Entertainment

Concert Flashback Friday: Time to Get Groovy

Ahh.. the 1970’s. The era of the Rolling Stones, ABBA, and The Village People. Where were you when the Beatles called it quits?

Not born yet, I know, but, technically, neither was James Madison University. Yup, the greatest school on earth changed its name from Madison College to its current name in 1977.

The 1970’s brought great things for JMU, just like the University Program Board brings great concert artists to JMU. Thanks to Dave Imre, a former UPB chair member and CEO of Imre located in Baltimore, UPB now has hands on some of the greatest concert shows brought to JMU in the late 1970’s.

Let’s have a flashback together on how the process went for choosing concert artists back then, shall we?

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Look at this poster! Do those names sound familiar? That’s right! UPB brought Hall & Oates to Godwin. According to Dave, he remembers having to drive them to and from their hotel before they played their set. “The students drove university white panel vans to transport the bands and the roadies back and forth from their hotel to Godwin” said Dave. “They were extremely nice…and very young at the time.”

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You might not recognize this rock group, but they were a hit in the late 1970’s. UPB brought Little Feat to JMU in 1978. What’s special about this is that the band broke up about a year after they performed in Godwin Hall. Isn’t that crazy? Well, at least I think so. Just so there are no rumors floating around either, UPB didn’t cause them to break up!

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Now, we treat our artists with the utmost luxuries the Shenandoah valley can give! Each concert artist have riders that say what they want in their dressing room while they are waiting to perform. Dave looks back on his time interacting with the artists and their thoughts about what UPB gave them. “Some of the bands were understandably disappointed in the locker room ‘accommodations’ and the on-campus catering we provided in Godwin,” said Dave. However, UPB did something right for our most recent Wilson artist.

Let’s take a moment to flash back to just a few months ago when UPB brought JESSE MCCARTNEY to JMU! He featured his rider on his Instagram story (pictured above).

The greatest didn’t stop there for UPB in the 1970’s! We also brought Happy the Man, George Benson, The Marshall Tucker Band, Geil’s with Elvin Bishop, and Michael Johnson and Burton Cummings. These artists were the talk of the town when they were here.

Dave remembers just how the Harrisonburg community needed this music scene. “Our music-starved Harrisonburg crowds were boisterous and loudly showed their appreciation when Hall and Oates broke into “Sarah Smiles” or when the Marshall Tucker Band started playing their biggest rock-a-billy hits towards the end of their set. They literally raised the rafters at Godwin Hall.”

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Now, JMU, remember that we have brought amazing artists for your enjoyment at such a cheap cost! We brought Jesse to you in the fall and you will just have to wait a little longer to see who we are going to bring for the spring! Keep your eyes out, Dukes. The time is almost here.

 

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Entertainment, Film

Is this the Real Life or Black Mirror?

By: Paula Richards

Picture this: you and your friends are hanging out, laughing, having fun… all those good things that college kids do. As the time nears 9pm, everyone suddenly quiets down and stares at their phone. The host of the app congratulates you on tuning in and comments on the growing number of people that join in every night. The host even offers to pay you because you utilize the app. Meanwhile, for 15 minutes, you and your friends are slaves to your screen. It’s a social media cult.

hgIf you have a smartphone, chances are that you’ve heard of the new app HQ Trivia. The app started up in late 2017 for iPhone and joined Android in January 2018. With virtually no advertising besides word-of-mouth, this app has garnered over 1 million users. Part of the appeal is the fact that HQ is completely free to use and still offers a real world monetary prize.

HQ Trivia is revolutionizing the way trivia is viewed and played by younger generations by providing easier accessibility by merging digital platforms with reality. That combined with the zero risk of playing, high benefit, and immense popularity of the app makes it very addictive.

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What you probably didn’t know about HQ Trivia is that it was created by founders of Vine (RIP). Additionally, host Scott Rogowsky, was a stand-up comedian before he solidified his place in trivia fame. No wonder our generation loves it so much.

In any case, it doesn’t change the fact that it eerily reminds me of the “Fifteen Million Merits” episode of Black Mirror where everyone is riding bikes. In general, HQ is little more family friendly, and has a lot more benefits.

