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Observer Coverage at the Premiere of A Case of You at the Tribeca Film Festival

Observer Coverage at the Premiere of ‘A Case of You’ at the Tribeca Film Festival

April 22, 2013

The Observer headed down to this year's Tribeca Film Festival to get the scoop on the festival's premier romantic comedy, "A Case of You," written by Justin Long, his brother Christian and friend and actor...

Asian Cuisine in New York City

April 17, 2013

The Big Apple is nothing without Asian cuisine like Sushi, dim sum, pad thai, and Korean barbecue.  With hundreds of Asian restaurants in New York City, there are just too many good ones to explore....

A Celebration of Oceanic Roots: Keith Malloy and Company Bring Bodysurfing to Soho Patagonia Store

A Celebration of Oceanic Roots: Keith Malloy and Company Bring Bodysurfing to Soho Patagonia Store

April 5, 2013

For those of you who need to be reminded of what warm weather and sunshine feels like, a bit of salvation in the form of film and photography will be making its way to Soho on Saturday night. At 8 p.m.,...

Grouplove performs at Webster Hall on Jun. 12, 2012. (Ian McKenna/The Observer)

Grouplove, Andy Grammer Announced as Spring Weekend Headliners

April 3, 2013

Los Angeles-based band Grouplove and singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will be co-headlining Fordham's Spring Weekend this year on Saturday, Apr. 27, according to the Campus Activities Board (CAB). Festivities...

CAMOUFLAGED: William Deighan, Part II

CAMOUFLAGED: William Deighan, Part II

February 25, 2013

In the final segment of the Observer’s miniseries, “Camouflaged,” we talk to William Deighan, Fordham College, Rose Hill (FCRH ’15), and former E-4 Senior Airman in the U.S. Air Force whose responsibility...

CAMOUFLAGED: William Deighan, 30

CAMOUFLAGED: William Deighan, 30

February 20, 2013

In the final segment of the Observer's miniseries, "Camouflaged," we talk to William Deighan, Fordham College, Rose Hill (FCRH '15), and former E-4 Senior Airman in the U.S. Air Force whose responsibility...

Police cordoned off the block of 58th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue after a man was shot and killed at 2 p.m. Monday. (Mike Madden/The Observer)

UPDATE: Man Killed Near Columbus Circle

December 10, 2012

An African-American male was shot in the head on 58th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue at 2 p.m. yesterday. Police and EMS responded to the scene to find 31-year-old Los Angeles native Brandon...

Vadim Panasyuk, 28, majoring in clinical social work.

CAMOUFLAGED: Part II, Vadim Panasyuk

November 26, 2012

In Part II of The Observer's new mini-series, "Camouflaged," we meet Vadim Panasyuk, 28, a former E-5 Sergeant in the Army who served two tours of duty in Iraq from 2005 to 2008. Originally from Zaporozhye,...

CAMOUFLAGED: Part I, Sean Cintron

CAMOUFLAGED: Part I, Sean Cintron

November 12, 2012

You know the old man you walked by today with a cowboy hat and giant, gold belt buckle? How about the woman who was wearing the finest fur you've ever seen? Or more common, the average mother picking her...

A Playlist for New York

A Playlist for New York

November 2, 2012

In the last couple of days, New York City, as well as New Jersey and the rest of the Eastern Seaboard, has been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, delivering a beating that will be remembered as one of the worst...

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Six Authors Who Were Also Artists

August 29, 2012

    Who knew "Les Miserables" author Victor Hugo could paint? The Observer looks into the artistic and visually stimulating world of literature's most well known authors who could paint...

Doug Zambon, FCLC ’11 (left with sunglasses), poses with his band, The Vansaders. Zambon plays guitar. (Courtesy of The Vansaders)

FCLC Alum Rocks Out with “Family Band” of Sorts

August 22, 2012

Even though no one is related, Doug Zambon, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’11, talks to The Observer about the family-like closeness of his band, The Vansaders, and his musical experiences...

(Courtesy of the Brooklyn Brewery)

VIDEO: So a Journalist and a Brewer Walk Into a Bar…

August 22, 2012

It’s not every day a brewer can say he’s shaken hands with a dictator or been taken prisoner. But for Steve Hindy, co-founder of the once home-brewed, now internationally renowned beer powerhouse,...

(Courtesy of Tribeca FIlm Festival)

Like Father, Like Son

May 3, 2012

Sometimes pure accidents turn into unexpected creations. But for former E! Daily Ten host and X Games commentator Sal Masekela and best friend/director Jason Bergh, that accident landed them a slot...

