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Arts & Entertainment
Anna Wright premieres her senior art exhibit W W W
By Ashley Zazzarino Staff Writer
The art department encourages its students to use every opportunity to display their works publicly and the Senior Thesis Exhibition provided just that for Anna Wright. From Dec. 9-16, Anna Wright’s Senior Thesis Exhibition will be displayed in Gallery 216 of Westby Hall. Wright’s paintings use both smooth and rough textures as a foundation for her works. “The surface quality of these primary layers anatomically shape and inform the final skin of the painting throughout the application process,” said Wright. “Once primary layers are established, I use paintbrushes and spatulas to thickly apply paint or squeegees to smear thinner layers onto the surface.” “In addition to the thick and physical application of paint, I scrape away layers of paint in selective areas, rediscovering previous sedimentary layers of paint. This alternating process of
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the deposition and erosion of paint mimics nature, complicating the visual interpretation of my artistic process and ultimately embedding the creative force, whether additive or subtractive, into the final point of view.” Although this is Wright’s first solo exhibit at Rowan, she has also been displayed at an exhibition in South Orange, NJ, at the Juried Student Show the Rowan University Art Gallery. Her work has also been published in the Westby Collective. “My paintings are a summareflection of my understandry ing of artistic processes and inner self. I have developed a style of expression through a visually evident process of layering paint to create an everchanging surface quality with a blurred and textured technical nature,” said Wright. “I am interested in the physical quality of paint when applied to the surface of the canvas, and not in the illusion of depth and space. Yet, somehow, I believe my work remains narrative and often literal
in depicting my inner self.” Wright is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art, and is primarily focused on painting, photography, and ceramics. She has completed minors in french and art history, along with an international studies concentration. After graduating this semester, Wright plans to achieve an Masters of Science in instructional technology. The exhibit has been a long time coming for Wright, as she has been preparing for this opening for months.
“My paintings represent an artistic progression in abstract painting over the past two years,” said Wright. “The imagery has evolved through many paintings beginning with an emphasis on pattern in brushwork. The present paintings reflect this evolution in its aesthetic and its process.” A formal reception for Wright will be held on Dec.12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
alum Jeremy Wright, served as the pleasant narrator, lending his resonant, warm voice to tell the story of Philippe Petit. Petit, a magician and tightrope performer, illegally and precariously walked between the World Trade Center towers in the 1970s, garnering positive attention to the then-unpopular towers. The first act gave audiences a surge of energy, with costumes designed by Heidi Barr. The dancers wore blinding electric colors. The costumes for act one represented a great portion of intellectual workings of Philippe Petit’s mind and his plan. The twin towers themselves were represented by two performers in
metallic colors with glowing headpieces. The second act costuming was a stark contrast from the first. The mood of the show changes after the beginning of the second act where, with detailed puppetry designed by Martina Plag, Petit walks between the towers. The latter part of the second act shows a post9/11 New York City: wondering, confused, and frightened by the terrorist attacks, represented by a grayscale palate of costumes. The puppetry was a fun addition to the production, though I would loved to have seen more, as it gave a breath of fresh air to the show. The most
memorable part was when Philippe Petit, presented as a small puppet controlled by multiple performers, walked back and forth on a tight rope between the towers. Even though it was done simply by two performers on stilts and a little puppet walking across a rope, it was quite breathtaking, leaving the audience feeling as if they had just witnessed the actual event. The performances by the hybrid cast of Rowan dancers and Dance Extension students were very exciting, with choreogra-
Magic happened this past Thursday night, as an original new show conceived, directed, and choreographed by Paule Turner opened at the Tohill Theatre. This hyperkinetic and eerily hypnotic portrayal of a man fighting the system to perform his art and the inner workings of his thoughts provided a familyfriendly theatre spectacle. “The Man Who Walked between the Towers” began with a sole performer laying on the stage, asleep in the streets of New York City. The homeless man dressed in white, Rowan
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This Week in Music History — Dec. 4
1993 – The song “Again” by Janet Jackson topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks. 1961 – The song “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvelettes topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
Inside: Top five movies to watch this holiday season, page 13
Singer Eric Hutchinson to play in Philadelphia By Erica Bauwens Staff Writer
Photos by Anna Wright and Alexandra Harcharek
(Left) A self portrait of Wright. (Right) Wright’s piece, Abstract 08-2.
