Massachusetts Daily Collegian

“Om Shanti Om” Enchants Amherst Cinema

By Mark Schiffer

October 21, 2009


Filed under Movies

The theater at Amherst Cinema was packed almost to capacity this past Sunday at 1 p.m., a sign of an audience buzzing with anticipation for the special screening of Farah Khan’s 2007 Bollywood box-office hit “Om Shanti Om,” presented by the Asian Arts and Culture Program. Audience members both...

Bright Star: a visual masterpiece that captures eternal love and fleeting life

By Nora Drapalski

October 20, 2009


Filed under Movies

Named after one of his well-known poems, the film “Bright Star” is based on the true story of John Keats, an English poet in the Romantic movement, as seen through the eyes of his love, Miss Fanny Brawne. The story follows Fanny through the relationship she had with Keats, beginning with their...

Seasonal Treats on a College Budget

By Kaitlyn Bigica

October 20, 2009


Filed under Food & Drink

Baby Tiramisu If you love sweets raise your hand! As the cold crisp air creeps through the University of Massachusetts campus and midterms roll around, everyone could use a healthy indulgence alongside a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Not only is this treat only 100 calories, it’s also college-budget...

Poetic talent portrayed at Amherst Cinema

By Chelsea Whitton

October 20, 2009


Filed under Fine Arts

Amherst Cinema was center stage for three recognized poets last Thursday night. The event was presented by the University of Massachusetts Juniper Initiative for Arts and Action, the UMass Fine Arts Center and the Going Public Contemporary Literature series. The cinema was full of over 150 poetry enthusiasts,...

Rip them to shreds: dirty looks, hapless killer elicit more laughs than scares in slasher remake

By Danny Marchant

October 19, 2009


Filed under Movies

 The credited director of “The Stepfather” is Nelson McCormick. The credited writer is J.S. Cardone. Those are incredibly creative names for what are clearly two monkeys who turned to Post-It notes with ideas written on them to devise the script for “The Stepfather.” The result of their effort is a co...

Jonze knows ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

By Lindsay Pierce

October 19, 2009


Filed under Movies

The film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved picture book “Where the Wild Things Are” is not quite a story for children, but more a story of childhood. The movie is dark, troubling and often violent, and may be too intense and unsettling for young children. For this reason, Warner Bros. has fu...

Triple shot of indie rock hops over to Noho

By Dave Mansfield

October 19, 2009


Filed under Music

Packing a percussive sound that separates them from their indie rock colleagues, White Rabbits will be stopping by the Pearl Street Clubroom in Northampton on Tuesday, Oct. 20. On the heels of their sophomore release, “It’s Frightening,” the talented six-member group has launched a fall tour and...

Jazz greats Lateef and Rudolph stun audiences Thursday

By Christiana McDougal

October 18, 2009


Filed under Music

Exotic instruments littered the stage of Bowker Auditorium this past Thursday as crowds of people flooded in through the entranceway to see jazz great Yusef Lateef and percussionist Adam Rudolph. Gongs, bells, drums, a saxophone and an assortment of woodwinds sat on stage waiting to be played. As anticipation grew from the...

Regina Spektor plays the Calvin to the delight of fans

By Daniel Herberholz

October 18, 2009


Filed under Music

Black and white didn’t only sit on the piano keyboard. The lights were white swirls, her dress was black, her voice was pearly white and the audience was black silent. Regina Spektor owned the room Monday, Oct. 12 at Northampton’s Calvin Theater with her delicate piano taps and enraptured fans. A...

Solo pecussionist, mestro march into FAC

By Craig Holland

October 15, 2009


Filed under Music

World renowned solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie will be performing at the Fine Arts Center this weekend with Latin America’s premier orchestra, Orquestra de Sao Paulo. Rising star Kazen Abdullah, whose 2009 tour across the United States began with a notable debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhat...

Local Cinema to host Bollywood Extravaganza

By Mark Schiffer

October 15, 2009


Filed under Movies

This Sunday, October 18, Amherst Cinema will be presenting Farah Khan’s 2007 Bollywood smash hit, “Om Shanti Om.” Garnering a total of $39 million at the international box office, “Om Shanti Om” is currently the 7th highest grossing Hindi film of all time. Critics have compared this film to “Singing in the Rain,” to an extent. This is because the fi...

Student comedy group to sketch out new performance

By Elyse Horowitz

October 15, 2009


Filed under Comedy

The University of Massachusetts’ student sketch comedy group, Sketch 22, will be performing Saturday night, October 17, at 8 p.m. in the Herter Hall Annex. Sketch 22, which currently is made up of 12 members, performs self-written sketches at various events throughout the semester. The group holds...