The Observer

Mideast Voice Silenced in Midtown Bookstore

June 2, 2011

Renowned Drama Book Shop Censors Play About American Activist Killed in Gaza By Ali Musa Contributing Writer Published: April 3, 2008 Midtown’s Drama Book Shop is arguably the New York theater community’s most popular resource.  Matthew Maguire, chaiman of Fordham College at Lincoln Center...

All Points West: It May Not Be Coachella, But We’re Not Complaining

June 2, 2011

By Marika Robak Staff Writer Published: April 3, 2008 So you’ve always wanted to go to Bonnaroo.  Or, even better, Coachella.  Or even Lollapalooza.  You’ve schemed up countless ways of doing it—volunteering so you can go for free, crashing at a long-lost relative’s place for a couple d...

Improv Outside the Box

June 2, 2011

Professional Prankster Spills the Beans By Jennifer Pelly Staff Writer Published: April 3, 2008 High school reunions are slightly awkward for most people, but for Charlie Todd, telling his former classmates that he now does pranks for a living was pretty hilarious. As founder of the NYC’s ...

Eight Weeks and Counting Until “Final Crisis”

June 2, 2011

DC Universe Braces For Massive Upheaval as “Countdown” Progresses By DAVID WILSON Contributing Writer Published: April 3, 2008 As of this writing, the DC Universe stands poised upon the brink of ultimate destruction. Eight weeks and counting. Eight weeks until “Final Crisis.” For a large numbe...

Where Has All The Platinum Gone?

June 1, 2011

By Billy Laboska Staff Writer Published: Febrary 14, 2008 As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, the best-selling album of all-time (104 million copies worldwide), the contrast between the current musical climate and that of yesteryear has never been more appar...

Oscar Picks 2008: Observer Edition

June 1, 2011

By TIM JALBERT Staff Writer Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Overall, my favorite film of all the nominated films would be “No Country for Old Men,” so it would be appropriate that I would also think that it’s going to win in the Best Picture category. But “There Will Be Blood” or “Atonement...

Video Games Live: From 8-Bit to Orchestral

June 1, 2011

Don’t Miss Out On This Live Tribute to Video Game Tunes By Dana Grossman Staff Writer Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Mention the term “video game music” to your average person, and more than likely, the first thing to come to mind will be the bloops and bleeps of “Pac-Man” or “Tetris.”...

A New “Sunday in the Park With George”…All Shimmer and Light

June 1, 2011

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical Re-Imagined By Nicole Bournas-Ney Asst. Arts & Culture Editor Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Season after season, landmark musicals are revived on Broadway, and nearly every time they are slammed for seeming like clones of ...

‘Get Out the Vote…Stay Off the Hard Stuff’

June 1, 2011

“The Candidate” Pokes Fun at All the Guilty Parties By Sarah Marcalus Contributing Writer Published: Febrary 14, 2008 As I sit with my 2008 iPod earphones, plugged into a 1990 VHS player, watching the 1972 movie “The Candidate,” I can’t help but notice that as technology changes, poli...

For the Vintage Purist in All of Us…

June 1, 2011

Your Guide to Manhattan’s Best Purveyors of Sweet, Crackly Vinyl By Marika Robak Staff Writer Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Amazon MP3. iTunes. Zune Marketplace. In an era of digital music downloads, is there any place for ancient technology like CDs and (gasp) vinyl records? With th...

Senior Dancers Shine at Weill Center

June 1, 2011

By Jennifer Pelly Staff Writer Published: Febrary 14, 2008 On Jan. 30 and 31, seniors of the Ailey/Fordham Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance program performed in the annual Senior Solo Concert at Ailey’s Joan Weill Center for Dance. The intimate theatre and bare stage served as a palette for a seri...

FCLC Dancer Makes His Movie Debut

Shane Rutkowski, FCLC ‘09, performs a straddle jump. (Courtesy of Shane Rutkowski)

June 1, 2011

By Jennie Nau Editor in Chief Published: Febrary 14, 2008 “I was on vacation with my family in Maine, and I was with my cousin shooting clay pigeons with a 12-gauge shotgun, so, needless to say, I didn’t hear my phone ring,” said Shane Rutkowski, FCLC ’09. When Rutkowski listened to...