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New App Has the 4-1-1 on Local Shows

Okay, so the Bandsintown app is sweet. If you are a fan of music and going to shows, this app should definitely be on your phone. Maybe it should even accompany the starting four on the bottom, which for me would fit in snugly next to Spotify, Music and Messages.

I was first introduced to Bandsintown through Facebook. I hardly ever download  those apps, but I took a chance on this one. Since then, I would regularly get emails whenever a band I “liked” was playing near me. This is pretty cool, I thought, and then I just rocked on that for about six months.

Until tonight.

So, the Internet in my apartment is out tonight. Tragic, I know. I was using my trusty iPhone to take care of all my email needs. Bandsintown tells me Black Sabbath is playing at one of my many local watering holes, the PNC Bank Arts Center. I think to myself, “Wow, Sabbath, that’d be a cool show to go to, I’ve never seen them before.” So I click it, figure I’ll check out how much tickets cost.

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Seniors Display Art at Final Showcase

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall became home to the second, and final, segment of the Senior Art Exhibition, which took place from April 12 to the 19. While the first senior show displayed works by graduating students majoring, particularly, in computer graphics and animation, the second showcase had several works by seniors who will be graduating at the end of the semester with a degree in fine arts.

The opening reception of the show, which ran April 12 from 7 pm to 9 pm was a time for enjoyment and congratulations for the students on their completed works. Guests, faculty, and students alike were invited to eat and gaze upon the works hanging upon the walls; which ranged from photography pieces to paintings, drawings, and other types of hand crafted works on several different types of mediums.

Graphic design professor, Patricia Cresson, was highly impressed by the second show; despite the difference in art from the one she is more accustomed too. “It was a well attended opening and the work looked exceptionally well in the new gallery,” said Cresson.

Although all of the works were fantastic, Cresson notes a particular collection that caught her eye upon entry. “I was particularly impressed with the photographic portraits of Marissa Sottos as you walked into the gallery on the right- [they were] very dramatic and powerful,” Cresson stated.

The collection showed several portraits of different people from all walks of life, bare shouldered and staring into a camera- all with differing ranges of expressions and emotions. But that wasn’t the part that made the piece as powerful as it was. The grandeur factor lied within, because, upon further inspection, the viewer found very faint star constellations within the positioning and posture of the people.

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Roger McGuinn Rocks Pollak

The University’s Pollak Theatre was home to singer, songwriter and guitarist Roger McGuinn, Friday, April 19. The lights dimmed and the crowd that filled the lower section of the theatre.

The crowd disappeared as McGuinn walked on stage. He was accompanied by his acoustic guitar, two electric guitars and a banjo. McGuinn’s stage was accented by a few trees that had the audience in a musical trance for the two hour period.

The crowd received their money’s worth as McGuinn paired his musical talent with his comedic talent. One of his comedic stories came when McGuinn stopped the show to share his thoughts on why the banjo is hated so much in the family of musical instruments. “The banjo gets a bad rap sometimes,” McGuinn stated.

He also gave the audience a few jokes he had heard about the banjo. “What’s the difference between an onion and a banjo?...No one wants to cry when you peel an onion.” That received a few laughs and also a few jeers from the audience, but McGuinn took it in stride.

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National Record Store Day

The days of buying physically packaged music at a small, independent record store may seem long gone, but this Saturday, these humble businesses will be making a triumphant comeback.

The Sixth Annual Record Store Day event will be held on April 20 at independent record stores all over the world. The event is held to raise awareness and support for independent record stores in the digital age of music.

According to the RSD website, “Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread word about the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.”

On Record Store Day exclusively, independent record stores are provided with a large assortment of limited edition vinyl and CD releases from hundreds of popular and more obscure music acts and record labels for that day specifically. Along with special releases, many record stores also hold a number of other festivities, including live performances, meet-and-greets, cook-outs, and more, according to the RSD website.

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Scary Movie 5 Lacks Laughs

Yes, someone actually made a fifth one of these movies. Like you, I also wish they would have left them alone and stopped years ago.

Am I missing something? Was there some massive following that I was completely oblivious to that was begging for another entry? Well, apparently someone thought so, because here it is, Scary Movie 5: the desperate struggle to make one of these movies without the Wayans Brothers funny.

