Arts

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...

Harem Scar’ em?

A recent ruling by the Durham Region School Board restricts the reading of J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter series in elementary schools unless parental consent is given. They are not banning the books from their libraries, however, a memo sent to 100 elementary school principals states that “We want to be sensitive to the parents who are concerned about the amount of witchcraft/magic in the novels.”Continue...

Reviews from the TO Film Fest

Stardom, the official opening film of the 2000 Toronto Film Festival, left me in awe Thursday night with its brilliant camera work, smart dialogue and unconventional storyline. Director Denys Arcand takes the fairytale of a model’s life and looks at the impact of fame, beauty, and money on one’s heart and mind.Continue...

Rascalz rip it up

Canadian hip hop has been making a charge all year, and the Rascalz have been working as hard as anyone to break into the mainstream.Continue...

Gun, Wonderland, Croupier reviewed

After the success of The Usual Suspects, writer Christopher McQuarrie has created a much darker film that explores the relationship between masculinity and power.

Way of the Gun, McQuarrie’s directorial debut, is not so much an experiment in storytelling as it is a horrific fantasy, where gun culture, male morals, and pro-life principles are pushed to their extremes.Continue...

Stunning ambient grooves at The Shot

“Never before has a band been able to capture and combine the intensity of improvisation music with the upbeat vibe of electronic dance music. The future of music has arrived, it is the music of The New Deal.” — jambands.comContinue...

Frosh treated to Tea Party

For those of you who have been lucky enough to catch their live show, the Tea Party can amaze anyone with their powerful sound. Though only three members form this great Canadian act, their passion for music — differing from eastern European, culturally-rich sounds to all that is electronic to a love for both ambience and big band music — leaves you craving more.Continue...

Two girls, a guy, a bar and a Goat

Back from a summer of slaving in dirty assembly plants, stylish shoe stores, and urine-infested public pools, The Journal’s A&E staff (Alicia, Nat and Dan) wanted some relaxing way to reacquaint themselves with one another and the arduous task that lies ahead. Now. Here is the account of that subdued September evening on the town.Continue...

Have we lost our virginity?

Everywhere we look, we see people undressing, talking about sex, and writing books about new positions and places to perform this once-so-preciously-held and now-exploited act. From sex scandals to tips in Cosmo on how to “please” your man, it seems that knowing who’s done it and where to get it is the latest trend. But are we getting hornier or is this something we’ve been brainwashed to want?Continue...

Beat of a different drummer

Andy Stochansky is living every drummer’s dream.

After seven years of laying down the beat for folk heroine Ani DiFranco, Stochansky has decided that it’s time to do it his own way, taking on the role of songwriter and frontman for his own four-piece band. Having recorded two albums, the debut while you slept and last year’s critically lauded radiofusebox, Stochansky and his band play their first Kingston show at Club 477 tomorrow night.Continue...

The beautiful people

Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to be famous. I’ve wanted to live the life of the beautiful people, where today’s press trashes your outfit but tomorrow’s praises your shocking performance as a serial killer in a Scorsese film.Continue...

Working girl

Stardom, Denys Arcand’s latest film featuring good Kingston boy Dan Aykroyd and Cornwall model Jessica Paré kicked off the twenty-fifth Toronto Film Festival last night. For Queen’s Film student Heather McDonald, the Toronto Film Festival is another step on the long, arduous and humiliating road to stardom.Continue...

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