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November Arts Desk Recommendations

Check out these great pieces of art hand-picked by the Chronicle’s Arts Desk.
Mary Allen
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We at the Arts Desk love good media. This is the start of a more casual monthly piece to recommend the art that has been connecting with us. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Nothing hits on a chilly fall day like a few notes from John Williams’Hedwig’s Theme” as the Warner Brothers logo floats in the clouds. For the third Potter film, director Alfonso Cuarón brought a newfound artistic flair to the series, with a constantly moving camera, inventive shots of mirrors and sweeping shots of the Scottish countryside. Director of Photography Michael Seresin employed moodier lighting and darker color tones that complement the movie’s more suspenseful tone. The cast, Daniel Radcliffe especially, were given the chance to mature with the heavier subject material. The story itself is more mature as well and it all comes together for a straightforward and cozy film. 

— Andre


Till Murder Do Us Part

Releasing Nov. 1 on Netflix, this docuseries focuses on the case of Jens Söring and a double murder that has gone unsolved since 1985. True crime is one of the most popular genres of TV and podcasts as of late. A feature on this series would be interesting, especially due to the fact that there is essentially extra evidence on the scene that points to two unknown men that — as far as I’m aware — have yet to be identified. There is also room for opinions to make their way into this piece, as Jens Söring did end up going to jail for the double murder of his girlfriend’s parents and was only recently granted parole. I personally am excited to dig into the case.

— Audrey


Thrill of the Arts” — Vulfpeck

Funk is unfortunately an understated and forgotten genre in our day and age. Thankfully, this 2015 album from Vulfpeck is here to scratch that undeniable funky itch we all have. It’s a healthy mix of powerful vocals, bounce keys, and bass that can only be described as stanky. You may be familiar with the track “Back Pocket,” but this album has so much more to offer. It’s an incredible joy to listen to and always ends too soon. Roll down those windows, let the cool November air in and blast this album, warming the earth with the power of funk.

— Luke

GÉNISIS” — Peso Pluma

Growing up in a Latin household, there were many music genres that my mom would listen to, such as cumbia, urban Latin, bachata etc. Although, I was never a fan of Latin country music. It wasn’t until recently that I became obsessed with Mexican artist Peso Pluma and his album “GÉNISIS.” His music is a Sinaloa-style genre mixed with urban Latin which makes his voice and music quite addicting. “Rosa Pastel,” “Luna” and “Lady Gaga” have been on repeat. Listening to Peso Pluma has made me appreciate the art and history of country Latin music. I would recommend listening to Peso Pluma even if you don’t understand Spanish — so worth it!

— Eliza

The Loveliest Time” — Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen has spent the last few years exploring a new sound. This album is a great representation of that. The album is fun and synthy. Each song has its own funky, electric pop sound. I especially like the songs “Psychedelic Switch” and “Kollage.” For a high-energy collection of music to dance to, this album is the place to look. It’s experimental, highly produced and a culmination of this new era of music Jepsen’s been leaning into. It has a fresh sound that I haven’t heard much of in this year’s new music.

— Josi



From time to time, I’ll check out Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist that’s curated each week for every Spotify user. I don’t usually expect to discover any artists or songs that I’ll love. Yet, my expectations proved wrong with a single listen of “Crush” by Unflirt. Since that first listen, I’ve fallen in love with all of Unflirt’s songs (well, all eight of them). Her dreamy sound and lyrical expression of love and longing made it easy for her to become my top Spotify artist. I definitely recommend her to anyone who likes beabadoobee, whom she shares a similar sound with.

— Grier

Video Games

Kentucky Route Zero” by Cardboard Computer

Few games have felt like they have transcended the medium altogether. Kentucky Route Zero is one such game. You play a character named Conway. He needs to deliver a price of furniture to an address that can only be reached by a highway called Route Zero. This highway seems to exist outside of space and time. This magical realist game is a mix somewhere between a David Lynch movie and a surrealist novel. The game itself is dialogue-heavy, set against the backdrop of beautiful set pieces. It will absolutely blow your mind if you play it.

