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Comedian Pete Lee takes on the Atwood Theater

“Sorry” was a commonly murmured utterance from Comedian Pete Lee, but only for how controversial the statements made in his jokes were. Lee performed for a small audience Wednesday night in the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre, an event scheduled and organized by the University Program Board. Adapting to his audience, Lee discussed topics such as relationships and breakups, college loans, sex, racism and self-image; he left no topic off-limits. Lee originally hails from Wisconsin, but received his education from the University of Minnesota before moving to New York City and making his television debut on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” in 2005. From there, he made an appearance and was voted a standout performer at the “Just for Laughs Comedy Festival” in Montreal. Between 2008 and 2010 he accomplished making network television appearances on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” finishing as a semi-finalist and also an acting debut on a CBS soap… Keep Reading

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Bodily functions and not much else in “The Interview”

One of the buzzier moments of Hollywood recently, also affecting foreign policy, was the Sony hackings made by the group called the Guardians of Peace this past fall, threatening the movie “The Interview,” a comedy about the assassination of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, being shown in theaters. The major U.S. theater chains backed out of showing the film on its release date, and since then the film has found another life on the internet. It’s been available on services like Amazon and iTunes, and has been available for Netflix streaming since Jan. 24. I was disappointed in December when the theater chains chose to not screen the movie. I thought it was a relatively weak move to give into the taunts of a hacker group, especially for a movie as superficial as “The Interview.” I’ve been interested in watching this movie, as I’ve enjoyed the movies that directing and… Keep Reading

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In “Horns”, the devil is in the details

Ig Perrish is a wanted man, a passionate man and an innocent man accused of terrible things.Ig is also the instrument of evil and has the physical attributes to go along with it. In the film “Horns,” Daniel Radcliffe emerges all grown up from his Harry Potter persona, to a more grown-up and arguably more tormented soul than Potter ever was.  After development and distribution nightmares, Alexandre Aja (The Hill Have Eyes – 2006) directs this visually stunning piece from the mind of Joe Hill, “demon” spawn of auteur Stephen King. Hill’s story easily shows that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with rich and original characters with heavy Christian undertones, mostly mocking, but hey,  that’s ok!  It’s all part of the overall mood here.  There are also plenty of Easter eggs in the plot that you have to keep an eye out for, like locations, license plates,… Keep Reading

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Local bands raise money at Greek organization event

There are no all-ages music venues in St. Cloud, which can make it difficult for those under the age of 18 to check out new and upcoming music, and for new bands to reach younger audiences. SCSU greek organization Tau Kappa Epsilon sought to remedy this situation with their recent event that raises funds for The St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, TKE’s national philanthropy. The St. Jude’s Benefit show presented by TKE on Saturday in the Atwood Quarry showcased several local bands for those of all ages. James Seegebarth, 23, an organizer of this event and a member of TKE, backs this up with his statement. “We want to give students and local teens an opportunity to come together and enjoy music. St. Cloud doesn’t have an all-ages venue for teenagers to attend shows or mingle with friends, so we’re really proud to provide that for them tonight. [TKE] is… Keep Reading

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“Selma” delivers honest, powerful truth

The Academy award nominations were announced in California, which was Hollywood’s night to celebrate the great performances on and off camera. One of the potential frontrunners in the acting category was noticeably absent–Selma. The Oprah Winfrey produced biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. stars relatively unknown British actor David Oyelowo (Interstellar) as King Jr., his wife Coretta Scott King is played by fellow British actress Carmen Ejogo (The Purge: Anarchy) and Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins) as President Johnson. The film documents America during a three-month period in 1965 during a campaign to secure equal voting rights, marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The strongest aspects of the film, in my opinion, were the acting and characters. The purpose of a film is to introduce you to a group of characters, make you care about them, and tell an impacting story. All of the cast delivers. There isn’t a weak link in the… Keep Reading

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Fire and ice brought together at Eden Prairie castle

Pillars of glittering man-made ice, fire dancers, and Disney characters are a few things one may experience at the must-see Ice Castle in Eden Prairie. People of all ages lined up to enter Eden Prairie’s Ice Castle in Miller Park—a Minnesota winter favorite. The castle was astonishing, especially for a first time Ice Castle goer like myself. The cave-like areas of the castle brought me back to my younger snow fort building days, as well as it provided great photo opportunity. The intricate detail of the icicles, combined with the lights inside the ice made for an amazing nighttime experience. Because Miller Park is quite dark during the night, one can see the stars glimmering through skylights in the castle. For the child-at-heart, on Saturdays and Sundays people can meet Disney’s Frozen princesses. After a walk through the castle, you can take part in some ice-skating, or on select days,… Keep Reading

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NBC drama “Parenthood” says goodbye this week

There are several anticipated television series finales to look not-so-forward to in 2015. There’s “Mad Men,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Glee,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “Sons of Anarchy,” among other well-known and beloved shows that are calling it quits this year. I will miss some of these shows, but there is one show’s end that is a particularly hard pill to swallow. That show is NBCs “Parenthood.” An hour-long family drama that’s narrowly escaped cancelation several times before, is locking up the feels vault for good this Thursday at 9 p.m. Based on the 1989 film of the same name directed by Ron Howard, Parenthood was rebooted by Jason Katims, the executive producer of the television show “Friday Night Lights.” It premiered in March 2010 with a cast of familiar faces like Craig T. Nelson, Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Dax Shepard, and Monica Potter. What began as a 20-years-newer-looking version of the… Keep Reading

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Interstellar – an exploration of the imagination

The future is unwritten and there have been many storytellers that try and put forth their own vision of a possible future. Since the inception of film, people have wanted to explore the possibilities of a future from flying cars, space travel, extraterrestrial beings, and colonizing other planets. Interstellar goes a similar, yet different direction. Based on theories of physicist Kip Thorne, this film dives into the possibilities that could exist in the correct cosmic consistencies. Simply put, are there ways to travel into other dimensions and further explore deep space through the use of wormholes and extended space travel? A pile of theories , physics, and math say yes. But it took Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) to bring it to awareness, at least in film form. Christopher and his brother Jonathan penned the screenplay about a struggling farmer in the not too distant future plagued with a… Keep Reading

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Best Winter Beers

Thirsty? Nothing says winter like robust beers from near and far. Here are seven beers to try this cold season, ranging from local Christmas specials to exotic imports. For Aspiring Santas: Schell’s Chimney Sweep Smoky, bold and strong will help any potential Santa brave those cold nights and climbs down the chimney. Hailing from New Ulm, just west of Mankato, Schell’s has been brewing some of the best Minnesota beers for more than a century. Any fan of the strong stuff will want to quaff this holiday special. For Brave Souls: Brau Brothers Bancreagie When they say “Peated Scotch Ale,” they mean it has the flavor of smoked peat. This will put hair on anyone’s chest. For dark beer aficionados only. This incredibly robust and smoky ale from tiny Lucan, Minn., just outside Marshall, is bold enough to make even the most intrepid drinker content. It’s overpowering aroma may scare some away,… Keep Reading

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