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Thursday, December 07, 2006

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

The year's best Christmas entertainment

Kate Ferris/ Columnist

The luminaries came and went. The trees are lit. The temperatures are dropping and it is finally December. That means one thing.

Christmas is just around the corner and the holiday season has officially begun. For some, holiday cheer comes easy, while others need a little motivation to get in the spirit.

Photo courtesy of MCT Campus
This Christmas don't forget fun classics like "How the Grinch stole Christmas," either version.


Charity concert to benefit HIV/AIDS victims

Alyse Knorr/ A & E Editor

Over 25 Elon students, faculty and staff will perform at a free charity concert to help fight HIV/AIDS at 4 and 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in Yeager Recital Hall.

The concert, which brought in nearly $500 last year, will feature mainly faculty and student vocal solos and duets, as well as three large group numbers, one or two dance numbers and one piano performance.

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Singers rehearse numbers from this year’s Broadway Cares Concert.


Elan and Camerata display student talent

Ashley Barnas/ Reporter

√Član’s “E3” concert, held last Friday, and Camerata’s “Celebration of Light,” held last Sunday, were showcases of what the music department can really do. Different in many aspects, these concerts each held their respective audiences captive for the duration of their performances.  

Ashley Barnas/ Photographer
Elan (not shown) and Camerata (above), two of Elon’s campus choral groups, each performed concerts last weekend. The two shows had very different atmospheres.


Ludacris shows his serious side

Alyse Knorr/ A&E Editor

Southern rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges released his fifth album, “Release Therapy,” last September, marking his third number one album in a row and one of his most serious accomplishments as an artist.

However, “Release Therapy” has been much more than just a hit seller for this 28-year-old hip-hop artist.


Craig plays new, darker Bond

Jeff Gerheiser/ Reviewer

This is the first Bond film in a long time that stands out as a genuinely great action movie. The last Bond movie that did so was “GoldenEye” in 1995. Not surprisingly, director Martin Campbell was at the helm of both films.

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Craig’s potrayal of Bond is more complex than those of previous actors.


Fountain is both stunning and disappointing

Andrew Prince/ Reviewer

The best single word I can come up with to describe “The Fountain” is enigmatic. Some other words to describe the new film by Darren Aronofsky are: challenging, maddening, spectacular, awkward and surreal.

I expected the film to compare to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and it does, in some ways.

Photo courtesy of MCT Campus
Hugh Jackman plays three different men trapped in the same essential conflict.


Oddities make Ferrell’s film entertaining

Alexa Milan/ Reviewer

“Stranger Than Fiction” is unlike any other film I’ve seen before, so there’s really nothing to compare it to. It’s not exactly a comedy, but not quite a drama. It’s not entirely a romance, but it is a fantasy, though not in the traditional sense. But in all its oddities, “Stranger Than Fiction” works.