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Last Man Standing Stands Tall in its Season Premiere

Last Man StandingTim Allen’s hit TV show Last Man Standing premiered on FOX Friday night, Sept. 28, after its cancelation from ABC last May.

On its seventh season, Last Man Standing follows the life of Mike Baxter, played by Tim Allen, and his family.

Mike is the marketing director at the outdoor sporting goods store Outdoor Man, and is married to his wife, Vanessa, played by Nancy Travis.

The couple has three daughters, Kristin, Mandy, and Eve.

Mike is known for his conservative views, which leads to disagreements with his wife, and two of his daughters.

Eve is the youngest and most like Mike because she’s athletic, in the air force, and shares his conservative beliefs.

The family has differing views on several topics and issues, which makes for humorous banter.

Last Man Standing had been on ABC for six years, airing from its premiere, Oct. 11, 2011, to May 2017.

On May 10, however, ABC announced the cancellation of the sitcom, following comments made by Allen on an appearance he made on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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The World is Yours at Monmouth is World Cinema Series

The World Is Yours 1The World Cinema Series, a passion project of history professor Thomas Pearson, Ph.D., celebrates its fifth year at the University this semester.

The theme of this year’s films is “Thirty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989-2019): Hopes Abandoned,” and seeks to invoke discussion about the influence of democracy, or lack thereof, on international events.

Pearson began featuring films in 2008 with the start of his Provost Series, which continued until he stepped down from the position in 2014.

Since its genesis, the series has undergone an immense growth. Pearson commented that he now has about 15 board members who work to determine the theme, pick films, and ensure that each event runs smoothly.

Each year, the movies center on a certain theme that encourages discussion about worldly topics.

After each movie, Pearson brings in a commentator who will lead discussion and answer questions about the film.

Pearson believes that this aspect is the most valuable of the series. “You get caught up in the story, but the film is actually chosen to focus on a particular theme, and intended to get the audience to think and ask questions,” he said.

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The Lifespan of a Fact in in Fact Worth Checking Out

Lifespan Fact 1Taking place in the iconic space of Studio 54, The Lifespan of a Fact is a new play, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale.

If Radcliffe’s name looks familiar, it’s because he also played the little-known role of Harry Potter.

Radcliffe is not a stranger to the stage; he has been in several New York and London productions.

I have previously seen him in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as the play The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Both performances were triumphant, and this play is no exception from Radcliffe’s superb acting skills.

In The Lifespan of a Fact, Radcliffe plays Jim, a young Harvard graduate who is now a fact-checker for a magazine.

The play opens with a meeting with his editor, Emily, played by Jones, in which she asks him to look for any inaccuracies in an essay before it is published.

Emily warns him that the essay is by a popular author and the job is not a small undertaking.

This play is based on the true story of John D’Agata’s, played by Cannavale, essay “What Happens There,” about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley.

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Sea.Hear.Now Festival Rocks Asbury Park

Sea Hear Now FestivalAsbury Park’s First Annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival packed in 20,000 fans. It was a wonderful display of music, art, and Jersey Shore culture that took place last weekend on Sept. 29 and 30.

The festival was made up of three stages: Surf Stage on the north beach, Sand Stage on the south beach by Convention Hall, and Park Stage in Bradley Park.

The Battery Electric kicked things off on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.., followed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 1:30 p.m.

The headliners on Saturday were Blondie, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, and Incubus, who played on the Surf Stage.

On the other hand, The English Beat, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, and Brandi Carlile were on the Sand Stage. Finally, on the Park Stage, Deer Tick and Highly Suspect played for thousands of fans.

On Sunday night, the headliners were Jack Johnson, Social Distortion, and Twin Peaks.

When Social Distortion closed their act for the night, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise guest appearance and joined along, playing three songs – one of which being Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” (if only he played “I’m on Fire.”)

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Lights! Camera! Previews?

Why do Movie Previews Take so Long?

Movie PreviewsIt’s a blessing and a curse to live five minutes away from an AMC Theater.

