December 6, 2019

Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.01, 2012

    Lend Me A Tenor The Musical

    Boisterous, witty, loud, and dramatic, the lovably laughable comedy Lend Me a Tenor has arrived for the spring production by the Providence College Drama Department. Beginning in the suspense of the eve of a production by the Cleveland Grand Opera, Lend Me a Tenor lends the audience nothing but a great time. With the arrival of the show’s Italian superstar Tito Merelli, Max, the quirky and nerdy assistant manager of the opera, must make sure the show goes on, even when faced with a series of hilariously unfortunate events, all revolving around the unexpected unavailability of Merelli. Taking place entirely in Tito Merelli’s hotel suite, the characters interact with witty banter, over-the-top antics, and plenty of situational irony!

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.01, 2012

    Oscars 2012: The Snubs

    The Academy Awards are rarely an occasion for surprise; if they are, it is usually to shirk revolutionary filmmaking in favor of the traditional tropes of cinema. For the most part, the Oscars are meant to affirm the “Oscar buzz” that we’ve been hearing all year. This year in particular, the Best Picture category feels like an oblation to the movie gods—Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, and Woody Allen—even if their films were a little sappy and flighty. But the year was also an innovative and subversive one, with an especially strong output from Britain. Perhaps it’s right that those films should live on in cult status. Regardless, below are the Oscars’ most glaring snubs against 2012’s most daring film artists.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.01, 2012

    Netflix Instant Queue

    Nowadays, it seems as if most college students are in possession of a Netflix account with instant queue capabilities. It is easy to get lost in the hundreds of titles that the Web site has to offer, but among these, there are dozens of hidden gems. We all have an evening once in a while when, due to unlucky weather or fortuitous lack of homework, we have a few hours to waste however we please. Instead of mindlessly clicking through someone else’s Facebook photos, it might be fun to watch a great American classic or a piece of childhood nostalgia.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.01, 2012

    Pandoramonium

    You’ve never been less excited to see an exclamation point. That evil little punctuation at the top right of your screen means that, once again, you have no Internet. This is a tragedy, not because you can’t check your e-mail, or download the homework, or even go on Facebook; the real heartbreak of the situation is that it means Pandora is momentarily unavailable to you. Easily one of my top three most frequented Web sites, Pandora is the best way to listen to both music you love and music you don’t even know you love.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.01, 2012

    Are You There, Chelsea?

    Whether you like her style or not, you have to admit that Chelsea Handler is a unique comedian. The dry humor she uses is nothing new to comedy, but her sarcasm comes along with quirks exclusive to Chelsea. Her way of delivering her speech is marked by pauses that heighten what she is about to say and form her hilarious style. As a Chelsea Handler fan, I felt compelled to watch her new show, Are You There, Chelsea? The new show airs Wednesdays at 8:30 on NBC, and is only on its fourth episode. However, I do not think it will last long.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.01, 2012

    A True Work of Art: A Review of The Artist

    Making my way to Thayer Street one weekend evening, I was graced by the screeching brakes of the 7:46 p.m. RIPTA, the patter of rain on the bus rooftop, and the rather enthusiastic banter of a few fellow bus riders. As I stepped out of the trolley and into Starbucks, soft music, coffee grinders, and pedagogic conversations leant me another societal medley. Walking through the doors of Avon Theater, however, I was greeted by a different playlist entirely. I was there to see The Artist, a film directed by Michel Hazanavicius that beautifully explains the tumultuous times of Hollywood in the late 1920s…with no words.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Feb.01, 2012

    The Best Super Bowl Performances

    Yeah, Steven Tyler’s rendition of the national anthem during the Pats game was complete crap, but nothing can take away from the fact that 11 years ago during the XXXV half-time show, he managed to make Nelly look cool. Aerosmith, headliner for 2001’s Super Bowl, made millions croon with “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and “Jaded.” But the real highlight was when Aerosmith, Britney Spears, N*Sync, Nelly, and Mary J. Blige came together for a version of “Walk This Way” that involved more patent leather and oversized jerseys than even the 90s would be comfortable with. Even though the only thing flatter than Britney’s abs in this performance was her voice, it’s still top five worthy, due to pure star power.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Jan.25, 2012

    The Fat Friar

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Jan.25, 2012

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    I was probably not alone in going to see this highly publicized book-made-movie over the break. The GWDT series is one of the most riveting, startling, and appalling trilogies I’ve ever come across. Some of the stuff in there is just plain messed up. Nevertheless, I felt the need to watch it on film, interested as always to see how my imagined rendition of the novel matched up with how it would play out on the big screen.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Jan.25, 2012

    SOPA What? PIPA Who?

    Wednesday, Jan. 18, was a rough day for Providence College students. We were halfway through syllabus week and our assignments were already piling up, so it was time to hit the books…and by books I mean Internet…and by Internet I mean Wikipedia. Imagine my surprise when I went to look up my first Civ figure of the semester and the site was blacked out. With sites like Wikipedia, StumbleUpon, and even Google limiting their access in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), it was the first time that many had heard about the controversial SOPA/PIPA anti-piracy legislation. The proposed law has been receiving increased attention since it was introduced in November of 2011. It is no secret that the Internet has seemingly endless sources for illegally downloading music, watching movies that just hit theatres, and spreading false information, which is why members of Congress feel strongly about ending piracy. It is also no secret that, as college students, we greatly benefit from some of these “piratic” services. So, what exactly does SOPA/PIPA mean for us music lovers, film appreciators, and general pop culture junkies?

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