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Editor's note In this section, you'll find a lot of articles about things that will only take you $9 and two hours to find out Travis about for yourself. Hensley We also sometimes find people who want to tell readers about their sex lives and how to get into better shape. This is all in an attempt to just to have fun. You could read about what the SGA is up to or a student’s idea on what makes for an ideal government, but that’s not fun. What is fun: making snide comments about Nicolas Cage’s hair. There are a lot of people who claim that school is interesting and that they’re bettering themselves. That may be true, but it is not as fulfilling as being able to tell people of all of the fun things that you’re doing. Anyone who has ever crammed for a midterm would definitely rather that test be about the movie Inception. That movie would make for an amazing essay test about whether Leonardo DiCaprio is (spoiler alert) still in a dream.

Now, there are a lot of people for whom entertainment is a big waste of money and who think people should spend their lives in admiration of more productive issues. The next time anyone says that art is not important, just ask them who was the president of the United States when Citizen Kane was made? Answer: Franklin D. Roosevelt. We also spend a great deal of time just talking about life. This section won't be dealing with issues like how the B.P. oil spill will affect the lives of those in the Gulf coast. It’s about the important things like getting 6-pack abs, or what smart phone you should buy. The things that you actually want, but think that it would be too vain to ask for. So instead, you just wish for world peace. Everyone wants to have a better life and sadly a college education doesn’t guarantee this (a set of 6-pack of abs doesn't even do this). The trick to having a better life is to inject some more fun into it. And that is what the Life & Arts section is about — improving life with the things that are actually enjoyable. arts@thedailycougar.com

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Local music a pivotal part of Houston's soul By Matthew Keever

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Houston’s music scene is a diamond in our rough city, and although we’ve been touting it for a while now, we’ll continue to do so until more UH students take notice. And the Fall 2010 semester may be the turning point for UH students’ awareness of local music. “I’m trying to get a mixture (of bands) together,” said University Hut’s Tangee Tart, who is turning her patio-setting location into what she hopes will be a hub for both students and entertainers. “Right now, what I want to get going is a band one night, karaoke the next, etc.” While the Student Program Board hosts many local acts as well as performers who are coming through town, one organization alone can’t nearly take on the task of covering Houston’s music scene. The University Hut, located off Scott and Alabama, will try to help showcase talent and provide another venue at which students can go. “When the kids want to come relax, do their homework, get away from the house and enjoy some live entertainment, I want this to be the place they go,” Tart said. For those of you unfamiliar with Houston’s music scene, it is as diverse as the city itself. Local music also provides many establishments with revenue and gives an outlet to musicians who may otherwise never get a chance to perform. “Music is the avenue by which things are said that would not normally be said,” said Desmond Bitner, a Houston native and accounting and economics senior at Texas State University. “And when you have local musicians addressing local concerns, it creates an environment conducive to the kinds of constructive criticism people want to address, but tend not to.”

Bitner currently lives in San Marcos where he attends school, but when he graduates he plans to move back to Houston and might get involved in the business aspect of local music, working either as a promoter or owning a venue. “I think a diverse music culture is important to a diverse student body,” said former SPB concerts chair Derrick Maples, who may have resigned his position but is still an avid music enthusiast. It doesn’t matter if you’re into rap, rock, punk, noise, hardcore or even ska – yes, Houston still has a ska scene – because Houston’s underground has a sound for your musical palette. Fat Tony and Hollywood Floss, From Guts To Glory and The Last Place You Look, Skeleton Dick and A dream Asleep are just a few of the many, many bands of all genres you can find in H-Town. And if you’re worried about going to seedy bars late at night in bad parts of town, know that the venues that showcase such great music are varied as well. Don’t hesitate to check Discovery Green’s Web site for near-constant updates on the park’s recreation plans; Fitzgerald’s, a historic Heights-area music club, is under new management and promises to deliver nothing short of greatness from both local and national acts; and even the Washington strip has a redeeming venue in Walter’s on Washington, one of the few bars left on the Washington strip that’s 18 and up and is friendly to people from all walks of life. This semester, The Daily Cougar hopes to showcase local talent, especially acts that are affiliated with UH. So if you’re in a band, you play shows and/or have an album, get at us, because we think local music is important, and we think other people should too. arts@thedailycougar.com


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chool has officially started, and while it’s great to see old friends, secretly you feel that, considering what Facebook is for, if you didn’t see them all summer, they should have gotten the hint. Well, here is a list of songs that should make the transition into actually having something to do at 9 a.m. on a Tuesday somewhat more bearable. oing Away G to College Blink 182 Enema of the State

School Nirvana Bleach

Wonderful World Sam Cooke The Wonderful World of Sam Cooke

Troublemaker Weezer The Red Album

Another Brick in the Wall Pink Floyd The Wall

Hot For Teacher Van Halen 1984

Fight For Your Right The Beastie Boys License To Ill

High School Never Ends Bowling For Soup The Great Burrito...

Graduate Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind

I Don’t Wanna Be Learned The Ramones All The Stuff And More

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Five things that would have made this summer more like the '80s KangaRoos If Sylvester Stallone had been running in the jungle during The Expendables with the key to the plane safely in the pocket of his KangaRoos, time travel to the 1980s would be truly possible.

Molly Ringwald Besides getting older, Molly Ringwald is not really doing anything. This spunky redhead should have been the awkward love interest in any movie. She could have at least been in a dream sequence in the movie Inception (Who hasn’t dreamed of Ringwald?).

