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Beauty pageant play exposes grotesque intentions

Sometimes the only thing a parent needs to win a beauty pageant is a little glitter, projection and authoritarianism.

“Little Miss Grotesque,” a play written and directed by Andrea Baldwin, a graduate student in speech communication from Abilene, Texas, focuses on three young girls — Matsy Stark, McKenzie Kay and Georgina Vandercamp — and their moms Rosie, Marsha and Jan as they prepare for the Little Miss Everything beauty pageant where, so the play claims, “If you’re not everything, you’re nothing.”

realhunger‘Hunger Games’ film satisfies fans’ appetites

The first of three film adaptations to Suzanne Collins’ best-selling “Hunger Games” series premiered March 23 and, with two broken major records during opening weekend and counting, the world was definitely watching.






‘Cars 2’ could sure use a tuneup

Disney and Pixar can put yet another genuinely life-­‐like animation in the record books with their latest movie, “Cars 2.”

The film’s bold colors and charming characters made the bodywork shiny and presentable, but the story, or stories, behind it all could have used a little more work under the hood.



‘Eco’ art show hope to leave green footprint

The University Museum will host an art exhibit this weekend that can only be described as “ecomodern.”


At least, that’s what this art form should be called if it had a name at all, said Michael Lorusso, a senior from Highland Park studying anthropology and president of the Museum Student Group, a Registered Student Organization.

“Sustain: A National Collegiate Recycled Art Exhibition” is set for a Friday reception between 4 and 7 p.m. in the museum’s South 2 Gallery, where patrons can visit the establishment and survey the art while enjoying cheese, wine and company. The exhibit, funded by a grant from the university’s sustainability committee, uses art to explore used goods’ potential to be repurposed for artistic expression, according to the show’s brochure.


Radcliffe blends too easily with ‘Black’

Daniel Radcliffe had his first big-boy movie role this weekend in “The Woman in Black,” but it wasn’t quite enough to help the young actor outgrow his wizard shoes.

In fact, the film should really just be called “Harry Potter and the Haunted House.”wayno

Sorry Wayne, we could have waited

Following a triple-­‐platinum “Tha Carter III,’ Lil’ Wayne’s new “That Carter IV” should not have been so hard to listen to.

Every track on ”III” was a gem in its own special way; every song had a theme or specific feeling for Wayne to base his rhymes on. But “IV” has very few diamonds in the rough. That’s not to say the album isn’t worth listening to, though.




Totem pole travels long road to home

A totem pole on permanent display at the University Museum took the long way to Faner Hall.

The pole was made in Alaska, where a vacationing Chicagoan bought it in the early 1960s. It spent some years in Herb and Gwendolyn Miller’s front yard at their home on Lake Michigan before the couple decided to donate the pole to the museum in 1970.




UnderpantsUnderpants play charms, reflects societal progress

Louise Maske probably never thought an accidental slip of her undergarments would demonstrate just how far society has come since the early 20th century.

“The Underpants,” a play adapted by comedic actor Steve Martin from the 1910 farce by German playwright Carl Sternheim, has made its way to the Varsity Center for the Arts in a production by The Stage Company and invites audiences to observe what it would be like to have a slight mishap create ripples in governmental figurehead Theo Maske (James Earles) and wife Louise’s (Darcy Kreigsman) emerging middle-class life.


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