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Give her a mic and she’ll speak her mind

Comedienne and actress Kathy Griffin cracked up the crowd once again, but this time it wasn't at an awards show or in a music video. This time it was in Kendall Hall and there wasn't a person in the auditorium that wasn't laughing after her celebrity-bashing set.

‘Bringing Down the House’ defies stereotypes of race, comedy

Ah, stereotypes. We all live by them at some point in our lives and most of us try to find ways to break them. "Bringing Down the House" is a comedy set around a few things, but the political message seems to be breaking stereotypes. The film revolves mostly around the white, WASP-y world of Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin), a Los Angeles tax attorney.

Fear in the U.S. – documentary blames gun-nuts, media

After seeing "Bowling for Columbine," I feel guilty. First, for wanting a job in mass media. Second, for ever having lived in fear. Despite its title, this movie isn't a dedication to the tragedies in Littleton. It isn't a look into the psyche of the murderers, although creator Michael Moore provokes harsh criticisms of those who do such things.

One may be the loneliest number, but also the most inspiring

There's something about a man with an acoustic guitar who's had his heart broken, lost his job and suffered tragedy, but can still sing about it that is a classic part of the musical tradition. Sometimes I wonder if the first song ever written was one of joy or sadness.

Artists use voices to express opinions on love and war

With the growing threat of war over the past few months, artists have been voicing their political views. Listed below are some of their beliefs about Iraq, love and karma. "I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow.

A ‘Merry’ ol’ time with laughs and operatic rendezvous

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.

Sculptors illuminate the paradox of technology in nature

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.

Soloists bring original flavor to classics and pop hits

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.

Backstage with a couple of ‘Rejects’

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.

Dance, rock, groove to ‘The Music’

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.

Folk tale story time made for intimate atmosphere

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.

Chilling out – soothing songs for the mellow moonlight

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.

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