What pop-culture event are you most looking forward to over spring break, and why?
Alison Atwell: At the beginning of my breaks, I always hope to reconnect with the arts, but I end up barely making mid-afternoon shows. I am, however, determined to see the Brahms violin concerto and the Count Basie Orchestra.
Andrew Gospe: The release of “Port of Morrow,” the first album from The Shins (or more accurately, James Mercer + backing band) since 2007’s not-as-bad-as-everyone-thinks-it-is “Wincing the Night Away.”
Kristen Steenbeeke: Andrew will make fun of me because the only plays logged on my Spotify are songs by The War on Drugs, but they’re playing at The Neptune on March 25 with Sharon Van Etten and, as The Rolling Stones say, wild horses couldn’t drag me away.
Joseph Sutton-Holcomb: The Magnetic Fields are playing March 19 and 20 at the Neptune Theater. These guys are legends in the indie-pop scene and don’t tour often anymore.
What do you do with your first few days of spring break?
Alison: I have a special tradition dedicated to the first few days of my breaks — one I haven’t broken for several years: documentary marathons. I get to stay in bed for days and watch movies.
Andrew: I’m going to Vancouver, Wash., where I’ll say ‘hi’ to my parents (and about 500 square miles of strip malls) while trying to avoid the perils of methamphetamine use.
Kristen: Fall into a haze of Netflix and sleep.
Joseph: I’m going to wear pajamas until 4 p.m. and watch my entire collection of James Bond VHS tapes. Sean Connery is the perfect cure for 10 weeks of perpetual deadlines.
What piece of art or culture is your go-to guilty pleasure?
Alison: I have a love-hate relationship with “Mad Men.” I’m not proud I like it so much, but it speaks to me as someone aspiring to be a creative director one day. I also have a mean streak: I wish I could get away with drinking at work and making employees cry, so I live vicariously through Don Draper.
Andrew: It’s a stretch to call it “culture,” but if I catch the beginning of a rerun of “To Catch A Predator” on MSNBC, I’ll usually watch the whole episode. It’s worse than trash TV — it’s morally dubious TV — but it’s hard to look away.
Kristen: Let’s just say I’ve signed one too many emails to friends with “xoxo, Gossip Girl.”
Joseph: Senior year of high school, I broke the sunroof of my friends car while dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” on top of it. I know she’s loved by millions, but it’s still hard for me to admit how much I love that song.
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