Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Bad Plus brings unconventional sound to Iron Horse

By Collegian News Staff

October 27, 2009


Filed under Music

By Ben Silverman and Craig Holland. The Bad Plus might be considered a piano trio, maybe a progressive band or possibly a jazz fusion group. What they are, however, is a totally acoustic power trio, consisting of drums, piano and upright bass, playing everything along the jazz spectrum from furious avant-garde stylings to jazz standards, to slow-tempo, soft ballad...

Japanese cuisine for the savoring

By Maria Pedone

October 27, 2009


Filed under Food & Drink

Among the already countless attractions existing in downtown Amherst, including the sensational Monkey Bar and reliable CVS, I was lucky enough to stumble upon another one last weekend. Arigato, a quaint Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, was the perfect prescription for my Berkshire Dining Commons blues....

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again…and again and again

By Alissa Mesibov

October 26, 2009


Filed under Theatre

For most people “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a film to see once a year for Halloween. This is not the case for the Come Again Players of South Hadley, Mass. Every Saturday at midnight, this troupe of everyday locals transform into the characters from the cult classic. They mimic, or “...

Neighborhood deli butters up the locals

By Alex Tillotson

October 26, 2009


Filed under Food & Drink

As you first walk up to The Black Sheep Deli, you feel invited by its little hole-in-the-wall nature and its charming atmosphere. With shelves of bakery items displayed neatly in the windows and a crowd of customers waiting to indulge in one, or a few of the many delicious items on the menu, the place exudes Amherst. Black Sheep ...

HASA auctions off a night on the town

By Rachel Dougherty

October 26, 2009


Filed under Lifestyle

There’s just one word to describe the Haitian American Student Association (HASA) Date Auction last Thursday night: hot. Between the crowds crammed into the Herter Annex Thursday night and the physiques of those volunteering to be auctioned off, the HASA Date Auction was sweltering. The second annual ...

Hova rocks the Mullins Center

By Justin Gagnon

October 26, 2009


Filed under Campus News, Music

Where were you last night? If you weren’t at the Mullins Center, you missed a show your friends will be talking about for years and years to come. SLIDESHOW: Jay Z at the Mullins Center When tickets went on sale to the general public for last night’s Jay-Z concert, uninformed UMass students ...

Slideshow: Jay-Z at the Mullins Center

By Matthew Harrison

October 25, 2009


Filed under Music, Slideshows

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Portugal. The Man shows IHEG a good time

By Angela Stasiowski

October 25, 2009


Filed under Music

Sarah Palin has given Americans the wrong idea about Alaska. Not everyone that hails from Wasilla is a baby-popping hockey mom. In fact, some of them play music. Portugal. The Man, mad scientists of the musical world, had the potential to single-handedly redeem the state with last Wednesday’s performance...

October Squash

By Andrew Sheridan

October 22, 2009


Filed under Food & Drink

Pumpkins are an odd phenomenon in our society. Although nearly every other squash and gourd in their family is considered ugly and relegated to seasonal side dishes, during the month of October, the lowly pumpkin becomes the star of the show. As one of the iconic symbols of autumn in this country...

“New Moon” soundtrack fails to dazzle

By Kate MacDonald

October 22, 2009


Filed under Music

Grade: C+ With the second installation of the Twilight Saga and “New Moon” coming to theaters in just under a month, teens and self-proclaimed “Twi-hards” alike need some sort of relief. They will find it with the new release of music director Alexandra Patsavas’ compilation. Followers of thi...

White Rabbits rock The Basement

By Dave Mansfield

October 22, 2009


Filed under Music

White Rabbits shook The Basement to its core on Tuesday night, giving the fervent crowd an intensely energetic performance free of charge. After their planned show at Pearl Street in Northampton was cancelled, White Rabbits, along with opener SquillMerchants, headed over to the tiny venue a couple...

Post-Cold War View on “West Side Story”

By Steven Baum

October 21, 2009


Filed under Theatre

Throughout October, Amherst Cinema will be screening three classic films from the 1950s: "Rebel Without a Cause," "West Side Story," and "Jailhouse Rock." The films are being shown as part of an exhibition entitled, "The 1950s: Cold War Culture and the Birth of The Cool." The reason behind the exhibition...