December 16, 2019

Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.08, 2012

    Super Bowl Superlatives

    Along with the bitter rivalries, exorbitant junk food consumption (you know it’s Super Bowl Sunday when Big Tony’s is limited to pizza and wings), and plenty of beer, comes another tellingly American pastime: Super Bowl commercials. As a San Diego Chargers fan, I had no personal investment in either team (unlike many of my fellow students), so I decided to devote my attention strictly to the careful critique of the country’s most popular display of competitive advertising and obsessive capitalism. I have to say that, overall, I was disappointed with this year’s attempt. In general, I found the commercials boring, repetitive, and chock-full of tired ideas. What was once hilariously inventive is now more than a bit dull. There were, however, a few noble contenders that grabbed their attention either by their hilarity, tradition, sentiment, or by being just plain bizarre. Here, I have noted the superlatives—the high school yearbook of Super Bowl Commercials 2012. The awards are as follows:

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.08, 2012

    Editor vs. Editor

    Leave Mel Gibson alone. He got his free pass to heaven with The Passion of the Christ. When was the last time you directed a wildly controversial film about the God-Man? Exactly. The stress of being so prolific is the reason why Mel is always being ridiculed in the tabloids. Have you seen Apocalypto? What about Braveheart? They exist on another cinematic level. But I’m not here to talk about these breadwinners; I’m here to talk about What Women Want—and that’s a Mel Gibson who can read a woman’s mind. For a girl, I’m sure that imagining a psychic Mel is quite scary, but give this power to a Chad Michael What’s-His-Face and you’re golden. Come on, any guy would love being able to probe the depths of the female consciousness. That omniscient alpha-male would never have to confront awkwardness again. He’d be a true Keith Stone, so smooth.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.08, 2012

    Behind-the-Scenes of WDOM 91.3

    You know them. You love them. And, admit it, you sort of want to be them. They are the people behind WDOM 91.3-FM, the music masters, talk show talents, and sports specialists of Providence College. The station began in 1949, and has since become a staple of the Providence community. Earning the prestigious Princeton Review ranking of #11 in the nation for college radio, the station has been making strides in recent years. According to General Manager Justine Harrington ‘12, this year’s focus is on continuing to build the program’s reputation, to expand the station’s influence on campus, and to maintain WDOM’s level of integrity. An inside look at the group revealed hardworking students dedicated to reaching these goals. Brought together by a shared passion for music, PC deejays put the ‘rad’ in ‘radio.’

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.08, 2012

    Spring Concerts: What to Hit, What to Miss From Best to Worst

    The Black Keys

    TD Garden – March 7

    End midterms week/start your spring break with a sure-to-be-unreal show. The Black Keys are gaining major recognition as their most recent album, El Camino, hit #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Their hits “Tighten Up” and “Lonely Boy” are reminiscent of the White Stripes at their best. Tickets are going for $50 for general admission, but that’s next to nothing for a performance at the Garden, I have a sneaking suspicion that as they get more accredited, this will be the cheapest tickets you’ll be seeing for a long time.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.08, 2012

    Providence Collge Choir Receives International Attention

    Last May, when most Providence College students were celebrating the end of finals and the beginning of the summer, nearly 50 members of PC’s various choral ensembles were on their way over the Atlantic. For 10 days, they toured Italy from the Amalfi Coast to the heart of Tuscany, performing in magnificent places such as Assisi and Monte Cassino, singing for a Papal Audience Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, and more.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.08, 2012

    Let’s Rant

    Madonna is 53. That’s, like, 99 in celebrity years. Still, through her Super Bowl half-time performance, she showed viewers that she could keep up with the likes of Cirque du Soleil acrobats and ambiguously costumed dancers. Redfoo (of LMFAO) carried the queen of pop on his shoulders, realizing that the weight of the neon-colored 1980s rested on them. Even if she lip-synced her way through “Vogue” and “Like a Prayer,” Madonna was surprisingly nimble.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.08, 2012

    The Evil Dead: Revived

    A remake of the cult classic The Evil Dead has now found its two lead actors in the forms of Shiloh Fernandez and Jane Levy. The original film, made in 1981 by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi, follows a group of college students in a cabin in the woods who, like any group of students in a cabin in the woods, are terrorized by evil spirits (will they ever learn?). Bruce Campbell plays the courageous, though slightly unhinged, leader named Ash, who fights back and makes it to the two superior and goofier sequels.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.08, 2012

    Music and the Mirror

    One of Providence College’s best-kept secrets is how talented the members of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film are. This weekend is the premiere of Music and the Mirror, a musical revue directed by Liz Dennis ’12 and musically directed by Matt Cunningham ’12. Student-directed shows are the epitome of how creative our students really are. Putting on a show is a lot more work than most people realize. Rehearsals are generally four hours long, six days a week, for about six weeks. That’s true dedication, and Music and the Mirror is reflective (pun intended) of the work Dennis, Cunningham, and their cast and crew put into their production. Hayley McGuirl ’15, assistant stage manager, notes that it is an extensive rehearsal process, but the payoff is a “fantastic piece of musical theatre everybody can enjoy.”

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.01, 2012

    Editor Vs. Editor

    “Sushi.” Say it. Now, imagine that you are one of the last surviving samurai. You are scaling the world’s tallest mountain. When you finally reach the peak, you pull out your katana and drive it into the ground. You put your hands on your armored hips, puff out your chest, and have a staring contest with the sun. Is that analogy a little too far-fetched? Sorry, I’m not sorry. Wasabi does that to a guy. It makes him think great thoughts. It even puts hair on his chest. But wasabi is only part of the sushi-eating experience. Some prerequisites include the ability to handle chopsticks and a stomach strong enough to digest raw fish. Currently, Sushi Do is the only location on campus that offers this seaweed-wrapped delicacy. The cost per roll can be a little pricey, but it’s better than that limp hotdog in your hand right now.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.01, 2012

    Area Code (718) Brooklyn

    The Beastie Boys

    Released last spring, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two kicked off with a promise from the Boys: “Yes, here we go again, give you more, nothing lesser. / Back on the mic is the anti-depressor / Ad-Rock, no pressure, yes, we need this. / The best is yet to come, and yes, believe this.” They had been away for quite a while, excluding one instrumental album, their last big project, To the 5 Boroughs, which dropped in 2004. Still, the ability of Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock to attack the microphone was not affected in the slightest. They were the originators of college rap swag. They are the disappointed fathers of Mac Miller, Asher Roth, and all those other guys who escaped the frat house. Find some relief in the music video for “Make Some Noise.” Not only was it nominated for several awards, but it also has a wealth of unexpected cameos. Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride play the Beastie Boys, rolling around Bedford-Stuyvesant (the trio’s old stomping ground) and stealing a six-pack from the local convenience store. The actors gave a little bit of themselves to teach a very basic lesson: Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock broke all of the rules before you were even born.

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