‘Towers’ an all-around dance department hit By Jim Cook Jr. Contributor
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Movies: Box Office Top Weekend Gross (in millions) 1. Four Christmases $18.2 2. Twilight $13.2 3. Bolt $9.7 4. Australia $7.0 5. Quantum of Solace $6.6
Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson brings his 2008 tour to Philadelphia this Sunday. Hutchinson will perform songs off of his debut album “Sounds Like This” with Meaghan Smith and Matt Hires at North Star on Poplar Street. Hutchinson first started to hit the music scene after “Sounds Like This” was mentioned on the popular celebrity blog, Perezhilton.com. “I made the album independently on my own, and than Perez Hilton put it up on his website and it blew up over night, literally,” Hutchinson said. “It had a lot of sudden attention from record labels that were interested, and I ended up singing with Warner Brothers, who had dropped me two months before.” Hutchinson, who is 28 years old and lives in New York City when not on tour, has been writing and performing for over a decade. “Sounds Like This” is his first official studio album. “I started with music when I was about 15, and I wrote songs even earlier than that,” Hutchinson said. “I liked to sing, and the next logical step was to make my own songs.” He draws inspiration from a variety of artists to create his songs, which have been compared to Jason Mraz and Ben Folds Five. “I really loved the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael JackSEE ERIC, PAGE 13
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Music: Top Selling Pop Albums 1. Britney Spears / Circus 2. Taylor Swift / Fearless 3. Beyonce / I Am Sasha Fierce 4. Kanye West / 808s and Heartbreak 5. Nickelback / Dark Horse
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
A new site on the Philadelphia art scene W W W
Box Full of Letters Rebecca Grites Columnist
Farewell, Rowan University
ear Rolling Stone, It’s a matter of choices, and a matter of time, but if you don’t love me, tell me right now. ‘Cause on Monday, I am waiting, Tuesday, I am fading, and by Wednesday, I can’t sleep. And you know waiting is the hardest part … oh, what would we be without wishful thinking? You see, I went looking for a job, and then I found a job, but Heaven knows I’m miserable now, because you’re the one that I want. It could’ve been a brilliant career-pretension and fame’s a career-but nothing compares to you. Nobody said it was easy, but no one said it would be this hard. What do I do to make you want me? What have I got to do to be heard? Come on, speak my language! I wanna say I wrote the news today, and some of what you write would leave John Lennon and The Rolling Stones croonin’ in plasticbags. No, I won’t do that. Some people work very hard, but still they never get it right, but we’re not little children and we know what we want, so you take it or leave it; it’s just my life. Think it over and let me know, think it over but, don’t be slow. Just take on me, take me on unless you know I’m no good. So if you catch me trying to find my way into your heart from under your skin; one way or another, I’m gonna getcha. Yeah, getchoo, uh-hunh. ‘Cause baby, it’s you,
Rebecca Grites Everything Changes: Matthew Sweet Tell Me Right Now: Elvis Costello Pieces Of Me: Ashlee Simpson The Waiting: Tom Petty Wishful Thinking: Wilco Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now: The Smiths You’re The One That I Want: Grease It Could’ve Been A Brilliant Career: Belle and Sebastian Cut Your Hair: Pavement Nothing Compares To You: Sinead O’Connor The Scientist: Coldplay Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word: Elton John Speak My Language: The Cure Fake Headlines: The New Pornographers Laser Life: The Blood Brothers I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That): Meatloaf Beginning To See The Light: The Velvet Underground Road To Nowhere: The Talking Heads Take It Or Leave It: The Rolling Stones Think It Over: Buddy Holly Take On Me: Aha! You Know I’m No Good: Amy Winehouse Fast As You Can: Fiona Apple One Way Or Another: Blondie Getchoo: Weezer Baby, It’s You: The Beatles
DECEMBER 11, 2008
By Heather Highley Contributor
Looking for something to do over the winter break? Try the new edition of the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Perelman Building, which opened in September 2007. The building was named after Raymond and Ruth Perelman for their generous donation. The building, originally constructed in 1927, was used by Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company and later sold to Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company. It was in 2000 that the Philadelphia Art Museum acquired the building. After a few years of renovation and expansion, the Perelman Building became a modern building that held the uprightness of the historic building it once was. The architecture of the front half of the building remains the same from 1927. In fact, the only tour the museum offers is on the architecture of the building. The Perelman Building is across the street from the Philadelphia Art Museum. It consists of three levels that execute a scaled down version or the Philadelphia Art Museum with a few exceptions. “It is a more intimate gallery space,” said Karla Markwardt, who works in visitor services. The lower level contains the restrooms, coatroom, media room and archives reading room. Every so often, the media room will change its documentaries and films to something that usually defines or reflects the exhibits displayed. The first level contains five different exhibits. The Skylit Galleria includes several statues and figures that represent creative design. The Collab Gallery is made up of numerous architectures and creative
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designs, such as imitation of buildings and furniture. In addition, some of the architectures include a video to explain the piece displayed. The Joan Spain Gallery is known as the costume and textile exhibit. Currently, the walls are covered with quilts that date back many years. Some of the quilts are from artists such as Ella King Torrey and Sarah Mary Taylor. The Julien Levy Gallery displays unique photography that resembles the same pattern or idea. “The exhibits change frequently,” said Markwardt. “In mid-December we will be having a Henri Matisse exhibit.” The second level can be called the fashion show. It includes a library, the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Costume and Textiles, the costume and textiles study gallery, the Albert M. Greenfield Visual and Digital Resource Center and the Martha Hamilton and I. Wistar Morris III Scholars’ Study. The public library was moved from the main building over to the Perelman Building to make it more comfortable and spacious. The Costume and Textiles Study Gallery is currently inspired by Kansai Yamamoto, an Asian artist. It includes around ten different examples of fashion creativity. You can also enjoy a video of the fashion you see displayed. “My favorite part of the museum is the fashion show,” said patron Virginia Nicholson.
