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These Short Stories Are a Real 'Knock' Out

entertainment-suddenly-a-knock-on-the-doorCritically renowned Israeli author Etgar Keret released another collection of short stories titled “Suddenly, a Knock at the Door” that fans will laud over for weeks. This is the fifth collection of short stories released in the United States by Keret, translated from Hebrew, and shows that even the most overused cliché can open a door to a world full of possibilities and strange people that make a story unique and life-like.

Keret has been publishing short stories since 1992, co-authoring some graphic novels released in Israel and working for the Israel film and television industry. Keret didn’t gain world recognition until 2004 when a collection of short stories (“The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God and Other Short Stories”) was released in the U.S. Now his stories can be found in The New Yorker, The New York Times and featured on NPR’s “This American Life.” His stories have also been portrayed in graphic novels and his novella “Kneller’s Happy Campers,” which was adapted into the independent movie, Wristcutters: A Love Story starring Patrick Fugit and Tom Waits (it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival). Keret has won prestigious writing awards including being named a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.

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The Material Girl Hasn't Lost Her Pop Sound

entertainment-madonnaSuper Bowl XLVI was the last time that I have seen Madonna perform live, bringing back a sense of nostalgia for all her fans.On her Facebook page, she updated her status on December 17, 2010 which stated, “Its official! I need to move. I need to sweat. I need to make new music! Music I can dance to. I’m on the lookout for the maddest, sickest, most bad a** people to collaborate with. I’m just saying...”

The Facebook update had fans looking forward to her newest album, MDNA, which was released on March 23.

When I was growing up in the 90’s, Madonna was a music icon. Her hit songs such as “Like a Virgin,” “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Vogue” were heard on the radio and TV all the time.

Leading up to today, she has had a successful music and acting career. With the release of MDNA, Madonna is once again the talk of the year.

“Give Me All Your Luvin,” featuring Nicki Minaj, became the first hit single for MDNA. Those who watched the Super Bowl had a chance to watch her perform it live during the halftime show with Minaj.

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Students Discuss the Ocean "Here, There, Then, Now"

entertainment-here-there-then-now-1“Here, There, Then, Now,” a performance presented by students as a part of the Global Understanding Convention and the ART NOW: Performance, Art and Technology series, took place on April 5 in the 600 building courtyard. The outdoor setting was an appropriate venue for a presentation since it was all about the ocean.

The University has a special connection with the ocean, and for some, this is its best aspect while others despise it. That is why Professor Deanna Shoemaker’s Performance and Social Activism class centered their performance on the sea.

The students were required to write their own short stories about the ocean as well as interview five other individuals about what their feelings were on the ocean.

In the actual performance, students came out chanting “Here, there, then, now” and recited a Lucille Clifton poem, “The Mississippi River Enters the Gulf.” The poem details how many only think of the present, ignoring all that came before and will come after.

Dahlia Elsayed, professor of Art and Design and one of the individuals behind ART NOW, said, “We all go to the ocean and leave a mark and the waves come and destroy it.”

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Students Discuss the Ocean “Here, There, Then, Now”

Students Discuss Ocean 1 “Here, There, Then, Now,” a performance presented by stu-dents as a part of the Global Understanding Convention and the ART NOW: Performance, Art and Technology series, took place on April 5 in the 600 building courtyard. The out-door setting was an appropriate venue for a presentation since it was all about the ocean.

The University has a spe-cial connection with the ocean, and for some, this is its best aspect while others despise it. That is why Pro-fessor Deanna Shoemaker’s Performance and Social Ac-tivism class centered their performance on the sea.

The students were re-quired to write their own short stories about the ocean as well as interview five other individuals about what their feelings were on the ocean.

In the actual performance, students came out chanting

“Here, there, then, now” and recited a Lucille Clifton poem, “The Mississippi River Enters the Gulf.” The poem details how many only think of the present, ignoring all that came before and will come after.

Dahlia Elsayed, professor of Art and Design and one of the individuals behind ART NOW, said, “We all go to the ocean and leave a mark and the waves come and destroy it.”

Afterwards, they all said their short stories about their thoughts on the ocean that in-cluded embarrassing or scary experiences. Some, like junior Henry Siebecker, had epiphanies when it came to discussing the presence of the sea. Siebecker said, “I come out of my apartment every day and I see the ocean and I realize how small I am in com-parison.”

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The Material Girl Hasn’t Lost Her Pop Sound

Material Girl Pop SoundSuper Bowl XLVI was the last time that I have seen Madonna perform live, bringing back a sense of nostalgia for all her fans.

On her Facebook page, she updated her status on December 17, 2010 which stated, “Its official! I need to move. I need to sweat. I need to make new music! Music I can dance to. I’m on the lookout for the maddest, sickest, most bad a** people to collaborate with. I’m just saying...”

