‘1776’ mixes humor, music, history with aplomb

Once you get past the initial giggles induced by the idea of a musical about the American Revolution, it’s smooth sailing. It would...

‘Team America’ uses satire, puppets to address terrorism

Over the years, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have tackled many heavy issues on their smash-hit television show “South Park.” From Charles Dickens to...

Wolf Eyes spontaneous, not scatterbrained on new album

Wolf Eyes takes an imaginary sound and makes it reality on “Burned Mind.” The noise this Michigan-based trio creates has that ever-elusive combination of...

A cappella acts hit the high notes on campus

For more photos, see the A cappella Festivella Slideshow! David Morton said he and his a cappella group, Fermata Nowhere, get more practice outside of...

Ween a whirlwind of ecclectic fun, a true Girdwood experience

I knew I was at a Ween concert because I simultaneously lost my beanie and my shoe. I knew I was in Girdwood because...

‘Shark Tale’ dead in the water

Too many chefs spoil the broth. “Shark Tale,” the new computer-animated movie from Dreamworks Animation, is a prime example of that aphorism becoming reality....

A sweet, geriatric romance

Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse was packed Oct. 1 for the world premiere of “The Bells of Geneva.” The play, written by Alaska theater icon Dick...

‘The Forgotten’ cops out but still good

I have somewhat conflicted feelings about “The Forgotten,” this week’s hot new thriller. I was indeed thrilled at times, and the audience in the...

21st century rambling man has old school appeal

3/5 --- The guitar's dominance of rock music can be attributed to a few key factors. Its portability, versatility and ability to produce both...

‘Scooby Doo 2’: Actors embrace roles in groovy sequel

Let's skip the clues, and cut to the chase. Unlike the first movie, in which the gang split apart and reunited instead of keeping...

‘Sky Captain’

"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" is quite possibly the most insane movie I've ever seen. The film starts off with the Hindenberg...

‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse,’ so bad, it could be a comedy

1/5 --- It's one thing to make a movie based on a video game, but to make a sequel to a movie based on...

Adult breaks new ground in musical anxiety

Adult’s music revolves around a number of themes: paranoia, confusion, annoyance and a general feeling of discomfort. The time and energy this Detroit duo...

“The Elephant Man” holds a mirror to society

People walk around submerged in the truth of society all their lives but like the act of breathing, they do not, but for rare...

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It’s awfully fashionable to bemoan the way that categories arise and affect pop music. But if viewed with a critical eye, the labels that...

“The Sweet Hereafter” far from fuzzy

Read the back of the box, and you find the plot intriguing. It is set in a small community in British Columbia that is...

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The Sick Lipstick is an example of that rare breed of band that seems to have started out by attempting to replicate five-second segments...

‘Steel Magnolias’ for and about community

As Madonna’s “Material Girl” blares over the speakers at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse, I’m seated next to a long row of women cradling glasses...

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Puffy Ami Yumi As you might have guessed from the cover, this record is an example of that ever so troublesome genre label, “J-Pop.” Typical...

8 mile: Lose yourself in the movie

When I first heard Eminem was starring in a movie, I was skeptical. My initial thought was that this movie would end up being...

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Jason Bowers - Never Grows Old “Music is my life… I think that I can impact the world in bigger and deeper ways with my...

What’s going on with women and men

The University of Alaska Theater Department presents the play "Somewhere in Between" by Aoise Stratford, which shows how society has created confusion between men and women for years. The play suggests that it's time to stop blaming and controlling, and begin to join together to reach a higher place as a whole.

‘Small Wonder’ small potatoes for Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is getting lazy. In her new book of essays, “Small Wonder,” Kingsolver proves she has reached the point of recognition where readers...

“Punch Drunk Love”

Adam Sandler is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and in such movie roles as “Happy Gilmore” and “Mr. Deeds.” The...

‘Crush’ offers real-life surfing action, but lacks plot

From John Stockwell, the director of “Crazy/Beautiful,” comes another off-the-beaten-path story in “Blue Crush.” Kate Bosworth plays Anne Marie, an excellent surfer whose dream...

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Yeah Yeah Yeahs EP Having opened for The Strokes before they were media darlings, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs seemed poised for...

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John Coltrane - The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording The latter parts of the career of John Coltrane were marked by successive steps away...

‘Unbreakable’ survives

Remember the secrecy around 'The Sixth Sense'? No one who saw the movie would give away the ending because it would ...

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Leona Naess Comatised – 2001 MCA Artists $16.99 at Samgoody.com Leona has this voice that cajoles and soothes as she asks you to go to Mexico...

‘From Hell’: Murder, madness and class conflict

Jack the Ripper remains the most notorious and enigmatic serial killer in history. For those who only have a vague recollection of who The...