— Arlo


“We’re Here to Help”

Biweekly I have had the joy of listening to new episodes of “We’re Here to Help.” The podcast is hosted by Jake Johnson and Gareth Reynolds, who give callers advice to solve their unique problems. The issues are always hilariously outrageous and the advice the hosts share is typically just as absurd. It often feels like we’re getting a peak into the secret struggles of strangers as callers use pseudonyms to hide their identities. I’ve found myself on multiple occasions holding in hysterical laughter as I listened to the pod at my quiet desk job. It’s the perfect entertainment for anyone looking to brighten their day.

— Graham


The Troop” by Nick Cutter

November is a time for hunger, being around those you love and going out and seeing the beauties of nature. Nothing screams all of the above more than “The Troop” by Nick Cutter. This novel is about a Boy Scout troop and their scoutmaster getting trapped on an island in the Canadian wilderness with a man with an insatiable appetite. No, it isn’t a story about cannibals, but about something much more sinister, involving immoral science experiments, worms and just how teenage boys really don’t know how to survive when trapped together. It is very “Lord of the Flies” meets David Cronenberg. Do not read this if you are easily grossed out. If you are at all scared of worms, this is not the book for you. But, if you want a fantastically disgusting coming-of-age adjacent story, then check out “The Troop.”

— Ethan

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About the Contributors
Luke Jackson
Luke Jackson is an arts writer for the Daily Utah Chronicle. He is currently pursuing a B.S. in games with a minor in creative writing. Since childhood, Luke has had a strong affinity for film and the arts. You’ll probably find him catching the latest movie or hanging out with his dog (and best friend) Theia. After graduation from his undergraduate studies, Luke hopes to pursue a career in video games or screenwriting.
Eliza Delgado
Eliza Delgado, Arts Editor
(she/her) Eliza Delgado has written for the Chronicle since September 2022. She is a senior year at the U majoring in psychology with a minor in creative writing. Eliza joined the Chronicle to expand her writing abilities and has a new profound love for journalism. She is a huge Taylor Swift fan and loves to read, shop and practice hot yoga.
Josi Hinds
Josi Hinds, News Editor
Josi Hinds is in her second year at the University of Utah, majoring in communications with a minor in both gender studies and Spanish (for now). She grew up in Bozeman, Montana, and moved to Salt Lake in hopes of venturing out in the world and meeting new people. She joined the Chronicle out of a love for writing and meeting new people, and she hopes to share stories that broaden both her and others' perspective on the world
Grier Abercrombie
Grier Abercrombie, Arts Writer
(she/her) Grier Abercrombie is a sophomore studying English and computer science. Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, she grew up going to the beach, playing the piano and video games, and reading, all of which are things she still loves to do.
Graham Jones
Graham Jones, Assistant Arts Editor
Graham Jones was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and moved to Utah to study film. Despite his passion for cinema, Graham joined the Chronicle to engage with the University of Utah community and pursue his love for journalism. Outside of the student media office, Graham can be found buried deep into the pages of a graphic novel or lip-syncing to the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Audrey Hall
Audrey Hall, Arts Writer
(she/they) Audrey Hall is a second-year student majoring in English and French. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City and has been a Utes fan since day one! In high school she developed a passion for both creative writing and news writing, which led her to write for the Skyline Horizon and eventually the Chronicle. In her free time, she plays water polo for the University's club team and plays a lot of video games.
Ethan Blume
Ethan Blume, Arts Writer
Ethan is a senior in college majoring in English and minoring in Animation Studies. He always loved student media, even back in high school. He spends his free time reading, playing board games and hanging out with his cat, Yoda.
Andre Montoya
Andre Montoya, Arts Writer
Andre Montoya is a senior at the University of Utah double majoring in English and communications with an emphasis in journalism. He began writing for the Arts Desk at the Daily Utah Chronicle in Fall 2022. Previously, he has written for the West View Media and Voices of Utah, formerly run by now retired U professor Dr. Kim Mangun. He can often be found around campus glued to his laptop working on assignments or at the Student Life Center exercising. In his free time, he enjoys reading novels, photography, binge-watching shows and movies, or spending time with friends.
Mary Allen
Mary Allen, Design Director
(she/her) Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Mary is thrilled to be here at the University of Utah studying graphic design. She feels very lucky to get to rub shoulders with the talented people that make up the team here at the Chronicle and is learning a lot from them every day. Other than making things look cute, Mary’s passions include music, pickleball, Diet Coke, wildlife protection, and the Boston Red Sox.

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