Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Raising the Dead: Dark Star Orchestra to play the Calvin

By John Shaver

November 19, 2009


Filed under Music

The spirit of the Dead will rise tonight at the Calvin Theatre. The world-renowned Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) will bring the Grateful Dead back to Northampton tonight. They have been touring with the legendary Donna Jean Godchaux, who was in the Grateful Dead during the 1970s. DSO has worked with...

ACDC’s Box of old tricks

By Dmitriy Gabriel

November 19, 2009


Filed under Music

As if “Black Ice” wasn’t enough, the musical juggernaut that is AC/DC has decided yet again to bless the collective musical universe with a new product. “Backtrack,” a new three-disk box set, contains some fun and delightfully odd and obscure tracks, as well as more live songs and video footage...

Demon barber to possess crowds at the FAC

By Alissa Mesibov

November 18, 2009


Filed under Theatre

The UMass Theater Guild’s production of Sweeney Todd opens tonight. The musical features a cast and artistic team composed almost entirely of UMass students. The plot surrounds the story of Benjamin Barker, a barber who returns to London after more than a decade of exile. After finding the remnant...

Jesse Ruben: Bringing acoustic back to pop

By Anshalee Guarnieri

November 18, 2009


Filed under Music

For the past year, Jesse Ruben has relentlessly toured up and down the east coast to support his debut album. His quick wit and handsome boy-next-door style makes his performances wonderfully entertaining and carefree. A Jesse Ruben show feels like a group of friends jamming around the living room. ...

“Pirate Radio” rocks the boat

By Matthew M. Robare

November 18, 2009


Filed under Movies

Rock on, no matter what. That’s the message of “Pirate Radio,” a nice little imported comedy that flopped in the UK under the name “The Boat that Rocked.” It was written and directed by Richard Curtis. The film “stars” Philip Seymour Hoffman as an American DJ called The Count, Bill Nighy...

Mediterranean Meals Made in Amherst

By Andrew Sheridan

November 17, 2009


Filed under Arts & Living, Food & Drink

There are certain foods that every American is familiar with. Whether or not you have ever eaten Peking duck, tasted genuine antipasti or learned the difference between empanadas and fajitas, the regional cooking styles behind them should be instantly familiar. There are countless other culinary traditions,...

Gas Station Cuisine: Great Bargains and Hidden Gems

By Brendan Murphy

November 17, 2009


Filed under Food & Drink

Just imagine: You’re driving down the road, and that little yellow light comes on signaling you’re out of gas. Finding the cheapest place to fill up may be your number one priority, but knowing the best gas station to get a quick, cheap and delicious snack should influence your decision as well....

Lars Von Trier Fills Audiences With Disgust and Awe With “Antichrist”

By Mark Schiffer

November 17, 2009


Filed under Movies

What may be one of the more important pieces of information to know about “Antichrist” is that if you are going to the movies to watch John Cusack save the world and his family in slow motion, you probably have wandered into the wrong theater. Actually, let me take that back. There is no way you...

Former Dresden Doll brings sophisticated punk to Pearl Street

By Angela Stasiowski

November 16, 2009


Filed under Music

Amanda Palmer brought her sophisticated burlesque punk to Pearl Street last Friday, serenading the packed Ballroom with tunes from her debut solo release, “Who Killed Amanda Palmer.”  As the former singer and pianist for punk cabaret outfit the Dresden Dolls, Palmer is no stranger to the limelight...

Bilingual mastery made easy

By Haley Navarro

November 16, 2009


Filed under Words

Whether the reader is thinking about or actually attempting to raise a child bilingually, Barbara Zurer Pearson has written an accessible and informative how-to guide for raising a child to speak more than one language. In “Raising a Bilingual Child: A step-by-step guide for parents,” Pearson breaks...

Crowd Finds “No Need to Argue” at Cranberries Show

By Kate MacDonald

November 16, 2009


Filed under Music

Rocking music, a raucous crowd and drunken fans being arrested in the middle of the venue means just another night at an Irish band’s concert. Fans experienced all this and more at The Orpheum Friday night when The Cranberries took the stage during the second show of their 20th year anniversary tour. Hailing from...

Doughty is ‘Doubly Gratifying’

By Rachel Dougherty

November 15, 2009


Filed under Music

‘Busting up a Starbucks’ on the way to a Mike Doughty show is something every fan should do at least once. Fortunately, there is a Starbucks just one street away from the Iron Horse in Northampton, where Doughty played The Question Jar Show on Thursday, November 12. Doughty, former front-man of the...