Five icy novels to get you ready for winter

By Alexis Egan | Dec. 21, 2005, midnight | In Books »

Get out your parkas, hot cocoa and sleds and start preparing for cancelled school days, snowball fights and winter fun. Before you immerse yourself in winter cheer, have a back-up plan in case your snow dance works a little too well and you find yourself snowed in. These five novels will help you get in touch with the snowy adventure outdoors, even if you're not there.

"King Kong" roars into theaters

By Baijia Jiang | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

American moviegoers have encountered big apes before. There was Mighty Joe Young, the orphaned gorilla from Africa with whom Charlize Theron formed a special friendship. And there were those totalitarian primates in "The Planet of the Apes" who tried to kill Mark Walhberg. But these audiences have seen nothing like King Kong.

"Brokeback Mountain" shines

By Nora Boedecker | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

The mark of a great movie is what is left when all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood is peeled away. What remains is the essence of a film, and no release in recent memory has stood this test as brilliantly as "Brokeback

"King Kong" is a new classic

By Payal Patnaik | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

The timeless tale of beauty and the beast is the sweet story of Ann Darrow and her devoted protector King Kong, which was rekindled last Wednesday in theaters nationwide. The original "King Kong," directed by Merian C. Cooper, who also shares writing credits, enamored audiences in 1933 and launched the story to celebrity status. After years of movies based on the King Kong legend, including the 1976 flop, this new release directed by Peter Jackson finally does justice to the original.

"Memoirs of a Geisha": a stunning peek into a hidden life

By Christine Kim | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Director Rob Marshall's "Memoirs of a Geisha," based on author Arthur Golden's bestselling novel, surely lives up to, if not exceeds, the high expectations of the novel's fans. Its dazzling cinematography combined with its talented actors brings to life the heartwarming tale of a destitute girl who fulfills her dream of becoming the most celebrated geisha of her time.

Throw away the key to "Ravens Gate"

By Bridget Egan | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Entertainment »

A misunderstood teenage orphan is convicted of a serious crime and is given the choice between going to jail and living with a sinister woman in the countryside of England. But wait, is this Anthony Horowitz's new novel "Ravens Gate," or the newest episode of a very bad soap opera?

The best of the burritos

By Mary Donahue | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

Americans like their food. More specifically, Americans like to eat out, spending an average of over $2,000 a year on food away from home. Three new, cafeteria-style Mexican restaurants in the metro area offer students a chance to put more money towards eating out.

Young'n can "Run It"

By Abe Schwadron | Dec. 19, 2005, midnight | In Music »

Comparisons can often be tough to live up to, especially when a young artist is being compared to the king of a genre. Sixteen-year-old Chris Brown has been deemed the next Usher, sometimes to the awe and surprise of fans. But if Usher is indeed the Michael Jordan of R&B, then Chris Brown is most definitely the LeBron James.

There's little wrong with "Kong"

By Devon Madison | Dec. 19, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

When someone mentions "King Kong," usually the first thing that comes to mind is a huge gorilla pounding his chest on top of the Empire State Building. With Peter Jackson's "King Kong," the story goes much deeper into the mind of the huge, infamous gorilla.

Blazer clubs and bands shine at SGR Spectacular

By Simon Kanter | Dec. 19, 2005, midnight | In Plays »

The SGR Spectacular, featuring over 20 different original Blair acts ranging from Step team and Middle Eastern dancers to Kiltics and Fashion Club, took place in the SAC on Friday, Nov 16. The event, which began around 6:50, aimed to raise money for the Invisible Children's Fund (ICF), which helps Ugandan children who are abducted by the nation's resistance army.

'Tis the season for cheesy movies

By Nora Boedecker | Dec. 19, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

For some, the holiday season evokes cozy images of family gatherings, warm meals and the joy of giving. Children eagerly await the holidays, and people everywhere are filled with inexplicable cheer.

All hail "Macbeth"

By Mary Donahue | Dec. 7, 2005, midnight | In Plays »

As far as "the Scottish Play" is concerned, there have been so many different interpretations that it is hard to keep any production original. Regardless, Lumina Studio's production of "Macbeth" managed to shed light on a unique perspective of the play with a talented and barefooted cast.

"First Descent": An Alaskan adventure

By Devon Madison | Dec. 6, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Five of the world's best snowboarders come to Alaska to ride the Alaskan backcountry. What do they have to show for themselves? A movie that reveals their deepest passions and records their wildest tricks.

