Best entertainment of 2016

2016 was an interesting year. Here at Cadenza, we like to think it was because of all of the stellar entertainment.

Manufacturing emotions: The overlooked art of film scores

Film scores are the “background” music that plays during action sequences or emotional moments, as well as the more memorable theme music. Every Hollywood movie has a score these days, specifically composed for the film.

| Staff Writer

Low maintenance procrastination: Our favorite web series to watch instead of studying for finals

As “High Maintenance” and “Insecure” rake in critical acclaim this year, media has started looking to web series as a source of content. Though your parents and grandparents may not know what a web series is, that doesn’t mean you can’t use them as an excuse to avoid politically charged conversations over the dinner table.

Kids on Campus brings big laughs to packed Black Box show

I walked into the Village Black Box for the Kids On Campus show and was hit by a wave of energy that would last throughout the night. As the crowd found their seats, the six musicians of the house band played loud, funky music.

Eric Judson | Contributing Writer

Religious film series spotlights covert religious themes in films

The Religious Studies program created the film series this semester as a way to build community, both within the program and beyond. The series also offers students a chance to apply the skills they learn in Religious Studies courses to films in popular culture, whose themes aren’t always obviously religious.

| Staff Reporter

“I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful, yet so unaware of it” and other great albums of 2016 reveal a search for meaning and a higher power

The 1975, an English rock band, titled their 2016 sophomore album: “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful, yet so unaware of it.” The title is so long that one might find it laughable. The title’s length falls in line with a theme of searching.

Ayanna Harrison | Staff Writer

Four a cappella groups return to ICCAs, a fifth debuts

Hoping to replicate last year’s finals appearance, the Mosaic Whispers—Washington University’s oldest co-ed a cappella group—qualified for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella quarterfinals again this year. The Whispers are only one of five Washington University a cappella groups entering the competition this time around, as the Stereotypes, the Amateurs and Sensasians all return to the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) stage, while the Ghost Lights will make their debut.

| Associate Editor

Go see a play: National Theatre Live screened at the Tivoli

No more than a 20-minute walk north of campus is the Tivoli Theater, our local arthouse cinema. It was here that I found my play, in the Tivoli’s National Theatre Live series.

| Staff Reporter

CRASH: Deconstructing music to make it accessible to all

CRASH, a student group that’s part of the larger student organization Beat Therapy, focuses on using music to improve people’s lives, much like its parent organization.

| Staff Writer

Upcoming PAD Show ‘Thinking It’ explores the power of feelings and emotions

A story that delves deep into the basis of human emotion through the lens of two characters recently awoken from a coma, “Thinking It” is an upcoming production put on by the Performing Arts Department, written by Washington University’s Playwright-in-Residence Carter Lewis and directed by Andrea Urice.

| Theater Editor