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You are what you eat

You are what you eat

  By:Makayla-Courtney McGeeney For my environmental class I have to read a book pertaining to the course and then present on it at the end of the semester, and my book is In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. The front cover is a head of iceberg lettuce. Even though I already knew about most of the content from the […]

by · March 12, 2015 · A&E, Opinion
Exile within Palestine

Exile within Palestine

  By: Shirin Hijab Elia Suleiman began with a very specific style in his 1996 film “Chronicle of a Disappearance,” which for western viewers would look a lot like the persistently still frames and documentary style of Ulrich Seidl, but with the humor and deadpan of Wes Anderson. Some filmmakers have such a particular take, with such originality, that it’s […]

by · March 12, 2015 · A&E, Opinion

Allegretto Seniors Reminisce

By: Matt Aceto Two seniors, two voices that ring throughout campus like the North Adams clock tower. During their four years here at MCLA, Greg Wilson and Mikaelle Olivier have helped turn the Allegrettos club into something spectacular. As co-presidents of Allegrettos, Wilson and Olivier work together to coordinate the steadily growing a capella club. They’ve noticed the club expand […]

by · March 12, 2015 · A&E
’Chappie’ provokes strong questions about AI

’Chappie’ provokes strong questions about AI

  By: Mitchell Chapman One of the most important functions of science fiction is to ask questions about scientific truths and possibilities, no matter how timely they may be.  We’ve seen this time and time again with films such as James Cameron’s “The Terminator,” which explored the potential dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Ridley Scott’s “Alien,” which provoked commentary on […]

by · March 12, 2015 · A&E
Berkshire Women Writers Festival event features two poets

Berkshire Women Writers Festival event features two poets

    By: Shirin Hijab     Tonight at 7:00 p.m., two poets will present their work in Gallery 51. Diana Whitney and Hannah Fries put forth different visions in poetry. Whitney is more modern, while Fries tends to extend her images and keep them in the mind for slightly longer. Fries’ work focuses more on narrative and occasionally nature while […]

by · March 12, 2015 · A&E

‘Viewpoints on a Green World’ proposes love of plants and trees

  By Matt Aceto Though they go largely unappreciated, flowers, trees, and underwater plants are critical components of our everyday lives. On Thursday, MCLA’s Gallery 51 hosted “Viewpoints on a Green World”, a panel discussion focusing on the importance of vegetation. The panel’s hosts were Williams College biology professor Joan Edwards, MCLA art professor Melanie Mowinski, certified herbalist Shannon Toye, […]

by · March 5, 2015 · A&E

‘Catch Me If You Can’ has explosive energy, leaves audience guessing

  By Matt Hotaling The fine and performing arts department opens the constantly twisting mystery “Catch Me If You Can” this week as the first show of the spring season. The play was written by Robert Thomas and adapted by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. The driving conflict of the play is that Daniel Corban’s (Marcus Neverson) wife has gone […]

by · March 5, 2015 · A&E
‘House of Cards’ season three escalates drama

‘House of Cards’ season three escalates drama

  Matt Hotaling Last Friday, Netflix released the third season of its critically acclaimed political drama “House of Cards” “House of Cards” is set in an alternate version of the present and follows the scheming career of a fictional politician named Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. “House of Cards” is adapted from a British television program of the same […]

by · March 5, 2015 · A&E
After break: Harlequin Yorick Premiere Show

After break: Harlequin Yorick Premiere Show

  By: Matt Aceto With show times right around the corner, both the Harlequin and Yorick clubs feel confident about their upcoming productions. On Thursday, March 26, the Harlequin club will premiere their rendition of “Carrie the Musical”, which will run through March 28 in Venable Theater. Reservations will be available the week of the play in the Amsler Campus […]

by · March 5, 2015 · A&E
Akasha Indian dance

Akasha Indian dance

By: Shirin Hijab On an extremely cold night, a group of MCLA students, got in vans to go see a performance by Shantala Shivalingappa and her band of musicians. It was an extraordinary performance, not usually seen in the Berkshires. Sivalingappa practices classical Indian dance that goes with Carnatic music, which is found in southern India. In contrast to Hindustani […]

by · March 5, 2015 · A&E
“ILSSA: It’s about Time” as a key to understanding time in the 21st century

“ILSSA: It’s about Time” as a key to understanding time in the 21st century

  By: Shirin Hijab “ILSSA: It’s about Time” is an experiment that attempts to understand time, and if it doesn’t achieve that goal, it certainly catalogues the use of time and the feeling of time. Members of ILSSA (Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts), including one artist and creator of “ILSSA: It’s about Time” Emily Larned, sent out about […]

by · March 5, 2015 · A&E
From left to right, Colin Firth as Galahad, Samuel Jackson as Valentine, and Taron Edgerton as Eggsy. Picture courtesy of Fox.

‘Kingsman’ delivers camp, parody, fun

Review by: Mitchell Chapman Squeezed in between box office successes like “50 Shades of Grey”  and “The Spongebob Movie,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service” certainly does not disappoint. Centering on Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a candidate for the replacement of Lancelot (Jack Davenport) whom the audience had the pleasure of seeing cartoonishly split in two, of the secret spy organization “Kingsmen”. Directed […]

by · February 27, 2015 · A&E
PRESS Gallery to open new exhibit on Sunday

PRESS Gallery to open new exhibit on Sunday

By: Shirin Hijab This Sunday, PRESS Gallery will open its new exhibit: “ILSSA It’s about Time: A Workbook for the Working Person.” The reception will be at 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibit is a display of 48 books in which there are questions about time and the responses to the questions by the members of Impractical Labor in Service […]

by · February 27, 2015 · A&E
Relevance of ‘Frank’

Relevance of ‘Frank’

  By: Shirin Hijab Lenny Abrahamson’s latest feature “Frank” maybe hasn’t received as much attention as it should. Films about musicians always seem better than those about writers, painters (Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” could defy this), and other artists partly because of the relationship film has with music. David Chase’s “Not Fade Away” and Bennett Miller’s “Whiplash” are only a […]

by · February 27, 2015 · A&E
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‘Fan of a Fan’ masterful

  Review by: Matt Aceto Joint albums are a hard stunt to pull off. It’s no easy task for two artists to be completely on the same page for an entire project, especially when their styles are on opposite sides of the spectrum. On “Fan of a Fan: The Album”, club rapper Tyga collides with radio superstar Chris Brown for […]

by · February 26, 2015 · A&E