"Best of the Box": reality truly is the best

By Payal Patnaik | Dec. 2, 2005, midnight | In Music »

Nirvana's new release "Sliver: Best of the Box" showcases some of the band's most well-known songs in a small package of 22 tracks. To those who own "With the Lights Out," a four-disc tribute to Nirvana released last year, this new album may seem like overkill since it selects the best of the previous release and adds only three unreleased tracks to the list. But to the more enthusiastic Nirvana and rock fans that do not own "With the Lights Out," this CD is a definite addition to have. "Sliver: Best of the Box" follows the band from its bare beginnings in 1985 and gives the listener samples of the house demos made in lead singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain's Aberdeen, WA home, as well as in radio shows and live recordings.

Pining for Pizza?

By Ethan Kuhnhenn | Nov. 30, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

The first pizza arrived in the United States in New York City in 1905 and immediately attracted a following within the Big Apple. The city of Chicago later emerged as a pizza- lover's haven; home of the deep-dish, a pizza with a flaky crust that rises an inch or more above the plate and surrounds deep piles of toppings. Down South, the cities of Dallas, Houston and Austin have also developed a distinct style of pizza that blends spicy chorizo sausage with hot peppers and flatbread crust. In recent years, a new style of pie has emerged on the West Cost; a pizza that is highlighted by fresh vegetable toppings, pesto sauce and goat cheese.

Say hello to the new neighbor, "The Boondocks"

By Simon Kanter | Nov. 29, 2005, midnight | In Television »

Some know "The Boondocks" as a comic strip dripping with sarcasm and political satire. Now that the comic is a full-fledged animated TV show, things are about to get a whole lot funnier.

Follow your nose to the Red Dog Café

By Eve Gleichman | Nov. 29, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

By instinct, you may be reluctant to poke your head into any restaurant located on a street with such an unappealing name as "Grubb Road." But at the Red Dog Café, the cuisine does not merit association with the unfortunate address and certainly deserves some attention.

Pay "Rent"

By Alexis Egan | Nov. 29, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

How much would you pay to be near your friends, your only family? How much is staying by the side of the love of your life and being near your best friend worth? How many secrets would you keep, lies would you tell and fights would you have? "Rent," a Broadway musical adapted to the silver screen, deals with the complex answers to these questions through the depiction of a group of friends living in New York City.

"Rent" kicks off a season of love

By Eve Gleichman | Nov. 28, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

It was only a matter of time before revolutionary rock-opera "Rent," was brought to the silver screen. Director Rob Marshall did it magnificently with his "Chicago," a production which earned six Academy Awards. And while director Chris Columbus may have trouble boasting the same for "Rent," the film doesn't do the Broadway musical anything short of justice.

Fiends unite

By Nic Lukehart | Nov. 25, 2005, midnight | In Music »

The Misfits have been known to play shows worthy of historical notation, and Saturday, Nov. 19, at Jaxx Nightclub, was no exception. One could taste the intensity and anticipation of the crowd. Every note was dead on, and their entire performance was both memorable and inspiring.

"Walk the Line" to the box office

By Alex Hyder | Nov. 23, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

Yes, that is Joaquin Phoenix, the guy from "Gladiator." And yes, he is singing "Folsom Prison Blues" perfectly, hitting the low notes and conveying the persona of an outlaw in the way a nation of fans thought only the Man in Black — country legend Johhny Cash — could. Perhaps that's because before his recent demise, Cash himself hand-picked Phoenix to portray him in "Walk The Line," an enveloping biography of the man who grew to become one of country music's most colorful characters — in spite of his monochromatic wardrobe.

"Rent" still fits the bill

By Pria Anand | Nov. 22, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

As a play, "Rent," an award-winning musical based on the opera "La Boheme," was simultaneously castigated as blunt and commended as revolutionary. As a movie, it's bound to draw just as much controversy from self-proclaimed "Rent Heads," aficionados of the show who are just as likely to be wowed by the film as they are to be frustrated by the changes made in its adaptation.

"Goblet of Fire" burns bright

By Isaac Arnsdorf | Nov. 21, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

The latest screen adaptation of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is the darkest, most action-packed and most gratifying yet. Although still guilty of plot omissions and hasty narrative that has plagued previous movies, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" manages to breathe new life and inject new thrills into the story.

A wicked "Harry Potter"

By Eve Gleichman | Nov. 20, 2005, midnight | In Movies »

The step up from a PG to PG13 rating was the first clue to a likely quantum leap of intensity with the 4th Harry Potter film in the series. But a movie so powerful that you can detect the heart rate of the person sitting next to you through a firm grip of their hand is another story, and one that is a reality with "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

50 Cent dies "Tryin"

By Phillip Allen | Nov. 17, 2005, midnight | In Music »

It is nothing new for artists, especially rappers, to branch out into all sections of the entertainment industry. Entrepreneurs such as Russell Simmons, P-Diddy and Jay-Z have paved the way by starting their own clothing lines and entering other types of business.

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