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The story behind the sweets: a Halloween history

A flurry of old pillowcases, smelly face paint and cheap costumes will hit the streets today, as the worldwide masquerade party known as Halloween finally arrives. And even though trick-or-treating and late-night parties may be the holiday’s main attractions, the occasion has a story as…

Obamarama

The Democratic campaign in video games If you’ve played a football game in the past couple weeks, remember this – when you scored the touchdown, Barack Obama did the victory dance in the end zone. At least that’s what’s happening in the world of video…

Son of a Bush

Oliver Stone’s “W.” a winner Like George W. Bush? You may be disappointed in “W.” Hate him? Ditto. If extensive hype hasn’t given it away yet, Oliver Stone’s latest presidential film (following “JFK” and “Nixon”) isn’t giving in to any side of a pro/anti-Bush debate.…

Good, clean fun

Exploring the popularity of High School Musical, Hannah Montana It isn’t really clear why Billy Ray Cyrus’ daughter wearing a blonde wig and singing pop songs is a hit with teens, but the fact some of her songs have hit No. 1 shows the popularity…

ABBA-cadabra: The Magic of Mamma Mia!

While today’s Sweden may conjure up images of H&M, Volvo and, above all, IKEA, the 1970s was musically kind to the Scandinavian country. Although still considered a guilty pleasure, ABBA is undeniably one of the country’s most famous exports. The fact that the band is…

Kanye will determine the direction of the music (and the marketing)

A month ago, producer turned rapper turned household name pop-sensation Kanye West did a really stupid thing.  On Sept. 16 Kanye released “Love Lockdown,” the first single for his next album, “808s and Heartbreak.” It was up on Kanye’s blog for two days, but quickly…

McMahon proves unbreakable on “Glass”

Andrew McMahon knows how to see light in the dark. The frontman and creative force of Jack’s Mannequin said he wasn’t going to make the group’s second disc about his recent battle with leukemia. Rather, “The Glass Passenger” is almost frighteningly optimistic. “Glass” is an…

Dear masses: Get ready

tv on the radio broadcast to population with stellar new disc Indie rock was never about getting the chance to play in front of millions. It’s about the moment, the people, the art. However, every so often, a band gets the chance to break through…

Director chokes when bringing Palahniuk to the people

Please don’t think this was anything special. This phrase, used so eloquently in “Choke” to punctuate a mid-flight hookup, doubles as a one-line summation of the movie itself. Clark Gregg’s film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive 2001 novel doesn’t do a single thing to improve…

BU swashbucklers slash through latest production

The Bradley University Theatre Department started off its season with pirates, generals, policemen and a special guest appearance by University President Joanne Glasser in the comic opera “The Pirates of Penzance.” “Pirates” focuses on the indebted Frederick played by junior theatre performance major Drew Overcash.…

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