Arts

Best/Worst 2005-2006

Journal A&E Editors Tricial Summers and Lauren Raham list their best and worst of 2005-2006.Continue...

The gospel according to Theatre Kingston

Opening this week at the Wellington Street Theatre, The Gospel According to Saint Mark is not a wittily titled story about the life and opinions of a guy named Mark. At least, not really. It’s the Bible. Yes, really. The Gospel According to Saint Mark is just that, the gospel, performed as a one-man tour de force by local actor Matthew Gibson. And it’s good.Continue...

Lighthouse Wire a beacon of hope

As I glanced at the cover of Vol. 4, I knew I was going to enjoy writing this review. Not that I judge a book by its cover, but sometimes you just know. The cover art, an inkjet print by Chin-Chien titled “Lumina souvenir,” is a stark image of an older-middle-aged woman in a white ribbed sweater, holding a Christmas ornament in each hand. The contrast between the delicate features of the feminine ornaments and the vacant stare of the woman holding them is gripping. I couldn’t wait to see what was inside.Continue...

A Final Fantasy of pretty pop songs

The surprisingly unapologetic mastermind behind Final Fantasy—the singing violinist’s beautiful solo project—responded to whether he’s worried about disappointing fans of his first solo record, Has A Good Home, with the upcoming release of his sophomore album. Pallett readily admits that the bizarrely titled He Poos Clouds —out on May 9—marks a significant departure from Final Fantasy’s debut.Continue...

Drama students take to the field

This past weekend, a group of Queen’s drama students performed their production of Fen, in association with Knockabout Theatre Company and The Single Thread Theatre Company.

Fen, written by English playwright Caryl Churchill, is a story of a community of farmers and their complex relationships with each other, as well as the conflicts within themselves.Continue...

A fashionably charitable show

An excited buzz filled the air outside of Grant Hall this past weekend as people began to line up for this year’s thirteenth annual Vogue Charity Fashion Show. The show brought a full house, and some of those waiting in line were aptly wearing their most fashionable attire, while others seemed to have come straight from studying.Continue...

Best foot forward

With the beautiful weather this past week, everyone’s catching spring fever. Students eagerly waiting for the temperature to get just warm enough are hastily exposing their sun-starved toes. Already I’ve seen several pairs of sandals strolling around campus. Thinking about investing in a new pair of spring shoes? Or maybe you’re in the market for a new bag? Of course you are—after all, you can never have too many!Continue...

And the (Queen’s) Oscar goes to ...

The glitz, glamour and little gold man aren’t just for Hollywood celebrities anymore. Last Saturday, the Queen’s Oscars were held at Grant Hall to honour Queen’s students for their accomplishments in the realm of the arts. Organized and initiated this year by the Campus Activities Commission’s Arts Network, Queen’s Oscars aims to promote the arts on campus. All of the participating students were self-nominated.Continue...

Review stylish outside but bland inside

In this year’s issue of the Undergraduate Review the editors in chief, Tom Carter and Meiqi Guo write: “The decision to offer a piece of writing or visual art for publication requires a certain amount of courage.” The masses of creativity, which grace the 72 glossy pages of the volume, are more than an act of courage—they represent a combination of time, effort and passion.Continue...

Radical Dudez bid farewell to Kingston

Left to his own devices, Adam Bell would only give you three reasons to attend The Radical Dudez farewell-to-Queen’s show at Clark Hall Pub on Wednesday: cake and party favours, a fun time full of “hijinks,” and the warm karmic glow of helping his band recover from the recent theft of cymbals worth $1,000. He wouldn’t try to convince you that the last of about 75 Dudez shows in Kingston is a momentous occasion. He wouldn’t say anything self-important about their contribution to the campus music scene. He wouldn’t claim that the Dudez were going to rock as they had never rocked before. He’s just going to offer you some cake.Continue...

April Fool’s means great comedies

In honour of April Fool’s Day—the only day of the year when it is socially acceptable to cherry bomb a toilet—I have compiled a list of underrated comedies. This is by no means a definitive list of the best or funniest movies ever made. It is rather a group of films that do not receive the respect they deserve.Continue...

QEA makes a Serene Republic

This past Monday, Milton’s The Most Serene Republic and Fat Robot, winner of QEA’s battle of the bands, stormed the Alfie’s stage and made the last QEA show of the year a memorable one.Continue...

Spice up your spring: accessorize!

Accessories are forever changing, evolving and reinventing themselves. One week something is “so hot” and before you can say, “Check out my new ———-,” you’re out buying the next trendy item to complete your look.Continue...

Vogt D-livers insightful trio of plays

“What is art?” is the question posed to audience members when they enter the Vogt Theatre in Carruthers Hall for Vogt Slot D. If one was to judge by the plays that followed, art is funny, sad, absurd, sexy, violent, nostalgic—basically, too complex to define on the tiny slips of paper provided at the door.Continue...

Laginsky Reunion album causes mayhem

“I want to rock,” the great Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame once proclaimed from on high. Queen’s own The Laginsky Reunion’s debut album, the cleverly titled Retrosexual , makes it clear they want to do the same. But that’s not all they’re here for—they also want to make you groove, shake your ass and maybe, just maybe, open up your heart a little bit.Continue...

A highly entertaining Vendetta

For audiences who endured box-office duds Aeon Flux and Ultraviolet , V For Vendetta represents a truly well-made sci-fi story concerning a totalitarian future. James McTeigue, an experienced assistant director, makes his directorial debut with a fast-paced action-thriller that is highly entertaining and thoughtful.Continue...

Strong male cast in Glengarry

In a college town where the artistic population is predominantly female, mounting a production of the all-male drama Glengarry Glen Ross seems downright nervy. The much-hyped show opens this week at Theatre 5, and it doesn’t take more than a minute before you know director Michael Murphy made the right call in choosing the play for Staged and Confused 2006 season.Continue...

Time for the wearin’ o’ the green

When St. Patrick set foot in Ireland in the fifth century, he had no idea that March 17 would turn into one of the most raucous, debaucherous and beloved holidays of all time. Despite a predominantly Scottish ancestry (ok, with just a smidge of County Derry), I’ve spent my whole life looking forward to St. Paddy’s each year.Continue...

The Johnald digests apprentices’ efforts

If you’ve ever wondered what it’d take to successfully design and market a Quizno’s sub, then look no further than the winners of the Queen’s Apprentice Quizno’s Sub Challenge, Team Cream.

In the sixth instalment of the Queen’s Apprentice Boardroom, held at Alfie’s this past Tuesday, each team prepared their sub to be judged by “the Johnald”—School of Business professor John Pliniussen.Continue...

Disappointing Ultraviolet retrospective

For the most part, Ultraviolet Magazine provided an interesting and quality look at the talents of campus artists. But a lack of vision, printing quality and stringent submission guidelines have watered down their 10th anniversary edition.Continue...

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