Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Donald Antrim ‘nailed it’ at Visiting Writers Series

By Lindsay Pierce

February 26, 2010

Filed under Words

The Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the MFA Program for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action, hosted acclaimed author Donald Antrim on Thursday, Feb. 18 in Memorial Hall. As the author...

New adaptation ‘springs’ into action at the Curtain Theater

By Alissa Mesibov

February 24, 2010

Filed under Theatre

The University of Massachusetts Theater Department’s first play of the semester, “Spring Awakening,” opens tonight at the Curtain Theater. “Spring Awakening” tells the story of young teenagers in 1890s Germany. They...

‘Vagina Monologues’ performed at Bowker

By Elyse Horowitz

February 23, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Theatre

They meet every Sunday as an entire group, with a supplemental smaller meeting during the week, to discuss one thing: their vaginas. The cast of the "Vagina Monologues," coming to Bowker Auditorium Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p....

“From Good Times to Girlfriends” Goofs

By Garth Brody

February 23, 2010

Filed under Television, Theatre

Black Student Union members and non-members alike performed a series of sitcom scenes Saturday night as part of a retrospective – “From Good Times to Girlfriends and The Rebirth of the ‘90s” – to commemorate Black History Month. The choice of showcasing prominen...

American Author to speak at UMass

By Garth Brody

February 23, 2010

Filed under Fine Arts, Words

George Saunders, an American author known mostly for his short stories, will speak tonight in the Student Union Ballroom. Saunders’ works include the story collections “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” and “Pastoralia,”...

Slideshow: Hairspray at the Mullins Center

By Matthew Harrison

February 22, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Slideshows, Theatre, Web-Exclusive


‘Hairspray’ national tour dances into Mullins Center

By Alissa Mesibov

February 21, 2010

Filed under Theatre

The national touring production of “Hairspray” makes a stop at the Mullins Center tonight, as part of the University of Massachusetts’ “Broadway in Amherst” series. The plot, which unfolds in 1962, centers on Baltimore...

Choral fest spreads glee

By Lindsay Pierce

February 19, 2010

Filed under Fine Arts, Music

The biennial Five College Choral Festival falls this year on Saturday, Feb. 20. The festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall at Smith College in Northampton. Admission is free, though early arrival is recommended...

Visiting Writers Series to host Antrim

By Lindsay Pierce

February 18, 2010

Filed under Words

Acclaimed writer Donald Antrim, author of such noted works as “Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World” and 2000’s “The Verificationist,” will be the latest in a slew of celebrated novelists to visit the University of Massachusetts as part of the Visiting Writers ...

Premiere of “Tool Academy 3” Teaches Joys of Relationships

By Kate MacDonald

February 15, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Television

It’s no coincidence that “Tool Academy 3” debuted on Valentine’s Day. The VH1 show, now in its third year, serves as a what-not–to-do guide for young lovers everywhere. In “Tool Academy,” if someone has a particularly...

‘Post Secret’ founder tells all

By Cal Scannell

February 10, 2010

Filed under Words

I ran over my neighbor’s dog. I slept with my best friend’s husband. I pee in the shower. I like popping pimples. What’s your deepest darkest secret? And how would you feel broadcasting it to the entire world? Tortured? Afraid? E...

Cirque Dreams Illumination: a performance of urban fantasy

By Lindsay Orlov

February 9, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Fine Arts, Music, Theatre

A visually stunning hybrid between a Broadway musical and a traditional circus show, Cirque Dreams Illumination came to the University of Massachusetts’ Mullins Center stage for a two-hour performance on Sunday night, leaving...