March 29, 2017

Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • Arts & Entertainment | Oct.06, 2011

    Concert Highlight

    How should an artist act on stage? Are there any set rules? If their recent performance at The Met was any indication, Das Racist seemed not to care. The rap collective—made up of Himanshu Suri, Victor Vazquez, and Ashok Kondabolu—arrived an hour before the concert was supposed to begin, walked through the same doors as its fans, and made a beeline for the venue’s adult watering hole. Here, they struck up conversation with a few concertgoers before slipping backstage; while Suri sipped on a mixed drink, a few “groupie”-looking girls gave their numbers to Vazquez.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Oct.06, 2011

    Rapper Refugee Comes Home With Hope

    Those familiar with the spectacle of soccer that enraptures the world every four years have likely heard this artist’s most famous work. Yes, I am speaking of the World Cup, and that uplifting anthem that played over sports montages of Ronaldo and Pique leading their teams to glorious victory (alright, maybe I’m partial to Spanish soccer teams, but that is beside the point). “Wavin’ Flag” enraptured a global audience, drawing people together with a song as uplifting and energetic as the World Cup itself. But who is the man behind the anthem? Surely not a one-hit-wonder that stumbled upon an opportunity to lead a global musical endeavor. No, the artist K’naan has a story much more interesting beneath the montage.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Sep.29, 2011

    Das Racist Takes a Load Off with Relax

    Less than a decade ago, hip-hop cut American subculture down the middle. The genre became mixed up with gang violence, and soon after, two of its greatest performers—an Easterner and a Westerner—were dead before the age of 30.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Sep.29, 2011

    The Office Season 8

    The Office returned last Thursday night for its eighth season, marking the beginning of the Michael Scott-free era of the series. Steve Carell exited at the end of last season, setting up an amusing four-episode “Search Committee” story arc. The episodes were filled with a ton of guest stars, including Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Ricky Gervais, Ray Romano, Jim Carrey, Catherine Tate, Warren Buffet, and, most importantly, James Spader. It was named late in the summer that James Spader’s character, Robert California, would take control of The Office.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Sep.22, 2011

    Spotify Hits the U.S

    This past summer saw two major developments in the world of social networking: (1) The introduction of Google+ to those lucky enough to receive an invitation, and (2) the arrival of music-oriented Spotify on American computers. Only time will tell if Google+ goes big or goes home. Recent changes to the Facebook layout suggest that Mark Zuckerberg is a little nervous about Google’s product, especially since he’s pulled ideas from it and put them into his own product. That “Lists” option on the left side of the newsfeed? Google+ did it first. The option to display posts to certain friends is also an idea borrowed from the newcomer. Of course, these moves keep Facebook competitive, but they do so at the cost of originality. No one liked the big kid who stole the ball from his tinier classmates at recess; the same goes for bullies like Zucky and his crew.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Sep.08, 2011

    A Night with Weezer and The Flaming Lips

    On the day before my last final of the spring 2011 semester, I received some news that shook me to the bone. The lovably awesome quartet, known as Weezer, would be returning to Jones Beach accompanied by one of the most trippy concert bands of all time,

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Nov.08, 2001

    Short Take: Waking Life

    by Mark Balas Movie info: Waking Life Directed by Richard Linklater Avon Cinema Waking Life, the astonishing new film by Slacker auteur Richard Linklater, is a movie about nothing. It’s also about everything. Shot on digital video in live action,…

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Nov.08, 2001

    Theater Review: Bang and Blame

    by Erin Keller Play info: Closer Directed by Eric Tucker The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre The spectrum is complete. In September, Trinity Repertory Theatre Company produced its Noises Off, which was pure fun for almost three hours. Recently, our Blackfriars put on…

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Nov.08, 2001

    Theater Review: Making a Killing

    by Adrienne Larsen-Silva Play info: Murder on Us Dinner Theatre – Barnsider Restaurant, South Main Street, 245-5850 Whether there’s nothing else going on or you’re just bored with your usual routine, the Barnsider Restaurant offers an interesting blend of food and…

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Nov.08, 2001

    Urban Elements

    by Dave Mayo A&E Staff Concert info: Hot Night 7 October 28, 2001 Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence On Sunday, October 28, Hot 106 FM put on their seventh Hot Night. With a roster of one-hit, possibly two-hit wonders, and P.…

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