Amy Grief

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Laurier gets a little taste of Broadway

Laurier gets a little taste of Broadway

Broadway is fan-kicking its way to campus with the premier of Wilfrid Laurier University student, Ann Hascalovitz’s, original musical aptly titled Broadway Musical the Broadway Musical. “Ultimately, it’s a coming of age story layered within a parody of musicals,” exclaimed Hascalovitz, who is also the founder of Not Another Joke Productions (NAJP) — the company producing the show. The musical […]

by Amy Grief· · Arts ·
Kony bride shares her story

Kony bride shares her story

After the infamous release of Invisible Children’s Kony 2012, the name Joseph Kony has become ubiquitous. Yet, like most mass media sensations, Kony coverage ceased almost as quickly as it appeared. However, award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Jodi Martinson is using the skills of her trade to tell the story of a young woman who entered the inner-circle of Kony’s […]

by Amy Grief· · Arts ·
Mac Miller performs at The Turret. (Photo by Rosalie Eid).

Turret gets ‘Loud’

After a month of hype, Pittsburgh-born rapper Mac Miller finally graced the stage at the Turret Nightclub this past Monday night. With the 400 ticket pre-sale selling out in under three minutes, the show, presented by the A-Team, was almost sure to excite the all-ages crowd. Opening the show was Canadian hip-hop duo SonReal and Rich Kidd who got the […]

by Amy Grief· · Arts ·
(Graphic by Adele Palmquist).

Exploring the ‘Festival of Lights’

“Chanukah is the festival of lights, instead of one day of presents we get eight crazy nights,” croons Adam Sandler at the beginning of the his famous “Chanukah Song.” Normally thought of as a sort of “Jewish Christmas,” Chanukah offers much more than just eight nights of presents. “It’s really not a holiday for presents,” said Rabbi Moshe Goldman of […]

by Amy Grief· · Life ·
(Graphic by Mitchell Cheeseman)

Top 10 pop culture trends of 2012

“Gangnam Style” You know a phenomenon’s jumped-the-shark when it’s been adopted by your parents. That’s exactly how I felt when, upon arriving home on Thanksgiving, when my parents greeted me with Psy’s signature dance moves. Eclipsing Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the most viewed video of ALL TIME, Psy’s outrageous “Gangnam Style” has spawned multiple (and equally entertaining) spin-offs including the […]

by Amy Grief· · Arts ·
(Photo by Nick Lachance)

Growing hip hop at Laurier

“I want it to be one unified community. I want it to be a unity, you know,” said forward-thinking first-year business student Kang Tran. While hip hop and Laurier are not often thought of in tandem, Tran is dead-set on changing up the dance scene on campus. Though only in his first year, Tran is already spearheading ALIAS, Laurier’s first […]

by Amy Grief· · Arts ·

The war on social media

Like most students, I get the majority of my information about international events from the web, and more frequently social media. By following a variety of news outlets on Twitter, I can quickly gain multiple perspectives about emerging stories. And if something piques my interest, I can click a link to get a more in-depth understanding of certain worldly goings-on. […]

by Amy Grief· · Opinion ·
(Photo by Nick Lachance)

Opera entertains on campus

Providing a quick peek into some of the world’s most celebrated operas, Laurier’s annual Opera Excerpts delivered a night of drama and deceit in their self-titled production Mistaken Identities, Disguises & Other Operatic Misunderstandings. Under the stage direction of Laurier Faculty of Music alumnus Erik Thor and musical direction of pianist Emily Hamper, the music students of Opera Laurier put […]

by Amy Grief· · Arts ·
(Graphic by Steph Truong)

Resurrecting James Bond

“Everyone needs a hobby,” Daniel Craig slyly says in his latest go around as James Bond, the recently-released, Skyfall. “So what’s yours?” Retorts villain Raoul Silva. The reply: “Resurrection.” Best known for his character-driven dramas such as American Beauty (1999), for which he won an Academy Award, Skyfall director Sam Mendes has set out to breathe new life into the […]

by Amy Grief· · Arts ·
(Photo by Kate Turner)

East Coast folk at Maxwell’s Music

Polaris Prize nominee Rose Cousins wrapped up her latest tour with an intimate show at Maxwell’s Music House. The crowd, comprised of Cousins’ close friends and family, community members and students, sat rapt with attention for almost two hours as Cousins’ music washed over them. Originally from PEI, Cousins moved to Halifax to pursue a career in music, and has […]

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