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Slaves of Spanky versus everybody

If there is any chronically slept-on local band, it has to be Slaves of Spanky, even if your only criteria
is seniority. Dropping rhymes since 1996 up in Tamworth, the Limestone City’s burger-chomping, velcro-shod, leg-lifting, trailer trash rap champions went to highschool with Ryan Malcolm and lived to tell the tale.Continue...

Sculptures reveal shaping of masculinity

Mister Man is the-little-engine-that-could of art exhibitions. Though small—Mister Man includes only five pieces of art—the little engine was powerful, and so is the art in this exhibit. Curated by Michelle Veitch, an art history PhD candidate, the exhibition features contemporary Canadian sculptural representations of male identity from Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s permanent collection.Continue...

A Scanner cruelly plods through an obvious lesson

Richard Linklater’s latest release, A Scanner Darkly , is a slow, cruel and unusual punishment for its audience. Though its nuanced monologues and cryptic, surreal imagery try to suggest that it has something profound to communicate, it doesn’t—instead, the whole movie plays like a ruse, trying to trick the audience into believing they’ve deciphered some hidden meaning, and in the process, only highlighted the heavy-handed delivery of its message.Continue...

Campus radio concert series finds new life

Queen’s campus radio CFRC’s monthly concert series, Dance to the Underground, aims to promote independent bands and local DJs by providing them with a venue.

With bands like Kid Koala and the now-defunct Death From Above 1979 on its roster, the event became a mighty force in concert promoting on campus from its beginnings in 2003.Continue...

Rock and Roll Report Card

Laura Barrett, a Toronto singer-songwriter and kalimba player, released her first collection of songs soon after graduating university. The release, titled Earth Sciences , is a hidden gem of the freak folk genre soon to be unveiled: the track “Deception Island Optimists’ Club” was recently nominated for a SOCAN award for songwriting, alongside the impressive company of Final Fantasy and Wolf Parade.Continue...

Project Runway’s miles of style

Unlike most reality shows and the spasms of guilt symptomatic of watching them, Project Runway is on the low end of the genre’s exploitation scale. Currently three episodes into its third season on the Life Network, the show selects twelve fashion designers who compete in a weekly design challenge to make it to the top three. Those lucky three get to show their collections at New York Fashion Week.Continue...

Metal still alive in K-town

There was nothing to chuckle about as Protest the Hero and 3 Inches of Blood rolled into the Time to Laugh Comedy Club and prepared to slaughter, pillage and entertain on Monday night. Bringing with them a sizeable horde, consisting of local Kingston act Under Black Sails, Southern California’s The Confession and Vancouver’s Javelin Reign, these troops of doom wasted no time in unleashing their onslaught upon the gathered masses.Continue...

A Modern Fuel masterpiece in 24 hours

This year, the Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre’s method of fundraising will manage to combine performance art with the art of working with a deadline.

The 24-Hour Art-a-Thon will take place from noon this Saturday, until noon on Sunday. During the crunch, three teams of artists from the Queen’s and Kingston community will each work diligently to complete a piece of artwork. The so-called “space,” which is located in the old arcade building at 173 Princess St., will house the event.Continue...

Rock and Roll Report Card

All of the MuchMusic appearances and side projects have paid off for a band who once played shows in sleazy basement bars, and wrapped their first recordings in test papers. Alexisonfire’s third studio recording, Crisis, was met with impressive sales that boosted the album to number one in Canada ...Continue...

Local artist takes Lofty View of his hometown in challenging exhibit

Jeremy Mulder may have settled down in Kingston for the time being, but there’s no place to settle your eyes in most of his works on display in Lofty Views. Taking the incredible density of memories that collect in a hometown at their most visually literal, Mulder’s bright, collage-influenced paintings contain so much detail, it’s impossible to absorb it all.Continue...

Quirky comedy a refreshing change of pace

As the summer blockbuster season comes to a close, studios are releasing their fall lineup. Among these films is directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine . With a cast made up of talented unknowns and veterans of the screen, Little Miss Sunshine is a quirky comedy with the potential to become one of this year’s most loved films.Continue...

Hidden Cameras turn it on for Awoo

Awoo is the Hidden Camera’s most recent studio release, and doesn’t offer fans the lo-fi sound quality heard on their previous albums. Instead of their usual techniques for recording, Joel Gibb and his band used more up-to-date technology to record their third record.Continue...

Rock and Roll Report Card

Jesse Keeler’s and Al-P’s death disco duo MSTRKRFT descends from thrash pop machine Death From Above 1979, where Keeler plays bass and Al-P has produced all of the band’s releases to date. After tweaking some tracks on DFA79’s 2005 remix album, Romance Bloody Romance, MSTRKRFT leaves DFA79’s heavy, bass-and-drums assault behind on their debut album in favour of a more careful eye to the dance floor.Continue...

Wax Mannequin comes alive at Goat

Over a spare, distorted drum track, skeletal acoustic guitar and electronic squelches, a scratchy-voiced man intoned “Paper snake takes the bait I left it now trapped inside the box I brought / Paper snake can safely be tested for nasty things that we don’t want / Paper snake filled up with our ointment cures its hate and its disease / Paper snake just relax and join us, together we will make you bleed.” ...Continue...

An Inconvenient agenda mars Truth

Thanks mainly to our use and abuse of the automobile, the glaciers of the North and South Poles are melting, causing water levels to rise. Losing their glacial homes, polar bears are dying off quickly. The increased temperature of ocean water is changing weather patterns dramatically, resulting in more hurricanes, droughts and floods. But here’s another conundrum: Al Gore is a politician, not a scientist. Most rational individuals don’t trust politicians, so why should we trust Gore’s documentary?Continue...

Drama outside of the bubble

How does a drama student escape from the “Queen’s bubble” to make forays into the Kingston theatre community and beyond?

After their performance in a production by Open Minds, a community theatre group, Queen’s students Mandy Doherty, ArtSci ’06, and Keith Bennie, ArtSci ’07, said it isn’t as hard as it seems.

Doherty and Bennie just finished a three-show run of Swedish playwright August Steinberg’s bizarre and passionate Miss Julie, in a new translation.Continue...

F is for fork and second-wave feminism

Two artists revisit the issues of second-wave feminism through a small exhibition in Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s Frances K. Smith Gallery.

Mary Rawlyk, a Kingston native, and Martha Rosler, a video artist from the U.S., have collaborated to produce slow boil, which examines domesticity and the role of women through video, print-making and etching.Continue...

Bedouin brings it back home

At Queen’s Orientation Week six years ago, Bedouin Soundclash bassist Eon Sinclair thought he had everything figured out.

Two albums, a Zellers commercial, international tours and a 2006 Juno Award for Best New Group later, things have turned out a little bit differently.

Sinclair, singer/guitarist Jay Malinowski and drummer Pat Pengelly met in their first year at Queen’s and bonded over a shared appreciation of reggae. The band originally included Brett Dunlop on hand percussion.Continue...

Draw a little dream

It’s difficult to get through My Most Secret Desire in one sitting. Montreal-based cartoonist Julie Doucet is best known for the details of her drawings, and her new book delivers on this front. In My Most Secret Desire , Doucet draws detailed and vivid images of her dreams, exploring her subconscious and interrogating her sexuality.Continue...

Neutrinos are small, flashy and impressive

You don’t have to be a subatomic physicist to enjoy Neutrinos They Are Very Small , a collection of works inspired by research into the mysterious titular particle. But luckily for those of us lacking advanced science degrees, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre is offering guided tours four times a week to give visitors a crash course on the neutrino, and just what exactly it has to do with art, anyway.Continue...

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