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Not All Parody: The Treatment of Musicals in The Simpsons and Family Guy

Not All Parody: The Treatment of Musicals in The Simpsons and Family Guy After a long, tough day, you come home to your couch and television just in time for The Simpsons: good humor, with both high parody and dirty jokes from the outrageous Simpsons life. Instead, the episode “All Singing, All Dancing” begins, a […]

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Indiana Jones Review

Of course, warning; I don’t intend to put spoilers in here, but I can’t promise you that I’ll catch everything. And I feel like it’s better to watch and develop an opinion, then discuss. But I won’t stop you if you haven’t seen it. So last night, I went with several of my dormmates to […]

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Tchaik It Up

We were staring at the closed door into the Davies Symphony Hall as the San Francisco Symphony sounded its first note. Very exciting beginning to Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto, and I was kind of sad that I had to miss it. But rules are rules. And students are students. The only time to arrive is […]

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Kronos Plays Sun Rings

At Julie’s suggestion, I, along with two of my dormmates, made the harrowing 3 minute bike ride to Memorial Auditorium to watch the Kronos Quartet play Sun Rings. To be honest, I had never heard of—much less heard—the Kronos Quartet before, but looking at their program, it seemed like something cool and new. The program […]

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A Night at the Opera

I’m currently taking an introductory seminar called, “A View from the Podium: The Art of Conducting.” Limited to freshmen, and only about 15-20, it’s a specialized class working with the Stanford Orchestra Director to learn about conducting. Watching tapes of the greats, determining their stylistic and musical differences, and such. As part of that, we […]

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Third Times a Charm

(Brownie points if you know what I’m going to write about already, though it only gets second billing) First, thanks tons to everyone who came to the surprise birthday party for me, but Willie in particular. While not mind-blowingly surprising, it was still more than just the moobie I was expecting, and a lot of […]

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Like a bad CD player…

I think my heart skipped a beat when I found out that the Marine Band has recording you can download off of their site: http://www.marineband.usmc.mil/audio_resources/index.htmApparently I’m a bigger band nerd than I thought.

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Harry Potter… again?

I guess I just kind of go with the flow. No, I haven’t read it yet, so you don’t have to worry about spoilers in here. Surprisingly, people seem to be incredible respectful about this last Harry Potter book. Perhaps my memory has inflated my memory of flagrant spoilers for previous ones and “Revenge of […]

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Order of the Phoenix Review

I got the most unusual call from a little Indian boy yesterday asking if I wanted to go see Harry Potter at the midnight release. I’m not really a Potter fan; I got the books from the library and watched the movies, but never really got into it. And I’ve managed to forget most of […]

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Deus Ex Machina

So if you know me, you know that I don’t watch much tv at all. For the past year or so, it’s been 3/2 hours: 1 of House, and 1/2 of Family Guy (I recently picked up 30 Rock during the lull known as “exam week”. I think it’ll make it into my schedule). Even […]