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POP RHETORIC: Fist-pumping iQs away

A phenomenon has appeared in the media, spreading from the shores of Seaside Heights, encroaching slowly upon our values, sneaking into our living rooms as we turn on the TV, and preparing to quietly kill us in our sleep. It is MTV's new hit reality series Jersey Shore.
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The Luyas are breaking all the rules

The Luyas are on cop watch. At least that's what lead singer/guitarist Jessie Stein says as she attempts to drive and talk to me on the phone at the same time - an illegal activity. Add in the fact that it's snowing, and I start to get worried that this interview could be hazardously cut short - which would be a tragedy for one of Montreal's most promising bands, especially one with so much on the horizon.
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The miracle in print

The Daily Miracle is the second play from former Montreal Gazette copy editor David Sherman. Sherman began writing in 2004, when he was a playwright-in-residence at the Centaur Theatre by day and a copy editor by night. The play departs from the traditional fictional focus on investigative reporters to take a look at life behind the editing desk.
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CD REVIEWS: Basia Bulat: Heart of My Own

It's clear from the opening track of Heart of My Own, the follow-up to her Polaris-nominated debut Oh My Darling, that Basia Bulat isn't content with her previous success - she's trying to soar to new heights. As a singer whose music too often gets the "sweet" label (which it undoubtedly is), it's refreshing to hear her really going for it.
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Women do it solo in The Vagina Monologues

Seeing The Vagina Monologues can be a bit intimidating - but it's precisely that hesitation that the show is trying to counteract. The Monologues was created as an attempt to reclaim female sexuality by making "vagina" - both the word and the body part - less taboo.
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Do as the Romans do and stay away from When in Rome

Having endured recent atrocities committed in the rom-com genre (The Proposal, Leap Year) audiences deserve a watchable flick. Unfortunately, When In Rome - which opened in theatres on Friday - is another dreadful dud. Anyone who has seen the trailer or gaudy bumblebee-yellow movie poster already predicted this, but for the well-being of everyone else, it's worth restating.
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CD REVIEWS: Joey Stylez: The Blackstar

The question of whether music can ever be objectively good or bad has plagued musicians and critics alike for decades. Joey Stylez's debut album, The Blackstar, has finally answered it. His music is absolutely the worst combination of sound I've ever heard, and for me, he's redefined the concept of bad music.
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CD REVIEWS: Martha and the Muffins: Delicate

Delicate is Martha and the Muffins' first album after an 18-year dry spell. The band - considered a top dog in the Canadian New Wave scene during the 1980s - is known for their debut album's hit single "Echo Beach," which became an international chart-topper.
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CD REVIEWS: Vampire Weekend: Contra

With their new album, Contra, Vampire Weekend had big shoes to fill: their own. The huge popularity and cult following amongst university students has raised expectations to almost unmatchable heights. With their self-titled debut album, Vampire Weekend came out with a unique style of music that was upbeat, cheery, and appealing to virtually everyone under 30.
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Players’ Eurydice puts a modern twist on a classic myth

Eurydice, written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Rachel Paul, modernizes Greek mythology by setting the story of Eurydice in contemporary times. As risky as it sounds, Paul manages to pull it off. According to Greek mythology, Orpheus (played by Marko Djurdjic) has a great musical gift and is known as the "chief among poets and musicians.
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