Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Goats Beware: Clooney new tricks up his sleeve that may cause your heart to stop

By Nora Drapalski

November 19, 2009

George Clooney brings audiences back in time with his new film, “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” Based on the nonfiction book by Jon Ronson, “The Men Who Stare at Goats” follows journalist Bob Wilton as he goes to Iraq in order to find his next big story. Humor is aplenty in this wonderfully...

Big D and the Kids Table to bring adult language to NoHo

By Ellie Rulon-Miller

November 19, 2009

Boston’s Big D and the Kids Table will be taking the stage at Pearl Street in Northampton for the first time in several years tonight. Joining the ska-punk band will be three other bands: illScarlett from Ontario, Canada, The Stereo State (formerly known as FiveAcrossTheEyes) from Holyoke, Mass.,...

Raising the Dead: Dark Star Orchestra to play the Calvin

By John Shaver

November 19, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...