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Speaking of benefits, the trivia questions on HQ are so challenging that even Scott Rogowsky admitted he would never be able to complete all twelve questions. If you’re anything like him and most of the population, winning a game of HQ can be almost unattainable. What is attainable is an absolutely free screening of Game Night (before it even hits theaters) at Grafton-Stovall Theater on Tuesday, February 20 at 7pm!

With HQ, every night is Game Night. Let this one be meaningful.

Entertainment, Special Events

Hey! Hey, you! Look at this UPB Blog!

Hey, have you heard? UPB is one of the largest student run organizations at JMU!

What is UPB, you ask? No, it is not University Puppy Boards…although we are as fun as puppies.

We are made up of ­130 students who plan events for both the University and the Harrisonburg Community.

Do you like free food? Or other FREE giveaways?

There are different events all over campus every single week that offer food, giveaways, and other prizes!

So…how about you check out one of our free events?

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Late Night Breakfast (February 15 @ Festival 10PM-12AM), Glow Yoga (February 16 @ Festival Ballroom A 8PM), or Spotlight Concert Series featuring Snail Mail (February 23 @ TDU 7PM).

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Or the ones you have to pay for…if you’re into that. There are plenty of events to choose from!

Weekly Movies at Grafton Theatre ($3 cash or flex), Bus Trip to Leesburg Outlet Mall (March 17) or the Spring Concert (will be revealed soon!)

Doesn’t all of this sound fun? If you’re interested, why not come to these events? Or, apply for UPB. Or better yet, follow us on social media for constant updates about events @UPBJMU.  

Entertainment

Ways to Save Money in College

By: Alyssa Lothamer

Every college student knows the struggle of being broke. If you are not that great at budgeting, try these tips and tricks to save money that are easy to implement into your daily life.

  1. Download FREE Coupon Apps!

There are tons of free couponing apps that are downloadable on your phone. A few are Groupon, Flipp, Target Cartwheel, and Walmart – Shopping and Saving. My personal favorite is an app called Shopkick. It gives you points just from walking into stores! The easy to use app has products for each store that you can go around and scan to get points, so you do not even have to purchase it. If you buy the products, then you can scan your receipt and receive even more kicks (points!). Once you reach a certain amount of kicks, you can redeem them for a giftcard to Walmart, Starbucks, Amazon, and more! So, if you are procrastinating, just go around Target and find products to scan and gain points!

  1. Use Dining Dollars Gold and pack your meals as much as possible!

If you live off campus, then look into Dining Dollars Gold. It is basically like Flex, but you can put money on as you please. Also, you get 5% off of each transaction and you do not have to pay the sales tax. We all know how expensive dining plans are, so if you pack your meals everyday and use Dining Dollars Gold when you want coffee or a snack, you can save some money!

  1. Utilize your JACard.

There are plenty of stores and sites that give students discounts if you just show them your JACard. To name a few, TOMS, Madewell, and Topshop offer a 10-15% discount when you make purchases from them. For some food destinations at specific locations, they offer a discount for students who present their student ID. Chipotle, BDubbs, and Pizza Hut have some discounts for hungry students, depending on the location. Just ask at the register to save a couple of bucks!

  1. Go to free UPB events.

University Program Board hosts many different events on campus where you can even get free giveaways and food. Save a punch and head over to Late Night Breakfast or a Spotlight Show in TDU and get Campus Cookies and a free concert. The events that UPB hosts are so diverse and we have something for everyone. Follow them on social media to find out when are the different events. Facebook: University Program Board Twitter: @UPB Instagram: @UPBJMU and Snapchat: @UPBJMU

Hopefully these ideas will help you keep in mind that just because you are a college student, it does not always mean that you have to be broke! You can budget and take advantage of opportunities that are already happening to save money and not have your bank account crying.

Entertainment

Tony Hawk Soundtrack or Random Punk Song?

By: Hope Barbour

Have you ever listened to a song and had the urge to play Nintendo 64s’ Tony Hawk Pro Skater? This 1999 video game has some of the most memorable songs that you might not exactly know the name or even the band just by hearing it. While most people correlate punk with the 1970s Sex Pistols or 1980s Ramones, there are so many more bands that have expanded the genre of punk rock. The original Tony Hawk Pro Skater for the N64 was a game that helped spread punk out to children, teenagers, and young adults all around the world. Within this game there were thirteen revolutionary songs for people to jam to while they were virtually shredding the half pipe in various levels. Depending on how addicted someone was to this fun and exciting game, people started memorizing the songs they heard so frequently.

