Arts & Entertainment

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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.

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.

POP RHETORIC: The late wars

I’ve never liked Conan O’Brien. I always thought his jokes were mediocre and even though he made me smile on occasion, I thought his humour was more reliant on monkey-esque moves than on actual comedy. However, this past week I’ve been hurting myself laughing as his role as The Tonight Show host seems to be nearing its end.

Bridges strikes sweet chords

Crazy Heart mixes country charm with a feel-good storyline that stands out from many of Jeff Bridges’ other performances (yes, even in the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski). As an unlikely and enchanting anti-hero, there is no doubt that Bridges is deserving of his recent Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

Cabaret: song and dance lighten up Nazi-ruled Germany

Wilkomen, bienvenue, welcome! These opening words were never more sincerely spoken than at the Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society’s (AUTS) latest production, Cabaret. The show transports you straight to the Kit Kat Club, where inside all is fun and games while the outside world is crumbling.

POP RHETORIC: Tyra’s people

If I could do a case study on some of the alarming hypocrisy that characterizes media today, I would centre it on supermodel-turned-media mogul Tyra Banks. She truly embodies the modern rule of television: anyone willing to forego dignity, self-awareness, and all ironic detachments can potentially earn about $30 million a year.

Radio CKUT launches monthly showcase for McGill artists

Getting your band heard when you’re first starting out is rarely an easy feat, even in a musical city like Montreal. Getting your band heard by your peers at McGill can be even harder, which is why Radio CKUT is launching Thursdays (A)Live, a free showcase of McGill bands playing every third Thursday of the month at Gert’s.

Pop Rhetoric: NOT PRO-BONO

I don’t know what I’m more annoyed with: the fact that Bono’s recent op-ed column was even considered for publication in the New York Times; the fact that in said column, Bono advocates for a new age of paternalistic Internet service providers; or the fact that U2 hasn’t released a decent album since 1991.

Your January entertainment guide

Hollerado (January 16) December was a busy month for Canadian rockers Hollerado. After winning the $250,000 grand prize in Ottawa’s Live 88.5 “Big Money Shot,” the foursome went on tour in China. This month sees them playing the Gala at La Sala Benefit Concert for CMETrust, along with TONSTARTSSBANDHT, The Pop Winds, and Homosexual Cops.

Winnipeg’s Grand Analog samples more than just sounds

With a sound as eclectic as the members and inspirations behind it, Grand Analog is a dub/rock/soul/hip-hop group originally from Winnipeg. When describing the band’s style, front man Odario Williams says, “It’s openness, and it’s freedom, and it is our version of hip-hop.

What’s going on this week?

Expo World Press Photo Montréal (15th Edition)

A flagship event of Montreal’s fall cultural calendar, the World Press Photo Montreal Exhibition is presented annually at Bonsecours Market.

Aug 31- Oct 2, Every day and every evening.

Tickets required: $15 or $12 for students

Stop Motion Film Festival (14th Edition)

A world first dedicated to showcasing films animated exclusively using stop motion techniques.

September 16-18, Fri, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun, Sat, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

J.A. de Sève Cinema

$6.96-$10.44

La Ronde Techno nights

Montreal's La Ronde Six Flags is hosting techno-themed nights on Fridays this month. Hop on to some of your favourite attractions at night and listen to various techno DJ sets throughout the amusement park.

Dates: Sep 9, 16, 23, 30

$39.99 per person

La Marche du rein

Event by Fondation du rein, Division du Québec and Arrondissement de Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie

Sunday, Sep 18 at 9am

Location: Parc Maisonneuve