a reflection of the events occurring around it. Mozart’s The Magic Flute contained both the continued repression of women as well as the advancing ideals of The Enlightenment at the end of the 1700s. In the middle of the 1850s, Verdi’s La Traviata sang the joys of the potential future... Read more »
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I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit

I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit
I usually don’t like to be pedantic about these sort of things, but have you listened to the Top 40 stations on the radio lately? Gone are the strings of ELO, the innovative rhythm of Blondie, and the genius of The Beatles. Now we have the confused genre jumper Taylor Swift, the computer-generated talent of... Read more »

The Hype Over Hamilton: The Musical and the fickleness of public opinion

The Hype Over Hamilton: The Musical and the fickleness of public opinion
Unless you’ve been living under a particularly resilient rock over the past months, you know that the hottest ticket in New York, as well as every city on the future tour, is Hamilton: The Musical. Like Cats and Wicked before it, the 2015¬†Tony-guzzling musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights) about Politician Alexander Hamilton has... Read more »

Harambe the Gorilla, unattentive parents, and the death of common sense

Harambe the Gorilla, unattentive parents, and the death of common sense
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you may not have heard about the news story that has set the rational faction of the community ablaze with consternation. At the Cincinnati Zoo, a week ago, a 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe was shot to death when a three-year-old boy fell into the... Read more »
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"No, I can't help you": A story of Walmart and the death of Customer Service

"No, I can't help you": A story of Walmart and the death of Customer Service
“Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.” – Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield¬† The art of customer service is not one of... Read more »

Fake Flowers, Spray Tans and Disfunctional McDonald's: What you see may NOT be what you get

Fake Flowers, Spray Tans and Disfunctional McDonald's: What you see may NOT be what you get
Imagine sitting in a restaurant, perhaps a quaint looking Italian joint with checkered tablecloths and Chianti candles. You absentmindedly knock into the plant on the ledge next to you and unleash what very well might be twenty-five years of dust and pizza crusts. Upon closer inspection, you deduce that what looking like a slightly-faded fern... Read more »

Lori Alan and Mary Birdsong: A Love Letter to Two of the Greatest Comediennes Since Lucille Ball!

Lori Alan and Mary Birdsong: A Love Letter to Two of the Greatest Comediennes Since Lucille Ball!
Growing up in the Chicago Suburbs, a boy is practically left to his own devices to come up with role models. Couple that with two parents who gave me total free rein to discover what I loved, an important reason as to why I was able to become an opera singer and not have the... Read more »
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The Elusive Star: The Appeal of the Classic Movie Actress

The Elusive Star: The Appeal of the Classic Movie Actress
Bette Davis could melt a man with her eyes alone. Tallulah Bankhead drew men in like a moth to flame. Gloria Swanson was said to be so beautiful that a Maharajah traveled thousands of miles to cut a lock of her hair. These actresses all possessed very different styles of acting, but they all embodied... Read more »