From early November until late December, people everywhere are bombarded by countless holiday songs, TV specials and movies. Even though each season presents original programming nothing can replace the classics like Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
The Walsh Gallery has unveiled its latest exhibit, "Uncommon Threads," which contains the works of 15 contemporary fiber artists. The exhibit, which is free and available to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, opened on Nov. 2 and will run until Dec. 11.
When going to see Dough Hughes' production of David Mamet's "Oleanna," bring your boxing gloves and fighting words. Currently playing at the Golden Theater on Broadway and featuring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, this all-out verbal (and sometimes physical) brawl presents the issue of sexual harassment and assault with the tagline, "Whatever side you take, you're wrong."
In 1995, most current Seton Hall students were impressionable elementary students, whose biggest concern in life was having an extra five minutes tacked onto afternoon recess. During this idyllic past, Disney and Pixar united to change animation and children's movies forever. From this union came the blockbuster hit, "Toy Story." The life-like characters in the trailers captivated television screens worldwide and were enough to make any child beg to catch the movie on its opening day, even if they weren't interested in cowboys or astronauts. "Toy Story" didn't just bring innovative animation to table, but also a message of friendship, compromise and loyalty that still applies to all ages even today. Fast forward 12 years and one sequel later, Disney-Pixar has re-released "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in movie theaters with an interesting twist- they are in 3D. At the time of the original release of "Toy Story," there were no feature films that had used solely computer generated imagery, making the movie technologically savvy and revolutionary. The re-release targets children who weren't born when Woody and Buzz Lightyear were cultural phenomenons in the mid-90s, as well as to build hype for the third installment to the "Toy Story" saga which is due for release in the summer of 2010. In "Toy Story 3" we visit a more mature Andy preparing to head off to college, putting his toys away into storage, except his favorite toy, Woody. In typical "Toy Story" fashion, the toys are accidentally thrown away and find themselves in a daycare struggling to survive while Woody attempts to save them and find a them new home. The third story targets both the young adults that grew up with the "Toy Story" crew and new, younger fans.The re-release of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" still earned an estimated $12.5 million in its opening weekend, proving that some values stick regardless of generation and age.Kristen Hardy can be reached at email@example.com.
With Paramore's recent explosion onto the entertainment scene due to the massive success of "Decode," the single used endlessly in "Twilight" promotions, the band has made wide strides to meet the challenge of living up to their success with the release of their third full-length album, "Brand New Eyes." Now connected to the series, Paramore takes a step away from the teenaged vampire angst of "Twilight," instead choosing to write about what they consider more mature matters.Interestingly, the band chose not to contribute songs to the "New Moon" soundtrack for fear that they would become irrevocably tied to the craze.The group does not abandon their discussion of love, but instead looks at the subject, most fittingly, with brand new eyes."Careful" is a commanding opener to the record, and is a good indication of the impending journey. It leads into "Ignorance," the first single, which showcases the convictions of vocalist Hayley Williams. The album's tempo is slowed slightly with "Playing God," a deceptively poppy attack on religious hypocrites. Steam picks back up with "Brick By Boring Brick," a standout track featuring formerly-sparse elements like handclaps and gang vocals. A rough-cutting end slows back down into the reflective "Turn It Off," and even further into "The Only Exception," a sweet slow sing-along with an elegant orchestrated ending that one can imagine being sung around a campfire. Despite its melancholy title, "Feeling Sorry," a song reminiscent of the trademark pop of The Starting Line, is about picking up and moving on. "Looking Up," highlighted by its stellar bridge and obvious harder rock influences, picks up the album's love theme, reminding listeners how quickly things can change. Including a nod to "My Heart," a song off of Paramore's first record "All We Know Is Falling," "Where the Lines Overlap" pulls the theme to a close when Williams declares that she's "never been happier." Closing out the album are "Misguided Ghosts," a haunting song about revelation and acceptance, and "All I Wanted," a heart-wrencher showcasing Williams' vocal chops.On the surface, "Brand New Eyes" will seem like the same Paramore you've heard in the past, with song after song driven by the surprisingly big voice of a punky front-woman but a deeper look yields the understanding that this is Paramore all grown-up. This is no place for Tommy Pickles; the majority of the band moved out of their teenage years between the recording of "Riot!" and "Brand New Eyes," and their progression and budding urge to look to a better future is certainly evident. The record weaves through life's confusions and leads to the road of self-realization.While there is nothing ground-breaking here (as true originality in music has become an elusive feat), Paramore begins to break the surface with improved lyrical content and more creative musical inclusions. "Brand New Eyes" is an undeniably catchy album with good replay value, and the most cohesive release from Paramore to date.Embarking on a long-awaited tour of small clubs, Paramore will play three sold-out shows in the area in mid-October at Montclair's Wellmont Theatre, Philadelphia's Electric Factory, and New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom before heading off on a European tour.Bonnie Falconer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An exciting aspect of Seton Hall's location in South Orange is its proximity to New York and New Jersey's biggest music venues, such as Madison Square Garden, the IZOD Center and PNC Bank Arts Center. However, there are many much smaller, accessible venues hosting shows from the tri-state area's burgeoning music scene, including popular and obscure bands. Kevin Stevens can be reached at email@example.com.
When "Beatlemania" spread across the world in the 1960s, it's safe to say John, Paul, George and Ringo would have never pegged an Xbox or Playstation as a future venue.But now the Fab Four can add this generation's video game consoles to their resumes with the release of "The Beatles: Rock Band" on Wednesday.
Some of the most interesting aspects of Michael Jackson's long and storied career can be measured in straight numbers. The first four Jackson 5 singles – "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There" – all went to No. 1 on the charts, making them the first artists to achieve such success. Michael performed or produced at least 60 Top 40 singles in his lifetime. His Thriller album had seven Top 10 hits out of nine songs, and follow-up Bad yielded five consecutive chart-topping singles between 1987 and 1988 – two records that have yet to be matched.
With New York City a half an hour train ride away, Seton Hall students have endless opportunities to experience entertainment in one of the most culturally diverse and lively cities in the world. These lesser known attractions will provide any city-savvy Seton Hall student with fun in not such obvious places.
The heat is rising and people are coughing and sneezing all over the place. No, it's not a swine flu outbreak; spring is in the air, and one thing that always comes along with great weather is great concerts. There are few bigger thrills than taking off from work early, packing your friends and a grill into the car and getting ready for a killer live show from your favorite band.