Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Alegria’ expected to shine at UMass

By Alissa Mesibov

September 15, 2009


Filed under Theatre

Cirque du Soleil, arguably the most famous circus in the world, will be performing one of their best-known shows, “Alegria,” at the University of Massachusetts starting tonight. Cirque du Soleil, or “Circus of the Sun,” began in 1984 as a small show to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Canada’s...

Rascal Flatts Soars

By Anshalee Guarnieri

September 14, 2009


Filed under Music

Tailgating, cowboy hats and Daisy Duke denim were out in full force Saturday night as the country trio, Rascal Flatts, brought their American Living Unstoppable Tour to the Comcast Center. Darius Rucker, ticketed as the opening act, recently made the jump from 90s pop sensation to a country-singing...

Gossip Girl is back, with a Vengeance

By James Barden

September 14, 2009


Filed under Television

You better be wearing last season’s Prada bag as you hold your breath for the highly anticipated return of the CW’s Gossip Girl. That’s right, the epitome of outrageous, the show which is detailed in the lives of Manhattan’s elite teens, those who live on the prestigious Upper East Side, is back. Unlimited...

Singer-songwriter/comedian Bo Burnham thrills crowds

By Jeffrey C. Larnard

September 13, 2009


Filed under Theatre

Bo Burnham looks a little awkward. With his mused hair and his wire-rimmed glasses, the singer-songwriter-comedian famous for broadcasting angsty videos of himself over YouTube isn’t exactly the sort you’d expect would rake in such a large crowd at the Fine Arts Center. But Burnham works a special m...

“Halloween II” cuts to the heart of exploitation

By Shayna Murphy

September 13, 2009


Filed under Movies

Somewhere between Quentin Tarantino’s witty, pop culture-infused banter and the sly commercial sleaze of the “Crank” series, people forgot what true exploitation cinema is like. Aggressive, offensive and always in poor taste, few modern filmmakers have the chutzpah to venture over such tough terrain. No...

Bo Burnham’s Fake ID Tour hits UMass Saturday night

By Justin Gagnon

September 10, 2009


Filed under Theatre

The University of Massachusetts will host its annual First Week comedy show this Saturday night at 9 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The show will feature two comedians, Amy Anderson and Bo Burnham. Anderson, the lesser known name on the ticket, is a stand-up comedian who has appeared on...

“Basterds” An Inglorious Effort by Tarantino

By Nicholas Ortolani

September 10, 2009


Filed under Movies

What a beautiful mess this film is. Quentin Tarantino’s new endeavor, “Inglourious Basterds” is a rock’em sock’em caper that takes place during World War II. The movie, in part, follows a group of United States soldiers in Nazi occupied France, known only as The Basterds. They are an ultra effective, ultra violent fighting squad with...

Red Summer Sun to play Monkey Bar

By Sara Cody

September 10, 2009


Filed under Music

 Local band Red Summer Sun is ringing in the new semester by playing a show at the Monkey Bar on Friday, September 11th. Monkey Bar opens its doors at 11 p.m. with a $5 cover charge. “We’re having fun when everyone else is having fun,” said guitarist Pete Hunt. “Our main objective is that...

‘Jigga Man’ to jazz up Mullins Center

By Justin Gagnon

September 9, 2009


Filed under Music

The last generation of UMass students was blessed with concerts that people still talk about today when bands such as the Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dave Matthews Band played in our home arena. Who would have thought with enormous budget cuts and new fountains in the campus pond that UM...

Drag me to the cinema: summer movies in review

By Shayna Murphy

September 9, 2009


Filed under Movies

While some may have spent the summer perched by a window, longing for the rain to stop, others spent it in the air-conditioned, free-flowing soda fountain bliss of a local movie theater. Whichever side you belong to, this season’s films took us well beyond the thunderstorms of summer days – from the halls ...

‘Half-Blood Prince’ brings audiences ‘Half-Way’ to a magical finale

By Haley Navarro

September 9, 2009


Filed under Movies

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth installment in the Harry Potter franchise, opened July 15 and quickly secured its spot as a summer blockbuster. According to Boxofficemojo.com, as of August 30, the film has grossed $895,958,075 worldwide. The film follows Harry (Daniel Rad...

Ninth Annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Rocks Fans in High Summer

By Peter Rizzo

September 8, 2009


Filed under Music

Forty years ago this summer, music and culture collided in the grassy fields of Bethel, N.Y., where roughly half a million Americans gathered for three days of “peace and music.” The result was the zenith of the summer of love, the now infamous Woodstock Music and Art Fair, where bands were transformed...