January 21, 2018

Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.26, 2012

    Let’s Rant: the Death of YOLO

    Yes, most citizens of civilized Western nations believe that you truly do only live once, but that doesn’t mean everything you do has to be attributed to this Drake slogan from his song “The Motto.” The average American lives to be 78 years old, but you don’t hear people saying Y-O-L-T-B-S-E-Y-O. The number of times I’ve heard someone say “Didn’t do my civ readings…YOLO” is unhealthy. You chose not to do your Civ readings because they’re probably boring, not because you’re only going to live once. The best is when I’m at LaSalle and someone gets one of those red velvet cupcake bombs. You know the ones I’m talking about–they’re about the size of a basketball, and the person attributes the order to “YOLO.” You are given one life, but indulging in one of those will make it quite a bit shorter.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.26, 2012

    One Pac, Tupac, Old Pac, New Pac

    I never thought I had much in common with Wiz Khalifa. That was until he admitted he was “creeped out” by the Tupac hologram that appeared at Coachella last week. Coachella is an annual music festival in California where various musicians come together to perform for huge audiences. To honor the fifteen year anniversary of Tupac’s death, Coachella decided to have a hologram of Tupac “perform” on the stage.

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  • 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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