The Observer

Hot Licks and Stage Tricks: Guitar Hero III

May 29, 2011

By Joseph Marvilli Contributing Writer Published: November 8, 2007 When it was announced that Harmonix, the developer of the two previous “Guitar Hero” games, had been replaced by Neversoft for the third installment in the franchise, there was much concern among fans that this woul...

South Carolina’s “Favorite Son” Eyes the Oval Office

May 29, 2011

By Catherine Wernquest Contributing Writer Published: November 8, 2007 Stephen Colbert returned to the “Daily Show” on Oct. 16, towed in behind a bicycle pedaled by a man in an Uncle Sam Costume, to announce that, “I, Stephen Colbert, am officially announcing that I will official...

On Keith Haring, Coney Island, and Queer Culture

May 29, 2011

By Nicole Bournas-ney Asst. Arts and Culture Editor Published: November 8, 2007 In October, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) professor of Spanish and comparative literature Arnaldo Cruz-Malave published his third book, “Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza: Hard...

Driving the Stake into Buffy Musical

May 29, 2011

By Nora Murphy Staff Writer Published: November 8, 2007 Even after being off the air for four years, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was still striving towards eternal life. The touring production of the “Once More with Feeling” musical episode, one of the show’s remaining flames, has now be...

Fall’s Freewheelinest Flick

May 29, 2011

By Jenn Pelly Contributing Writer Published: November 8, 2007 Just because “I’m Not There” is a Bob Dylan movie, that doesn’t mean you should see it stoned. For one, it’s not a Bob Dylan movie in the traditional sense: not a biography, not a narration, not a live performance, not even a ...

Writers Strike Threatens to Cripple Industry

May 29, 2011

  By Jessica Guerra Staff Writer Published: November 8, 2007 Imagine turning on the television hoping to catch a new episode of your favorite sitcom or drama, and all you see is reality television – so you decide to go to the movies instead. But the marquee displaying a lack of options has you running back to your DVD collection. Sounds like...

Fashionably Late: Exercises in Critical Time Travel

May 29, 2011

Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” By TIM JALBERT Contributing Writer Published: October 25, 2007 It is very rare that a spoof, such as Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein”, ever has the same prestige as its original source material. Filmed in the same castle as the James Whale classic,...

A Quiet Evening At Poets Out Loud

May 29, 2011

By Mike Diederich Contributing Writer Published: October 25, 2007 On Oct. 9, the Fordham English department’s Poets Out Loud series continued with an evening reading in the 12th floor lounge. Co-sponsored by the Asian-American Literature Series, the event featured readings by poets Mei-Mei Berssenb...

Kerouac’s Scroll On the Road to New York

May 29, 2011

By Mike Diederich Contributing Writer Published: October 25, 2007 Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel, “On The Road”, documents his experiences bouncing around America in explosive, jazz-inspired prose that embodies the wild spirit of the Beat Generation. Composed over a three-week period in the earl...

Jets and Sharks Rumble on the Plaza

May 29, 2011

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story’s Broadway Debut By Nicole Bournas-Ney Asst. Arts and Culture Editor Published: October 25, 2007 More than 50 years ago, on the Upper West Side, in the neighborhood that would later be home to Fordham College at Lincoln Center, g...

Ticketmaster Traps Faithful Fans

May 29, 2011

By Nora Murphy Contributing Writer Published: October 25, 2007 In the words of Madonna, “Music makes the people come together.” Love for a musician or a band brings together millions of people across the world in the form of concerts, but with tickets becoming increasingly impossible to get, it’s...

Marla Olmstead: Jackson Pollock, Jr.?

May 29, 2011

By Stephanie Wallace Contirbuting Writer Published: October 25, 2007 Marla Olmstead was a four-year-old girl who could sell a painting for $20,000, and then she turned five and the bubble burst. Hers is a complicated story that tested the definitions of abstract art and what it means t...