Arts

Vogt’s in its best form with Slot B

Sometimes you’re in the mood for a little comedy. Sometimes, you’d like to watch a great tragedy unfold. Occasionally, you might find yourself in the mood to watch people eat lettuce. It’s only at a Vogt show, however, that you’ll ever get the chance to see it all in one night.Continue...

Union’s noteworthy (Citations)

Three fine art students have come together in a new show called (Citations) out of a shared interest in exploring literature’s effects on a person’s life, with refreshingly original results. Artists Samantha Mogelonsky, Sarah Smith and Lisa Visser worked collaboratively, but also took their mutual concept and split into three different directions. Under the roof of the Union Gallery, the three artists meet to reveal their final products to each other and to the public.Continue...

Imperfectly funny Cruisified

Last Friday’s performance of The Passion of the Ice: Cruisified was good by most standards, if perfect by none.Continue...

Activist actress speaks at Dunning

On behalf of the department of Spanish and Italian, Prof. Donato Santeramo invited Tonya Lee Williams—actress, filmmaker and activist—to campus last Friday to deliver two lectures: “Acting: A Social-Political Perspective” and “Reel World: Promoting the Importance of Diversity in Canadian Filmmaking.” Toronto film festival Reel World, which Williams herself founded, is now in its sixth year.Continue...

Polanski’s Twist on Dickens classic

The number of walking scenes in Roman Polanski’s film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist could rival Lord of the Rings. Although bordering on tedious at times, these scenes function well at emphasizing Oliver’s isolation and loneliness. The orphan is pictured several times on a lonely country road, struggling to put one foot in front of the other.Continue...

Songstress at home in Kingston

The living room-like atmosphere at The Grad Club had a different effect on Jill Barber on Tuesday night than it did on the opening band, The Blue Raincoats. While Barber was making the audience feel as comfortable as she was, the Raincoats didn’t seem to notice they had an audience.Continue...

Chekhov play gets high marks

Talent is in abundance in the drama department’s fall major production, with Queen’s graduate Daryl Cloran directing a modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters . During the remainder of the year, he serves as the artistic director of Toronto’s Theatrefront Company.Continue...

Lots of History behind X-Amounts

Recording can be tough, especially when you’re touring non-stop and can’t seem to find the time to get a nice, long studio session. Just ask Toronto-based Controller.Controller, who returned to The Grad Club last night for a highly anticipated, intimate performance. With their first full-length release, X-Amounts, having been on the shelves for less than a month, the album was certainly a long time in the making.Continue...

Marriage, motherhood and music

When listening to husband-and-wife-group Kyra and Tully’s music, it’s easy to understand why they chose the Grad Club for their self-titled CD release party. Their blend of ’60s-and-’70s-inspired folk music conveys a sense of intimacy that would be lost in larger, more impersonal venues. Unfortunately, that is a challenge they know all too well—both remember their days as a weekly Loblaws house band.Continue...

Life Lessons a stumbling success

Published by A Bicycle Made of Anarchy Press, an independent student press—administered by Lougheed himself and Grace O’Connell, also ArtSci ’06—this small publication is packed with poems that reflect, narrate, and provoke in ways that are confusing and blundering at times, but often poignant and refreshing.Continue...

Plaskett flies solo tomorrow

East Coast folk-rock sensation Joel Plaskett is really looking forward to his Saturday night performance in Dunning Auditorium. Although it will be a solo performance—without the aid of his trusty band, The Emergency—Plaskett is confident that his audience will enjoy themselves.Continue...

Cardiff: reviews are “masturbatory”

Craig Cardiff doesn’t want you to read this. In fact, he’d probably prefer that I not even write it. Thursday night may have been his last show in Kingston until March, but if you weren’t there, Craig Cardiff assumes you don’t care how it went.Continue...

Learning by example at Agnes

By today’s standards, to copy someone else’s work would be considered unoriginal—or even worse, plagiarism—but unlike literature, copying the work of another artist is actually encouraged in the art world. The small exhibit Imitation of the Artist in the Agnes Etherington’s Samuel J. Zacks Gallery exemplifies the tradition of both students and contemporaries by making use of others’ technique and knowledge to better their own artistic standing.Continue...

Cameras flash new material

The zombies taking the stage at The Grad Club last Thursday were nothing to run from, unless you happened to be afraid of the Lesbians on Ecstasy.Continue...

Award-winning group share world music

On Oct. 28 the award-winning Japanese drum stylings of Fubuki Daiko will be returning to Kingston. The four-person troupe promises its Kingston audience a fusion of traditional Japanese drumming, martial arts and raw energy.

The name “Fubuki Daiko” means “blizzard drums” and is representative of the group’s Winnipeg home base.Continue...

Here’s my Halloween mix tape

Good God, do I love Halloween. It’s a giant, marvellous amalgamation of so darn much greatness, like costumes, candy, fall, apple cider, pranks ... sigh. It’s easy to bemoan the fact that at university, “All Hallows’ Eve” generally validates what Lindsay Lohan said in Mean Girls: “Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” But remember the lovely Halloweens of yore? Back when Halloween was a holiday celebrating mischief, cool costumes, the supernatural and the gluttonous consumption of Aero and Coffee Crisp chocolate bars? Let’s bring back some Halloween memories with the official A&E Halloween Mix Tape—and maybe make some new ones.Continue...

Live Country at The Grad Club

As evidenced by the plethora of different artists represented onstage at the Broken Social Scene concert last week—including Feist, Sarah Harmer, and Jason Tate of The Weakerthans—Canadian musicians rarely confine themselves solely to one project. To witness another perfect example of this flexibility among artists, look no further than The Grad Club’s Halloween party this Saturday and one of two bands to be featured: Live Country Music.Continue...

Horror from around the world

’Tis the Halloween season, a time of year when you can indulge in disturbing horror cinema without feeling guilty about it. Unfortunately, all Hollywood has to offer in theatres right now are unnecessary video game adaptations ( Doom ) and PG-13 remakes ( The Fog ).Continue...

It’s a mod, mod world at Ale House

Sick of dancing to Black Eyed Peas’ My Humps? Join the club. Victoria van Eyk is determined to revamp Kingston’s club scene and show the city there is dancing beyond Kanye West.

Van Eyk, ArtSci ’07, escaped the generic sounds of the Kingston Hub for Toronto on the weekend where she enjoyed a more alternative music scene, rich with the likes of Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, and other alternative acts.Continue...

Elliott Brood chooses Oshawa

Evidently, the prospect of playing a half-hour set for thousands of GM workers politely pretending that they’re not just waiting for “Lost Together” was too enticing for Elliott Brood to resist, and so it was that fifteen mildly confused people filed into The Grad Club at 9:45 to the crunching hometown sounds of Ass Machine—or, more accurately, Ass Machine’s belated sound check, which became immediately apparent when the trio nonchalantly ambled over to the bar for a few more pints. After this brief introduction to Ass Machine, one could tell that the audience was regretting headliner Elliot Brood’s cancellation.Continue...

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