I love being so close to my “place of worship,” filled with scuffed red seats and a new Dolby Theater that employees don’t know how to use.

However, each time I go it costs me a nice $6.25 at matinee per visit.

When I go to the theater, I always show up 20 minutes late.

For example, if Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! starts at 8 PM, I’ll arrive at 8:20.

I know what you’re thinking: “Oh god, Mark! You’re going to miss the movie! And if you miss it, how will you review it for all of us? I always check out one of your reviews before I go out to the theater!”

I appreciate the concern, but I’m not actually late for the showing.

When my butt’s in the chair, the movie is ready to roll because I show up after the previews play.

At major theater chains like AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Bow Tie, the length of trailers prior to the featured presentation seem to be getting longer.

Even when I roll up at the movies as late as I do, the coming attractions are still playing for another five minutes.

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The New Led Zeppelin: Greta Van Fleet

Led ZeppelinA young band from Michigan is quickly ascending to fame for their familiar sound.

Referred to as “the new Led Zeppelin,” Greta Van Fleet has been a very hot commodity in rock music.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “A bunch of kids? Compared to Zeppelin? One of the biggest and most influential bands of all time? That’s blasphemy!”

I thought the same way when I first caught wind of them last spring.

I found a video on YouTube for their tune “Highway Song,” which has succinct Jimmy Page-style guitar riffs and tone, along with an allusion to Robert Plant’s howls in “Immigrant Song.”

The next thing I knew, I was trying to buy tickets for their Starland Ballroom show in May (it sold out immediately.)

The band is comprised of three brothers, Jake, Josh, and Sam Kiszka, and their friend Danny Wagner.

They are only 19 to 22 years old and selling out clubs, performing at festivals, and have already one EP, From the Fires, at number 1 on the Billboard Rock Charts.

Jake plays guitar, Sam plays keyboards and bass, Danny sounds like John Bonham on the drums, and Josh belts out Plant-esque high notes with ease.

The band dropped two singles off their upcoming album Anthem of the Peaceful Army: “Watching Over” and “Lover, Leaver” on Sept. 21.

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Weezer Releases “California Snow”

default article imageWeezer released new music last Wednesday and, to the disappointment of many fans, it wasn’t their highly anticipated Black Album, which was promised to come out last May by lead singer Rivers Cuomo.

“California Snow” is the stand-alone single Weezer made for the upcoming film Spell.

The movie follows an American illustrator who roams around scenic Iceland after the death of his fiancée.

Weezer’s latest song goes in the direction of pop, but it doesn’t sound like a gimmick this time.

The band’s last album, 2017’s Pacific Daydream, had singles that strayed away from the band’s genuine sound of rock and nerdy lyrics.

Some songs that begged for radio play and had an EDM feel from Daydream included “Feels Like Summer,” “Happy Hour,” and “Beach Boys.”

In the case of “California Snow,” this is what the band should’ve aimed for if they wanted to delve into the world of pop.

The song kicks off with tantalizing synthesizers and an electric guitar chord progression that’ll suck you right in.

Then, the 48 year-old Cuomo raps clever lyrics before the bass drop with, “Walk soft with a big stick, woo/ When I play guitar it’s sick, woo/ This is the definition of flow, woo.”

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Leonard Cohen’s Last Book to Be Released

Leonard Choen“Hallelujah!” The famed poet and singer Leonard Cohen, who passed away in late 2016, left behind one last piece of his work for fans to enjoy.

Cohen’s final book, The Flame, will be released on Oct. 2.

The book will feature a collection of artwork, poems, lyrics, and writings that the artist crafted shortly before his death.

This collection of works is meant to give readers a look inside the mind of Cohen, who even at the age of 82, continued to progress as an artist with potent lyrics on a wide range of topics including love, longing, and politics.

Over the span of six decades, Cohen released 13 poetry books and 15 albums.

Although Cohen’s catalogue wasn’t extensive, each work of his was precious.

Every song and poem Cohen created felt like it had a prophetic meaning because the artist had a special, yet humorous touch.

