Author: Stephen Pew

Tea with Mint or Lemon?

[monoslideshow id=21] The theater department’s production of Tea with Mint or Lemon? is not only a masterpiece of French comedy and bedroom farce, it is also a production done entirely in French. Directed by D. Terry Petrie and featuring a cast of talented actors and actresses, the show is sure to have audiences roaring with laughter. The play is about a producer’s shy son, Julien, who has never acted before, and who makes life quite difficult for his more experienced co-lead Sophia. Clara, the director, does her best to avoid the onstage conflicts and coddles Julien. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast interjects with their own wild ideas. Dominique, the butler, tries his hand at singing his lines, while Richard, the husband in the farce, messes with Julien during rehearsals. As expected, opening night is a total fiasco. It begins with Dominique falling down – or something of the sort – thus forcing Clara to take his role as the butler. At this point, Sophia struggles with the cast change and unfortunately never recovers. Julien, throughout the whole show, is another story entirely. Between slipping on the floor, hitting himself in the face with an armoire door, being electrocuted by a record player and drinking some terrible whiskey, he, above all, has the worst theater experience of all time. On top of that, none of the crew think very...

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In between the lines

Ferocious Oaks make music steeped in love Harp, accordion, guitars, drums and a keyboard only describe a single aspect of Provo’s multifaceted Ferocious Oaks. This most intriguing band is a group of friends making music together. While sitting with them a couple weeks ago for this interview, there was a visible dynamic that said that they were all very close. As they put it, they are family. In terms of style and genre, Ferocious Oaks is somewhat difficult to describe — they fall under the large umbrella of indie folk rock. Justin Duckwitz: Lead vocals, lead guitar, accordion Clayton Godby: Drums Chris Nuttall: Bass Kjirsten Christensen: Harp STEPHEN RUSSEL PEW: So have you guys been playing together long? Clayton: No, not really. When we got together we had a different bass player but then we got Chris. It was only like a month or two after we started. I’ve got like no sense of time and it will just pass before me. SRP: So where did you guys come up with the name Ferocious Oaks? Justin: We came up with a list of like a million band names. Some of the worst names you could think of were on it; it was like whatever came to mind went into it, like “Fluffy Bunnies” and “Pooch Dogs.” I liked “The Indie-ans,” you know because the Beatles were named after the...

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For those about to rock, we salute you

On March 30, from 5-10 p.m., be prepared for battle as students and their bands duke it out in the courtyard to see who will win this year’s Battle of the Bands competition. The first place winners take home $300, free studio time and free photography work. The second place winners will receive $150 and third place wins $50. The event itself should be spectacular, but along with it will be activities, games and treats for the audience. Patrons can get together to play Rock Band, eat cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn and, if they so choose, do some tie-dying. The cost at the door for those with a UVID is $3 and for those without it is $5. Everyone that comes through the door can support and help their favorite band; the band who brings the biggest crowd takes home an extra $50. So bring your friends, play some games, support local music and get ready rock at the school’s Battle of the Bands. If you are interested in joining this year’s Battle of the Bands, pick up an info packet in SC105 or email [email protected] All bands must have at least one UVU student and all members must be at least 18 years...

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Survival, winter style

During this season of winter chills and piles of snow on the porch, it’s as important to be prepared on the road as it is at home. The recent raging winter storms in the Midwest are a great example of why it is so imperative to have some survival gear packed away in a car at all times. Being stuck in a car out in the frigid cold can be a nasty experience, but also a very threatening one if not aptly equipped with things to keep going. First of all, a set of jumper cables can be a real lifesaver if a battery goes dead and others are around help get the car started again. Additionally, it could also be a lifesaver to someone in need. A pair of towing straps can also be a big help when stuck in a snowdrift that cannot be exited alone. Secondly, blankets and pillows are nice things to have on a road trip, but in hazardous conditions, a sleeping bag will fully enclose the body and keep heat in. Any old sleeping bag will work, but one that is graded for sub-zero temperatures is recommended. For these times, space bags can be quite useful to save on much-desired trunk space. Not only can they shrink a sleeping bag down, but these bags at their largest size can hold weeks worth of...

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‘Hidden Voices’ The story behind the graffiti

Graffiti. Everyone has seen it. Everyone has an opinion about it, but how many consider it artistic? On the evening of Jan. 28, the Woodbury Art Museum at University Mall made its grand opening for a new and unique exhibit, “Hidden Voices.” The exhibit features diverse types of graffiti art created by artists whose skill, talent and dedication are often times overlooked. Each artist committed their time, talent and energies into these works, sharing their emotions and opinions, and adding their different styles to each piece. These works are altogether impressive, but what truly made the night were the artists who created them. The evening began as crowds of guests packed themselves into the museum entryway and began feasting on the delicious J Dawgs that were provided. While eating, many of the patrons moved about the exhibit talking to artists and viewing their works. One person in attendance was Nicholas Solis, who has been making art for 5 years. When asked about a piece he had done that featured a large portion in dark colors and a smaller portion in lighter colors he said, “The larger portion represents the larger part of society that thinks that graffiti is not art, while the smaller portion represents that part of society that thinks it is.” This piece strikes onlookers in not only its great detail, shading, and defined lines, but also...

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