David Zucker is in desperate need of a paycheck, so he recruits his old team of writers to show the world that they can still make movies. What? You were expecting these parody movies to have a self-respecting plot?

I’m not bashing David Zucker. He has worked on some of the classic comedy movies from my childhood, like Airplane! and the Naked Gun movies. At one point, he had a funny bone and knew what he was doing. I’m assuming it was before he met Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the guys who made such box office bombs like Meet the Spartans and Disaster Movie.

I’m impressed with these two. Honestly, I am. Out of the six writers for the first two Scary Movie entries, which were actually kind of funny, these two are known as being the least funny. Despite this, they are the only ones that have gone on to make other movies.

But for something that’s supposed to be a comedy, it’s fascinating when 90 percent of the jokes have the punch line of “Hey, this movie/TV show/other piece of media is currently popular.” Although, in this movie’s case, they were popular last year, and even now are considered dated.

Really, let’s take a quick look at some of the movies Scary Movie 5 is “parodying”. Such movies include Paranormal Activity, Mama, Scream 4 and The Cabin in the Woods.

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Matt Kenyon’s High Tech Art

Visionary Matt Kenyon presented “Art Now: Multimedia Art” in Hawk TV’s studio this past Tuesday as apart of the Global Understanding Convention.

While a co-founder of SWAMP (Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production) with Douglas Easterly, the event focused on Kenyon’s wide range of unique work, highlighting the relationship between global corporate operations with the public, mass media and communication and the tie between life and artificial life.

One of the discussions that had the audience laughing was Kenyon’s experiment with a drive-thru at McDonalds, titled McService. Kenyon and his accomplice circled a McDonalds drive-thru 57 consecutive times, consistently ordering and paying for food, until two police cars were called by the fast food chain. “We were interested in how replacing this variable demographic with us would cause a reaction,” Kenyon explained.

Growing up in the small town of Hammond Louisiana, where Ma and Pa shops thrived, Kenyon developed a different perspective and an intrigue with the relationship between global corporations and consumers. So when a mega Wal-Mart was built on the edge of his community, it only made sense for one of his artistic endeavors to involve the global corporation.

“We had to perform the art of shopping, even though we weren’t,” he stated. Kenyon began his relationship with Wal-Mart by developing different routines to partake in.

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Thrills and Chills Abound in Dark Moon

Whoa, there is another Luigi’s Mansion game? Yup! It has been quite a while since the Gamecube launch title hit stores and won over the hearts of many gamers, myself included. Now there is a sequel on the Nintendo 3DS. Dust off your flashlight and vacuum- it is time to go ghost hunting.

The original Luigi’s Mansion was released in 2001 as a launch title for the Gamecube. It was the first Mario game with Luigi as the main character, and up until now, the only other to do this was Mario is Missing. Luigi’s Mansion was one of the first games to be re-released as a player’s choice and is the fifth best selling Gamecube game in the United States.

The plot of the game is pretty basic. Professor E. Gadd, from the first game, is working together with ghosts when the Dark Moon, the object that keeps the ghosts in check, is broken and the ghosts go on a rampage. Gadd calls Luigi in through a television to help solve the problem.

Normally, I would complain that the plot is so simple that I could sum it up in one sentence, but since it gives us the excuse to explore haunted mansions with the younger Mario brother again, I could not care less.

The graphics are very nice, especially for a portable game. Nintendo is really pushing the envelope for what the 3DS can do.

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Boom Roasted Productions Make a Splash on Campus

A quality education is about more than what you learn in the classroom. Most students know that the key to getting your money’s worth out of your time at the University, and making sure you are prepared for life in the real world, is by joining any clubs, activities and organizations that are related to your interests.

The students behind Boom Roasted Student Productions (BRSP) have been extremely successful in getting involved outside the classroom, most recently by putting on Almost, Maine, which ran at 8:00 pm last Friday and Saturday.

The group draws its name from an episode of “The Office”, during which Steve Carrell’s character has a roast of the other staff members. This became an inside joke among the members of this campus organization and grew to the point where it inspired the group’s name. As such, the audience is “boom roasted” by viewing a BRPS production.

