January 21, 2018

Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.22, 2012

    A Big Year for Broadway

    Between adaptions of both musical and non-musical films for the stage and revivals of some of the biggest Andrew Lloyd Webber hits of the 1970s, this will certainly be the year to plan a trip to the Big Apple.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.22, 2012

    Area Code (210) Baltimore

    The Wire: TIME magazine called it the best show on television and President Obama even said it is his favorite show. The Wire is a classic HBO drama that focuses on Baltimore’s notorious crime sprees. While it stopped after six seasons in 2008, it is still one of the most talked about series (along with other greats like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under) of this century. Baltimore, one of the top five most dangerous cities in the United States, had 223 homicides in 2010. And we thought Providence was bad. This classic show is acclaimed for accurately depicting the effect that institutions have on a range of people. Everyone from corrupt cops to hustlers share the spotlight. The talented actors have virtually no recognition outside of the show, which gives the series a level of credibility that other crime shows lack. Maybe the actor’s talent has to do with the fact that they are intertwined in the real and televised crime in Baltimore, as several of the actors have been arrested for drug possession and assault. Some Baltimoreans are less than thrilled with the never-ending associations between The Wire and their dear city. Would you be thrilled if your home was associated with high crime, corruption, and an inefficient municipal system? Others see the show a source of pride; they want their city to get more credibility for its complex drug ring system instead of Harlem and Philly getting all the credit. However, The Wire is less about poking and prodding at Baltimore’s crime and more about stirring a “social conscience” in viewers. The show will make you question if there really is any difference between cops and criminals, making it a clear standout for quality television.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.22, 2012

    Gaitskill’s Got Skills

    She’s known for her characters. On Tuesday, March 20, author Mary Gaitskill graced Providence College with her presence, giving a reading in Feinstein 400. Gaitskill has written the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin, and Veronica, which was nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and L.A. Times Book Award. She has also published the story collections Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.22, 2012

    Picks of the Week

    Music

    Veckatimest

    Grizzly Bear

    In need of some relaxing music? Fall back on Grizzly Bear. The product of Edward Droste, Christopher Bear, Chris Taylor, and Daniel Rossen, Grizzly Bear impresses with its distinct sound: airy, hypnotic vocals backed by slow and steady instrumentals. The Brooklyn-based group has been active since 2004, but Veckatimest (2009) marks what is arguably its best work yet. And as if Grizzly Bear couldn’t get more laid back, the album shares the same title as the group’s place of inspiration-an uninhabited island off coastal Massachusetts. The tracks “Two Weeks” and “Southern Point,” both recorded in a church, show off the result of this inspiration: The vocals, piano, and guitar all take on a choir-like echo. No doubt, Grizzly Bear puts heaps of heart and soul into Veckatimest. The effort has gotten its music featured on Gossip Girl and How I Met Your Mother, and has won it rave reviews from Rolling Stone.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.22, 2012

    Game Change Changes the Game

    Political films are especially engaging because they capture historical events through a lens that may be biased. I believe it is up to the viewer to interpret whether a film is portraying an event truthfully, almost like a mystery, which is why I like political movies. This was just the case with HBO’s new “docudrama,” Game Change. It tells the tale of the 2008 presidential election told through the eyes of advisors who developed the losing strategy of Senator John McCain of Arizona and Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. Game Change is based on a best-selling campaign book of the same title by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.22, 2012

    Editor vs. Editor

    His Thoughts: Spring is here. The residents of Meagher, McDermott, and Aquinas have already flocked to the quad, making it a pastel-colored sea of freshmen and sophomores. All around campus, shorts and sundresses and boat shoes have replaced scarves and fleece jackets. Not for me. Coming back from a pleasant tour of Barcelona, I was surprised to discover that it was actually hotter in Rhode Island than it was near the Mediterranean. And so I decided to ditch the threads. Get in touch with nature. Put on the old birthday suit. Laugh all you want, but I’m not going to be the one with unsightly tan lines. I’ll be out on the quad with a towel, The Plague, and nothing else. Friars Club, beware-how would you explain the benefits of public nudity at Providence College? It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds. The time I used to spend getting dressed is now another few minutes of sleep.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2012

    Why We Feast on The Hunger Games

    Not 24 hours after I arrived home, the grumbling started. It began after an encounter with an old teacher who was preaching the sustaining value of the novel. As I discussed my piqued appetite with my little brother, his eyes craved the arrival of tomorrow afternoon when his piece would arrive in the mail. It continued the next day as my aunt and cousin both expressed their fulfilled satisfaction. In short, The Hunger Games was starting to make me hungry.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.07, 2012

    PC and Brown Come Together in Musical Tribute

    The preparations for the concert tribute to Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University for 11 years, began months ago, and due to the grand logistics of the event, they certainly needed to. The plan was ambitious: to combine singers from Providence College and Brown University with a full symphonic orchestra to perform the entirety of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. This is a piece known for its complexity and large number of instrumental and vocal solos, and for its famous fourth movement, known to many as “Ode to Joy.”

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.07, 2012

    Editor vs. Editor

    Favorite Spring Break Destination: Barcelona, Spain

    His Thoughts: Having taken four years of Spanish in high school, I am eager to flex my linguistic muscles over spring break.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.07, 2012

    Lucky Us: Thank the Irish on March 17th

    5) The Departed

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