Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Country music film has plenty of ‘Heart’

By Nicholas Ortolani

February 4, 2010


Filed under Movies

    There’s a scene early in “Crazy Heart” where Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) and Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) are discussing country music. She is interviewing him for a local paper, and they are discussing who is “real country.” And somehow, while ”Crazy Heart” is filled with almost every imaginable cliché about country music there is, Bad Bla...

Theatricality elevates the dance for Mark Morris

By Andrew Cogan

February 4, 2010


Filed under Fine Arts

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Mark Morris Dance Group treated audiences at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center to an impressive display of Modern Dance. Morris’ reputation for delivering innovative yet technically challenging dance pieces went unchallenged last night, as Morris’ group presented...

Lights, Camera, LeeRoc!

By Rachel Aylward

February 3, 2010


Filed under Fine Arts

Sunshine streams through the windows of Totman Dance Studio 204, illuminating the slick black marley that stretches across the floor and the faces of University of Massachusetts students Andria LaRocco and Beth Liebowitz as the two rehearse for their upcoming show, the “The LeeRoc Dance Project.” ...

‘Swallowed’ bottles up an important message

By Kate MacDonald

February 2, 2010


Filed under Archives, Arts & Living, Fine Arts

Looking through the windows, it would seem almost as if the wintry weather has made its way inside the warm walls of Hampden Gallery in Southwest. To the far away viewer, it looks like columns and walls have been crystallized. However, if a pedestrian were to step inside, they would find out that this exhibit is so much more. “Swallowed” by Maggie Nowinski is a social commentary in the form of art, calling out society and big businesses for their...

Lackluster ‘Legion’ Lays Flat in Box Office

By Brendan Murphy

February 2, 2010


Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

If the point of this article was to describe everything that’s great about the new movie “Legion,” this would have been over by now. Director Scott Stewart partners with Sony Pictures to create an action horror thriller about scores of angels sent from Heaven to destroy mankind after God loses faith in humanity. A re...

‘The Young Victoria’ a new hit

By Kate MacDonald

February 2, 2010


Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Though this story played out around 150 years ago, director Jean-Marc Vallée accurately captures the glamour and opulence that surrounded one of Britain’s most popular royals in “The Young Victoria.” Emily Blunt stars as the title character, a young princess trying to assure her inner circle, her people and herself ...

Mark Morris dance group to take stage at UMass

By Andrew Cogan

February 2, 2010


Filed under Theatre

The Mark Morris Dance Group, an internationally acclaimed dance company is coming to the University of Massachusetts tonight to perform its innovative blend of live music and modern dance. Formed in 1980, the group performed for the first time the same year in New York City and has since toured all...

Top 10 horror movies to watch alone on Valentine’s Day

By Justin Gagnon

February 2, 2010


Filed under Movies

Planning on being alone this Valentine’s Day? Seeking vengeance on an ex? Looking to just drown in your sorrows by watching coeds get mutilated for your viewing pleasure? Luckily for you (and your ex), you don’t even have to leave your living room to get your gory fix. Here are the top 10 horror...

Local bands unite to play Earthfoods benefit concert

By Patrick Giddings

January 31, 2010


Filed under Music

Earthfoods Café was transformed Thursday night from an ovo-lacto vegetarian eatery into a hipster hootenanny to benefit Haiti. The round tables were pushed to the back corner, chairs upended on top. University of Massachusetts-based bands Grex, Bella’s Bartok and The Fine and Dandy Trio were slated...

Valley native, Tim Eriksen breaks from his punk rock roots

By Garth Brody

January 31, 2010


Filed under Music

Tim Eriksen, the folk music laureate of Western Massachusetts, has come quite a long way from his hardcore punk roots. Friday night, he came back to Northampton for a solo concert at the Iron Horse Music Hall. Though flanked by a stable of at least five stringed instruments of various persuasions,...

Iron Horse hosts Cordelia’s Dad’s Tim Eriksen

By Garth Brody

January 29, 2010


Filed under Music

Tim Eriksen will take the stage the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton tonight, although he is no stranger to the venerable venue; Eriksen is a founding member of local legend Cordelia’s Dad. He has been performing in the Pioneer Valley, both solo and with his band, since they formed in 1987. At...

“Fab” Beatles cover band plays Mullins Center

By Lindsay Orlov

January 29, 2010


Filed under Music

On any list of the most famous and successful musical performers of the 20th century, the Beatles undoubtedly make an appearance near (if not at) the top. Their presence in the musical history of the world can be described as iconic, to say the least –so iconic, in fact, that their music has spawne...