“Everybody Knows” Cohen’s classic song “Hallelujah,” which has been covered over 300 times.

However, the poet’s songs aren’t for everyone.

Cohen’s singing style was unique, with a monotone voice that spoke such profound lyrics.

As the artist aged, his voice became even deeper, which made Cohen sound like a chilling ghost.

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Eminem Launches a Surpise Attack in“Kamikaze”

default article imageGrammy winning rapper Eminem released an unannounced album on Aug. 31, aptly named Kamikaze.

This surprise release follows 2017’s Revival, which was ridiculed harshly by critics, musicians, and fans.

The common attitude was that Slim Shady should retire from making music; that he is too old, hackneyed, or has nothing left to prove.

Eminem made a point to show his relevancy with Kamikaze, and spared no one.

“The Ringer” is the first track on the album and is a dense diatribe analyzing hip-hop today.

Within this song, Shady challenges prominent figures in music, Lil Pump, Lil Xan, Iggy Azalea, Machine Gun Kelly, and more to produce an articulate response to him.

The current state of hip-hop is being dominated by “mumble rap,” music that is performed by the new generation.

Some common themes in mumble rap include explicit drug abuse, sexism, and promiscuity. Mumble rappers such as Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, and Lil Uzi Vert murmur their lyrics at a rapid pace, which doesn’t impress Eminem.

Also in “The Ringer,” Shady addresses the downward spiral of rap, where he sends a wakeup call to the genre.

Eminem fires shots with, “I’m sorry, wait, what’s your talent?/ Oh, critiquin’ my talent…, To give a sub-par bar or even have an opinion or view” and “I heard you mumblin’s but it’s jumbled in mumbo-jumbo.”

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Remembering Arthur Mitchell: The Jackie Robinson of Dance Tur

Arthur MitchellPioneer dancer, choreographer, and director, Arthur Mitchell, passed away at age 84 due to complications leading to heart failure in a Manhattan hospital on Sept. 19.

Arthur Mitchell became the first black ballet dancer to attain international stardom, all thanks to a guidance counselor who saw him dance and encouraged him to audition at the High School for Performing Arts in New York City.

After trying out, Mitchell won a scholarship to attend and studied there.

In high school, Mitchell experienced racism when lesser qualified students were chosen for roles over him because of his race.

At just 18 years old, Mitchell was offered another scholarship to study ballet at the School of American Ballet.

The School served as the training ground for the New York City Ballet.

On his experience going into the ballet, the dancer once said he wanted, “to do in dance what Jackie Robinson did in baseball.”

Mitchell started big by performing in Broadway musicals as well as by performing with the companies of Donald McKayle and John Butler.

In 1955, he joined the NYC Ballet and quickly became a premier danseur, eventually spending 15 years with the company.

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Vincent DiMattio: Celebrating 50 years of Artistic Mastery

Vincent Dimattio 1While some planned for their future at the Involvement Fair last Friday, Sept. 14, artist and professor Vincent DiMattio reflected on the past 50 years that he has spent at the University with his new art gallery’s opening reception,

“Vincent DiMattio/50.” DiMattio’s work was on display at the DiMattio Art Gallery in Rechnitz Hall, Ice House Gallery, and the Pollak Gallery.

Friends and family came to the reception at the DiMattio Art Gallery to celebrate the achievements of DiMattio, who had played a large role in the lives they lived in and out of the University.

I wandered around the gallery to admire the art work of a professor who had so much passion for the job he has, educationally and artistically.

DiMattio has the touch of incorporating his own opinions and emotions through his art in a humorous way.

From the attitudes and remarks of his peers, DiMattio has quite the sense of humor, most of which is self- deprecating.

It’s worth checking out the Pollak Gallery, because some of his best collage work is there.

The University is not the only place where the artist has flourished; more of his artwork is accessible in Trenton and Newark Museums.

DiMattio is also widely recognized in places like Mexico, Spain, and Puerto Rico, where he had the opportunity to show his work.

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