Members of the Marvel universe chose their sides in Civil War, as they fought one another in a comic book that, like many other comics, should never make its way onto the silver screen no matter the budget or director Marvel

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Not all comics should be movies By Jack Wehman

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Mickey Rourke’s good looks Rourke use to have rugged good looks, now he is just rugged. His ugly mug made its way into both Ironman 2 and The Expendables. After going to see one of those movies, watch the movie Diner, and then you’ll never want plastic surgery or a boxing career.

When people hear of comic book movies, they automatically go to superheroes or movies like Jonah Hex. This, however, isn’t the case. While superheroes obviously do play a giant role in comic-based movies, graphic novels and non-superhero based comics have played a major role in Hollywood over the past 15 years. Road to Perdition isn’t usually remembered as a comic book movie — but it’s based on a graphic novel of the same name. The classic John Hughes movie Weird Science is also based off of a comic book. The past few years have brought comic book movies skyrocketing back into public focus, however. Batman kicked it off in the late ’80s, but comic book movies got their second wind when the original Spider-man came into the scene in 2002. Now it seems that any and every halfway decent graphic novel or comic book character is getting its own movie. There are, however, some things that should not be turned into a live-action affair. Sure, The Dark Knight was excellent, but there hasn’t been a single good Aliens

vs. Predators yet, and it’s not for lack of trying. With these mistakes in mind, here are a few 2-D cartoons that should stay that way. First and foremost is the Sandman series. It deals with a magician who tries to attain immortality by trapping the Grim Reaper in his basement, but instead traps the lord of Dreams. He eventually manages to escape, and goes to Hell to find his tools. The point is, it’s one of the most successful (and creative) comics to come along. It’s only a matter of time before some executive decides to plunder it and make a live action version — but they shouldn’t. It’s not as complex as Watchmen, but it does have too many small details to really make a solid script. What was done to Watchmen shouldn’t be done again. They took the War and Peace of comic books and turned it into a lackluster movie that was a dumbed-down version of an intricate and well-designed storyline. The same thing would happen with Sandman, except they’d probably cast Keanu Reeves as the main character. Another series that should never be recreated — and some people will definitely

disagree with me here — is Marvel’s epic Civil War spinoff. It involves just about every character from the Marvel universe aligning with either Captain America or Iron Man in a showdown about the government wanting to know the secret identities of every superhero. Don’t get me wrong, it would probably make a killer movie; they would just have to water down the complexity of the storyline to do it, and that just isn’t right. True, it would be a great hit — who doesn’t want to see Iron Man and the Hulk duke it out? But that doesn’t mean that taking something that’s the Vequivalent of a steak and turning it into a hamburger is right. Although I only presented two comics, there have to be plenty of others out there that I’ve missed. I still don’t think that the Green Hornet should be turned into a movie, with or without Seth Rogen. However, it’s too late to stop that; and the odds are, it’ll make a halfway decent movie in the end. But it probably won’t stick to the source material, which means it’s just another in a long line of half-baked Hollywood moneymakers. arts@thedailycougar.com

THEATER Paramount Pictures

High school When did people stop coming of age in high school? Everyone should be tired of watching people mature in their mid-30s to early 40s.

The mustache There should have been at main character rocking the stand-alone. Sadly, though Scott Pilgrim didn’t take on the world with a will trimmed mustache, the videogame-stylized movie could have pulled it off (if Mario can, Michael Cera can, too). Belisarius Productions

Shakespeare Festival gains new player By Ashley Evans

The Daily Cougar Steven Wallace, director of the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance, is stepping into a new pair of shoes this year. Wallace is now both the producing and artistic director of the Shakespeare Festival after founding director Sidney Berger’s retirement earlier this year. Wallace came to UH three years ago as director of the academic program at the School of Theatre and Dance, and is looking forward to continuing Berger’s tradition and vision. “The big concern that people have is that we are going to do away with the Houston Shakespeare festival,” Wallace said. “We are absolutely not. The festival is the University’s gift to the city; it has always been free and will remain free.” While the festival is free to the public,

with a near two hundred thousand dollar budget, Wallace and the theatre department depend on endowments and private donors to keep the festival going. This year Wallace hopes to raise an additional two hundred thousand dollars in order to expand the Houston Shakespeare Festival and be able to bring in outside actors and directors. “My primary obligation is to provide an educational opportunity for students,” Wallace said. “And for them, working with big name actors and directors will not only provide real world experience but be an absolute asset to their resumes.” Another thing Wallace hopes to accomplish is to have a few performances inside at UH’s Wortham Theatre. He hopes that by doing this it will create a new audience who would like to see an indoor air-conditioned version, and also to create a new revenue stream by being able to charge for

the tickets. “It also gives us an opportunity if there is a corporation willing to support the event, to have the ability and space to host a gala,” Wallace said. Wallace hopes to reach out to those in Houston’s business, energy, and banking sectors for support. “I love the connection to the city,” Wallace said. “In Houston if you dream it, it can happen. I am in a position where I can dream and then I can reach out to partners in the city to come onboard and help me make it a possibility.” For those skeptical of his vision, Wallace reminds us that if Sidney Berger had never wanted change the Houston Shakespeare Festival would not be at the level it is today. He plans to continue Berger’s vision of bringing theatre to a wider audience — and to do it in a big way. arts@thedailycougar.com


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