So let’s see if you remember correctly. Is this song from Tony Hawk Pro Skater or just another punk song from the underground DIY scene? Click the link to listen to each song, make choices as to which song is or is not in the infamous skateboarding game, and then scroll to the end to find out the answers.

Suicide Machines – New Girl

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First verse of song lyrics:

Well I can’t wait to tell you all about her, all about my new girl

(he can’t wait to tell you about his new girl)

And I can’t wait for you to hear me shout it, all about my new girl

(he can’t wait to tell you about his new girl)

When we were together you tried to break my heart

Said you always did your best at keeping us apart

Said now you’re dead and gone and I’ve got a new thing going…

I can’t wait to see your face when you and your friends show up

Dead Kennedys – California Über Alles

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First verse of song lyrics:

I am Governor Jerry Brown

My aura smiles and never frowns

Soon I will be president

Carter power will soon go ‘way

I will be Führer one day

I will command all of you

Your kids will meditate in school

Your kids will meditate in school

Superman – Goldfinger

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First Verse of song lyrics:

So here I am

doing everything I can

holding on to what I am

pretending I’m a superman

I’m trying to keep

the ground on my feet

it seems the world’s

falling down around me

The nights are all long

I’m singing this song

to try and make the answers

more than maybe

The Misfits – Saturday Night

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First verse of song lyrics:

There’s 52 ways to murder anyone

One or two are the same,

And they both work as well

I’m coming clean for Amy,

Julie doesn’t scream as well

And the cops won’t listen all night

And so maybe, maybe I’ll be over

Just as soon as I fill them all in

 

Did you enjoy listening to these punk classics? Have you made your judgements? Do you think you know the answers to Tony Hawk Soundtrack or Random Punk song? Well let’s find out!
Suicide Machines – New Girl: This song is ON the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack!

Here is some information about the band Suicide Machines. The Suicide Machines are an American punk rock band formed 1991. This band formed in Detroit, Michigan, one of the most punk areas in America during the time period. This band fits in a hardcore/ ska genre subculture known as ska punk or “ska-core”.

Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles: This song is NOT on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater Soundtrack. However, the band does have a song on the game’s soundtrack called Police Truck. That might have been why you were confused.

Here is some information on the band Dead Kennedys. This is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in San Francisco, California. This is a well known band that was one of the first American hardcore bands to make an impact within the United Kingdom. This band used most of their lyrics to express political beliefs or fight against authority figures.

Superman – Goldfinger: This song is ON the Tony Hawk Pro Skater Soundtrack!

Here is some information on Goldfinger. This is a rock band from Los Angeles, California in 1994. This band is more than just punk rock and can also be classified as a ska band due to the type of guitar strumming pattern and occasional use of brass instruments. It is considered to have been a large contributor to the movement of third-wave ska music. Goldfinger can be recognized for their political activism, particularly in the area of animal rights.

The Misfits – Saturday Night: This song is NOT on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater Soundtrack! While the Misfits are a very well known band within the punk rock community, they were not featured on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater Soundtrack.

Here is some information on the Misfits. This is an American Punk rock band that is recognized within the sub genre horror punk founded in 1977. This sub genre blends musical influences of horror flicks into the punk music they create. While this music group disbanded in 1983, they were recognized by the majority of punk followers. The lead singer Danzig went on to creating his own band known as Danzig.

 

Entertainment, Film

UPB Rates Superheroes

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an advanced screening of Justice League! Want to know more about the members of the Justice League for the advanced screening on 11/14? UPB rates Justice League members.

 

This is Superman.

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Powers and abilities: flight, super-strength, super-speed, vision powers, superhuman intelligence

Weaknesses: kryptonite, magic

Origins: Born as Kal-El on the planet Krypton, but was rocketed to Earth before Krypton’s destruction.  Adopted by a couple from Kansas

Alias: Clark Kent

An American cultural icon and played by Henry Cavill, we rate Superman a 10/10

 

This is Wonder Woman.

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Powers and abilities: Superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility, healing, technology (Lasso of Truth, tiara)

Weaknesses: vulnerability to Piercing Weapons

Origins: sculpted from clay by her mother and daughter of Zeus. Her official title is Princess Diana of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta

Alias: Diana Prince

A compassionate warrior, advocator of peace, and strong female role model, we rate Wonder Woman 13/10

 

This is The Flash.