The Facebook update had fans looking forward to her newest album, MDNA, which was released on March 23.

When I was growing up in the 90’s, Madonna was a music icon. Her hit songs such as “Like a Virgin,” “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Vogue” were heard on the radio and TV all the time.

Leading up to today, she has had a successful music and acting career. With the release of MDNA, Madonna is once again the talk of the year.

“Give Me All Your Luvin,” featuring Nicki Minaj, became the first hit single for MDNA. Those who watched the Super Bowl had a chance to watch her perform it live during the halftime show with Minaj.

Even though this song had a catchy melody, the lyrics were too repetitive and cheesy for me. The first two lines of the song, “LUV Madonna YOU Madonna,” made me feel like I was listening to a high school cheerleader team.

During the halftime show, I guess that the song was appropriate for the game, but I still wasn’t a fan after hearing it.

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These Short Stories Are a Real ‘Knock’ Out

Short Stories Knock outCritically renowned Israeli author Etgar Keret released another collection of short stories titled “Suddenly, a Knock at the Door” that fans will laud over for weeks. This is the fifth collection of short stories released in the United States by Keret, translated from Hebrew, and shows that even the most overused cliché can open a door to a world full of possibilities and strange people that make a story unique and lifelike.

Keret has been publishing short stories since 1992, coauthoring some graphic novels released in Israel and working for the Israel film and television industry. Keret didn’t gain world recognition until 2004 when a collection of short stories (“The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God and Other Short Stories”) was released in the U.S. Now his stories can be found in The New Yorker, The New York Times and featured on NPR’s “This American Life.” His stories have also been portrayed in graphic novels and his novella “Kneller’s Happy Campers,” which was adapted into the independent movie, Wristcutters: A Love Story starring Patrick Fugit and Tom Waits (it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival). Keret has won prestigious writing awards including being named a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.

Upon first view of the book, many fans may notice the difference in thickness and weight; it’s much bigger than his previous releases. This is a very good thing for the fans that want longer stories and more to read in one collection. With 35 stories offered that range from a single paragraph to over 20 pages long, any fan of short stories should be thrilled with this release.

They are silly but mature, find the ordinary in the weird, or suggest a unique view of this violent, cruel world. Keret switches hats constantly but his characters never leave the restraints of everyday life, only subtle differences explain their existence or give their purpose in life.

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The 31st Annual Black Maria Film + Video Festival Was Hip

entertainment-hip-priestFrom a Hip Priest to dancing buttons, the 31st annual Black Maria Film + Video Festival treated viewers to a fascinating collection of narrative, documentary, animated or experimental short films on March 26 in Pollak Theatre.

Donna Dolphin, associate professor of communication and juror for this year’s festival, welcomed a large crowd. Dolphin added that this festival has been held on campus for 21 years. She continued to say 13 of this year’s 70 films would be screened at the University. Dolphin also mentioned that “Black Maria is a competition and celebration of indie works, some of which are experimental in nature. The work you are about to see is different from what you are accustomed to on TV or when you go to Loew’s.”

Dolphin added the films “can be challenging at times,” and that “Black Maria engages us with the filmmaker to do a little work.” She then introduced John Columbus, founder and director of the Black Maria Film + Video Festival.

Columbus explained Black Maria, located in West Orange, was the first motion picture studio, where inventor Thomas Edison would make short, silent films.

Columbus also discussed the first six films and said Hip Priest was a “labor of love” for director George de Domenico, “who grew up Roman Catholic and wanted to do something on a street preacher.” Colubmus said that for We’re Part of the City: 4th Movement,dealing with Occupy Wall Street, “What happens to the sound is important… think of a sonic artist put in the middle of a protest movement.”

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Don’t Evade the Comedy of 21 Jump Street

Entertainment-21_jump_streetWhen you think back to high school, do you shudder at the thought of braces and being shoved into lockers? Or do you think of varsity jackets and ruling the hallways? No matter what your repressed memories of the golden years are, 21 Jump Streetwill still keep you laughing all the way to the “Korean Jesus” of this famous address.

For Schmidt (Jonah Hill), his nightmares of high school consist of bleach blonde hair and being rejected by his dream girl for the prom. Jenko (Channing Tatum), on the other hand, looks fondly back on those four years as the football star.

However, several years have passed since the awkward time of adolescence, and Jenko and Schmidt are now partners-againstcrime (or the lack thereof) as police officers. But, being that they are basically inept at doing anything but handing out tickets, they are assigned to patrol the local park on their bicycles.

After a stint involving a local gang of bikers and a lack of Miranda rights, Jenko and Schmidt are given a new assignment: go undercover as high school students to try and bust who is creating and selling a new drug that is taking over the campus and killing students. Their operation is known as 21 Jump Street, which is also the address the operation is based out of, known as the rundown Korean church in town.

