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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 6 -- October 27, 2008

-- Review --

Bird soars at The Calvin

It takes a lot for a single performer to captivate an entire room of people. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird managed to do this in Northampton’s Calvin Theater recently.

The term “multi-instrumentalist” is often used generously for anyone who can fumble with more than one musical tool.

  – By Leah Igdalsky

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Fun and Games

When Hurricane Katrina smashed ashore in 2005, Louisiana teen Samantha Perez started writing about the storm that washed away much of her old life. Her journal, chronicled in the pages of The Tattoo, is all online at Hurricane Journal. Read it for an eye-opening and intensely personal look into the eye of the worst storm in recent history.

 


 

 

 

The shape of jazz to come

Every Tuesday night for years, the protégées have come to King Philip Middle School to learn the refined art of jazz improvisation from the masters.

The protégées are middle school band students, eager to learn.

The masters? Talented teenaged musicians from the Hall High Concert Jazz Band, a group The New York Times reported in 2001 was “regarded as one of the best high school jazz ensembles in the nation.”

– Kiernan Majerus-Collins


 

-- Review--

 

 

'Big River' not big enough

It’s hard to try and fit the magic of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn onto a stage. Give them credit for trying.

 By any other standard, this show at the historic Goodspeed Opera House would be a smash hit, with loveable characters, good music, some great actors and first-class scenery.

Compare it to the book, though, and the musical comes up well short.

 

– Kiernan Majerus-Collins

 

A Chinese teen at military camp

Zhu Qin Zhe, on military duty in China

Photo courtesy of Youth Journalism International

The sweetness of the country

Not knowing what was in store, we hurried up onto the bus that would take us to a rural village where we would undergo a 20-day military camp.
The bus dragged on for two hours before eventually reaching the destination. We squeezed down through the narrow door and found the scene surprising.
We were standing on a bridge below which the river flowed no longer. Heaps of weeds lay above the dried land and made the ground look even more bare.

 

-- By Zhu Qin Zhe

The fastest shower I ever took

Assembled and standing next to each other, we could see the large drops of sweat trickling down along our temples, and smell the pungent odor coming from our exhausted bodies.
It was military camp, and we needed a shower.
We had towels, bottles of shampoo as well an exquisite comb clutched to our chests while anxiously waiting for our turn under the water.

-- By Zhu Qin Zhe

 

 


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