Arts & Entertainment

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POP RHETORIC: The movie is, like, always better than the book

I was making small talk with a co-worker this summer when my eyes latched on to the title on the spine of the book she was reading, Pride and Prejudice. “Oh yeah,” she explained, “it’s this movie with Keira Knightley, and it was pretty romantic so when I saw the book version I thought I’d check it out for summer.

CD REVIEWS: The Fugitives: Eccentrically We Love

After their EP In Streetlight Communion was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2007, it’s no wonder that The Fugitives’ first full-length album Eccentrically We Love pushes the boundaries once again with their storytelling and instrumental fusing talents.

FILM: The truth will set you free?

In The Last Kiss, a Hollywood remake of the 2001 Gabriele Mauccino film L’Ultimo Baccio, Zach Braff finds himself almost-30 and on the verge, looking dazedly around in the suspended moment before he walks quietly into baby-and-coupledom for the rest of his life.

RETROSPECTIVE: Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970

Even though he died 36 years ago yesterday, his music is among the most timeless and influential ever produced. Jimi Hendrix arguably changed the electric guitar sound more than any other guitarist in history. He was the guitar player who brought deft use of overdrive, feedback and the wah pedal to the masses and following in the footsteps of Eric Clapton’s days with Cream and John Mayayll’s Bluesbreakers, was among the first to swear by the Marshall Stack (amplifier) to give him one of the loudest, most blistering guitar sounds to accompany his legendary playing technique.

THEATRE: Takin’ off

The air was filled with a sense of unholy curiosity at Player’s Theatre on Friday night. The playbill of Around the World with les Dames en Disdress unabashedly labels the show burlesque, a term that for most conjures up risqué mental images of scantily clad females and provocative striptease acts.

MUSIC: Ears wide open

Unending curiosity regarding the content of the evening’s set list was likely at the forefront of a Snow Patrol fan’s mind on their way to the band’s Sept. 12 Metropolis performance. In 2004, the Irish heartthrobs relased The Final Straw Stateside and it was among the 30 best sellers in the U.

THEATRE: Off with your head!

In the beginning, there was lust, and in the end, there was still lust. Alexandre Marine’s latest stage production, L’evangile selon Salome, is a harrowing tale of a struggling youth, Salome, trying to resolve internal and external conflicts. The classic tale follows a series of modern theatrical twists, boasting musically inspired moments complemented by a world of incestuous perversion, deception and homoeroticism.

POP RHETORIC: Moshing to Mozart

Let’s talk about a typical concert experience. First, there is the jazz concert, the one at a trendy bar downtown. You go to swanky clubs such as Upstairs and listen to some whacked out players spin out jazz tunes. These tunes are so full of energy and funk that you won’t hesitate to scream and shout, whistle and holla’, especially considering all the noise from the drunken 45-year-olds in the back of the room.

TVMcGill shines a spotlight on student films

With online video clips already a welcome distraction at the library, it’s hardly surprising that the Fokus Film Festival’s popularity has expanded exponentially in the past four years. The festival, hosted by TVMcGill, showcases the works of film-savvy, creative McGill students and awards prizes to the best films in each category.

Newest Sparks adaptation fails to ignite

Starring Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, and Liam Hemsworth, The Last Song is a too heavy on subplots and a too light on actual content. The casting directors unearthed some hidden gems in supporting actors Bobby Coleman and Carly Chaikin. Coleman plays Cyrus’ younger brother and warmed my cold black heart in ways that only a small child can, especially when sharing the screen with his terminally ill father (Kinnear).

What’s going on this week?

The Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society presents SWEET CHARITY

McGill’s AUTS presents Bobe Fosse’s story of love and optimism in 1960s New York City. Mainline Theatre

Apr. 7–Apr. 9, 7:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.

Tickets required: $15 or $10 for students

FAC x canvas x AHCSSA Vernissage and Journal Launch

McGill’s Fine Arts Commission, Canvas Journal, and the Art History Communication Studies Association join for the FAC’s Spring Gallery Show and Canvas’ newest journal release.

Apr. 5, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Leacock Building

Free

Spilt Red Wine Art Night – Celebrating Indigenous Artists

Round 15 of Spilt Red Wine Poetry highlights the work of Indigenous film, painting, poetry, and other aesthetic forms.

Saturday, April 9, 7PM

Location TBD

Free

Lorde’s “Solar Power” Tour

Lorde and special invitée Remi Wolf perform at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Thursday, Apr. 7, 6:45 p.m.

Location: Place des Arts

Tickets required, prices vary