Valentine Songs for the Relationship Impaired

Valentine’s Day. I don’t think there’s a day throughout the year that evokes a more mixed range of emotions. Some people love the opportunity to be with ‘The One’, while others feel it just generates feelings of inadequacy and despair. Guys, on the other hand, see it for what it is: just another Hallmark attempt… Continue reading Valentine Songs for the Relationship Impaired

A&E This Week

Focus on…….DVD’s In light of the cold and the snow, this week’s edition of Focus On takes a look at recently released or upcoming releases of DVD’s. Grab a rental, pop some popcorn, and snuggle in with your favorite undergrad for a nice, cozy night. Radio (Release Date: Jan 27th) Rating: 1/2Outside of Disney’s animated… Continue reading A&E This Week

Eleven Essentials: The Bars You Need to Know

River Gods 125 River Street, Central Square (617) 576-1881 Intimate and trendy, River Gods may be destroyed by it own success. But until the masses swamp this small Central Square Bar, its phenomenal hamburgers, generous cocktails, live DJs and fake torches make it one of the best bars in Cambridge. Charlie’s Kitchen10 Eliot Street, Harvard… Continue reading Eleven Essentials: The Bars You Need to Know

Love in the Face of Violence

The final, piercing note still lingers as the soprano concludes her aria. To the envy of all in the room, the performer then leans to kiss her accompanist. The setting is perfect. Night has just fallen outside, while inside the vice president’s mansion, the beautiful and powerful are moved by the music, the dinner and… Continue reading Love in the Face of Violence

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Taking Five With

Many HBS students possess incredible talents that extend far beyond the realm of traditional business skills, and Michael Mahoney (NA) is no exception. Outside of HBS, Michael plays percussion with Boston-based Cardinal Direction, a band that has appeared with national acts including Sister Hazel, Dispatch, the Pat McGee Band, and Virginia Coalition among others. Comprised… Continue reading Taking Five With

School of Rock

Editor’s Note: This was intended as a simple joint review: one article, by two people but in one simple voice. However, one of the reviewers that may of may not be Colin Brady, was at times ‘uncomfortable’ that the joint review format was not allowing full expression of his personal experience of the ‘film’. In… Continue reading School of Rock

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House of Blues Cambridge Sings Its Final Tune

In 1992, Isaac Tigrett took a historical colonial house on Winthrop Street in Harvard Square, and turned it into the birthplace of a music legend. Tigrett imagined a home that would combine live music and southern-inspired cuisine in an environment celebrating the African American cultural contributions of blues music and folk art. To honor his… Continue reading House of Blues Cambridge Sings Its Final Tune

The Blackbyrds

To introduce a legendary ensemble such as the Blackbyrds, I cannot help but to mention a couple of facts about the guy who was their brain and the spiritual guide… Born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 9th 1932, Donald Byrd had been playing in the bands accompanying Nat King Cole and Mel Torme since his… Continue reading The Blackbyrds

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Sounds of Summer

Ahh . . . the never-ending winter is almost over and the finish line is in sight. Harvard at this time of year feels something like that last little graphic after you kill Dracula in the old Castlevania video games where all the ghosts and goblins melt away screaming as the sun rises and our… Continue reading Sounds of Summer

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What's the Buzz

What does a HBS student need to know about technology? The world is changing, and it’s changing quickly. Take a couple of minutes to get acquainted with the latest developments: Corporate Instant MessagingInstant messaging is about to go corporate. Whether introduced through AOL, yahoo, or MSN, millions of people have taken to instant messaging over… Continue reading What's the Buzz

Mullets Rock!

Is the mullet back in style? From my own personal observations, the mullet never seems to catch a break from an endless barrage of taunts. From my personal observations, this may also be entirely deserved. Friends, acquaintances, coworkers, even members of my family have been overheard declaring distaste for the mullet. A co-worker of mine… Continue reading Mullets Rock!

