Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Nicole Grieco

Impressions are lasting at comedy show

Last Tuesday, a packed crowd in the Packer Hall gymnasium was treated to an evening of comedy headlined by Pablo Francisco. The show also featured former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Dean Edwards. Students and visiting friends lined up outside the door more than 20 minutes before the event, many of them eager to see Francisco live for the first time.

UPN, WB announce network merger

Someone should throw Michigan J. Frog a retirement party. The amphibian mascot of the WB will hang up his top hat this September when the network joins forces with UPN to become "The CW." Both channels, so-called "baby networks," formed in 1995 and found unique but relatively small programming niches.

‘No day but today’ to see musical spirit of New York

The most famous song of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Rent" asks how to measure a year, and the answer is through "love." I've decided that if I'm disappointed with the Broadway show's movie adaptation, it's largely because I'm measuring it by my love for the original.

Who’s that lady?

In the 1970s, Iran's government fell in a communist revolution, and shortly after, was overtaken by an Islamic theocracy. For the so-called "Western world," it is sometimes easy to divide such a nation into backward fundamentalists and helpless victims. Enter Marjane Satrapi, a smart and free-spirited little girl who talks to God and uses her imposed veil to play dress-up games with her friends.

Space drama is geek vindication

In the 25th century, astronauts are cowboy-like pioneers who carry old-fashioned pistols and occasionally swear in Chinese. Such was the idea behind "Firefly," the failed TV show that's now the basis of a full-length movie. "Serenity" is the directorial debut of screenwriter Joss Whedon, the fanboy hero who created "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" (TV shows based on a failed movie - maybe it's the circle of life).

Comedy proves forced chastity scores more than laughs

Chastity! It's the vow of religious leaders, the cornerstone of the Bush sex education program and now it's the subject of a top-grossing motion picture. OK, so the chastity of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" isn't voluntary. Andy (Steve Carell), the painfully awkward title character, hasn't chosen abstinence as much as resigned himself to it.

Student Reading Series brings alumni back for special homecoming

Ink, the College's creative writing organization, welcomed back four recent graduates for a different kind of homecoming on Oct. 8. A small but intimate turnout of friends and strangers chose to forego their other appointments (including the second presidential debate) to enjoy the first Student Reading Series (SRS) event of the semester.

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