Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Baku’s African Restaurant dishes out exotic eats and a welcoming atmosphere

By Stevie Mackenzie-Smith

March 6, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Food & Drink

Sitting at the edge of the North Pleasant Street strip, before the smattering of Amherst eateries beyond it, Baku’s African Restaurant is a curiosity. With its informal opening hours and relaxed set-up, a trip to the ...

Air’s latest album takes listeners on journey through cosmos

By Stevie Mackenzie-Smith

February 21, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

If humans ever leave earth to inhabit outer space, “Le Voyage dans la Lune” will surely be the soundtrack for their journey. The latest offering by French electronic music duo Air – released on Feb. 6 – is beautifully...

A match made in journalism

By Stevie Mackenzie-Smith

February 14, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living

It’s Valentine’s Day, did you hear? Sometimes it’s nice to take a back seat and observe the festivities from the morally superior position of “matchmaker.” From this vantage point you can distract yourself with the...

Spring outfits on their way in

By Stevie Mackenzie-Smith

February 2, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Fashion

Ah, February. February, you don’t know what you do to us. You tease us with a slice of springtime sunshine, a preview of what is to come, but then you retreat to your cold, hard self and once again our cheeks are ravaged by windbur...

Feist’s “Metals,” a connection to outside world

By Stevie Mackenzie-Smith

February 1, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Food & Drink

For Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist, “Metals” is a record that chronicles life’s journeys. It’s a record that feels personal while remaining universal and matter of fact, and one that displays strong emotions without a hint of angst. It is mature and controlled, like a wise shou...