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LOL: Student improv comedy group

LOL: Student improv comedy group

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March 1, 2012


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“LOL” is more than a text message acronym at Saint Louis University. The League of Laughter, or LOL, is SLU’s first student comedy group. LOL was founded in 2007 by alumnus Kevin Dwyer and medical school student Astha Mor, with the help of alumni Chris Lyons and Matt Albers. The league start...

Iranian film nabs the country’s first Oscar

Iranian film nabs the country’s first Oscar

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March 1, 2012


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‘A Separation’ earns award for Best Foreign Language Film The film first aired on Feb. 1 in Iran’s 30th annual Fajr Film Festival. Although it received no awards in that festival, it went on to win the Golden Bear in Cannes and, most recently, the Oscar for best foreign language film at the 84th annual Academy Awards. “A Separation” became the first Iranian film to win an Oscar, and the s...

The antics of ‘Project X’

The antics of ‘Project X’

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March 1, 2012


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Get ready— “Project X” is coming. This film has been promoted with ads featuring Jimmy Kimmel, but has not gathered the buzz of a box office smash. “Project X” is the latest comedy to hit the big screen, and it is being released on Friday, March 2, in a theater near you. It has mostly flown under the radar, b...

SAB unveils plans for upcoming Spring Fest

SAB unveils plans for upcoming Spring Fest

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March 1, 2012


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Colorful posters allude to “4.13,” the date of an event that is quickly approaching. On April 13, the Student Activities Board (SAB) will host “Spring Fest,” which will be a revamped version of the traditional Spring Fever concert. In addition to festival-style music performances, the e...

New Broadway cast refines classic tale

New Broadway cast refines classic tale

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February 22, 2012


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‘West Side Story’ brings romance, dramatic flair to the Fox Theatre The highlight of Valentine’s Day was the opening of “West Side Story” at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.  What better way to show affection for the one you love than with tickets to one of the most romantic shows to ever grace th...

Comedy Central’s Gabriel Iglesias charms the Peabody

Comedy Central’s Gabriel Iglesias charms the Peabody

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February 22, 2012


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A laser lights show and LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” introduced the fluffiest man in show business: the 5-foot-10-inch, 250-pound Gabriel Iglesias. On Friday, Feb. 17, Iglesias came to the Peabody Opera House, along with a few of his comedian buddies, to bring a stand-up revolution of sorts. Ig...

Lotus: Jam band’s live shows are ‘a main attraction’

Lotus: Jam band’s live shows are ‘a main attraction’

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February 22, 2012


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I do not consider myself a music aficionado. I neither concern myself with the technicalities of why a band is “good” or “bad,” nor do I follow current music trends. (For example, I have never seen the Grammys, or any other awards show.) Music is for the ears rather than the eyes, so I do not ca...

The Toasters warm up the Firebird on a snowy night

The Toasters warm up the Firebird on a snowy night

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February 21, 2012


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Saxophones bellowed, trombones blared and guitars wailed Tuesday night at The Toasters concert. The Toasters, a Ska band, are a St. Louis staple who attempt to show up in our fair town at least once every year.  If you are unaware, Ska traces its origins to Jamaica, where it evolved from Regg...

Theatre student makes big screen debut

Theatre student makes big screen debut

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February 15, 2012


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Junior Mark Holzum stars in independent film ‘Welcome to Shirley’ His friends refer to him jokingly as “The Actor,” but Mark Holzum did not always want to be in the movies. Now, his name appears atop the poster for the new film “Welcome to Shirley.” While he got his start on th...

Una shares student memories, monologues

Una shares student memories, monologues

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February 15, 2012


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In support of the V-Day global campaign to end violence against women and girls, Una is premiering “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer (MMRP.) MMRP is a series of monologues edited by Eve Ensler, which focuses on a wide range of issues relating to violence against women and girls, and has a globa...

Peabody to host comedian Gabriel Iglesias

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February 15, 2012


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St. Louis is about to get a little fluffier. Gabriel Iglesias, comedian, is coming to the Peabody Opera House on Friday, Feb. 17 as part of his Stand-Up Revolution Tour. Iglesias was previously in St. Louis in 2010, performing at The Pageant. Iglesias is a well-known comedian who tells jokes about...

Star-studded cast cannot help ‘safe’ thriller

Star-studded cast cannot help ‘safe’ thriller

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February 15, 2012


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Espinoza’s ‘Safe House’ a forgettable addition to action genre Bon Jovi’s most diehard fans get sick of “Livin’ On A Prayer” every once in awhile, and even “Abbey Road” can be overplayed. Lately people have also been overloaded with such blockbusters as “The Bourne Trilogy,...

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