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Being For the Benefit of Mr. Lennon!

It was 40 years ago today: Appreciating John Lennon

Okay, so it technically wasn’t 40 years ago today, but you can sing that with confidence, Sgt. Pepper style, on December 8th. And then feel bad that you actually sang it.

On that day forty years ago, former Beatle and forever icon, John Lennon was assassinated. His untimely, senseless death sent shockwaves around the world. So much so that to this day, every December 8th you can find scores of people braving the NYC cold, huddled up around the Imagine mosaic in the Strawberry Fields memorial located in Central Park, singing his songs for hours on end.…

OppyArts Spotlight: Gary Granata

By: Gary Granata and Conor Clark

CC: I quarantined in Tuscaloosa, Alabama volunteering at Granata Woods, a permaculture food forest created during the pandemic by Dr. Gary Granata. Gary is a farmer, community organizer, and food & good times historian. He taught me how growing and smoking your own paprika makes “the store bought stuff taste like red saw dust you put on deviled eggs.” 

I spent the day helping him place large logs on contour to create growing space on the land. The day was hot, the work was hard, the stories flowed and I sometimes had difficulty keeping pace with 60-year old Dr G.…

Stern Follies: The Little Sternmaid

I got the chance to interview the cast and creative team of this year’s Follies’ production of The Little Sternmaid, which will be airing this Friday, May 8th at 8pm on the Stern Follies Club YouTube
If you want the inside scoop on what you can expect from the biggest virtual Stern event of the year, continue reading below! 

What was your favorite or most rewarding part of Follies this year?

“The day the full cast filmed the last scene together, virtually! It was so great to see the dedication of the full cast and crew. You could feel the positive energy emanating from each Zoom screen!!”…

Playing Hooky is Hard Work

By Maxine Rusbasan

Playing hooky has taken on a whole new meaning lately.  Not just about how schools and businesses across the globe have gone remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also about the newly formed MGM/United Artists Television and its first deal with Play Hooky Productions, founded by the Oscar-winning actor, Sam Rockwell, and NYU Stern’s own Mark Berger. 

You may know Sam Rockwell from his roles that definitely stole my heart as the dastardly villain, Eric Knox in Charlie’s Angels (2000), the Southern cop, Dixon, in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017,) for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, or, most recently, as the endearing Nazi, Captain Klenzendorf in this year’s Oscar-winner, Jojo Rabbit (2019).…

Trapped in Morocco

I would like to preface this article by saying that my friend and I now realize how risky it was to travel during Spring Break, and we probably should have heeded the University’s advice to stay home. Nonetheless, we thankfully did eventually make it back safe and now have a great story in the arsenal for future cocktails parties, when social distancing is a mere memory.

My classmate, Teresa and I were supposed to go on DBi Morocco a few weeks ago. Teresa is in my block and always sat in the front with me in our foundation classes. To her dismay, I call those days the “acquaintance days.”…

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