Student soloists strutted and strummed their stuff to the standing room-only crowd at the Rat on Friday night. Ishi, Chris Cantalupo, Mike Heitmann, Dave Salge and Jesse Szuch all played acoustic sets that ranged in material from homespun, heartfelt originals to classic Beatles covers to a reworking of Incubus.
There is nothing like having a pack of fifteen-year-old girls practically tearing down the backstage door because they think you are making out with a guitar player. Sorry to disappoint all of you darling high school students, but I was interviewing Mike Kennerty from The All-American Rejects, not making out with him.
It's a rare thing when something genuinely new comes along in the world of commercial music. Recently, the trends in music have been swinging away from the sugar-coated pop of the early 90s to a more sophisticated, stripped-down blues rock exemplified by the recent success of bands like The White Stripes, The Hives, The Vines and even Dashboard Confessional.
Although the cast and crew of Opera Theater only had five weeks to put "The Merry Widow" together, their performance was both emotional and funny.
"The Merry Widow is an operetta that is as difficult as it is beautiful," Briana Dixon, stage manager, said.
The nuts and bolts of the industrial world joined hands with the branches and leaves of the organic world in "A Community of Artists," an exhibit featuring works from members of The Johnson Atelier.
All of the pieces speak for themselves, but some simply speak louder than others.
Whether it was story hour at the local library, naptime at school or bedtime, almost every child relished in imaginative fairy tales. Students revisited these fond times when Joe Dudis, professional storyteller, came to the College.
"Folktales from Around the World," held in Cromwell Hall main lounge, was an intimate one since the audience was a small gathering of only seven students.
So you've just gotten back from a party or the bar, it's 3 a.m., you're drunk, you're cooking old hot dogs on your Foreman Grill because there's nothing else to eat and you're still feeling the buzz from the action of the night. It's time to come down and, as everyone knows, you've got to have good music to come down to.
Everyone is talking about Michael Jackson these days. We are about to go to war with Iraq, yet the covers of the newspapers feature Jackson's antics and "Joe Millionaire" sweetheart, Zora on a regular basis. If the King of Pop is the talk of the town, what is stopping me from giving into the temptation, as well? Absolutely nothing.
Some of the best college acts in the greater Trenton area came to Conduit on South Broad Street in downtown Trenton to show what they're made of. Two of the groups performing at Conduit/WTSR's Ultimate College Band Showcase were from the College. Megan Burtnick, junior communication studies major, performed solo and the band Higherline closed out the evening's events.
"The Life of David Gale" reminded me of a movie that came out last year, "John Q," starring Denzel Washington. The movies had very little in common in terms of content, but they did both have political messages. "John Q" was centered around the notion that health care should be provided for all citizens equally.
Just hearing someone mention the nightly news is enough to make me yawn and to force my eyes to glaze over. It's not that there's anything terribly wrong with it. It's informative, educational and, on rare occasions, even amusing. Who could forget CNN's report on the new Lingerie Barbie, featuring the blonde icon at bars and adult bookstores in downtown N.