Massachusetts Daily Collegian

My Canterbury Tales

By Alissa Mesibov

October 1, 2012

Filed under Blogs, Study Abroad

I survived Fresher’s Week. This is a point of pride for anyone, especially an American who, until now, was considered to be a light drinker and partier. For the vast majority of you who understandably do not know wha...

Over-glitzed “Lord of the Dance” Fails to Wow

By Alissa Mesibov

April 8, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

“Lord of the Dance,” which played the Mullins Center on Thursday, advertises itself as “the world’s greatest dance show,” but it no longer lives up to that reputation. It has been reduced to little more than a sparkle-filled extravaganza with none of the authenticity that made the or...

‘Lord of the Dance’ steps into the Mullins Center

By Alissa Mesibov

April 3, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Theatre

The mega-hit Irish dance show “Lord of the Dance” will come to the Mullins Center tomorrow night for its only scheduled Amherst performance. Choreographer Michael Flatley fuses traditional Irish dance with elements of mod...

New Springsteen album takes on politics

By Alissa Mesibov

March 13, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

For months, there has been great hype surrounding Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, “Wrecking Ball,” which was released on Tuesday. In a February interview with the Telegraph, the Boss said that the album was his most political ...

“The Tailor of Inverness” packs a punch at the Curtain Theater

By Alissa Mesibov

February 3, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture

It is no wonder that “The Tailor of Inverness,” which made its U.S. premier on Tuesday, sold out its entire month-long run by the end of its first week at the 2008 Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival. The play is a stellar...

‘Tailor of Inverness’ to play at Curtain Theater beginning tonight

By Alissa Mesibov

January 31, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Theatre

“The Tailor of Inverness” – the play selected by participants of the 2010 University of Massachusetts summer Edinburgh study abroad program – will be performed at the Fine Arts Center’s Curtain Theater, beginning tonight. The...

Reasons to love November

By Alissa Mesibov

November 16, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living

It’s just about that mid-semester point when everyone starts crashing. Despite the fact many students are tired of school, there is still a month to go. Midterms have just ended, but it is already time to gear up for finals....

Reasons to love November

By Alissa Mesibov

November 8, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living Blogs, Blogs, Lifestyle

It’s just about that mid-semester point when everyone starts crashing. You’re tired of school, but you still have a month to go. Midterms have just ended, but you’re already gearing up for finals. To top things off, thi...

‘Anonymous’ plays out Oxfordian Shakespeare theory

By Alissa Mesibov

November 6, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

The movie “Anonymous” is about the playwright of “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and 35 other plays regarded as some of the finest examples of English literature. The film is not, however, about William Shakespeare....

Cirque Succeeds at Mullins Center

By Alissa Mesibov

October 10, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Fashion, Lifestyle

When one attends a Cirque du Soleil performance, seemingly impossible acrobatics, over the top clowning and beautiful artistic designs can be expected. “Quidam,” the most recent incarnation of Cirque du Soleil, had all of these elements at the Mullins Center this past wee...

Cirque du Soleil to present ‘Quidam’ at Mullins Center

By Alissa Mesibov

October 5, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture

With its eccentric makeup and simply stated unbelievable body manipulation acts, Cirque du Soleil returns to the Mullins Center to present its unique show, “Quidam.” The show revolves around Zoe, a young girl who has lost her excitement for life. Her escape from her disinterested pare...