"Covers the campus like the magnolias"

Old Gold & Black

'Covers the campus like the magnolias'
"Covers the campus like the magnolias"

Old Gold & Black

"Covers the campus like the magnolias"

Old Gold & Black

A sizzling cast iron of chicken, shrimp, vegetable and steak fajitas sit on the table at Xcaret Mexican Grill and Cantina. (Courtesy of Melina Traiforos)

Winston-Salem’s favorite Mexican restaurant

Melina Traiforos, Staff Writer April 28, 2024

When you first walk into Xcaret Mexican Grill and Cantina on Fourth Street, dozens of art pieces vie for your attention. Starburst piñatas cascade from the ceiling, 3-foot-tall masks depicting places...

A24’s newest film “Civil War” depicts a war-torn America in the not-so-distant future. (Photo Courtesy of Dark Horizons)

“Civil War” is one of the decade’s most important films

Ally Werstler, Staff Writer April 23, 2024

“Civil War” was the most memorable viewing experience that I have had in recent memory. The film was not only visually stunning, but simultaneously absolutely terrifying. Alex Garland, writer and director...

The Lilting Banshees, delivered their last performance of the year: “Pants Down.”

“Pants Down”: The Banshees Deliver Again in Their Last Performance of the Year

Carolyn Malman, Staff Writer April 23, 2024

On April 3, Wake Forest’s most infamous comedy troupe,  The Lilting Banshees, delivered their last performance of the year: “Pants Down.” I attended the 8 p.m. performance, which was one of two...

A relatively newer character in the world of rap, Metro Boomin has become to modern rap what Timbaland was to ‘90s/2000s R&B. (Courtesy of Billboard)

Kendrick Lamar puts Drake on blast in gossipy new Future album

Ameera Moinuddin, Contributing Writer April 4, 2024

The long awaited release of platinum certified duo Metro Boomin and Future’s album, “We Don’t Trust You,” has left the rap world aswirl with excitement. The title of the album is derived from one...

“Dune: Part Two” is a more than worthy sequel to “Dune,” according to Senior Writer Ally Werstler. (Photo courtesy of IMDb)

“Dune: Part Two” is a movie that deserves to be seen on the big screen

Ally Werstler, Staff Writer April 4, 2024

Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune: Part Two,” the highly anticipated sequel to his 2021 picture “Dune,” picks up almost immediately after the first film’s ending. The audience is thus thrust into Paul...

Sydney Sweeney produces and stars in the film as the central protagonist who ventures out to serve in a convent in the Italian countryside after her parish outside of Detroit, Michigan closes.(Courtesy of NEON)

Anything But “Immaculate”

Lydia Derris, Arts & Culture Editor April 4, 2024

This review contains spoilers. Michael Mohan’s “Immaculate” hit theaters last week on March 22. I headed to the Grand Theatre after classes yesterday and watched the new nun thriller. Sydney Sweeney...

John and Fanny Dashwood, played by Bennett Haara and BG Cave, hold hands in the intimate setting of the Ring Theater as they share a tender moment at the crux of the performance.

‘Sense and Sensibility’: WFU Theater ‘Combines humor with sentimentality’

Carolyn Malman, Staff Writer March 7, 2024

From Feb. 16 to Feb. 18 and Feb. 22 through Feb. 25, the Wake Forest Theatre Department presented “Sense and Sensibility,” a play by Kate Hamill adapted from Jane Austen’s novel. On Feb. 22, I attended...

“Society of the Snow,” recounts the story of a tragic plane crash carrying a Uruguayan rugby team in 1972. (Courtesy of IMDb)

Saying “cheese” amid despair

Jimena Elmufdi, Staff Writer March 7, 2024

As the cinema award season comes to an end, I can’t help but think back to one of the films that caught my undivided attention earlier this year. “Society of the Snow,” by the Spanish filmmaker Juan...

Part of Jones event included the performance of some of his prose out-loud, the highlight of the event for many attendees.

Stephen Graham Jones is the rising exemplar of the horror fiction genre

Maryam Khanum, Senior Writer March 7, 2024

The genre of horror fiction contains multitudes. From serial killer slasher narratives where a hapless victim is chased around a forest, neighborhood or mansion, delaying their gruesome (and inevitable)...

“Poor Things” is more fruitful for discussion when it is viewed not as a character study of Bella but, as Stone described it, “a very twisted fairy tale” that is fully metaphorical. (Courtesy of @BilliamSkara/X)

‘Poor Things’ humorously embraces depravity

Adam Coil, Senior Writer February 26, 2024

Yorgos Lanthimos’ filmography has pushed the boundaries of what marketable, profitable films can be for over a decade. We have watched plenty of hard-to-stomach moments through his lens: children trapped...

Members of the cast and the director of Love Lies Bleeding engage in a Q&A panel after a screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance Film Festival offers promising glimpse into 2024 cinema

Jacob Graff, Senior Writer February 22, 2024

There is no experience quite like the Sundance Film Festival. As the United States’ preeminent talent show for independent film, the Festival has a rich history of bringing the best of the world’s...

My biggest critique of the film is that everyone involved seemed like they each had different ideas of what movie they were making. (Courtesy of Paramount)

“Mean Girls” hits a sour note

Kenley McClure, Staff Writer February 12, 2024

Back in November, when the trailer for the new “Mean Girls” film came out, I urged people to give it a chance. However, after seeing the film for myself, I must say it is decidedly not fetch and neither...

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