A&E Briefs 1/25

Mary Dupuis

Binge List: New year welcomes wave of shows to stream

Three weeks into 2021 and it still doesn’t seem like we’ll be able to hang out with friends or go to  public events for quite a while. Luckily, the prevalence of streaming services has bolstered our traditionally slim pickings as the new year begins.

January is infamously known as a “dump month” for movies. It is during this time of the year where studios unload their projects that are most likely to underperform because people are either too busy with the holidays to notice or they don’t want to go to a theater in the cold. 

This year with theaters closed and loved ones calling instead of visiting, people are spending a lot more time at home, causing several television shows to jump in popularity much quicker than they might have before. Here’s what everyone has been watching while staying warm and staying safe. 

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Billy Madison finds his way to Kirkhof Theater 

The movie “Billy Madison,” featuring Adam Sandler, follows the story of a spoiled rich man-child who has gone all his life without having to lift a finger. He spends his days drinking and partying until his father becomes fed up and gives Madison an ultimatum. 

Since Madison passed each grade in school due to his father’s bribes, his father has decided that he must pass every single grade himself within 24 weeks. Otherwise, he will not inherit the family business and it will be passed on to his father’s scheming associate. 

GVSU’s Campus Activities Board will be screening “Billy Madison” in the Kirkhof Theater every day from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4. Showings will be at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Campus Activities Board starts Saturday night trivia tradition

GVSU’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) held their first virtual Saturday Night Trivia event this semester on Jan. 23 with general trivia questions and CAB recruitment information. 

CAB plans to continue to hold trivia nights every other Saturday at 6:00 p.m. for the duration of the semester. The trivia will either take place through a Zoom call or while playing the game of Kahoot, and prizes will be awarded to the winners. 

The themes of the trivia night will be announced the day-of and anyone is welcome to join. Students are asked to RSVP on LakerLink in order to get the link to the Zoom call and reserve their spot. 

Winter semester Writer’s Series begins with GV faculty readings

A GVSU faculty reading, “Art in a Time of Crisis,” will be the first event in the Writer’s Series this semester. The reading will be taking place this Friday, Jan. 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom. 

W. Todd Kaneko, the author of the poetry books, “This is How the Bone Sings” and “The Dead Wrestler Elegies” will be reading at the event. Kaneko is co-author alongside Amorak Huey of “Poetry: A Writers’ Guide and Anthology” and “Slash / Slash,” winner of the 2020 Diode Editions Chapbook Prize and set to be published in 2021.

Kaneko will be joined with Chris Haven, the author of a book of short stories, “Nesting Habits of Flightless Birds,” and a collection of poems, “Bone Seeker.” Haven’s short fiction and flash fiction have appeared in Threepenny Review, New Orleans Review, and Kenyon Review Online. His poems can be found in The Southern Review, Cincinnati Review and Beloit Poetry Journal.