Arts & Entertainment
10 | The Loquitur
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
Vintage taste for your sweet tooth
CAROL DWYER / copy editor
Good Life - OneRepublic Shake it Out - Florence + The Machine The One That Got Away - Katy Perry
JESSE GAUNCE / copy editor
Shoot To Thrill - AC/DC Alive - Pearl Jam Cosmos Rockin - Queen + Paul Rogers
CHRISTIAN LAMB/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Brown Betty’s offer a variety of desserts including chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing and vanilla cupcakes with banana icing.
BY KRISTINE SEMPTIMPHELTER Asst. Perspectives Editor Looking to give that special someone a tasty treat made especially for them? Brown Betty Dessert Boutique has a variety of tasty treats for all different occasions. Whether you’re building an order for a room full of students, or catching a tasty treat on your way home from work, Betty is sure to have the right dessert for you. This delicious bakery currently has two locations in the Philadelphia area with generously sized cupcakes in all different flavors, styles and tastes. Pricing of each cupcake is moderate. Ranging from $3 - $5, every flavor is worth its price. Brown Betty’s modern vintage bakery bakes cakes and cupcakes daily. Each cupcake and cake is uniquely frosted by hand. Brown Betty only uses the finest of ingredients for that mouthwatering taste. Cakes are prepared specifically to your own liking. Your cake is baked to your ordering specifications and baked on time so it is moist and rich. Located at Liberty Place, the bakery is just a few blocks walk from Market Street, easily accessible from the subway. Brown Betty specializes in desserts for weddings and all special occasions. Customized wedding cakes range from full three tiers cake to individual cupcakes shaped
into one large cake. These cupcake cakes have become popular in many modern weddings. The bakery also keeps a unique cupcake menu throughout the week. On Thursday’s, you can enjoy Sallie’s fruitfilled sour cream cupcake. This tasty treat is a vanilla pound cake with a buttercream frosting. You can find Betty’s Buttermilk and Jean’s Road Trip any day of the week while supplies last. While enjoying these tasty treats, storeowners recommend that you wait until the cakes are room temperature before enjoying. If you have enough tolerance to hold the frosting on your tongue, it will just sort of seep over your taste buds, blanketing them in sweet heaven. Brown Betty employees are extremely knowledgeable of what they are selling. If you’re willing to try something other than your personal favorite, a Brown Betty employee will be able to point you in the right direction. There is no limit to the different flavors of cupcakes. Pineapple with buttercream, strawberry with pound cake, all the different varieties give you something new to try. Because the cupcakes are usually made-to-order, walk-in purchases only last until they are sold out. This quaint little bakery is inviting to all ages and taste buds. With the variety of cupcakes you’ll be sure to find something that makes your taste buds tingle.
The only downfall to Brown Betty’s is its hidden location. The bakery is hidden off the road and inside a plaza in a corner unit away from pedestrians wandering eyes. This location only holds a few dozen cupcakes a day. Another downfall to the small bakery style is the lack of seating space. Although the idea is an order-and-go type bakery, those that want to sit and taste a few options, have limited seating space. The benefit to the location is the abundance of cupcakes due to its unknown location. More left over for those who do know about this dessert haven. A prospective location is under wraps for this upcoming year. Hopefully this location will mimic its main bakery qualities as well as added curbside appeal.
ADDRESS: 1625 Market Street 1st Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103 Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: Closed
Application of the Week: Pulse BY MARYKATE MCCANN Staff Writer Are you looking for a fun and easy way to read about the news in your area, the country or around the world? Allow me to introduce you to the Pulse News Reader app. It supplies news about entertainment, sports, food, celebrity drama and anything else you might be interested in. You can get educated about all kinds of news in the palm of your hands. When you first open the app, it gives you a visual representation with pictures of different news with a small text headline attached. By clicking on the spoke-wheel on the top left corner, you can browse the catalog and add different sources. You can choose a pack of technology, gaming, politics and science, or just browse their catalog. Based on what you choose, you are able to arrange them to your best interests. It can vary from sports and The Wall Street Journal to food recipes and MTV news. Pulse can also update itself about traditional sources, favorite blogs and social networks.
