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A dark flair for the dramatic

If you saw Chris Koster’s latest album Sex, Love and Morality in a record store you probably wouldn’t think he was a Kingston musician. On the cover, Koster is clad in a black with a white tie, various instruments in hand. Behind him stands a band composed of sinister-looking wolves in tuxedos. His album cover seems like a very dramatic statement coming from a musician hailing from such a low-key city.Continue...

Art lingering in nostalgia

Memories can be tricky things. In All That Remains, the exhibit on display at the Union Gallery, memories are represented through the paintings and mixed media works of three Queen’s BFA students.Continue...

Savage siblings

Dementia, unfulfilled potential and emotionally abusive fathers don’t quite scream ‘laugh track’ to most people. The Savages, a dark new “comedy” by writer and director Tamara Jenkins doesn’t quite make the jump from bleak, truthful story to wry, witty statement about life, although it does portray the heartbreak of caring for a dying family member with poignancy and realism.Continue...

For the lovesick and heartbroken

With red and pink seemingly permeating the atmosphere, Valentine’s Day garners mixed reactions among the love struck, lovelorn and love-haters of the world. The day to celebrate love can ironically spark a lot of anti-love, or rather anti-Valentine, sentiment. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day’s approach, Love me! Or leave me alone is a show exploring contemporary treatment of the age-old holiday.Continue...

Union Gallery’s art auction in action

What began as a night of frantically scoping out appelaing pieces of art turned into a lesson in artistic subjectivity.Continue...

Decent exposure

For artists in the Queen’s community, there’s not such thing as over-exposure, and Neshka Kus and Avneet Toor are on a mission to put student art in the spotlight.

Kus and Toor, both ArtSci ’08, are co-chairs of Exposure, an art festival run through the AMS’s Campus Activities Commission. They were hired last March and began planning for this year’s festival last May.Continue...

V-Day: the vaginas are coming

The Vagina Monologues makes its annual return to campus with shows at Grant Hall on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m.Continue...

Off to a strong start

The only element linking together this year’s short plays in Vogt B is madness.

The student-run series, performed in the Vogt Theatre in Carruthers Hall, offers three one-act plays on this slot’s bill. Stringing together a play about a lonely housewife quelling her despair with gin, a dark twist on reality where humans are pets looked after by a pig and a segment about a near-suicidal young man stumbling upon his guardian angel, Vogt B’s plays peel away layers of sanity and offers insights into downward mental spirals—albeit some more successfully than others.Continue...

Threads of art

Not many theatrical performances can say they have something for almost everyone, but Thread is no ordinary theatre production.Continue...

Rock and Roll Report Card

The indie darlings of the Broken Social Scene collective made several appearances on Jason Collett’s last record, Idols of Exile, perhaps in an attempt to give Collett a credibility only the BSS name can deliver. But Collett is almost on his own with his latest album, Here’s to Being Here.Continue...

DJ makes good

Though his musical alter-ego, DJ Sta, is now known around the world for the dance music he’s remixed and produced, Stu Freen started out as a Queen’s student, before the Internet stepped in and made him electro’s newest blogging sensation.Continue...

Snowed in

In a gradual sonic buildup that creates a wall of sound, filling your ears with distortion, pedals and accented drums that sustain the tight, locked moments of intensity where everyone and everything is in sync, the band jams its way out to a finish. The band is Wintersleep, and that’s what they did, and do best, at the completely sold-out show at the Grad Club on Friday night.Continue...

Epic story brought to small stage

A small room with white walls and a low ceiling may not sound like the right stage for an epic theatre production, but Chaos Theory Theatre’s The Odyssey takes its audience out of Kingston and into a beautiful, mythical, distant land.Continue...

Melodies of poetic activism

Although it has been traditionally said that one person can make a difference, musically-speaking, two people can make a real change. Enter Chris Brown and Kate Fenner: an alt-folk rock duo from Toronto, by way of Kingston and New York city. Their politically savvy yet poetic peacenik lyrics and disarming melodies will have you simultaneously moved to daydreams and, quite possibly, itching to write a letter to your member of Parliament.Continue...

Politics of gender

In its simplest, most paltry form, gender identity is a social sense of identification that becomes amplified by a cultural demand for definition—a collective affiliation of ‘them’ and ‘us’, an individual distinction and a separation of the others.Continue...

Excited for Excetera

Frosh Week at Queen’s is an experience unlike any other—shaving cream and mud flinging, purple people in kilts spraying water guns and giant masses of people chanting cheers through the streets of Kingston.Continue...

Playing nice with The Gertrudes

The New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene and Britain’s Reindeer Section are just the latest additions to a musical tradition with a long history—the supergroup. A supergroup—first seen in bands such as Cream and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young—is made up of musicians from other bands. Here in Kingston, The Gertrudes are set to become the city’s first local supergroup.Continue...

Running in reel time

Outlawed lesbian love in rural China disturbs the feng shui of an agrarian utopia in The Chinese Botanist’s Daughters—a lethargicyet visually captivating illicit romance set in the early ’90s.

Like many films set in rural Asia (although set in China, this film was shot in the lavish jungles of Vietnam) the images have that hallucinatory quality of surreal beauty—the camera glides smoothly across the still waters of untouched valleys, slowly panning across the forest floor as green hues blend with the bright reds of rustic Asia—and, accompanied by an extravagant soundtrack full of string instruments, this pastoral tale does its landscape justice.Continue...

Sending in the clown

As the opening night of their 10th anniversary show draws closer, the Queen’s Student Opera Company is relying on one sad clown to bring the celebration—and the student population—in.Continue...

Versatile musical inspiration found at home

Who: Emily Fennell

What: Kingston musician

Where you may have seen her: Playing at the Merchant Tap House every Friday night after 10 p.m. Fennell has also opened for Jann Arden, Chantal Kreviazuk and Buffy Saint-Marie in Belleville.Continue...

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