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Fat Robot work out the bugs

Just one dark, creepy alleyway removed from Lee’s Palace in Toronto, Fat Robot are drinking beer in a parking lot and reflecting on the fact that they, along with fellow campus acts The Radical Dudez and Khaki Snack, have now played on the same stage as Kurt Cobain. It’s not a particularly glamourous scene, but neither is heroin addiction, and everyone’s got to start somewhere.Continue...

Hodgepodge of styles in new Hess film

Two years ago, writer/director Jared Hess achieved unforeseen commercial success with his film Napoleon Dynamite . The movie was made for only $400,000, but grossed over $45 million in theaters and untold sums on DVD. Hess’s directorial debut signaled the arrival of an exciting new voice in American comedy.Continue...

Few bright spots at NXNE

By most accounts, this year’s NXNE was something of a disappointment. The annual Toronto music festival seemed to scramble at the last minute to bring bigger ticket and independently booked shows with greater interest under its umbrella. Still, many of NXNE weekend’s most notable bills—including the Paper Bag Records showcase and the Six Shooter Records afternoon barbeque—weren’t technically part of the festival. Special recognition is due to the festival’s best band name: Adam Puddington and the Proof.Continue...

Anniversary show marks end of era

After four years heading up local concert booking company Rock Crew Productions, Chris Morris retires from the rock and roll lifestyle for real estate.Continue...

Art exhibition a promising View

There have been times when I’ve walked out of a gallery scratching my head and wondering what the hell happened to produce such uninspiring, ugly art.Continue...

OutWrite!’s politics lack literary polish

he personal may be the political, but neither perspective guarantees good writing. In their editor’s note, Ryan Anderson and Bryan Samis describe OutWrite!: A Queer Review’s mandate as not only offering a creative outlet “for queer and queer-positive individuals to voice their diverse life experiences,” but “educating the Queen’s and Kingston communities on issues to which they may otherwise not be exposed.” Judged as a chronicle of queer personal experience and a reminder of relevant issues, OutWrite! has little to be embarrassed about. Applying a critical standard to the creative work, however, leaves the journal with a much more mixed record.Continue...

Art School gets passing grade

Terry Zwigoff's Art School Confidential is "dragged down by a pair of conventional and predictable subplots that never quite fit," says Phil Brown.Continue...

Hawksley’s banter and ballads

Almost every rock show I’ve attended in Kingston has been cut from the same cloth: a couple openers of variable quality, and a tightly-packed, sweaty audience. The crowds are usually a patchwork: true believers yelling every lyric, slightly bemused friends along for the ride, disinterested conversationalists looking to pick up and all-too-enthusiastic dancers ...Continue...

Cultureshock celebrates diversity

Volume seven of Cultureshock, the anti-racist literary magazine run out of the AMS Social Issues Commission, has rolled out in full colour and a whopping 66 pages of student work. The glossy square book is certainly the fattest student publication this year; the editorial board, however, have broken the magazine into two halves, allowing the reader to work through the book without becoming overwhelmed by the volume.Continue...

Best/Worst 2005-2006

Journal A&E Editors Tricial Summers and Lauren Raham list their best and worst of 2005-2006.Continue...

The gospel according to Theatre Kingston

Opening this week at the Wellington Street Theatre, The Gospel According to Saint Mark is not a wittily titled story about the life and opinions of a guy named Mark. At least, not really. It’s the Bible. Yes, really. The Gospel According to Saint Mark is just that, the gospel, performed as a one-man tour de force by local actor Matthew Gibson. And it’s good.Continue...

Lighthouse Wire a beacon of hope

As I glanced at the cover of Vol. 4, I knew I was going to enjoy writing this review. Not that I judge a book by its cover, but sometimes you just know. The cover art, an inkjet print by Chin-Chien titled “Lumina souvenir,” is a stark image of an older-middle-aged woman in a white ribbed sweater, holding a Christmas ornament in each hand. The contrast between the delicate features of the feminine ornaments and the vacant stare of the woman holding them is gripping. I couldn’t wait to see what was inside.Continue...

A Final Fantasy of pretty pop songs

The surprisingly unapologetic mastermind behind Final Fantasy—the singing violinist’s beautiful solo project—responded to whether he’s worried about disappointing fans of his first solo record, Has A Good Home, with the upcoming release of his sophomore album. Pallett readily admits that the bizarrely titled He Poos Clouds —out on May 9—marks a significant departure from Final Fantasy’s debut.Continue...

Drama students take to the field

This past weekend, a group of Queen’s drama students performed their production of Fen, in association with Knockabout Theatre Company and The Single Thread Theatre Company.

Fen, written by English playwright Caryl Churchill, is a story of a community of farmers and their complex relationships with each other, as well as the conflicts within themselves.Continue...

A fashionably charitable show

An excited buzz filled the air outside of Grant Hall this past weekend as people began to line up for this year’s thirteenth annual Vogue Charity Fashion Show. The show brought a full house, and some of those waiting in line were aptly wearing their most fashionable attire, while others seemed to have come straight from studying.Continue...

Best foot forward

With the beautiful weather this past week, everyone’s catching spring fever. Students eagerly waiting for the temperature to get just warm enough are hastily exposing their sun-starved toes. Already I’ve seen several pairs of sandals strolling around campus. Thinking about investing in a new pair of spring shoes? Or maybe you’re in the market for a new bag? Of course you are—after all, you can never have too many!Continue...

And the (Queen’s) Oscar goes to ...

The glitz, glamour and little gold man aren’t just for Hollywood celebrities anymore. Last Saturday, the Queen’s Oscars were held at Grant Hall to honour Queen’s students for their accomplishments in the realm of the arts. Organized and initiated this year by the Campus Activities Commission’s Arts Network, Queen’s Oscars aims to promote the arts on campus. All of the participating students were self-nominated.Continue...

Review stylish outside but bland inside

In this year’s issue of the Undergraduate Review the editors in chief, Tom Carter and Meiqi Guo write: “The decision to offer a piece of writing or visual art for publication requires a certain amount of courage.” The masses of creativity, which grace the 72 glossy pages of the volume, are more than an act of courage—they represent a combination of time, effort and passion.Continue...

Radical Dudez bid farewell to Kingston

Left to his own devices, Adam Bell would only give you three reasons to attend The Radical Dudez farewell-to-Queen’s show at Clark Hall Pub on Wednesday: cake and party favours, a fun time full of “hijinks,” and the warm karmic glow of helping his band recover from the recent theft of cymbals worth $1,000. He wouldn’t try to convince you that the last of about 75 Dudez shows in Kingston is a momentous occasion. He wouldn’t say anything self-important about their contribution to the campus music scene. He wouldn’t claim that the Dudez were going to rock as they had never rocked before. He’s just going to offer you some cake.Continue...

April Fool’s means great comedies

In honour of April Fool’s Day—the only day of the year when it is socially acceptable to cherry bomb a toilet—I have compiled a list of underrated comedies. This is by no means a definitive list of the best or funniest movies ever made. It is rather a group of films that do not receive the respect they deserve.Continue...

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