Sharing stories is so easy with quick links from the menu button. The opportunity to experience the news you want from options you can choose from are endless. Once news interests are selected the rest is a piece of cake. Just tap on an article to see a clean, legible view of the news story. Even on a small screen, all your content is in one place. You may come across a story you enjoyed reading and would like to save it to read later. In that case, sync them with Instapaper and you will always have easy access to them. Pulse was founded by two graduate students, Ankit Gupta and Akshay Kothari, in May 2010. Their inspiration came from their Institute of Design course at Stanford. Trying to read about the news on their mobile devices was frustrating and disappointing. Pulse is available for free download on iTunes and Andriod market.
PUBLIC ICE SKATING
Enjoy the sounds of Ralph Peterson featuring the Curtis Brothers, snacks, light, supper options, cocktails, wine and beer.
Q102 radio station broadcasts live from Club 27. Enjoy dancing, music and drinks. There are three floors and five bars. Must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink.
Spend an afternoon ice skating. It’s fun for all ages and experience levels. Bring three friends for a special pricing deal.
Phiiladelphia Museum of Art, (26th St. & BenFranklin Parkway, Philadelphia), general admission prices, 5 p.m.
Club 27, (21 Bank St., Philadelphia), $2 - $10, 9 p.m.
Ice Works, (3100 W. Duttons Mill Rd., Aston), $10, $1 skate rentals , 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
ART AFTER 5
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Play showcases memories of war BlogRoll: College Fashion
BY JENY VARUGHESE A&E Editor
ALL PHOTOS/ BRANDON DESIDERIO/ ASST. NEWS EDITOR
The Marple Newtown Players performed“Necessary Targets” in the basement of Swarthmore United Methodist Church.
BY BRANDON DESIDERIO Asst. News Editor Stories of strife and unimaginable unity such as what is made apparent in “Necessary Targets,” often go unnoticed. The Marple Newtown Players ran the last showing of their production of “Necessary Targets” on Saturday, Feb. 4. A local non-profit organization of the greater Main Line area, the “MN” in the group’s name has its origins in the Marple Newtown Township where they were originally founded over 65 years ago. “Necessary Targets” itself has its roots in such works as “The Vagina Monologues” and “The Good Body,” with its playwright being none other than Eve Ensler herself. Ensler is most famous for “The Vagina Monologues,” which showcases the nature of her work well. An activist most notably for women’s rights, as well as a feminist, Ensler encapsulates the spirit of womankind and, largely, humankind; her works stand as truthful and raw testimony to innumerable social issues throughout the world. The MN Players performed Ensler’s “Necessary Targets” in the modest basement of Swarthmore United Methodist Church, the new location of all of their performances. With an all-female cast limited in scope to seven, the storyline consists of two American women traveling to Bosnia in order to help several refugee women cope with their memories of
war as well as their personal sufferings. The American women themselves portray two opposing sides of humankind, with one being a young, determined writer named Melissa, who is in search of utilizing the women’s personal stories as fodder for a story. Her companion is a middleaged psychiatrist referred to simply as J.S. The distance in age between the two women exemplifies a rift in their own relations with one another, each with their own conflicting approaches to how best to treat the war-torn women. With famous women such as Anjelica Huston and Meryl Streep having read the play at a benefit in the United States, along with a similar performance held in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, headed by the likes of Glenn Close and Marisa Tomei, it becomes clear to realize how monumental the work is. The MN Players’ own cast, albeit less renowned, had an unarguably comparable spring of talent on their side. Cathy Gibbons Mostek, an actress and model, embodied the role of J.S. to its fullest, with her passion raw and immutable; similarly, Jennifer Vick, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s BFA program and the second leading lady, took on the guise of misguided and naive Melissa effortlessly, making the role both memorable and realistic. Comprising the equally-talented and emotionally-captivating ensemble of war refugees and generally world-weary women
were Susan Mattson (Jelena), who recently appeared in a production of “String of Pearls” at Allens Lane Theater Cindy Nagle Walton (Zlata), a Lansdowne resident, Erin Carr (Nuna), holder of a BFA in acting from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, Elizabeth Hall (Seada), a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a degree in theater and last but most certainly not least, Dani Kennedy (Azra), a 20-year community theater veteran whose performance ranked as the funniest, yet most heartfelt and poignant of the night. The stories presented through the various refugees range from tales of domestic abuse, to gut-wrenching desperation for an ultimate “end,” to the focal issue that has more or less affected all of the women since the war began; something which can only be explained as an unseen yet vital plot twist. Perhaps it was the stage’s barrenness and simplicity that allowed the testimonies of these women to shine through these talented actresses, or perhaps it was Ensler’s own personalized vision for the production and its relation to her own visit in then-Yugoslavia and the women she met there. Regardless, the production proved to be worth seeing, with the cast well-chosen and thoroughly invested in their imagined viewpoints of life and loss.
