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Page 13 Oct. 9 - Oct. 15, 2008

Belly dancers interpret Pink Floyd at local art exhibit
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More than 100 people gathered at the Coconino Center for the Arts (CCA) to watch a performance by various Middle Eastern dance troupes, including The Gypsy Chicks and student dancers. Breaking boundaries between cultures, the women danced to music from the famous rock band Pink Floyd. The majority of the songs were from the album The Dark Side of the Moon, but songs from The Wall were also used. The dance was to commemorate the 35th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon, as well as the Dark Skies Ordinance, which preserves the night skies in Flagstaff. “We’re the first city in the world to pass an ordinance to reduce light pollution,” said John Tannous, the executive director at the CCA. “This is to commemorate that ordinance.” The ordinance is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in keeping the skies preserved for astronomers and the several observatories in Flagstaff. The show was part of a larger exhibit, Night Visions III, which celebrates night skies. The art on display plays with themes of light, the sky, planets and stars. The dance performance followed this theme with visual effects from candles, lights and darkness. Jillian Asplund, the gallery director for the CCA, said although the center holds concerts on a regular basis, this event is different from other events they have hosted. “We decided to partner with them because it sounded like a really interesting idea and it coincides with the Night

Has the world gone mad?

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SHERRY “CRIMSON” HAMMOND, of Troupe Shuvani, dances among an ensemble of other Middle Eastern dance troupes for the 35th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of the Moon. Four dance groups as well as independant and student dancers participated for the performance as part of Coconino Center for the Arts’ Night Visions III exhibit.

Visions exhibit,” Asplund said. “They are both thematically related.” Before the performance started, guests were allowed to peruse the art exhibit while listening to the music of local guitarist Craig Yarbrough. When 8 p.m. rolled around, the crowd cheered as the dancers took to the stage. Figures appeared from behind the audience dressed in dark robes and holding candles. The dancers then shed their robes to reveal color-

ful and beaded costumes. The dance progressed and the pace of music picked up. Canes, scarves and lighted balls were used to create illusions of lasers and waves. Sienna St. John was one of the performers in this tribute. St. John has been a dancer for 13 years and is not part of a troupe. She has studied African, jazz and belly dance. “I had always been attracted to Middle Eastern-style dance,” St. John said. “It’s a really a fun activity; it’s a nice

form of physical activity.” St. John said she is interested in blending nontraditional music such as techno-gothic industrial and rockabilly style music with traditional belly dancing. “Certain Middle Eastern rhythms are different than what’s used in American or European music,” St. John said. “If you want to do certain moves you kind of have to work with what you can fit around the beats. It’s a fun challenge.” St. John said the inspira-

tion to put Pink Floyd to belly dancing came from a similar performance which used music from the classic rock band Led Zeppelin. “They wanted to recreate the rock-and-roll feel to bridge the gap for the audience between what they think is Middle Eastern dance or belly dance and what it can be,” St. John said. The dancers gave a physical manifestation to the music
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Remember 7th Heaven, that really great, wholesome family show that was on the WB when it was still the WB? The one that just went on, season after season, then got cancelled, then came back, then got cancelled again? I really hated that show. With an intense, fiery passion. The main reason? Beverly Mitchell’s character, Lucy. She was so, so annoying. Having that terrible of a character on a bad show was a disaster. Anyway. Beverly got married Oct. 1 to some guy I’ve never heard of. One of her bridesmaids was former 7th Heaven co-star Jessica Biel. Her character was really annoying too. Anyway…so is everyone is registered to vote? If you aren’t, the deadline was Oct. 6. Oh well. For those of you kickass 18-24 bracketers who are registered, the election is only a few weeks away. In case you need more incentive, Jessica Alba wants you to vote. She has a new ad campaign with Declare Yourself. If you haven’t seen it, let me just tell you: it is some intense imagery. The tagline reads, “Only you can silence yourself. Make them hear you. Register to vote now.” I really feel like the execs at Declare Yourself went a bit overboard. I mean, yikes. This could easily be an ad

