April 21, 2019

Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • 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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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.07, 2012

    Project X Throws a Bad Party

    The ‘70s discovered the party movie as a reliable source of humor, drama, and satire of teen culture with Animal House, and the genre was gloriously revived in the 21st century with Superbad and taken to new extremes with The Hangover. Though Project X, incidentally produced by Hangover director Todd Phillips, claims to be the ultimate party movie, it painfully fails to live up to the cleverness and sincerity of its predecessors.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.07, 2012

    7 Things to Do Near Providence: Springtime Edition

    With the sun out, the temperatures rising, and the revelry of break on the near horizon, the hope of spring is back in the air! Although the winter was nothing too abominable, the opportunities for outdoor fun were still limited by chilly nights and the occasional storm. As the warmer months grow closer, put a little spring in your step and try a few of the following recommendations for springtime fun. Switch up your weekly routine with less Providence Place movies and Federal Hill dinners. Here are seven spring-inspired activities that will keep you moving through the last few months of school.

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