“Medley Mix,” our weekly round-up of things to do around Syracuse, will be back in January. For the meantime, here are our top picks for winter entertainment!

by Sajida Ayyup

Read: “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

“Ghost Boys” tells the story of Jerome, a 12-year-old boy who is shot by a policeman when the officer mistakes a toy gun for a real weapon. After his death, Jerome doesn’t completely leave Earth. Instead, he wanders around, keeping a close eye on his family and observing the outrage in his community in response to his death. Jerome then meets Emmett Till who helps him process the circumstances of his death by showing him the history of racism in the United States. Heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and multifaceted, Rhodes’ novel is a supernatural story based on a type of tragedy that is all too real.

Watch: Vice (in theaters Dec. 25) 

In “Vice,” Christian Bale plays the role of former Vice President Dick Cheney. The story is part comedy, part drama, and focuses on how Cheney became one of the most influential vice presidents in U.S. history. Sam Rockwell plays former President George W. Bush and Amy Adams plays Cheney’s wife, Lynne Cheney.

Binge: “Doctor Who” Season 11 on BBC 

“Doctor Who” is a sci-fi classic that began back in 1963. It follows “The Doctor,” a Time Lord (an advanced alien species) who reincarnates into a new physical body each time they die or deteriorate. On Oct. 7, season 100 of the show aired starring the first-ever female actress to play The Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. Though some fans were skeptical of the gender change, Whittaker’s version of The Doctor has so far received excellent reviews. Like in previous years, season 11 shows The Doctor gallivanting across time and space with human companions. Viewers have responded positively to the new episodes that have tackled some more serious topics, for example, the one portraying Rosa Parks. If you’re a Whovian and aren’t up to speed with the show, be sure to catch up before the much-anticipated Christmas special.

Follow: Yes Theory (YouTube channel) 

It feels like all throughout 2018 there has been a constant influx of negative news. “Yes Theory” can bring some much-needed laughs and positive vibes into your life. Founded by a group of four friends in California, “Yes Theory” preaches the power of saying “yes” to new things. The show has featured guests like Will Smith and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and has documented the completion of “yes” challenges like participating in a triathlon, going on a blind date, skydiving, and throwing a dart at a map and flying where it landed.

 

 

 

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