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MONDAY PRESIDENTIAL DAY WEEKEND
MURAL PROJECT WORKSHOP
There will be a variety of different activities that reflect on 200 years of the American Presidency. Programs include How To Be President 101, Behind Every Great President and many others.
This workshop will teach you a step-by-step process of how murals are painted. Each person will create his/her own mural design to take home as a finished piece.
The National Constitution Center, (525 Arch St., Philadelphia), free, all day event
Main Line Art Center, (746 Panmure Rd., Haverford), $78, 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY FAIR TRADE COFFEE FAIR
Learn about Fair Trade coffee including the ethics courtesy of Fair Trade Philadelphia while enjoying free samples from local coffee shops including Mugshots and Grindcore House. Parkway Central Library, (1901 Vine St., Philadelphia), free, 6 p.m.
Arts & Entertainment
12 | The Loquitur
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
New Van Halen album evokes old sound BY JESSE GAUNCE Copy Editor Van Halen fans, rejoice. After years of waiting, you can finally “Jump” out of your seats for David Lee Roth (vocals), Eddie (guitar), Wolfgang (bass) and Alex (drums) Van Halen once again. The legendary rock icons have finally put out a brand new album entitled “A Different Kind of Truth,” which is the band’s first new album since “Van Halen III,” dropped in 1998. This is also the first album that features Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen’s son, on bass. Before I continue, for those who don’t know, all of the members of the band besides Roth are related and named the band after their real last name, Van Halen. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. “A Different Kind of Truth” was released on Feb. 7 and has been well-received by critics. USA Today even went as far as to say that the album “is the true kick in the butt that arena rock desperately needed,” despite missing former bassist and backing vocal extraordinaire Michael Anthony, now with Chickenfoot. Roth’s voice has never sounded better. In fact, the entire band sounds great on basically every song. In a recent interview, Roth described the songs on the new album as “sort of a collaboration with Van Halen’s past.” Riffs from some of the songs date back to 1970s and 1980s.
That being said, every track on this album is a testament to Van Halen’s classic, in-your-face sound and is put on display right away with the opening track and hitsingle, “Tattoo.” “Tattoo” kicks off with Roth and guitarist Eddie singing “tattoo, tattoo” with the guitar and drums coming in right after in the most riveting manner. The meaning of “Tattoo” is self-explanatory. When Roth starts off by singing “I got Elvis on my elbow. When I flex, Elvis talks,” you can tell right away where he’s going. Roth’s always-witty lyrics are meant to appeal to every and all generations simply because a plethora of teenagers and adults alike get tattoos or at the very least, like them. However, not all of the songs start off with that hard sound that you hear in “Tattoo.” Straying away from the hard rock aspect for about a minute or two, the song “Stay Frosty,” the 11th song on the album, starts off as an acoustic, bluesy-sounding song, which then turns into a bluesy hard rock song. The song gives fans a feeling of nostalgia because it features resemblance to “Ice Cream Man” off of their debut album “Van Halen.” Also, for anyone who thought Eddie’s best solos were behind him, listen to “Big River” and “Blood and Fire.” Believe me, you won’t be disappointed. Through all the trials and tribulations, from Roth leaving the band for a long pe-
Van Halen’s new album “A Different Kind of Truth” was released on Feb. 7.