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Powers and abilities: superhuman speed, superhuman reflexes,

Weaknesses: mortality

Origins: Police scientist in Central City.  Lightning-struck chemicals spills over Barry, and he gains power through the speed force

Alias: Barry Allen

The fastest hero is the DC Universe and has the potential to change reality, we rate The Flash 8/10

 

This is Aquaman.

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Powers and abilities: amphibious, marine telepathy, strength, speed

Weaknesses: water deprivation

Origins: Son of a lighthouse keeper and exiled Queen of Atlantis, was taught to control his powers and would eventually inherit rule of the seven seas

Alias: Arthur Curry

Interested to see Aquaman played by Jason Momao, but the ability to talk to fish? We rate Aquaman 3/10

 

This is Cyborg.

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Powers and abilities: mechanically enhanced body, intelligence, strength, speed

Weaknesses: focus

Origins: Body is destroyed in a tragic accident, but was saved through experimental technology that replaced body parts with machinery

Alias: Victor Stone

Also a member of Teen Titans, half man and half machine, we rate Cyborg 6/10

 

Come to Grafton on 11/14 for a FREE advanced screening of Justice League at 9:30pm!

Entertainment

What Fall Themed Craft Should You Do Based on Your Zodiac Sign?

Aries -The Ram, March 21 – April 19

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Creative and spontaneous Aries, this is the perfect craft for you! Show off your unique personality and style with these painted pumpkins. Color, design, even pumpkin size, the choice is yours to make! Extra bonus: this is way less messy than trying to carve a pumpkin. And although this craft may be on the more difficult side, no challenge can scare you off!

Taurus– The Bull, April 20 – May 20

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Taurus, you have your stuff together, and nothing says that better than a classy centerpiece! Show off your bold personality with these statement pieces. And as someone who can accomplish anything they set their mind to, you are sure to rock it!

Gemini– The Twins, May 21 – June 20

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Gemini, you are very flexible in your life, and so is this slime! (Get it?) Slime makes people happy and so do you. This is a fun craft for a fun-loving person, perfect for sharing with all of your friends! It’s also great to play with as a stress ball, so if you ever feel like you’ve stretched yourself too thin in your daily engagements (get it??), unwind and play with some slime!

Cancer– The Crab, June 21 – July 22

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Self-pampering is very important for hard working Cancer. You need to take some time away from what may be stressing you and treat yo self! This easy to make sugar scrub will get you feeling like you’re at the spa, with the added treat of its fall festiveness. And as someone who loves their family, it’s good to have this in your repertoire when you need holiday gifts for everyone!

Leo– The Lion, July 23 – August 22

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Social Leo, of course you are the one hosting Friendsgiving! This garland would make a perfect decoration for the event. As someone who is totally in control, you’ll be happy to know you’ve got these pie-perfect decorations so Friendsgiving can go off without a hitch! You are a social and warm person, so invite your friends over for some warm pie, or in this case, paper pie too.

Virgo– The Virgin, August 23 – September 22

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These pumpkin jars are perfect for you, Virgo! Charm all your houseguests by offering them candy from one of these adorable jars! And since you’re such an amazing team player, why not invite your friends over for a craft night and make these together? And since tidiness is so important to you, it’s great to have a place to store candy and treats without adding clutter to your space.

Libra– The Scales, September 23 – October 22

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As a lover of beauty and a hard worker, this is the perfect fall DIY for you, Libra. Channel your inner Bob Ross and learn to paint these beautiful leaves! Take a break from your crazy busy week of activities; a quiet night in of painting and drinking hot coco seems like exactly what you need right now.

Scorpio– The Scorpion, October 23 – November 21

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Here are some bold pumpkins for bold Scorpio! You are cool and confident, so show it off on some Pun-kins! But as someone who isn’t afraid of speaking their mind, try to be careful to keep your Pun-kins appropriate for the place you put them in.

Sagittarius-The Centaur, November 22 – December 21

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Your focus and drive makes this a perfect craft for you, Sagittarius. You need a creative outlet to channel your abounding energy, so why not make these adorable string pumpkins? You can even tie them together to make a festive pumpkin garland! As an eternal optimist, you’d be the perfect candidate to make these happy lil’ pumpkin pals.

