Arts & Entertainment articles

Snarky Puppy kicks off LU-Aroo with a fantastic show

Snarky Puppy, a progressive jazz-funk fusion collective originally formed by students of the University of North Texas, hit the stage to close-out the first night of LU-Aroo last Friday. The full band counts thirty members, but the band for this tour was seven musicians in total: bass, drums and trap kit, guitar, keyboard, tenor saxophone

The Artist Spotlight: Dan O’Connor

While the organ is an imperative instrument in musical history and in the musical world in general, it can be a hard sell to the casual listener. The organ is often identified with stereotypes of Catholic churches and Dracula’s castle. But organs are a wonderful and gorgeous piece of musical machinery, and fifth-year Dan O’Connor hopes

LU improv group opens for professional troupe Octavarius

Last Thursday night, May 2, the Cloak Theater was filled with laughter. Popular Lawrence University improv group, formerly known as “Hi, I’m Prov” and currently known as “Optimistic Feral Children,” warmed up the stage for the professional, Chicago-based improv group “Octavarius.” When Octavarius went on, they did not just hit the stage. They worked the

Phoenix’s “Bankrupt!” disappoints

It does me great honor to review my favorite band Phoenix’s new album, “Bankrupt!” Unfortunately, not all I have to say is rapturous praise. Phoenix is a French band based out of Versailles. They reached national acclaim with their 2009 album “Wolfgang Amadeus,” and their fans have been waiting impatiently for another one ever since.

“Grey Gardens” is both heartwrenching and hilarious

SPAMALU successfully presented its Spring Musical, “Grey Gardens,” in Cloak Theatre Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. The production featured a broad and strong range of performers, from non-Conservatory freshmen to vocal performance-major seniors. While the plot is undeniably depressing, all of the cast members were uniquely brilliant in their respective roles. The first

M.T. Anderson sends powerful message in “Octavian Nothing”

“The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing,” the latest literary project by award-winning author M.T. Anderson, is nothing if not truly astonishing.  It certainly deserves the surrounding hype. Anderson has constructed an imaginative, impeccably researched and written story that courageously and intelligently examines the ugly contradiction at the heart of the American Enlightenment and Revolution: that

LUJE hosts Rik’s Cafe

In what has now become a tradition, the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble (LUJE) spent another swinging evening at Rik’s Café on Wednesday night, premiering four student compositions and featuring six seniors on standard charts. A student-led concert, performers and composers had the chance to rehearse and conduct the band for LUJE’s final performance in the