Word of Mouth: Buffalo Cantina Hot Wings, Part II

Word of Mouth: Buffalo Cantina Hot Wings, Part II

May 3, 2012

Here is Part II of the Observer's trip to Buffalo Cantina in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

(Sofia Alvarez/ The Observer)

Tribeca Film Festival Showcases Cinematic Cream Of The Crop

May 2, 2012

The Observer got the chance to attend the Tribeca Film Festival to check out some of the industry’s most anticipated films arriving in the coming year. It certainly did not disappoint, with films...

Word of Mouth: Buffalo Cantina Part I

Word of Mouth: Buffalo Cantina Part I

April 26, 2012

In the first part of the next installment of Feature Co-Editor Darryl Yu's restaurant series, Word of Mouth, the Observer visits Buffalo Cantina of Williamsburg, Brooklyn to try the infamous Seppuku wings....

(Sara Azoulay/The Observer)

Office Hours…with Father Tueth S.J.

April 25, 2012

In the new Fordham Observer series, Office Hours..., we take a closer look inside the offices of deans, professors and advisors to get the full scoop on the stories behind some of the favorite items...

(Mike Madden/The Observer)

Red Carpet Premiere of Morgan Spurlock’s New Doc, ‘Mansome’

April 24, 2012

The Tribeca Film Festival played host to  filmmaker Morgan Spurlock's new documentary, "Mansome." The documentary features Arrested Development alum Will Arnett and Jason Bateman along with interviews...

Renowned Poets Start a New Chapter for Aspiring Writers

Renowned Poets Start a New Chapter for Aspiring Writers

April 12, 2012

Poets Terrance Hayes and Patricia Smith came to Fordham University Lincoln Center (FCLC)  on Wednesday afternoon for The Reid Family Writers of Color series: exclusive, hour-long poetry classes for undergraduate...

Herman Cain Draws Large Audience for Solutions Revolution Talk at Fordham Law

Herman Cain Draws Large Audience for ‘Solutions Revolution’ Talk at Fordham Law

April 11, 2012

Former Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain spoke to more than a hundred Fordham Law students at McNally Amphitheater on Tuesday as part of his nationwide 'Solutions Revolution' tour which was...

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announced hell suspend his campaign for presidency in Atlanta, Georgia, Saturday, December 3, 2011. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)

Herman Cain to Speak at Fordham Law School

April 2, 2012

Former Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain will visit Fordham's Law School next week to speak about his "Solutions Revolution." Topics will include his presidential campaign and his proposed...

Why My Kids Will Listen to the Boss and Like It

March 28, 2012

Bruce Springsteen, for me, is my gringot: a storyteller that took the ugliest parts of New Jersey, and made them beautiful in song; a historian of sorts whose commentary is solely painted with romance...

Bristol-based band Turbowolf is one of the few bands who take the live performance and resurrect it for 2012. (Courtesy of Turbowolf)

The Devil Has Family in Bristol and They Go By the Name Turbowolf

February 22, 2012

Rock n’ Roll is dying. Rock music isn’t. It’s as simple as that. And people can’t comprehend that they are two separate entities. Rock n’ Roll brings the hell and spitfire that people run...

(Tennis/Fat Possum, John Talabot/Permanent Vacation, Heartless Bastards/Partisans)

February Album Release Grab Bag

February 15, 2012

Tennis “Young & Old” Feb. 14 In the summer of 2010, the Denver-based lo-fi husband and wife duo of singer Alaina Moore and guitarist Patrick Riley aka Tennis, allowed listeners to...

(Courtesy of Fordham Memes)

Editor’s Choice: Top 20 Fordham Memes

February 15, 2012

Recently two new Facebook pages took off called "Fordham Memes," and with both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center students "liking" the pages, they received hundreds of hits within just a few hours. Students...

(Mike Madden/The Observer)

Electric Relaxation: Hip Hop Therapy Comes to Fordham

February 5, 2012

On Feb. 4, Fordham opened its doors to welcome in 'One Mic, One Movement,' a conference dedicated to the psychological benefits found in hip-hop music and culture through performance, lyricism, music...

(First Aid Kit/Wichita, Howler/Rough Trade, Cloud Nothings/Carpark)

Monthly Music Review: January Album Release Grab Bag

February 2, 2012

First Aid Kit “The Lions Roar” Jan. 15 The Swedes have a nice little musical enclave up there in the Great White European North. The amount of talent that has come out of Scandinavia in...