Speaking of happy lil pumpkins, come to UPBoo! We’re going to be making this same craft at the event. Find UPBoo on October 25th at 7pm in TDU! We’ll have crafts and candy and costumes and all things Halloween! But don’t let the name fool you, it won’t be scary!

Aquarius– The Water Bearer, January 20 – February 18

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Artistic Aquarius, let your true colors shine with these decorative leaves! These leaf paintings are highly customizable, so you could spend all day creating unique and beautiful designs. And a quiet walk in the woods to collect leaves for the project will help you clear your mind from your daily stresses.

Pisces– The Fish, February 19 – March 20
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And finally, here is a fall craft for you Pisces! Let your inner uniqueness shine with this string art décor! With your active imagination, you can create all sorts of fall shapes and string designs and they will come out spectacularly.

 

See a craft you like for a zodiac sign that isn’t yours? Do that craft anyway! Do all of the crafts if you want! I’m not the craft police, I can’t tell you what to do.

Entertainment

The Ten Most Important Things You Need to Know About UPB!

1. It’s run entirely by students

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UPB is one of the largest student run organizations at JMU! All years and majors can be a part of UPB. We send out surveys every year to students to make sure our events are relevant to student’s interests. There are about 150 students in UPB, do you want to be one of them?

2We plan more than just concerts!

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UPB is made up of 5 committees that each plan special events on campus. We host over 200 events each year. Movies at Grafton, Late Night Breakfasts, Bus Trips, Guest Speakers, Comedians, Moonbounces, Free Food and More! If you ever find yourself on campus with nothing to do, odds are you’re probably missing a UPB event!

3. So that means there’s something in UPB for everyone!

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And you don’t just have to like event planning to be a part of UPB. Are you interested in graphic design or photography? Finance? Community outreach? Dressing up in silly costumes? Arts and crafts? Dancing (sometimes poorly but with full enthusiasm)? We’ve got all sorts of things on our to-do lists.

4. UPB stands for University Program Board!

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For some of you this may seem obvious, but there are plenty of people who wonder what our acronym means! The University is JMU (okay that one is obvious), the Programs are all the great events we have on campus, and the Board is the 150 students who are a part of UPB.

5. Programs usually have *FREE FOOD*

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Thats right. FREE FOOD. Stop by a Spotlight Sounds concert at TDU and you can get free Campus Cookies. Late Night Breakfasts have free breakfast foods, like bacon and tater tots. Everyone loves the tots. And if there is another bus trip to Busch Gardens you can get a giant turkey leg! (Ok I know that last one isn’t free, but good for UPB for providing the people access to giant turkey legs).

6. Most of the events are FREE

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Funny Freakin Friday comedians, Late Night Breakfasts, Spotlight Sounds concerts and more have no admission fee! So if you’re living the #BrokeCollegeStudentLyfe, you can enjoy our events and bring all your friends! Most events have freebie giveaway items or crafts, too!

7. We have a budget

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We can’t have Beyonce as a concert or Kanye West as a motivational speaker because the UPB budget doesn’t have enough money for that! We balance our yearly budget very carefully so that none of our events have to suffer due to lack of funds. And because of this careful balance, we’re able to make all of our events amazing! (Or at least we’d like to think so!)

8. We have an office in Madison Union

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UPB’s address is 324 Madison Union. There are a lot of people who don’t realize we have an office on campus! We use our office to get WORK done. Anyone can stop by if they want to learn more about UPB, or if they have any questions about what we do. The office is also located very close to Dunkin’ Donuts, which is ideal because Dunkin’ = Life.

9. You can make some really good friends in UPB!

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This organization does a great job balancing work and play. We take our jobs seriously, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t having fun! UPB is an amazing JMU family, and working together brings us all really close! And since students in UPB are all years and majors, there always something we can learn from each other.

10. You can apply to be a part of UPB!!

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Check out the P.I.T. crew application! If you are a sophomore to senior and want to be even more involved in UPB, apply for Spotlight Sound’s Artist & Repertoire or Admin chair! The applications close on September 22nd at 5p!  https://beinvolved.jmu.edu/organization/upb

Come to our information sessions on Thursday September 14 at 6-7p in MU 302 and Wednesday September 20 at 5-6p in MU 405!

 

What are you waiting for? JOIN UPB!

