Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The Original Wailers to spread irie vibrations at Pearl Street

By Lee Taylor

October 7, 2009


Filed under Music

Pearl Street has been getting down lately, paying homage through amplifiers and microphones to the great reggae legend, Bob Marley. This past weekend, a photograph of Marley graced an amplifier in Badfish’s rig as they tore through a repertoire of world class Sublime emulations harkening back to the...

“It’s safe to wake up now” – A Review of Pandorum

By Nora Drapalski

October 7, 2009


Filed under Movies

3/5 Stars Prior experience watching movies of the hammy horror genre may make viewers a little nervous about going to see “Pandorum.” All the trailers and teasers showing men screaming as they are dragged away by weird looking monsters in dark hallways may lead audiences to expect the film to fit ...

‘Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser’ screened at Amherst Cinema

By Garth Brody

October 7, 2009


Filed under Movies

Filmgoers entered the sold-out Amherst Cinema theater Monday night to solo guitarist Rich Goldstein’s pleasant renditions of jazz compositions by Thelonious Monk. He played a range of styles as the theater filled up, from ballads to foot-tapping blues to rubato virtuosity; it served as a fitting overture...

Michael Moore’s Newest Love Child

By Steven Baum

October 6, 2009


Filed under Movies

As one of the most commercially successful documentary filmmakers in history, Michael Moore once again finds himself the subject of inquiry following the release of his most recent collection of criticism on America, “Capitalism: A Love Story.”  Thirsting for answers to the questions on the mi...

Dance Takes the Fine Arts Center by Storm

By Anshalee Guarnieri

October 6, 2009


Filed under Fine Arts, Theatre

The art of dance thrives in this season’s Fine Arts Center Series lineup. Seven of this season’s 16-show schedule will be made up of dance productions covering a variety of themes. Dance parties, sword fights and Abraham Lincoln are among the many subjects that will be gracing the Fine Arts Center...

10 Horror Films From Off the Beaten Path

By Mark Schiffer

October 6, 2009


Filed under Movies, Television

Every year around Halloween, the same television channels play the same horror movies – “Sleepaway Camp” on TBS, “Hellraiser” on AMC, etc. While one would not wish to deride the positive qualities of these films, it is difficult to deny that a good amount of equally wonderful films tend to...

Willis’s new flick fails as a thriller ‘surrogate’

By Kate MacDonald

October 5, 2009


Filed under Movies

Imagine a world in which no one gets sick or hurt, where crime is non-existent and discrimination is a thing of the past. Everyone is attractive, has a perfect body – far and wide, everyone gets along flawlessly with others. Wars are still fought, but no soldiers die. This utopia, set in Boston, prov...

Barrymore ‘whips’ actors into shape in directorial debut

By Haley Navarro

October 5, 2009


Filed under Movies

Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, “Whip It!” does not disappoint. The film follows a young girl who is forced to compete in beauty pageants by her mother but secretly (and illegally), skates in roller derby at night. What makes “Whip It!” come alive is the camera angles shot during the roller derby scenes. Since roller derby is a fast-pace...

Eclectic Man Man delivers satisfying package

By Garth Brody

October 5, 2009


Filed under Music

It was a packed house Saturday night at the Northampton Pearl Street Night Club, and headliners Man Man burned it down, laughing all the way. Even before Man Man began to roll out their strange stage set-up (more on that later), the shoulder-to-chin crowd was primed and ready from the pleasant surpris...

‘Zombieland’ infects audiences

By Andrew Sheridan

October 5, 2009


Filed under Movies

Every one of us has to live by our own set of rules. Some rules tell us how to behave socially, while others may guide our ethical decisions. In director Ruben Fleischer’s maiden film “Zombieland,” a young man named Columbus doesn’t bother himself with guidelines of those sorts. He has written...

Brazilian flair brought to UM through Capoeira classes

By Rebecca D’Attilio

October 4, 2009


Filed under Fitness, Lifestyle, Music

For those who opt out of paying high gym membership prices or club dues, there is now another option on campus for students trying to stay fit while having fun. Capoeira, a mix of martial arts and dancing, is now being taught as a class through the Student Association for Multicultural Brazilian Alliance...

‘Piano King’ rocks NoHo’s Calvin Theater

By Ellie Rulon-Miller

October 4, 2009


Filed under Music

Ben Folds rocks so hard, he sometimes breaks pianos. Such was the case when he played at the Calvin Theater in Northampton on Saturday night. After playing 20 songs lasting over two hours, a pedal on the house piano was so weakened and damaged by the rocking force of his right foot that Folds had...