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Bad service hinders otherwise good visit to Mountain Oasis
Mountain Oasis is a world cuisine restaurant located in downtown Flagstaff across from Heritage Square. Most of the food is European; however, there are also hints of the Middle East. Although the food here is great, the service needs to be improved. My initial impressions of this restaurant were positive. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with art, photography and trees, which will make you feel like you are eating in the jungle. A water fountain sits in front of the restaurant and also made me feel like I was outdoors. The dining room is a bit on the small side; however, I never felt too crowded. The walls are old-red brick and give the restaurant an artsy yet antique feel. There was also acoustic rock music playing, which calmed me. I liked that Mountain Oasis had items on their menu that you cannot necessarily find all in one place or anywhere else in town. Sandwiches (hot and cold), wraps and pasta dishes are some of the items on the menu, but the more unique food like Japanese nori rolls, hummus and falafel are what make this restaurant different. Healthy and vegan choices add to the appeal of this restaurant. One of the downfalls was the customer service. It was quite some time before the waiter took any orders and the food took even longer to be brought out to the table. The first plate the waiter brought out was an artichoke dip that came with slices of pita bread. Although it took about an half an hour to arrive, the appetizer was worth the wait. The dip was creamy and warm while the pita bread had a slight hint of cinnamon. The taste was impressing and it was also very filling. The wait for the entrees was even longer and I was beginning to wonder if the food was going to be worth the wait. When the waiter brought out the food, three out of the four orders were wrong and one had to be sent back completely. The side dishes were incorrect and this was irritating to everyone who had to wait for the problem to be fixed. It was an even longer delay for the one dish to be remade and brought out again. The only positive thing was that the waiter was quick to respond to these mistakes and apologized several times, which gave me some comfort. My avocado veggie sandwich was enjoyable but probably not worth the hassle. The wheat berry bread was my favorite part of the sandwich because it was textured and different. I also had an Asian pasta salad side dish, which was delicious. The pasta was served cold but the seasonings were spicy. I thought it was really flavorful and I could have easily eaten it as a main course. I tried the chips and salsa, which was offered as a side dish. I am pretty sure the chips could be bought at the grocery store or seen in an elementary school lunch cafeteria. They were generic, salty and round tortilla chips served with a chunky salsa that was more on the saucy side. This brought me

more disappointment. A quick bite for lunch turned into a two-hour guessing game of what was going to happen next. Drinks were never refilled and no discounts were given because of the mixup. This saddens me because I think the food here is remarkable. The price of the food was pretty reasonable, with the average dish on the lunch menu costing less than $10. I guess since I do not have much patience I would only recommend trying this place if you have time to kill. Otherwise you might end up with a wrong order in addition to waiting all day to eat.

NAU Theater department to perform Broadway’s The Fantasticks
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Broadway’s longest running musical, The Fantasticks, has finally made its way to the NAU Clifford White Theatre. Inspired by Edmond Rostandís’ French play Les Romanesqueís, Harvey Schmidt and lyricist Tom Jones put music and lyrics to a dramatic comedy and seemingly classic love story, which transforms into an inspirational tale of life lessons. Tony Latham, a sophomore theater performance major who plays the male lead, Matt, said he is passionate about the ultimate meaning of the play. “My favorite parts about the show are just the poetry,” Latham said. “From beginning to end it has such a beautiful message about how love only

survives if there is hurt in your heart, which I think is beautiful. People see the lovers as blissfully in love, but this show actually puts a realistic touch on it. The entire show is almost entirely in prose and it is fantastic.” The Fantasticks tells the story of two fathers who build a wall between their houses to keep their children apart so they will fall in love. The fathers insist that telling their children they can’t do something is a sure-fire way of getting them to do it. Kate Ellis, a theatre professor and director of the NAU performance, said The Fantasticks is a beautiful and realistic look at love. “It’s one of my favorite musicals; it is a classic love story but it is also a love story in balance,” Ellis said. “It looks at the happy side of love and

the not-so-happy side of love. You think at the end of the first act you are seeing a happy ending, and then you get into the second act and it’s not a happy ending. And life is never a happy ending. It shows life and love in the balance that it actually is -- good and bad, difficult and beautiful.” Producing a musical of this magnitude and popularity presented challenges for Ellis, including vocal performance, choreography and synchronization of staff. “This is the first musical I’ve ever directed, so the volume of people I have to work with and defer to (is staggering),” Ellis said. “(When) working with a music director, choreographer and fight choreographer, there are certain

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THE FANTASTICKS STUDENT cast run through a dress rehearsal before their opening night. The play starts Oct. 10 and will run through Oct. 18.

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Dance from Page 13
of Pink Floyd. They interpreted the rhythm with long flowing movements for softer sounds and sharp, rapid movements as the tune intensified. Parts of songs were acted out and a gambler’s tale was the backdrop during the song “Money.” “People who came expecting traditional Middle Eastern music dance might have been surprised,” St. John said. “One of the things I think we are definitely trying to convey is that women of all ages, different body types and personalities, from different places

