Arts

MacIvor play makes a splash

For PlayerKing Productions, the brain child of two twenty-something Kingstonians, Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor’s Never Swim Alone is no ordinary play. “This play is absolutely perfect for the three of us,” says Jacob James.

Will Taylor and James, PlayerKing’s artistic directors and two of the show’s stars, have known each other since nursery school. They met third actor Marnie McCourty at Theatre Five drama class when they were 12.Continue...

Finally a Lopez with real talent

“I feel like a classical guitarist,” Canadian guitar-virtuoso Oscar Lopez told his Kingston audience during his opening numbers at the Grand Theatre on July 9.Continue...

Record Time

The formula for Konkurrent records’ In The Fishtank series is simple: find one or two respected indie bands, commission them for a spontaneous recording session over a couple of days, and release the results on CD.

Voila—simple music, captured with the initial creative impulse intact.Continue...

Ample bosom, flat plot

Any doubts about Angelina Jolie’s ability to play Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft are dispelled in the very first scenes of the film.

Jolie jumps, kicks, and leaps with a gravity-defying panache that could only be found, well, in a video game. Along with the strap-on pistols, the practical-yet- flirty-braid and the more-than-ample bosom, Jolie has the physique to be an action hero and then some.Continue...

Diesel fuels Furious

Several recent Hollywood films have attempted to refuel the endangered sub-genre of the cool car flick.

After the disappointingly predictable Gone in Sixty Seconds blew through theatres last summer with all the unbridled power and white trash aplomb of a ’68 Mustang on cinder blocks, the future looked grim for speed junkies and their onscreen heroes.Continue...

Stagnant cinema

If there’s any time of the year when people have more leisure time to go to the movies, it’s summer time.

If more people go to the movies in the summer, those movies make more money at the box office. This being the case, why are most summer movies so poorly made, cheesy, unfunny, empty, and not worth the $10 cinemas are charging these days? And is it any coincidence they are all American-made?Continue...

Opposing Players

On any given night on Princess Street, should you witness a bunch of sloppy drunk people unabashedly making fools of themselves, you would likely choose to walk away with a sour look on your face.

That considered, it seems odd that whenever the Queen’s Players move the idiocy into Clark Hall Pub, give it a snappy title and charge $5 to get in, they expect people to be awestruck with the sheer hilarity of it all.Continue...

Walking the path of muses

Combining art, artifact and multiple venues is the ambitious aim of Museopathy, the multi-media project that has been installed in no fewer than eleven of Kingston’s historical sites.Continue...

Memento mesmerizes

Memento should come with the following clauses: 1) Must see when alert and sober; 2) Skip late-late-show to avoid drowsiness and; 3) Is best seen by those who keep a Rubik's cube in their glove compartment. If these requirements are met, Memento proves to be an incredibly fascinating film.Continue...

Record Time

For almost two decades, the term ‘progressive rock’ has become as much an insult as a category. It conjures images of self-indulgent musicians from the seventies, playing instruments with too many strings and wailing about mountains, goblins, and other oft-mocked staples of fantasy lore.Continue...

Diversity on display

It's the swanky Agnes Etherington Art Centre's sophomore year of hosting the Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates' end-of-year exhibit. Guest curator Peter Krausz, from the University of Montreal, chose works to represent the accomplishments of the 29 students that make up the BFA ’01 class.Continue...

They’ve got an amplifier

The pundits may be proclaiming that quiet is the new loud, but the old loud hasn’t gone away just yet.Continue...

E is for ecstasy

Some of you may think this doesn’t apply to Queen’s University, or any other university for that matter. Some of you may also think that only cracked-out raver kids gnawing on soothers use such forms of intoxication. If so, think again—you’d be surprised by the number of students ingesting this Class A drug.Continue...

Rotate this!

Fans of Miss Badu have been eagerly awaiting her second album of new material ever since the success of Baduizm in 1997. Sure, she released a live album that included the single “Tyrone,” and collaborated with hip-hop artists like The Roots, Common and Guru, but Mama’s Gun has been a long time coming.Continue...

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...

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