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Feature Fiction: I must apologize for my behavior at Dungeons and Dragons

Feature Fiction: I must apologize for my behavior at Dungeons and Dragons

Ross Hardy

September 21, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized

To Todd, Dan, Steve, Amber, and the rest of my Thursday Dungeons and Dragons group, I would like to offer my sincere apologies for my behavior over the last few sessions. The passage of time, and our culture’s ready availability for mood-stabilizing pharmaceuticals, has led me to realize that my...

Kill Your Idols

Eric Brown

September 21, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Welcome to Kill Your Idols. This is my third year as The Cluster’s entertainment editor, and I’ve never bothered to indulge myself with a regular column before (if you don’t count failed Reviewing Movies I’ve Never Seen, which I co-authored from time to time), and I decided it was high time for ...

Q&A: The Front Bottoms

Q&A: The Front Bottoms

Eric Brown

September 21, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Front Bottoms are one of the most interesting new bands I’ve come across in a long time. The New Jersey duo, composed of singer/guitarist Brian Sella and Matt Uychich recently released their self-titled debut album, an absolutely mind-blowing blend of pop, rock, and old fashioned punk spirit....

Spotify: your new favorite thing

Jonathan Popham

September 7, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Reviewing results from World Beard and Mustache Championships, I can’t help but wonder why I wasn’t gifted with such talents. Instead of combing one of those monsters I was stuck on this Earth as a columnist. What horseshit. In more perfect (read: bearded) world, I’d make an unspeakable amount...

'The Help' examines racial conflicts

Monica Hoyle

September 7, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Very rarely do books adapted into films end up pleasing the majority of people, especially when those films force one to think about those forbidden topics that society tries to bury and pretends no longer exist.  This summer’s The Help has done just that. The book, written by Kathryn Sockett, was...

Madness at Dragon*Con: A savage journey to the heart of America's nerdiest event

Ross Hardy

September 7, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

  I’m exhausted, sitting on itchy carpet in the basement of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. To my left is a wild-eyed youth in four-inch platform boots; to my right is a mountain of a man wearing a kilt, a cycling t-shirt, and a handlebar mustache. My feet hurt, I’m covered in glitter,...

Watch 'Watch the Throne:' Hip Hop legends collaborate

Tullika Saraf

September 7, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Yeezy and Jay are back, and they’re as brash, blunt, and bold as ever. On Watch the Throne, their first full-fledged collaborative effort, the duo embarks on a darkly lyrical tête-à-tête, picking apart the urban myth of street sovereignty. Albeit loosely, the album’s tracks weave together fragments...

Guess who's coming to Mercer: Fun. & Janelle Monae

Guess who's coming to Mercer: Fun. & Janelle Monae

Eric Brown

September 7, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

  After bringing in hit artists ranging from The Format to 3Oh!3 to Gym Class Heroes, Bearstock has become one of Quadworks’ most ambitious and well-recieved projects, leaving the organization wondering what they can possibly do to top last year’s event. Their answer? More concerts. Quadwo...

Top 10: Summer albums

Eric Brown

August 18, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Summer is usually the prime time for new music. As with blockbuster movies, bands and record labels like to wait until peak times to put out a sure-fire hit. But unfortunately for you, I haven’t been reviewing music for The Cluster this summer, and you’ve been missing out on my sage wisdom. But now ...

Exploring Macon: a guide

Jonathan Popham

August 18, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Greetings Mercerians, new and old! Welcome to Macon! With a new year upon us, now is a time for discovery— local discovery. Whether you’ve been an undergrad for seven days or seven years, everyone can find something new in this ever-changing city. For starters, don’t be scared of Downtown. Only...

Popham Culture: A golden age for music

Popham Culture: A golden age for music

Jonathan Popham

April 27, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

It seems like without thinking about it, I’ve got a theme going with this column. It has served me well so far, but it is time to finish this arc. In my previous entries, I’ve outlined how musicians aren’t getting compensated for the music that they are making and how record labels aren’t doin...

“I Love” Mercer Players’ latest live performance

Brittani Howell

April 27, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Mercer Players outdid themselves with their most recent performance, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. The musical's two-week run kept audiences packing out the theater and rolling in the aisles as the Players revealed everything you ever wanted to know about love and marriage but were afr...

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