With her unique look and soulful voice, Etta James is considered one of the most influential female singers of the 20th Century. (Los Angeles Times/MCT))

Etta James, 73, Loses Battle with Leukemia

January 21, 2012

After several long years battling with leukemia, R&B icon Etta James passed away on Friday at the age of 73 at a Riverside, CA, hospital according to her manager. Born Jamesetta Hawkins on Jan....

Middle Brother/Partisan

Monthly Music Review: Unheard, But Not Forgotten in 2011

December 7, 2011

  Middle Brother: “Middle Brother” Mar. 4   Music group Middle Brother has taken on a special place in the music world recently, with the release of its debut...

The Beach Boys/Capitol

Monthly Music Review: November Album Release Grab Bag

November 16, 2011

            Atlas Sound “Parallax” released  Nov. 8   Bradford Cox, aka Atlas Sound ,has once again proved himself as one of our...

(The Bees/Fictione)

Monthly Music Review: November Release Party

November 2, 2011

A Band of Bees “Every Step’s a Yes” Release date  Nov. 8 Brit-rock has always had some sort of resurgence; think back to the glory days of Oasis, or any other time when the Brothers...

CMJ featured more than 1,300 bands at more than 80 venues throughout New York City this October. (Maddy Chambers/The Observer)

CMJ Clenches Its Indie Grip On the City for Four Nights of Music and Movies

November 2, 2011

It was only 4:30 p.m. at the Ace Hotel on West 29th Street in Midtown Manhattan, but Bradford Cox, also known as the sound textured acoustic chameleon Atlas Sound, looked like he just rolled out of...

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will feature a live performance of “Nevermore” with Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe during their Scary Movies series (Courtesy of The Film Society of Lincoln Center).

Fill That Trick-or-Treat Bag with Popcorn and Goobers for FSLC’s Scary Movies Series

October 26, 2011

If your couch has become too soiled to sit on because of the numerous horror movies you’ve watched around this time of year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) will be offering audiences fresh...

Courtesy of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Monthly Music Review: October Album Release Grab Bag

October 19, 2011

M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” released  Oct. 18   French group M83’s Anthony Gonzalez soars through newly paved neon highways on their long-awaited new album “Hurry...

Monthly Music Review: October Release Party

October 5, 2011

            Feist “Metals” released  Oct. 4 It’s been four years since her critically acclaimed album, “The Reminder,” dropped. ...

 Anthony Polcino aka Soft Pipes creates hooky dream pop recorded right in the comfort of his LA apartment. His EP, “Stay Pretty,” will be released Sept. 27. (Courtesy of Big Picture Media)

Anthony Polcino Gets Heavenly with His New LA-Based Solo Project, Soft Pipes

September 21, 2011

Rolling Stone magazine once regarded Anthony Polcino’s ex-band, Low vs. Diamond, as one of six acts that were “redefining rock and pop in 2008.” However, things seemed to end quicker before they...

Monthly Music Review: September Release Party

Monthly Music Review: September Release Party

September 21, 2011

Girls “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” released  Sept. 13 With the early release of the single, “Vomit,” there was no question that San Francisco group Girls’ second...

(Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

Fordham Professor Shares Memory of his Son in New Sept. 11 Documentary, “In Our Son’s Name”

September 10, 2011

  Professor Orlando Rodriguez can remember calling his wife and being assured that their son was safe. “I called my wife and she said, ‘Don’t worry. He called. He’s ok,’ he said....

New York City prepares for Hurricane Irene. (Elizabeth Pantaleo/Abaca Press/MCT)

FCLC: “We Are Prepared.”

August 27, 2011

Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) is taking the necessary precautions to ensure students’ safety in anticipation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, the worst storm to hit the metropolitan...

Hypetree is being called “the democratic music site,” allowing the user to discover new and upcoming artists. (Hypetree photo/courtesy of Alex Mitchell)

Lincoln Center Senior’s Music Site Starts to Spread Its Roots

August 25, 2011

You can usually see senior Alex Mitchell, Fordham College Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’12, standing outside the doors of McMahon, cigarette in hand, friends in tow.  From the outside looking in, he looks...


Monthly Music Review: End of Summer Release Party

August 25, 2011

  Ganglians “Still Living” Released Aug. 23 Ganglians are the grittier cousins of Fleet Foxes, complete with sun-drenched harmonies and reverb-laden pop songs. Their brand of...

Homeless and Humble: A Journey of Faith

July 30, 2011

It’s dinnertime at the Bowery Mission on the Lower East Side. As I sit and talk to 35-year-old David Gonzalez, a resident of the Bowery Mission who also works for the outreach program, I notice that...

