Arts Archive: 2004

Gael alumni prep for post-Olympic life

After the experience of a lifetime at this summer’s Olympic Games in Athens, Oskar Johansson and Bernard Luttmer are coming back down to earth. The Queen’s alumni were in Kingston last week after a well-deserved break in the Greek Isles, and they took some time to talk to the Journal about their Greek Odyssey and what comes next.Continue...

A killer zombie flick

Oh, zombie movies. What other genre provides both informed social satire and graphic cannibalistic disemboweling? Ever since George Romero let zombies loose in the mall in the original Dawn of the Dead, filmmakers have been toying with the metaphor of zombie as the modern man; lurching around aimlessly in masses, concerned only with their selfish, primal desires—which are, for the most part, an unquenchable hunger for “brains, delicious brains.”Continue...

Campus Spotlight: Staged and Confused Productions

Staged and Confused is a production company started by second-year drama student, Michael Murphy. Murphy spoke with the Journal about the company and their future productions.Continue...

Roots Rocker to play Grad Club

Luke Doucet always seems to have a hand in multiple projects at any given time, and has for many years. This veteran has worked with the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk and Blue Rodeo. He’s also done some producing work, is the front man of the rock band Veal, and also has a successful solo career. Luke took some time on an oh-so-rare day-off to talk to the Journal about his upcoming tour, which will be making a stop at The Grad Club tonight, and his new album, Outlaws [live + unreleased], due to be released this week.Continue...

Borcherdt builds his mystery

As his music may suggest, Brian Borcherdt craves mystery.Continue...

Festival shining Breit-ly

The raucous sounds of the blues saturated the airspace of the Baby Grand Wednesday night. The fourth annual Kingston Jazz Fest was in full swing. As noted by the festival’s coordinator Dave Coon, blues will be the focus of this year’s Jazz Fest, which made Kevin Breit and the Sisters Euclid an excellent choice as the festival’s first act after Sunday’s gala opening.Continue...

The Reel Review

The two strongest films at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival were not made in Hollywood, they were made in Asia.

Old Boy and Hero , made in Korea and China respectively, are intellectually challenging and emotionally rich pieces of filmmaking. They are also both crowd-pleasing movies, boasting grand production values and visually sumptuous images.Continue...

See and be Scene

Check out a few upcoming concerts and shows this week in Kingston.Continue...

Duking it out at Grad Club

An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Grad Club Wednesday night for a mid-week, pick-me-up dose of cow-punk from Oshawa’s own Cuff the Duke, and those in attendance were certainly not let down.Continue...

What lies beneath the Surface

Fine art is a funny thing. It has no clear definition; it encompasses all kinds of media and is entirely subjective unless you have some sort of understanding of the artist’s intent. More often than not, people are scared away by this ambiguity, but fine arts students have to face it head on, creating works of art that respect tradition while forging new territory.Continue...

Stages goes Can-Rock with Trews

Walking into Stages on Tuesday night, it was impossible not to notice the change in atmosphere.Continue...

Uncut satisfies a modest crowd

There is nothing more cliché than music reviews that compare bands to other bands that sound like them. Beyond that, it is even more cliché to say certain bands sound like Joy Division, the Mancunian quartet whose 1979 album Unknown Pleasures virtually defined the post-punk sound that gained popularity throughout the early 1980s.Continue...

The Foursome on par for the course

The Foursome, by Canadian playwright Norm Foster, is a comedy which examines the evolution of a friendship between four old college buddies. Ted, the heavy drinker; Cameron, the worrywart; Rick, the schemer; and Donnie, the dork.
The four friends get back together to attend a 15-year university reunion. The dialogue unfolds—along with the quirks of each character—throughout the duration of an 18-hole game of golf at the Windemere Golf and Country Club.Continue...

Alexisonfire draws army of followers

When Alexisonfire’s lead singer, George Logan, was forced to put down his mic to safely protect a handful of wayward crowd surfers during the band’s energetic closing number, “Counterparts & Number Them,” this show was officially out of control and insane.Continue...

In Record Time

If Kutless want to move into the mainstream they should realize their new audience is going to be one who actually knows the bands that they steal from. Maybe they'll get a few new fans with Sea of Faces , but most people will probably pass this tripe over for the garbage that it is.Continue...

Campus Spotlight: Tomate Potate

Tomate Potate will be opening for Uncut tonight at The Grad Club.Continue...

Iranian-Canadian artist examines feminist issues

Upon entering the gallery space, a work titled “Curtain” is directly in the path of the viewer. Five parallel floor-to-ceiling panels of fabric are hung with a single bare light bulb dangling by an electrical cord between each panel. All of the panels are made of sheer black fabric with the exception of the last, which is a solid black panel that is impenetrable to light; thus, the back of the gallery is not visible upon entrance.Continue...

Steve-O’s stupidity shocks the ’Mo

Upon exiting the Cocamo after MTV Canada’s Steve-O Jackass Tour, I was speechless. The show was nothing more than a twisted display of masochism, which left me utterly dumbfounded.Continue...

Sum 41 rocks Miller lot

Whether you love them or hate them, Sum 41 is arguably the biggest worldwide rock band to come out of Canada in the last 20 years. This past Friday night, they brought the energy that has made them household names to millions of fans around the world, as well as houseguests to movie stars and Paris Hilton.Continue...

Barber doesn’t make cut

Perhaps it was the crowd who chose to remain seated as Barber repeatedly encouraged them to consider dancing; perhaps it was the birthday party happening at the back of the room that didn’t really consider Barber as anything more than background music; perhaps it was because it was Friday night of Frosh week and most people chose house parties over the Grad Club, but the Matthew Barber and The Union Dues show just didn’t satisfy.Continue...

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