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MATT SURRUSCO, Arts & Culture Editor Emeritus

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Chris Cubeta Leads the Liars Club With Vocals, Guitar and a Dose of Reality

July 23, 2011

Published: May 5, 2011 Chris Cubeta, a 34-year-old singer-songwriter from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., has no illusions about where he stands in the music industry. After over a decade working as a producer...

Writing What He Knows: James Sheridan, FCLC ’11, Authors “Lucille Ball: FAQ”

July 23, 2011

Published: May 5, 2011 In March, over spring break, James Sheridan, Forhdam College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’11, led two friends on a sightseeing tour around Los Angeles. But as the guide, Sheridan...

Head Uptown for Down South Cooking at Amy Ruth’s

July 23, 2011

Published: February 16, 2011 Despite the diverse dining options surrounding the Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) campus, with Hell’s Kitchen restaurants ranging from Italian, Chinese,...

Fordham Alum Takes Alternate Reality Gaming to the Next Level

July 23, 2011

Published: February 2, 2011 The stereotypical online game enthusiast is viewed by most as a disengaged loner with little to offer the real world. But Jane McGonigal, Fordham College at Lincoln Center...

Sex, Lies and Videotape: New Eliot Spitzer Documentary Rises and Falls

July 23, 2011

Published: November 03, 2010 Coming to theaters three days after election day, writer, director, and co-producer Alex Gibney reexamines recent political history in his latest documentary, “Client...

Arts and Cultural Clubs Want YOU!

July 23, 2011

Published: August 25, 2010 Most returning Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) students know that there are plenty of arts and cultural clubs on campus, many which offer student performances,...

“Dead or Alive” at MAD Uses Organic Media to Bridge the Gap Between Life and Death

July 23, 2011

Published: August 25, 2010 The fourth and fifth floor galleries of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) are infested with insects, not to mention littered with bones, vegetation and animal hair. A giant...

FCLC Senior Cary Kehayan “Speaks” Through Film

July 19, 2011

Published: May 5, 2010 “The whole film is this collection of conversations that we enter midway through and leave before they really end,” said Cary Kehayan, a visual arts major at Fordham...

Professor Discusses Political and Personal Implications of Sudan’s Upcoming Referendum

July 12, 2011

Published: December 10, 2010 Amir Idris won’t reveal which way he’ll be voting in the upcoming Sudanese referendum. He says he hates to choose. Planned for Jan. 9, 2011, the vote on southern Sudan’s...

Fordham Faculty Comments on Renewed Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

July 11, 2011

Published: October 5, 2010 Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas recently met with Palestinian leaders, who said they “will not continue peace talks with Israel unless a freeze on Jewish settlements...

Ninth Avenue Eats: Cajun Cuisine and Bayou Blues

July 8, 2011

Published: April 1, 2010 The swinging rhythm of a Dixieland jazz band, the muted lighting and the colorful décor, a framed poster of legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson, pennants embossed...

All Talks and No Action Makes Peace a Long Shot

July 8, 2011

Published: April 1, 2010 Instead of heeding Theodore Roosevelt’s advice, once again, American officials are speaking loudly but carrying a soft stick in regards to restarting peace negotiations...

Ninth Avenue Eats: Doughnuts + Ice Cream = Holey Cream

July 5, 2011

Published: March 4, 2010 If you’re the kind of person who examines the dessert menu before deciding on an entrée, then you may want to start walking down Ninth Avenue now. And even if you...

Ninth Avenue Eats: Afghan Food, Culture and My Friend

June 28, 2011

Published February 18, 2010 After paying the bill a few weeks ago at Ariana Afghan Restaurant, the friendly waiter, Rafi Sarwary, assured me I would be coming back. “So, I’ll see you tomorrow...

Ninth Avenue Eats: Italian on St. Valentine’s Day

June 28, 2011

Published February 4, 2010 After being seated for mere seconds in the main room of Puttanesca among the old money, early crowd, the hostess who had just seated my dining guest and me promptly requested...

Half a Century of Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll… And Photography

June 27, 2011

Published: December 10, 2009 Music and visual art are no strangers; nor are rock ’n’ roll and photography. When these mediums come together, the rock ’n’ roll image is valued as both an artistic...

That’s Entertainment: Profiling Me and Chris Idell Band

June 27, 2011

Published: October 22, 2009 Recently, members of Me and Chris Idell Band tried to make some spare cash. At the same time, they planned to practice some newly learned covers by performing in the subway...

Cinema As the Saga That Is Everyday Life

June 27, 2011

Published: November 5, 2009 After years of devastation resulting from fascist oppression and total war, Italian directors of the early 1940s began creating movies unlike anything made in Hollywood at...

Any Good Music Blog Needs Innovation and Development

June 27, 2011

Published: October 8, 2009 Offering Jay-Z’s latest album (before it went on sale), an exceptional take on Glenn Beck and an allotment of up-and-coming artists and other Internet phenomena, three college...

More Discipline Needed in Arad Exhibit at MoMA

June 25, 2011

Published: September 24, 2009 The reason Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of the department of architecture and design at MoMA, has described Ron Arad as one who “stands out for his daredevil...

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Conference at Law School Considers Sudan’s Post-Referendum Challenges, Policy Options

May 24, 2011

  Academics, policymakers, activists and students convened at Fordham Law School on April 9 for a conference on Sudan’s post-referendum challenges. The conference, sponsored by Fordham...