Tatum is well-cast as the arrogant high school jock reminiscent of Kelso from “That 70’s Show.” And for every swooning teenage girl (and her mother), the movie frequently pokes fun of his good looks and his stereotypical dumb demeanor. Hill is also well-cast as his nerdyyet- still-kind-of-slow partner, making the pair the true underdogs of the precinct. Together, they form a brotherhood of great chemistry and a goofy sense of humor.

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People Keep a Strong Tune While Working Through Life

entertainment-workingWorking, a witty and inspirational musical about the average working class citizen opened at the Lauren K. Woods Theatre on Wednesday, March 28. A moderately sized and eager crowd gathered to watch the latest theatrical success to be performed by University students.

The stage was set to satirize the worker mentality with each actor given a designated “cubicle.” Some were stacked on top of each other, a move that gave the actors and actresses much more room to dance and interact without having to leave the stage or stand idly by.

A screen at the top of the set displayed quotes from Studs Terkel, the author of “Working..” “People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of immortality too. Stories pass from one generation to another,” said Terkel. This hunger for stories inspired a musical that was captivating for more than just its catchy music and skillful acting; it was captivating because the musical is about us.

Director and Choreographer Nicole Ricciardi expressed her love of the play’s content. “I like it because every word is true. Every night I hear something different. [This version is] brand new, it’s a complete reworking of the original.”

The actors in Workingplayed members of many different professions, so each role was simply titled, “Man #1” or “Woman #2.” The cast consisted of Brandon Wiener (Man #1), Michael Rosas (Man #2), Henry O. Siebecker (Man #3), Taylor Bogan (Woman #1), Jasmine Walker (Woman #2) and Sarah Clemency (Woman #3). “The play used to have 26 actors,” Ricciardi says. “It was adapted to only use six. It was incredible.”

Considering the variety of roles and responsibilities each performer had to take on, I was skeptical about how well they would do. I was blown away by a combination of distinct personalities and beautiful delivery. If I hadn’t known better, I would’ve thought I was watching a Broadway production.

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Fine Art Stretches From Pollak Gallery to Ice House Gallery

entertainment-art-exhibitGraduating seniors presented their fine art pieces last Friday night as part of the Senior Art Exhibit on display at the Rotary Ice House Gallery and Pollak Gallery.

There were numerous paintings, photographs and sculptures by eight different artists, each having their own section to present work highlighting their progress and work at the University.

Both galleries were filled with families, friends, students and professors delighted with the art and offered plenty of kind remarks. Some spectators took pictures of pieces they liked while others enjoyed refreshments and the atmosphere, like Pablo Marin, a graduate of the Art Department.

“I came to see professors, students and, of course, all the great art. I really appreciate how the Art and Design departments are really well knit,” said Marin. “We’ve hung out before class, after class. Just the support they get from the faculty and from fellow students is pretty cool.”

The Rotary Ice House Gallery upstairs’ walls were filled with photography portraits by seniors Brittany Lee Platt and Danielle Kappock. Despite both using photography, their selections hung on opposite walls as their subjects and inspirations varied greatly.

Platt’s had a unifying theme seen in each portrait, her models standing out in front of the black background. Paper and magazine clippings that appeared like tattoos are plastered on the naked skin, with each blemish, scar and freckle bare. The first portrait displayed a quote circling the model’s neck and shoulders that said “Oh the places you’ll go.”

One tattoo looked like a red rose, another with plaster that appeared like a bird. The graduating photographer included a type out on what inspired her work titled, Media Impact, saying, “Today’s culture is over saturated with news and popular media, imagery, and written commentary that in part contributes to the framing of our development as men and women.”

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Natasha Trethewey Captivated Listeners With Her Poetry

poetry-readingAfrican-American poet Natasha Trethewey visited Wilson Hall Auditorium last Thursday to read poems from her upcoming release titled “Thrall.” The event was presented by the University’s Center for the Arts Visiting Writer’s Series.

Trethewey, born in Mississippi, is a renowned writer with three collections of poetry released including “Native Guard,” which earned her the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. She is also the author of a creative non-fiction book titled “Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Trethewey has been the recipient of many awards and honors and was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

The event was attended by many including undergraduate and graduate students, professors and fans of Trethewey.

Hannah Portnoy, an adjunct for the English department, who was attending the event with her class, said the students “really wanted to come” to this event and she thought it be great for them as well. “I just love poetry and literature. We’re in the English department and I think that it’s good to have [students] exposed to it,” said Portnoy. “It’s very important for the students to gain experience in listening; it adds another dimension. And it’s always wonderful to meet and hear the poet.”

Michael Thomas, Director of the Visiting Writer’s Series, started the reading with a great introduction, saying, “Without music, without art, without poetry, literature, we don’t survive, we don’t prosper. Also, we need you, our audience, scholars and listeners. We need your attention because without all of you, one might say the poems don’t have life, they don’t breathe.”

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