Tribeca Film Festival Transcends Art of Indie Filmmaking Again

July 23, 2011

Published: May 5, 2011 “Lotus Eaters” Alexandra McGuinness’ first feature film “Lotus Eaters” is a poignant snapshot of decadence, deterioration and depravation that surrounds...

April Release Party

July 23, 2011

Published: April 20, 2011 Panda Bear “Tomboy” released April 12 Baltimore native Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, is an artist well beyond his years. At only 32, Lennox has become a staple of our...

Long Live the Queen

July 23, 2011

Published: April 13, 2011 I hadn’t been in Sweetie’s closet of a dressing room for more than two minutes and she was already the drag queen aunt I’d never had. Sweetie just finished...

March Release Party

July 23, 2011

Published: March 30, 2011 Kurt Vile  "Smoke Ring For My Halo” released March 8 Philadelphia folk-rock veteran Kurt Vile is like the quiet kid in high school no one ever heard a word from, who...

No Gray Areas Here

July 23, 2011

Published: March 2, 2011 James Crump’s 2007 documentary, “Black, White, + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe,” achieves two things. First, it reveals how the lives of two...

February Release Party

July 23, 2011

Published: February 16, 2011 James Blake “James Blake” released Feb. 8 Blake, the 21-year-old London-based dubstep producer, may be young, but don’t let his age fool you. This classically...

And the Grammy Goes To…

July 23, 2011

Published: February 2, 2011 Record of the Year Who Should Win: Cee Lo Green—“Fuck You” Who Will Win: Couldn’t Care Less To say Cee Lo Green has written some of the catchiest songs of our...

The Mysterious Life of Houdini: A Magician’s Secrets Revealed

July 23, 2011

Published: November 18, 2010 Have you ever tried to get out of a straitjacket? It’s frustratingly hard. In fact, the idea is daunting to most before even giving it a try. But archival footage of magician...

Little Known Opus: Two Central Park Musicians Live to Play

July 23, 2011

Published: November 3, 2010 Yuriy is pissed and for good reason—time is money, and valuable time is being wasted. In the midst of playing his accordion while seated on a bench in the Mall...

White Light Festival at Lincoln Center: A Beacon for Music and Art Lovers

July 23, 2011

Published: October 7, 2010 Estonian classical composer Arvo Part once compared his music to “white light which contains all colors.” He explained, “Only a prism can divide the colors and make...

A Splotch, a Dot and a Stroke of Genius

July 23, 2011

Published: October 7, 2010 Fun. It’s a word you solemnly hear when walking through an art exhibition. Hell, it’s a word you never hear when walking through an art exhibition. Roy Lichtenstein...

Asssscat 3000 Ends the Week with Laughter

July 23, 2011

Published: September 22, 2010 It’s a familiar place; the dark, damp space with its multi-stained brown chairs and exposed, overhead piping reminds me of a suburban basement. Wood paneling, like...

MGMT Gives a Final “Congratulations” to the Class of 2010

July 19, 2011

Published: May 5, 2010 “This one’s more of a weed smoking one,” said MGMT frontman Andrew VanWyngarden, after slowly strumming the opening chords of “Congratulations,” the last track off...

Matt McCarthy: Big Man, Bushy Hair, Huge Heart

July 9, 2011

Published: April 15, 2010 Comedian Matt McCarthy, FCRH '01 and a veteran Ram mascot, is one of the most underrated comics in the industry. His lovable demeanor and frustrating concerns have...

Five Summer Songs That Must End Before They End You

Five Summer Songs That Must End Before They End You

July 3, 2011

Published: August 4, 2011 Since the existence of the first electric guitar, the pop song has reigned supreme, having a major part in the lives of youth everywhere. However, there is one type of pop...

“Sarita” Stars Shed Some Light on Seductive Stage Roles

June 28, 2011

Published February 18, 2010 rench author Francois Rabelais once said that “we long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us.” That’s certainly evident in Fordham’s mainstage production...

This Ain’t Your Mummy’s Mix Tape

June 27, 2011

Published: October 22, 2009 Movies “The Witches”: From children’s book to the silver screen, Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” is kiddie-horror at its finest. “The Witches” tells the...

For The Child In All Of Us: A Look At Children’s Books On the Silver Screen

June 27, 2011

Published: November 5, 2009 Walking into my elementary school library is like traveling back in time to a “Schoolhouse Rock!” video. The rugs are throwback 1974, the “paintings”—if you can...

Dance Students Let Their Feet Do The Talking at Ailey Citi Group Theater

June 27, 2011

Published: October 8, 2009 Fordham’s community has its share of upstanding students, ranging from various intellectuals, eccentric artists and budding musicians. But one aspect of this special...

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