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K-School Panel Discusses Future of Black Music Local Entertainment Panel Analysis

The Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics Forum hummed with activity on Friday afternoon [February 28], as enthusiastic members of the Harvard community dodged television cameras, a coterie of technicians and the space’s usual foot traffic in search of seats for Whose Music Is It Anyway?, a panel on the future of African-American music and the… Continue reading K-School Panel Discusses Future of Black Music Local Entertainment Panel Analysis

Buying a Valentine's Day Gift for Your Man

Buying Valentine’s gifts for men is tricky. When giving advice to my female friends on the topic, I usually tell them that whatever they’d like to receive on Valentine’s Day is exactly what they should NOT buy their significant other. Flowers? Not unless they started growing black roses. Jewelry? Not unless it’s a 50 cent… Continue reading Buying a Valentine's Day Gift for Your Man

Respond II This:

The Respond II compilation combines music and social mission in the most rare and powerful of ways: without compromising the impact of either. Taken as music alone, Respond II is a fantastic collection of 32 female performers, including 16 Grammy nominees. The Double CD runs start to finish with the stylistic variety and easy pace… Continue reading Respond II This:

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Eleven Essentials:

Some are a bit out of the way, some right under your nose, but all of these bars are can’t-miss bets for Cambridge dwellers. River Gods 125 River Street, Central Square (617) 576-1881 Intimate and trendy, River Gods may be destroyed by it own success. But until the masses swamp this small Central Square Bar,… Continue reading Eleven Essentials:

American Society

There are more shameful things than owning the Justin Timberlake CD (which I don’t) and having a Miami Vice 1984 gray brick cell phone (which I used to, but don’t anymore). Being an Iowan is hard, and I’m considering renouncing my Iowan citizenship effective immediately. Just to clarify, I am in fact technically an Iowan… Continue reading American Society

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Editor's Welcome: Arts & Entertainment

Welcome to the 2003 Edition A & E section. Thanks for reading! Building on the consistent strength of last year’s A&E section, you can expect a continuing selection of reviews and recommendations covering music, film, art, print, websites, restaurants, bars and clubs. From high-brow, to low-brow, to no-brow; across the Harvard community and around ‘the… Continue reading Editor's Welcome: Arts & Entertainment

Music Review: Common's Electric Circus

Electric CircusArtist: CommonLabel: MCA Grade: Strong 2 Hip-Hop artist Common makes the wide influences for his latest offering “Electric Circus” known at first sight. The album cover, with its toned cutouts of the many individuals who influenced the release, is a play on cover of the classic Beatles’ album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.… Continue reading Music Review: Common's Electric Circus

Editor's Farewell

Thanks for sticking with A&E for the past year. In my Editor’s Welcome of January 2002, the A&E team’s stated goal was to allow readers to escape the “bubble” by exposing “the HBS community to a wide variety of Boston area restaurants, pubs, clubs, music and sports events.” Upon reflection, I think we succeeded. Granted,… Continue reading Editor's Farewell

Miles of Music!:

Although traditional and neo-traditional acoustic jazz tends to be the favorite style of the genre as far as the general public is concerned, the audience for electric jazz and jazz hybrids never died away. The post-1965 innovations in electric jazz, often maligned by traditionalists like Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Crouch, still resonate with jazz and… Continue reading Miles of Music!:

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Holiday Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Event (i.e., NOW!)o Scout locations and get priceso Send an email to the group to try and determine the most convenient dateo Select a theme, if any, for the partyo Send a “save the date” email/Evite so that everyone can mark their calendarso For the party at your home: purchase decorations… Continue reading Holiday Party Checklist

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Beer Review:

Mired in a world of Coors Light, Rolling Rock, and the occasional Lone Star, I finally succumbed to peer pressure from a number of my classmates and ventured into the first stages of “beer snobdom.” At my sectionmates’ begging, I reluctantly turned my back on the Silver Bullet for an evening and journeyed to the… Continue reading Beer Review:

Back in Boston: McCartney Shines Again

“When I said ‘see you next time,’ I didn’t realize it would be so soon!” Paul McCartney could have been referring to either last April’s performance, or Monday night’s performance when he expressed his surprise at having performed at Boston’s Fleet Center so many times in such a short span on Tuesday night. Obviously, he… Continue reading Back in Boston: McCartney Shines Again

B-School By Day, CW By Night

After encountering countless advertisements around campus and enduring the persistent promotion of CW band member and sectionmate, Paul Boruta (NA), I made the decision to attend the CW concert at the House of Blues on Wednesday, October 2. It was the band’s second concert of the school year, and there was a noticeable buzz around… Continue reading B-School By Day, CW By Night