Arts

Sundaze dazzles

The first annual Sundaze Screening Festival held at the Screening Room last night brought the Kingston film community together and is dedicated to the production of independent films. The films selected for entry in the festival were judged for technical skill, story, and overall quality. Founder Samarra MacNab hopes this will become a yearly event to encourage independent films and to give a venue for student films to be shown.Continue...

No Point to K-town radio

Prior to this installment of Entertaining the Thought, I would like to warn readers that this is a full-on rant. Kingston radio is terrible, an audio abomination, poison to my very soul. There exists no actual choice that will not lead you to either the Backstreet Boys, Creed, or some other form of pre-teen Top 40 crap, or late-80s Whitney Houston, Elton John, or other form of grandpa easy listening.Continue...

Hawkins talks rock

“And you can leave me thinking, drinking all night... ‘cause that’s the sharpest nail…”Continue...

Rotate this!

The latest from Icelandic innovator Bjork is as much a musical ‘eclection’ as her last album, 1997’s eerie Homo-genic. Selmasongs is different, however, in that it is music from Lars von Trier’s musical drama Dancing in the Dark, which earned Bjork the Best Actress award at the Cannes Festival this spring.Continue...

Beating the birthday blues

Wake up. It’s your birthday, and in front of you is breakfast in bed and a set of keys to the silver Jetta parked outside your window. No really, wake up. It’s still your birthday, but as a university student, this day can potentially be the worst day of the year.Continue...

Samping the Grizzly Grill

This week, I decided to check out the Grizzly Grill, on Princess Street. I thought it would be a great place for a nice meal at a reasonable price. As we entered, the hostess was polite showing us to a lovely table for two on the upper level. The menu looked delicious and the decor was very homey. Unfortunately, our waitress appeared to be having an exceptionally bad day and was downright rude.Continue...

Not exactly hypnotic

Richard Davenport will put you to sleep. Well, technically not to sleep, but his power of suggestion in his act may leave you believing some very strange things.

Davenport was featured in “The Comedy of Hypnosis” last Wednesday evening at the Cocamo. While the show was entertaining, it also suffered from an abundance of problems.Continue...

Tired of the Olympics?

Although NBC is still airing tape-delayed coverage for another month, the soon-to-be completed 26th Summer Olympics left millions of televiewers worldwide with indelible memories and a thirst for more pre-packaged drama.Continue...

A chat with Amon Tobin

Amon Tobin is one of the world’s most innovative musical minds. Representing the Ninja Tune label, Tobin originally created music in the realm of drum and bass. Several releases later, his sound has morphed into something much more eclectic, matching crashing rhythms with intricate melodies. In conversation, he is friendly, quiet and very, very polite.Continue...

Long live the King

Do not be alarmed if you spot people in renaissance costume running around campus over the next two weeks. They are not insane, merely very talented.Continue...

Singing The Sopranos’ praises

It may seem like an Olympian feat, but you must tear yourself away from the CBC’s endless and highly addictive coverage of the Olympics in Sydney.

Not to worry, you don’t have to leave the couch. Just flip over to the CTV where, each night at 10 for the next two weeks, you can catch the entire first season of the HBO phenomenon The Sopranos in all of its unedited and unabridged splendour.Continue...

The Watcher watches Chuck get Whipped

The disturbing stories of those less ‘normal’ than us are always fodder for entertainment. Whether it’s the crazy intertwined lives of P.T. Anderson characters, or the exploits of serial killers, people like watching how the socially inept live their lives.Continue...

Spanky slaves away

As I sat down to chat with B, a youngish, blond guy who is one quarter of the hip-hop group Slaves of Spanky, I had no idea what to expect. Besides their unusual moniker, I had never heard any of their music, and was slightly prejudiced about the skills of a Kingston-based hip-hop group (which is admittedly unfair).Continue...

Do you have nerve?

From the newsstand Nerve screams “Screw with your mind.” In daring style, and with more than a hint of naughtiness, this magazine implores you to get your biggest organ* involved.Continue...

Salt rocks

In 1994, Louise Post wrote that Nina Gordon, her cohort in Veruca Salt, was her “spiritual soul mate.” Lyrics to songs like “Seether” and “Volcano Girls,” written by Gordon, seemed to confirm that the feeling was reciprocated. The screaming guitars of “Volcano Girls” die down for just a second, and Nina teases with the line “here’s another hint if you please, the seether’s Louise.”Continue...

Exposing the Kingston Exhibition

“This isn’t very romantic.”

I’m pretty used to hearing that from my girlfriend on a Friday night, but on this occasion I think the Kingston Exhibition bore the brunt of her disapproval.

From the top of the ferris wheel, the carnival that spent last weekend on a dismal rectangle of real estate behind the Memorial Centre looked as cheesy as it did from the rain-soaked ground.Continue...

Taste of the world

In a time where we rely on the power of technology and centre our values around the economics of society, three brave, young and talented Queen’s students (Chien-ming Huang, Lance Wei, and Takeshi Miyazawa) enlighten us with their views on the reality of popular culture in an exhibit entitled POP: Free Your Mind.Continue...

Rotate this!

You gotta respect an all-black group for calling themselves Spooks. You also gotta respect a mostly-male hip hop group that includes a female. And you gotta respect a group that produces a strong, original album, regardless of genre. S.I.O.S.O.S. Volume One starts out with Other Script, a powerful track that uses strings and a phat beat to back up the vocal stylings of the four MC’s. Ming Xia’s vocals are the perfect foil due to her light, clear voice. She may not have the strongest voice, but she makes up for it with true chill soulfulness.Continue...

DEEPLY SHALLOW

The houseguests on CBS’ floundering reality show Big Brother threatened to walk out of the show this week. Apparently, the six remaining “ordinary people in an extraordinary situation” were disappointed with the efforts of the producers to create friction in the harmonious house. The potential rebellion did not come to fruition, but had said producers scrambling for a contingency plan. In a related story, a tree fell in the forest and nobody heard or cared.Continue...

You can’t contain the Headstones

On Wednesday night, music booking made for strange bedfellows when the Headstones played the Cocamo to what felt like a packed house. And although having a hard rock band like Hugh Dillon and the boys play at a place known more for its cheap drinks, bubblegum dance music and meat market-ness more than its ability to host a concert, shouldn’t have worked, it largely did.Continue...

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