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Center Stage, Entertainment, Uncategorized

Ultralight Beam in your Feed

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It’s been a couple weeks now since Kanye West released his highly anticipated album, The Life of Pablo, and yes, it’s fire. After months of empty twitter promises and three name changes to the album, West partially streamed 10 of his new beats during the Yeezy season 3 event in New York City, which in all truth, was also fire. 

The whole album is now available on Tidal, a streaming service owned by his buddy Jay Z, and which most of us had no idea existed until The Life of Pablo. Tidal charges $9.99 a month for unlimited access, but it offers a free month trial (perfect for broke college students) where you can listen to Kanye’s new album until it hopefully becomes available in other platforms. 

The featured artists on this new album are superb. The Weeknd, Ty Dolla $ign, Rihanna, and Frank Ocean are just some of the collaborations he included. The Life of Pablo has more of a spiritual vibe than his previous albums, which reflects the recent interest Kanye has put into gospel music. This is better visible in tracks like “Ultralight Beam” and “Lowlights,” the latter one performed by a mysterious woman, who apparently is a Jamaican songwriter.

Since Kanye can’t stop being so Kanye, it was no surprise that some of his lyrics would spark some passionate debates on social media. The whole “Taylor-Kanye” conflict made headlines and is yet to be over, but at least we got some good tweets out of it, not to mention the epic shade Taylor Swift threw at Kanye during her Grammy speech. 

If you haven’t already, stop what you’re doing and listen to The Life of Pablo. Chances are you too will end up saying “I Love Kanye.”

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Written by Center Stage Committee Member Alex Bustillos
Entertainment, Film, Uncategorized

Is Leo Actually Going to Win the Oscar?

The people have spoken, but what will the Academy say?

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Since 1994 (before some of us were even born), Leonardo DiCaprio has been receiving Oscar nominations. In 1994, it was a Best Supporting Actor Nom for his performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. In 2005, Leo was nominated for Best Actor in The Aviator and then again in 2007 for Blood Diamond.

Seven years later in 2014, America’s favorite non-Oscar-Winner was nominated for Best Actor in The Wolf of Wall Street. There was some speculation that 2014 might finally be the year, but in the back of our minds, we all knew Matthew McConaughey deserved it for Dallas Buyers Club. (Come on, the man lost 38 pounds for the movie)

It’s 2016 now and Leo is once again nominated at the Oscars for Best Actor for The Revenant. People (the internet) really, really want Leo to win this time. So we decided to dig in to see if Leo is likely to bring home a little golden man on Sunday.

 

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So far Mr. Dicaprio’s performance in The Revenant has won him a…

Golden Globe 

  • BAFTA Film Award
  • EDA Award
  • Australian Film Institute International Award
  • Awards Circuit Community Award

Critics Choice Award

  • Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award
  • Chicago Films Critics Association Award
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award 
  • Denver Film Critics Society
  • Dorian Award
  • Georgia Film Critics Association
  • Kanas City Film Critics Circle Awards
  • Sierra Award
  • Nevada Film Critics Society
  • North Texas Film Critics Association
  • Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards
  • Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 
  • San Diego Film Critics Society Award
  • Satellite Award

Screen Actors Guild Award

  • Seattle Film Critics Award
  • St. Louis Film Critics Association
  • Utah Film Critics Association Award
  • Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

The award that’s most revealing in this long list is his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award. 
For the past ten years, the actor who’s won Best Actor at the SAG Awards also won the Oscar for Best Actor. Every year. For the last ten years. This seems like a VERY promising sign for Leo. If he doesn’t win, it’ll be destroying a ten-year streak.

If you saw the movie, you can also safely conclude, Leo killed it in his performance!

He spent hours in a make-up chair everyday. He braved real elements (cold, snow, physical strain) to film this movie and he only had about one hour a day to nail his performance because the director wanted to shot using only natural light. Without giving anything away, for a good chunk of the movie all Leo can do is grunt and moan, and it’s the most passionate, pain-filled, believable and telling grunting and moaning ever. He steals the camera without saying a cohesive sentence.
The blogosphere and the past precedent seem to point to a clear Leo-Victory… but we will have to wait and see on Sunday. 

Let us know if you think Leo should take home the Oscar or if you are rooting for another leading man!

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Watch Leonardo DiCaprio (fingers crossed) win on Sunday at the Oscars and watch his award-winning performance in The Revenant for just $3 at Grafton, March 16-19 at 9:30p.

Written by Film Committee Chair Brenna Cashen