January 27, 2020

Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.26, 2012

    From The Laramie Project to Symphonic Winds…

    As freshman year draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on everything I have learned about myself and the world around me over the past eight months. I have discovered that I do not actually understand hockey, even though I really try to, and have accepted the fact that I just go to the games to watch people watch other people play hockey. There have also been revelations that have come much too late, such as the fact that Ray serves veggie burgers, you just have to ask for one. All joking aside, one thing that I regret is not attending more performances put on by members of the Providence College community. This past weekend I made two trips to that building on the “other side” of campus. You know, the one with all the theatres and really nice water fountains? Also known as the Smith Center for the Arts, it is home to our College’s Department of Music and Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.26, 2012

    Mad Men Update:

    Below you will find a comprehensive list of spoilers for season five of Mad Men, but chances are you’ve been aaddicted to the show since its beginning like everyone else. The 15-Emmy and four-Golden-Globe-award-winning AMC series has upped the ante for all of its characters, pitting them all against their innermost demons. Despite all the built-up anticipation, the two-hour premiere fell a bit flat. Many changes among the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce community were insinuated, but none of them popped off the screen. Pete Campbell struggled to gain respect from Roger Sterling, Joan Harris felt forgotten after her maternity leave, and the agency advertised itself as an equal opportunity employer. Otherwise, the antics at SCDP carried on as usual. Fortunately, subsequent episodes have been devoted to revealing each character’s hidden conflicts.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.26, 2012

    Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball Hits the Charts with a Smash

    With copious concerts from Jersey to Boston, Bruce Springsteen proves that he has a whole lot in common with fine wine. I’ve witnessed the crazed scramble for tickets to a show that closes the generation gap, allowing mothers and daughters alike to enjoy the same steadfast artist. Certainly not a new face, his soulful brand of heartland rock and energetically raw lyrics have been earning him a legion of relentlessly loyal followers since 1975. And he has no plans of slowing down.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.26, 2012

    Netflix Instant Queue

    The Way

    This 2010 film stars Martin Sheen, and was directed by his son-no, not Charlie-Emilio Estevez. Sheen plays Thomas Avery, a man who travels to France when he learns that his son (Estevez) has been killed in a storm while attempting to embark on a pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago. Thomas decides to walk the road himself in order to pay homage to his son. Along the way, he joins up with three other pilgrims, and together they encounter a host of eccentric characters and trying situations.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.26, 2012

    Editor vs. Editor

    Tim Morris

     

    Favorite Facial Expression: The Kissy Face

    His Thoughts: Don’t be fooled. I did not come here today to laud the “kissy face,” but rather to disparage it. This facial expression is one that very few females can pull off; the majority of the time, puckering up for the camera is more of an embarrassment than anything else. Gone are the days of MySpace naïveté. Look at my cheekbones! Look at how cute my face is! These are the thoughts of the typical offender-a girl who believes she has the facial structure of Angelina Jolie when she really looks like Steve Buscemi. Please, think of the children, your children. Do you want them to come across a Facebook profile of shame? Cancel your next Photo Booth session and think about your future instead.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.26, 2012

    May Day Rally For #Occupy

    May 1, May Day, marked a resurgence of the Occupy Movement where protesters attempted to breathe new life into its campaign against inequalities in the global financial system. Thousands of people in the United States and in major cities of various foreign countries rallied together in a joint effort honoring International Worker’s Day while protesting the gross inequalities found in the global distribution of wealth. Summarized in the slogan “We are the 99 percent,” the Occupy Wall Street movement protested the income disparities between the wealthiest 1 percent of the United States and the 99 percent majority.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.20, 2012

    Headphones In: Last One Out

    A few years ago, you might have found them in the dirty basement of a house on Eaton Street, playing music for intoxicated college students. Today, they are competing in a worldwide Battle of the Bands, in the Hard Rock Rising competition, for a chance to play in London with Bruce Springsteen. Four former Friars (PC ’11) have traded old habits for new-practicing almost every night, while each holding a full-time job as well. Undying dedication and a passion for performing has transformed Last One Out from friends who like to jam together to a success story, an internationally recognized band whose talents have been compared to The Killers and Neon Trees. See them perform and see for yourself-you’ll want to be the last one out.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.19, 2012

    British Television: Bloody Brilliant!*

    I admit it; I am an aficionado of British television. The theme song of Doctor Who makes me giddy, I cried when Ashes to Ashes ended, and how dare you try to tell me that the American Skins even compared to the U.K. version. Granted, when I say British television, I mean the British television I can get my grubby American hands on. This usually ends up being comedy series, dramas, and sci-fi, which is unfortunate because there are a lot of soaps, reality programs, and talk shows that are not aired in the U.S. What we get in America tends to be of the “cult following” variety-Misfits, The Vicar of Dibley, The Graham Norton Show, Being Human, and Top Gear, to name a few. Anglophiles in the U.S. have a more difficult time watching shows produced “across the pond,” unless they have access to BBC America, buy the series DVDs, can find the desired program on Hulu, or perhaps choose to travel down a *ahem* slightly less-than-legal route to get their British television fixes.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.19, 2012

    John Carter Spells Trouble for Blockbusters

    Attempting to create a blockbuster is a dangerous game. Studios assume that the more money they pump into a film, the more money they will earn at the box office. Bigger action sequences and better effects should invariably attract the biggest crowds; Disney invested $250 million dollars into its latest adventure flick John Carter and another $100 million into marketing. The result was, for a time, the biggest box office flop in US history. Its performance overseas brought back much greater returns, but John Carter has still only barely broken even. Many theories have been thrown about the Internet as to why this happened-its bland title, the lack of a recognizable lead actor

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.19, 2012

    You Found Me…Getting Cray at The Fray

    The atmosphere was charged with excitement at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel last Wednesday night (April 11) as people pressed their way through the crowds, jostling to get as close to the stage as they could-or at least to a spot where they could see the stage over the heads of the hundreds of high school and college students in attendance. They waited patiently through the soulful tones of the opener Jessie Baylin, knowing that each of the songs in her seemingly unending set list would bring them closer to the performance that they were waiting for. Finally, Jessie and her band left the stage to the sound of polite applause, and a feeling of hushed anticipation came over the crowd as crew members began preparing the stage. After a few minutes, a loud cheer erupted as a weather-beaten upright piano was pushed into the center of the stage. Within moments, the band walked on-and the concert began.

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