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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 — Houston, TX °

James Karroum


A&E 9/1/20 7:07pm

Katy Perry drops uncharacteristic yet hope-filled album “Smile” as “Teenage Dream” turns 10

Aug. 24 was the 10th anniversary of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” her generation-defining pop album. She then delivered her first child on Aug. 26 after an engagement with Orlando Bloom last year, and two days later, dropped her sixth studio album, “Smile.” Her latest album was disappointing, nothing like the Katy Perry you know, and only the third most significant part of her week.



A&E 4/14/20 9:30pm

The Rice Thresher presents the Quarantine Cookbook

Many of us are inspired to keep on the daily grind through small  interactions with the people that matter to us around campus — having to  spend the past month indoors and away from friends has likely made more  than a few Rice students stir-crazy. Plenty of those same people have  turned to stirring ingredients in a pot or pan, whether trying out  online recipes and cooking for the first time, or improvising a  traditional family dish.  Enjoy these nine recipes submitted by students  to the Thresher’s Quarantine Cookbook. 


A&E 4/7/20 5:57pm

Halted Hollywood: Movies you can watch early, and ones you’ll have to wait for

Virtually every traditional movie theater across the country has closed indefinitely by now, which has thrown a wrench into several upcoming movie releases, including highly anticipated blockbusters like Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” and Disney’s live action remake of “Mulan.” Box Office Mojo says U.S. movie theatres have grossed only $5,000 in each of the past two weeks on average, several orders of magnitude less than this time last year. Films that were scheduled to come out this spring and summer have been pushed back several months, and for those which have not, expect them to be delayed soon. Here are the major delays grouped by production company...


A&E 2/25/20 9:55pm

Review: Grimes’s apocalyptic ‘Miss Anthropocene’ hides an Americana gem

“Miss Anthropocene” is the fifth studio album by electropop artist Grimes, intended to comment on climate change through a propaganda-filled, alternatingly dominant and submissive lyrical narrative of human extinction and an artificial intelligence takeover. Self-described as her final earth album, the 15-song, 67-minute journey is characterized by slow electric bass, rhythmic synths, echoey nonchalant vocals and the dichotomous sounds of wildlife and machine thrums, with the track “Delete Forever” as the perfect standout.




A&E 10/8/19 9:46pm

“Hey, I’m Just Like You” oozes nostalgia

Identical twin sister duo Tegan and Sara revisit their teen angst and give it a powerful voice with their new album “Hey, I’m Just Like You,” released Sept. 27. In their ninth studio album, the duo straddles the line between pop and rock genres as they revisit tracks they recorded together in high school. 


A&E 9/24/19 9:08pm

Insomnia Gallery Holds Black Light Art Show

Insomnia Gallery held a public reception Friday, Sept. 20 for the opening of “Near Dark: Black Light Art Show,” a collection of black light sensitive art complete with black light that bring the pieces to life. Insomnia called for submissions from local artists with the only requirement being that all work be black light sensitive.