Arts

DVDs: perfect procrastination aids

Call it stress-relieving, call it marvellous, call it antisocial—odds are, the average student will be doing a lot of DVD-watching this year. Maybe it’s because you don’t have time to watch prime-time television on a regular basis. Maybe it’s because cable is an expense you just can’t seem to justify to yourself, or maybe it’s because after a long day of class, your couch looks a hell of a lot more appealing than a sticky, exorbitantly-priced movie seat.Continue...

CFRC seeks to ‘build the local scene’

Tucked away in the basement of Carruthers Hall is an often-overlooked pillar of Kingston culture. CFRC, Kingston’s campus and community radio station, has a proud past as Canada’s oldest radio station. But in the past decade the station has suffered a slump due to a lack of student interest.Continue...

TV shows falling flat on their faces

Every few years, a groundbreaking series appears that changes the landscape of television. There was I Love Lucy, Dallas, The Simpsons and the first Survivor . These shows undeniably altered what would pour out of the “idiot box” for years to come.Continue...

Constant Gardener blooms onscreen

The Constant Gardener is probably one of the most misleading film titles of all time. It suggests a quiet drama about a focused gardener, which could not be a more inaccurate description of the tense, angry, political thriller it is.Continue...

Domino opens the Drawer

A brown metal breadbox, a wall covered in cherries and various other signs of a 1970s farmer’s kitchen adorn the stage for Domino Theatre’s production of The Drawer Boy . This touching story of three men connected by stories of the past and their desire to understand the present speaks to those of all ages.Continue...

Swimmers sink at Elixir show

Like a mother disappointed in the child she loves, I have to admit that the Great Lake Swimmers show on August 25 at Elixir was not good. Though, if I had to lay blame anywhere for this night’s debacle—and as reviews go that’s pretty much the point—I would lay a substantial amount on the opening band, Akron.Continue...

Music festival gets bigger and better

The Wolfe Island Music Festival just keeps getting bigger and better.

In only a few short years, the community fundraiser has grown from a quaint celebration of local artists to one of the province’s top-notch summer music festivals. Sarah McDermott started the festival in 1998 with help from her friend Virginia Clark, both of whom are Wolfe Island residents. Clark, who also manages The Grad Club, took over for McDermott three years agoContinue...

Filmgoers delight in Kingston’s events

For students who are cinematically inclined, Kingston offers a wide variety of outlets to keep even the most discriminating filmgoer entertained. Whether you’re looking to get involved in movie production or just renting a hard-to-find film, Kingston is an open community for avid film buffs and casual viewers alike.Continue...

A ‘fine’ art scene

Both on campus and off, there are traditional and alternative spaces to view historic and contemporary art, so you’re sure to find something appealing in one of the spaces listed below. Enjoy the experience.Continue...

Kingston: small town, big live music scene

With only about 116,000 full-time residents in the entire township, Kingston can look pretty dismal for a devoted concertgoer. It may seem as though it’s bypassed for the teeming metropolises of Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and for big-name, big-label acts like Our Lady Peace and—ugh—Hilary Duff, it’s the truth.Continue...

Rich theatre possibilities on and off campus

Whether you are a performer, dramaturge, backstage hand, or a lover of anything dramatic, you are certainly in for a treat this coming school year. Queen’s University and Kingston are rich in community and semi-professional theatre, with a splash of alternative and progressive theatre that captivates and enlightens participants and audiences alike.Continue...

Against Me! finds support in K-Town

When one mentions political punk music, the names that usually come to mind include The Clash, The Subhumans, Propagandhi, Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, among others. An intensely political four-piece from Gainesville, Florida, Against Me! has been spreading its message of activism and anti-capitalism through frantic, folk-influenced punk anthems with larynx-shredding vocals and lyrics that place them akin to the poetic nature of Bob Dylan in the world of punk.Continue...

BFA Exhibition lacks innovation

When critics and viewers look at student shows and are disappointed, they often justify their reaction by a lack of intrigue. Phrases like ‘just a student’ and ‘still learning’ get bandied about with a shrug of the shoulder, as if to say the lacking elements are acceptable at this point in their careers.

But it’s not, and each person who utters comments like this are overlooking something very important: art students are already artists, and some students even feel affronted when they aren’t considered practicing artists.Continue...

Going Barefoot in the park

This summer, Rachel Slaven will absorb a lot of abuse from her wicked stepfamily, while Emma Hunter will spend a lot of time being devoured by a big bad wolf. And, oddly enough, both are very excited about the prospect: Hunter enthusiastically called it “the best thing that could happen.”Continue...

Hopping on the Bus at Schwieg show

Experiencing an absolute silence—one so still that a pin drop would echo off the rear walls—is unusual in a crowded bar. But then, this particular evening was not your usual night out. Though the Elixir frequently plays host to bands, this show was unique: it was the first of two fundraising concerts for the Justin Schwieg Foundation, dedicated to the former Queen’s football player’s memory.Continue...

Last 5’s innovative plot line stands out

In theatre, it always proves to be interesting when writers play with structure. New and innovative plot ideas seem to often be the focus of new writers. Less occasionally, playwrights look to form to add novelty to piece.Continue...

Cameras take a shot of Elixir

A wise man once wrote, “Nobody cares about Electroclash,” and after witnessing Dandi Wind open for the Hidden Cameras on April 14, I can soundly say that I concur.Continue...

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...

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