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A look inside the new age decor of the Perelman building.
The exhibits change about every three months. “The majority of the museum is worked by education background employees and has over 30 volunteers,” said Steven Wills, a coordinator at the resource center. Also available only in the Perelman Building is a resource room for teachers. “Everything is free for teachers and researchers,” said Wills. Teachers and students can contact the resource center to get lessons that coordinate with a subject so that they can use art for visual learning. For example, if you are teaching about the book “1984,” you can contact the museum and they can have a whole lesson put together using artwork at no fee.
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Top five movies that will bring you holiday cheer Eric By Ashley Zazzarino Staff Writer
Christmas is just around the corner. You’ve all probably decked a couple halls and threw on some of your favorite holiday movies by now. As you count down the number of sleeps until Santa comes, let’s take a minute and think about some of the top Christmas movies ever made. A Christmas Story No other Christmas movie can be played for 24 hours straight every Christmas Day and still be cool. This movie taught me a lot of things as I grew up watching it. Along with family values (of course), I learned not to stick my tongue to a flagpole, that an official Red Ryder, carbine
action, 200-shot range model air rifle will, in fact, shoot my eye out, and that it was no myth that mothers actually did stick a bar of soap in your mouth if you cursed. Bravo to anyone who has a replica leg lamp in their home. Home Alone I was so inspired by this movie to beat “bad guys” that I drew up my own house plan of attack much like Kevin’s when I was about seven years old (sad, but true). Kevin McCallister is ranked high on the list of cool guys, along with Zack Morris and Ferris Bueller. This kid was eight years old and fought off burglars – that’s more inspiring than anyone on “Oprah” can get. It’s such a fun movie that you forget it’s a Christmas movie, unitil Kevin asks
Santa for his family back. It’s so touching when mom walks through the door at the end. Now that’s what I call Christmas spirit. Elf “Elf” (like smiling) is my favorite. It is the best Christmas movie to come out since 2000. One of Will Ferrell’s all-time best performances is his role as Buddy the Elf, a lovable naive character that we can all somehow relate, whether it is his love for spreading Christmas cheer (me), an addiction to sugar and sugar related products (me), or not quite understanding the real world (me). Christmas Vacation One of the most typical worst-case-scenario movies, “Christmas Vacation” pulls off slapstick comedy like no
other holiday movie. This movie always reminds you that no matter how miserable you may be sitting at the dinner table with your entire family on Christmas, arguing about politics and religion, while your strange uncle keeps telling you weird stories as he pours more wine, the Griswolds were still 10 times more miserable. It’s a Wonderful Life The most classic Christmas movie ever is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Even though some parts are kind of depressing, there’s no better feeling than when George Bailey finally makes it home to his friends and family and realizes that no one is a failure who has friends.
he won’t embarrass you that night at dinner with the same sweater he’s worn since you were 2. Total cost: about $150. Splurge: Holiday travel is a nightmare. Even if you had the money, there’s no way you could fly him out to see the Bears in Chicago this Christmas. So bring Chicago to him. A new television is as good as gold in the eyes of a Bears fan. Total cost: $550 and up.
some kick to her holiday cooking. Total cost: $150. Splurge: Three words: Day. Spa. Pamper. Total cost: between $200 and $400.
girl’s best friend. ‘Nuff said. Total cost: two week’s salary.