riod of time in the 80s, to Eddie’s alcohol abuse, to Anthony’s departure, Van Halen has withstood the test of time and have given fans something to get excited about. If you’re a fan of Van Halen’s old stuff like I am, you will be pleasantly surprised by what this album provides.
To paraphrase USA Today, it truly is exactly what rock music needed. So for anyone who says rock is completely dead, Van Halen says otherwise. MMG65@CABRINI.EDU
“The Artist” takes audiences to silent film era in style BY CAROL DWYER Copy Editor Today’s generation of moviegoers were given a taste of Hollywood’s silent film era with Oscar nominee “The Artist.” The story focuses on the film industry’s long-ago transition into the “talkies,” causing different outcomes for acting talent of that time. Although it represents a time decades ago, the impact of changing technologies on people can easily be related to as well. Early on, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is the big star resulting from his work on the big, yet silent screen. During a scene familiar to us today, the red carpet lined with the press flashing cameras at the star, a fan eagerly takes it all in. The fan’s name is Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), whose chance encounter with Valentin brings fame her way. A fast-paced collage of publicity images fills the screen to reflect how quickly Miller rises to stardom as “talkies” begin. It’s the perfect parallel to the stars of today; their faces are everywhere even if they were unheard of a year earlier. Meanwhile, Valentin’s career is going downhill just as rapidly; his success in silent films created a loyalty to that era of acting. The cute little dog following him around seems to be the only constant in his life. As Miller continues to gain popularity with both the public and the press, a moment of betrayal happens to Valentin. Following his career’s demise and the betrayal, disaster also strikes in Valentin’s life. It’s only a matter of time as to whether or not everything can turn around for him and if his career will be renewed. Valentin’s career troubles due to a changing film industry parallel the hardships of people in today’s economy. This made for a character who audiences could really root for to overcome adversity and find new success. The acting by cast members throughout the film was outstanding. Even without Dujardin talking, it was obvious in the audience reactions at Bryn Mawr Film Institute that his character’s emotions were felt. Bejo, who audiences may recognize from “A Knight’s Tale” (2001), was delightful in the role of a star whose fame grows with the popularity of “talkies.” Along with Dujardin and Bejo,
Oscar nominated French drama film,“The Artist” plays a special tribute to the silent movie era of Hollywood.
“The Artist” also stars James Cromwell, John Goodman and Missi Pyle. Penelope Ann Miller stars as the wife of Valentin and his acting career, going out with silent films, causes distress in her as well. Cromwell is Clifton, whose livelihood is also affected by the silent film era fading to the industry’s changing times. The film’s human cast members were not the only ones in the spotlight; the dog, known as “Uggie,” has a Facebook fan base. Various scenes throughout the film emphasize the events taking place in the lives of Valentin and Miller. A silent film ad starring Valentin rests on the ground as people walk on it. Later, he gazes at a reflection of himself where an old tuxedo is worn by a mannequin in a store’s display window. These are just a few examples of how the imagery in “The Artist” does a great job with heightening feelings of failure and hope.
The costumes were glamorous, just like those seen throughout an old movie airing on TCM. In successful times, Valentin wore a tuxedo featuring long coattails; Miller’s outfits were similar to flapper dresses in that they were glitzy and great for dancing. Other details, such as hairstyles of both male and female characters, reflected the classy look of old Hollywood. According to IMDB, “The Artist” is nominated for Oscars in 10 award categories; that includes Dujardin for Best Actor and Bejo for Best Supporting Actress. Tune in to the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26 to find out how “The Artist” fares among its competition for top honors in film.