Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Barrymore ‘whips’ actors into shape in directorial debut

By Haley Navarro

October 5, 2009

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

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

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

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

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...

Badfish concert a good catch

By Emily Jenkins

October 4, 2009

Hundreds of fans were huddling outside the Pearl Street Ballroom on Saturday night, soggy and shivering under the pale light of street lamps coming through the fog. The crowd surged forward as the doors opened, clothing drenched through to the skin, desperate to get inside. The throng of high school...

Singaporean cinematic auteur wows audiences at SOM

By Mark Schiffer

October 4, 2009

“The first chapter of my pitiful life,” goes the getai, or boisterous live performance, song “Lotus Flower,” “Born into a red-light district and life is hard / Life is terrible and I’m in a bad state / I have to slog hard to eke out a living.” These words capture the melodramatic wor...

Ben Folds to be Rockin’ the Calvin Saturday night

By Ellie Rulon-Miller

October 1, 2009

Singer-songwriter-pianist Ben Folds is performing in Northampton tomorrow night at the Calvin Theater. Folds, who has been writing and performing for over two decades, will be joined by Australian performer Kate Miller-Heidke. She will be the show’s opening act. This is the first major U.S. Tou...

Local Sublime fans to get a taste of Badfish

By Emily Jenkins

October 1, 2009

Some of the most recognizable music from the 90’s will be pouring from the speakers at the Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton tomorrow night. Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, has been attracting diverse audiences since their formation in 2001 with their unmistakable covers; 20 and 30-somethings with...

Rock like a “Man Man” in NoHo this weekend

By Garth Brody

October 1, 2009

Philadelphia-based experimental rock group Man Man will perform in Northampton this Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. at the Pearl Street Nightclub. Tickets can be purchased on the Pearl Street website for $12.50 or at the door for $15. Man Man’s current lineup is currently comprised of a fluctuating number...

Jay-Z has "Blueprint" for Longevity

By Jeffrey C. Larnard

October 1, 2009

Calling his new album “The Blueprint 3” was probably not a decision taken lightly by Jay-Z. The name “Blueprint” conjures up imagines both of one of the most beloved rap albums of all time, “The Blueprint,” and one of the disappointing follow-ups in music history with the over-ambitious, sp...

Got a mint for the festival that stinks?

By Cal Scannell

October 1, 2009

Be sure to bring along a tin of Altoids to this weekend’s Garlic and Arts Festival which has been described as “the festival that stinks.” The event, currently in its 10th year, is a quaint country gathering of local farmers, craftsmen, vendors and vampire haters. The festival is the brainchild...