Thrifty, nifty, and splurge-worthy holiday gifts By Rebecca Grites Staff Writer
Black Friday came and went and you’re still left without gifts for the greatest people in your life. Yeah, you should feel bad, but not anymore. Help is right under your nose (and this sentence). For Dear Old Dad: Thrifty: Dads love just being with you. Dads also love coupons (it’s a sickness). Put two and two together. Decorate and design dad coupons – five car washes, a full day of the cooking on you, a trip to the local minor league game on you, etc. Find your dad’s favorite thing, put yourself in the equation and essentially give him an official I.O.U., redeemable whenever he wants. Total cost: about $3. Nifty: Dads typically have little to no style. Make Pops suave this Christmas by creating him a brand new look for work or leisure. Pack each item (shoes, shirt, pants, accessories) in different boxes, but ribbon them all up as if they are one huge gift. Hey, at least
For Mommy Dearest: Thrifty: Mom is so proud of you, which really means she’s so proud of herself for raising you the way she did. Show yourself off with a scrapbook made just for mom. Include inside jokes, old photos and common interests. Also include a page about the future; keep the hope alive! Total cost: about $30. Nifty: Moms take cooking seriously, especially around the holidays. One of the coolest cooking gifts is Nudo Olive Tree Adoption. You can adopt your very own olive tree in Italy and get sent your very own, hand-squeezed olive oil twice a year. Put it in mom’s name, and that’ll add
For The Woman In Your Life (sister, cousin, girlfriend): Thrifty: A romantic, home-cooked dinner for a girlfriend, or if it’s your sister, a “you’re the best sister ever” dinner. Make it complete with her favorite dishes and don’t forget chocolate for dessert. And have it be a surprise – pretend like you are calling her over for a personal favor. She’ll go from annoyed to amazed in .5 seconds. Total cost: about $25. Nifty: Showing you care and that you aren’t oblivious are the easiest ways into a woman’s heart. Talk to her mother and try to find a very special picture of her from her childhood. Have it enlarged and beautifully matted and framed. It’ll go perfect in her new apartment or even over her bed at home. And bring tissues; she’ll probably cry. Total cost: about $65. Splurge: Diamonds are a
For The Man In Your Life (brother, boyfriend, paper boy): Thrifty: Open a new door into the mind of a boy through books. Art, photography, architecture and music hard covers are always safe because they aren’t literature and will still ignite his brain. Yes, he does have one. Total cost: between $10 to $75. Nifty: When is a boy a man? When he admits his undying love for Stanley Kubrick or Alfred Hitchcock. Get him the Stanley Kubrick DVD Collection, which is loaded with eight Kubrick films or one of two Hitchcock Collections, both totaling 24 movies. Total cost: $150 for Stanley, about $220 for Alfie. Splurge: Show him you care by discarding his virusbreeding, highly explosive, noisy-fanned PC laptop. Think different like everyone else – and go green, too – with a new green MacBook. Total cost: about $1500.
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son, and Billy Joel. Those are the people I tried to sort of model my music after, because their music is so universal,” Hutchinson said. “Sounds Like This” soared to No. 5 on the iTunes album chart, making Hutchinson’s album the highest unsigned album in iTunes history. “Sounds Like This” was also awarded the top spot on “Billboard” magazine’s Heatseekers chart in September 2007. Hutchinson also released a single for his hit song “Rock & Roll,” and plans to release a second single in the upcoming year. Hutchinson admits to writing a large portion of the songs on “Sounds Like This” while in college, revealing a relatable story to Rowan students. The ten songs on “Sounds Like This,” like Hutchinson’s hit songs “Rock and Roll” and “Oh!,” explore different lives led by different people all over the world. “A lot of songs are kind of a mixture of the head and the heart, where it’s kind of a struggle to be true to yourself, and, you know, just to find the truth in general,” Hutchinson said. “I want people to have a good time. I think the music’s upbeat, and people can enjoy it and can think about stuff, because most of the songs are about issues, about the way people react to one another.” Hutchinson recorded two of the songs on his album with producer Paul Kolderie, who also worked with the hit band Radiohead. “He was really great,” Hutchinson said of Kolderie. “He was really fun and laid back. It was only a couple of days, but he is really good at getting what I wanted to do and helping out.” Hutchinson is also working on his second album, which he plans to start recording after his 2009 tour with the popular band Of A Revolution. His successful last year is only the beginning for Hutchinson, who has high hopes for the future. “It was an exciting year. A lot of touring and stuff, and I got to be on the road a lot,” Hutchinson said. “Everything’s good. I’m always trying to keep adjusting my expectations and trying to keep growing and learning.” Tickets for Hutchinson’s show on Sunday, which starts at 7 p.m., are available online or at North Star. To learn more about Hutchinson or “Sounds Like This,” visit his website, www.erichutchinson.com, or check out his album available on iTunes and Amazon.com.