in life, can come together.” The majority of the audience was dancers and family members as well as curious onlookers. St. John said the dance community is very supportive of each other. “I feel so happy and gratified that we had such an amazing audience and that everyone seemed to have a good time,” St. John said. Night Visions III will continue to host events with similar themes at the Coconino Center for the Arts until Nov. 6. Visit http://www.culturalpartners. org/ for more information on upcoming events. and balladic. Ellis said it is the combination of the show’s songs that make it so powerful. “There isn’t a single song that I don’t like, but my favorite moments are probably ‘Try to Remember,’ ‘Soon it’s Gonna Rain’ and ‘They Were You,’” Ellis said. “They’re very poignant and lovely. ‘They Were You’ is resolving love gone wrong. Love lost and found again. It’s a beautiful moment in the play.” The Fantasticks will be at the NAU Clifford White Theatre on Oct. 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18. The show begins at 8 p.m. Prices for admission are as follows: adults $12, seniors and NAU employees $11, and NAU students $7. Tickets may be purchased at the Central Ticket Office or by calling 928523-5661 or toll free at 1-888520-7214. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Vital from Page 15
hair, of my My Little Pony collection. I accepted long ago that while my family will always be there for me, I can no longer call their home my home. But for my brother, this is a brightly painted, fresh wound. As a freshman, you get the benefit of creating a new home for yourself. There are no bedtimes. You can also buy whatever you want to eat. I think that so many freshmen burst onto campus, guns a-blazin’ because they so badly want to ensure that there is a place for them, to ensure they have a collegiate identity. That, I feel, is what is really going on with my brother. In his words: “It’s just, in my hometown I really mattered. People recognized me and respected


Fantasticks from Page 13
things and information I’ve given them about what I want it to look like and what I want it to sound like. There’s a lot that is not coming from just me as the director, so that has been in many ways very freeing.” The Fantasticks’ cast list is fairly short. The characters seem simple at first, but grow more complex as the story progresses. Sean Winsor, a Flagstaff local who plays El Gallo, the show’s narrator, said that the show offers him many challenges as an actor. “By far this is the most complex character I’ve had to play,” Winsor said. “However, the biggest challenge I faced so far is the dancing. Learning to waltz and sing at the same time is really tough.” The music drives The Fantasticks, ranging from upbeat and satirical to melodic

Now he and other freshman are starting at the bottom again. I would encourage any new college student to take advantage of that blank slate. Allow yourself to be the person you always wanted to be. College has been a place where I have been able to truly come into my own. And yeah, it’s kind of rough the first couple of weeks here. My grad student instructor turned out to be one of the best teachers I had ever had. And the class I was so scared of failing turned out to be one of the most compelling and educational experiences of my life. So, to those weary, wee freshmen out there, take heart. Know you have the potential to do whatever you want you want to do. And for my parents and colleagues (because that’s what you have in college -- colleagues), cut these guys some slack. Freshmen will figure it out and earn their place. Just like we all did. gym buddy. Before we go, one final bit of Kegel trivia: Kegel exercises are so named for the gynecologist who invented/patented them, Dr. Arnold Kegel -- though the fact that he was a guy leads us to believe that someone with a vagina might have figured it out before him. Just sayin’. If this form of Western medicine patriarchy outrages you, or if you have a sex question, let us know at

Pop from Page 13
about date rape or domestic abuse. But whatever gets the voters to the polls, I guess. Speaking of rape, it is most definitely not something to be joked about, Sandra Bernhard. A Boston women’s shelter cut “comedian” Sandra as their benefit headliner after she made a rape joke about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. I mean, really, what a bad idea. I don’t imagine Sandra Bernhard gets many gigs, and she just totally screwed this one up. And her face is kind of harsh. And her voice. She just seems like a brash sort of lady. I’m just saying. Know who else is really brash? Rosie O’Donnell. But someone decided she should have a live variety show the night before

Thanksgiving. That idea is about as good as making rape jokes when you’re headlining a benefit for a women’s shelter. Actually, I’d say it’s a worse idea. I really hate Rosie O’Donnell. Can anyone stand that woman? She is just so... loud. Apparently NBC thinks she’s the perfect person to bring back variety shows. I could not disagree more with that entire statement. No Rosie O’Donnell. No variety show comeback. No, no, no. I’ll leave you this week with an interesting tidbit to ponder: Eating kangaroos to stop global warming. This idea comes straight out of the Outback, where top climate change advisors have identified the burping and farting of farm animals as a major source of greenhouse “gas” emissions (pun!). Wrap your brain around that. G’day, mate!

Naked from Page 15
your perusal. Lastly, there is also quite a varied market of…devices to help you really make your pelvic floor sweat. The less we say about this in print, the better. We should mention that while some specifics will vary, men can also perform Kegels for many of the same reasons. If this is something you’d like to try out, Paddy is looking for a

Gaming from Page 15
that video games have been in existence, this presents a problem. The shift of focus toward the casual not only disregards this loyalty, but also threatens to cut off supply of the games that this audience seeks. What’s more is the industry itself is at risk of collapsing under this shortterm success by appealing to an audience that has not yet proved itself as a long-term market. Many people that

I know who have purchased a Wii marveled for a few days at its ability to kind of simulate a tennis racket and then abandoned it. As I continue to appreciate the depth of games like Twilight Princess and Super Mario Galaxy, I witness numerous Wii Fit games cursing their owners for not showing up for two months. It is important for Nintendo, and all game developers, to keep in mind that the casual crowd is a fickle bunch. Continue to appeal to them, but don’t neglect the audience that has, and will, continue to support you.

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