Month: February 2004

The Artists Formerly Known As Sumana Cooppan & Fern Senior

When did you start getting interested in music? Fern: I’ve been playing piano since I was about six, and then I picked up guitar when I was 12 or 13.…

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Hop on the train to Freight Yard for real American cuisine

Hidden away in the middle of North Adams, out of sight of MASS MoCA and the newly renovated downtown area, the Freight Yard Restaurant and Pub has been a fixture…

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Distinguished pianist Rubinova plays Chapin

Chapin Hall was filled with students and community members pouring in on Sunday afternoon to hear the poignant music of Romantic composer Sergei Rachmaninoff performed on the largest grand piano…

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Japanese puppets delight and enthrall

For children growing up in the West today, puppets mean little more than the Disney version of Pinocchio, or socks transformed into talking animals. But in Japan, puppets and puppet…

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Stalwart Originality 2004

“This is for the one who says if you’re a black artist and you’re not scaring white people, you’re not doing your damned job.” – Universes’ Slanguage In addressing the…

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Academy Awards: Critic’s Picks for 2003

When Barbra Streisand purred, “Hello, gorgeous,” to her new golden Best Actress trophy for “Funny Girl” in 1968, she summarized how the glittering Hollywood community views the Academy Awards: An…

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Women’s ice hockey needs strong tourney showing to make nationals

The last weekend of the regular season was a disappointing one for the women’s ice hockey team (14-9-0, 12-4-0 in the NESCAC), as it dropped two hard-fought games against strong…

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Men’s ice hockey to start postseason on the road

Men’s ice hockey (12-8-3, 11-6-1 in the NESCAC) celebrated Senior Day with a decisive 6-1 home victory over St. Michael’s on Saturday. The win followed a 4-1 loss for the…

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Film exploration of dance a triumph for director Robert Altman and ‘Company’

Robert Altman’s “The Company” is an intimate, pseudo-documentary look at the Joffrey Ballet Company of Chicago. I’ll admit that I’ve never really understood the appeal of ballet dancing; I’ve always…

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‘Pearl Earring’ speaks through quiet, precious imagery

“Girl with a Pearl Earring” opens with a close-up shot of vegetables being peeled and sliced, introducing us to the hands of Griet (Scarlett Johansson). The shot is so close…

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