Samantha Myers, English and secondary education major, is a member of the production group. “[My] best experience is working with everyone and being proud of the actors I directed,” she commented. “My fellow cast members are naturally talented. With bits of direction, we created an awesome play and I’m proud of all of us.”

Building off her experiences, Myers wants to continue to direct plays for whichever high school she works in after graduating.

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Algonquin Arts Theatre Offers Culture and Opportunity to Students

If you’re looking for a night of culture and art, there is Algonquin Arts Theatre in the middle of downtown Manasquan.

The Algonquin’s mission statement reads, “Our mission is to provide cultural enrichment and arts education for the Jersey Shore through high-quality performances and programs.”

Brooke McCarthy, business administration major, participates in three community theaters and does acting at the University. “Community theater is a great way for people to express their love for and talent in the arts without it necessarily being professional. The locations are key as well because not everyone can travel to the city all the time for rehearsals,” said McCarthy.

She also said, “Participating in community theaters has helped me as a person because it allowed me to step farther out of my comfort zone to audition in front of complete strangers. It gave me more experience auditioning and getting comfortable being in front of people.”

McCarthy can be seen in “Almost, Maine,” a student production at Woods Theater this weekend.

According to David Applegate, Head of Marketing for Algonquin Arts Theatre, they attempt to have seven to nine Broadway or musical-style productions each year. He also said that the reason for adding live theater was because it was a passion of Jack and Fran Drew, the owners.

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Film Festival in Pollak

Film enthusiasts, eager students and curious locals gathered in Pollak Theater for the 32 annual Black Maria Film Festival on April 4.

Chad Dell, chair of the communication department, opened the night with an Alfred Hitchcock-styled, “Good Evening.” He followed this with a brief introduction to the night’s agenda and his own take on the gathering. “I have enjoyed watching this festival for the past 17 years,” he said. “But I have more pleasure in bringing you the woman who brought it here 24 years ago.”

Donna Dolphin, professor of communication, stepped up to take the microphone and discuss the importance of the event, saying it was meant for “fiercely independent and experimental screen arts.” She went on to add, “I want you to understand, this is not an amateur festival. This is professional work. These are professional artists,” she stated. “We’ve even had work by Disney animators.”

This event celebrates independent film makers from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, granting awards for excellence in writing, directing, filming and animation. The festival had 32 movies this year, but only 10 were screened at the University’s portion of the tour.

Feral, a 13 minute animated film by Daniel Sousa, received a Juror’s Stellar Selection. It displayed the story of a young boy who grew up in the wild, but is found by a passing man from a nearby city and is brought back to civilized society.

Here and Away, a movie inspired by “Two Boys on a Country Road” by Franz Kafka, ran for 11 minutes. It was created by Meena Nanji and received a Juror’s Stellar Selection. It features two African boys going through their day, living simply but happily, in the end remarking that the wealthy but stressful lifestyle of the city dwelling folk is a foolish one.

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Senior Art Exhibit Shows Specialized Skills

In Rechnitz Hall, graduating graphic design students had their creations on display for fellow students, potential employers, and soon-to-be former mentors alike in the annual two-part senior show.

The turnout was rather large and, according to art and design professor Vincent DiMattio, the opening night turnout on the 28 rounded at a crowd of about 400.

Showcased with the assistance of man-made window and sales floor displays, frames, tables, and an assortment of shelves, seniors had a wide arrangement of projects accumulated over their years to put out.

Ranging from, but not limited to, race car designs, promotional posters spanning several fields of media, advertisements for prototyped products, to fully developed storyboards for video games and movie animations. All of the pieces set out appeared to be convincing on appearance alone in regards to the ability of the students.

Each student display contained business cards and resumes in front of their artwork; all with the individual’s personalized logo. Some students even went beyond the basics, going so far as to involve the audience in their display; Christina Mantak, for example, had a guestbook alongside her cards for visitors to sign and help document the experience.

Although some projects were of the same assignment, it was easy to see how each individual in the show tackled the task in their own unique way. Mecal Lindsey particularly had an eye-catching display, what with his kaleidoscope-like tiles, which framed all of his works, and an aesthetically pleasing color theme, which assisted in tying everything in the collection together. The standout pieces though were his intricate pieces of creatively generated logos, all of which shared the overall appeal of professionalism and high methodology.

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