Search Results

Use the fields below to perform an advanced search of The Chronicle's archives. This will return articles, images, and multimedia relevant to your query. You can also try a Basic search

27 items found for your search. If no results were found please broaden your search.

South of the Border

(03/07/02 5:00am)

For this spring break, I told the travel agent I wanted to go "south of the border" - for sun, sangria, and a plethora of "Pedros" (if you know what I mean). She booked my request, I boarded the plane... and found myself, not in Cancun or Cabo, but in Dillon, South Carolina. An honest mistake, but it turns out "South of the Border" ended up being the crazy spring break all college coeds can hope for. I now understand why this little gem off I-95 is considered the greatest vacation destination on the East Coast--it was a non-stop party!

Broken Hearts Club

(02/14/02 5:00am)

Pop Quiz: Staci's a slutty-hot mid-20-something struggling to make it in Los Angeles. She's not the brightest in the bunch, but throw a semi-attractive male and some female competition in the fray, and her feistiness explodes on screen. She proceeds with some trash talk and inappropriate sexual innuendos. What popular TV show is she appearing on?

Evolution of the Oak Room

(01/24/02 5:00am)

Ah, the Oak Room. The name alone conjures images of slightly overpriced dishes of bowtie pasta in a bland cream sauce, our fellow students tripping over their server aprons, eternally fuming about getting stiffed on their last three tables. Ever "flagging," ever doing worse than the year before, ever in a state of promised renewal or near shut-down... and yet the Oak Room endures.

Small Screen Déjà Vu

(09/21/01 4:00am)

____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>If a thing happens on television, we have every right to find it fascinating, whatever it is." --Don DeLillo, White Noise. And you have an equal right to be repulsed. Reviled. Even repelled. Love it or hate it, fall is here, and in TV land, that means it's time to unveil the rookies--gimmicks, promos and all. We know you Duke students--too smart, too busy (and perhaps too self-righteous?) to care.... Right? C'mon, admit it. Sometimes you can't deny the urge to delve into Survivor. Even if you can't bring yourself to embrace TV, we here at Recess--Duke's resident pop-culture sellouts--are here to preview, review, reheat, slice, dice and dish the new fall network line-up. WaitÉ did I say new? Oops--they did it again. I mean that, literally. There is nothing really "new" about the line-up. Popstars II. The Mole II. Millionaire is getting its own channel (it used to be called ABC). Even fresh-out-of-the-box pilots fit into the cookie cutter TV creations of yesteryear. In short, we have a "token" season--formulaic down to its inane attempts at innovation. A few examples: Token Superman Show Ah, Smallville--WB's new "reinterpretation" of the Superman story, following teenage Clark Kent's discovery of his superpowers in rural Kansas. But wait--this isn't even the first "re-interpretation"--who can forget Lois and Clark starring TV movie king Dean Cain and Ms. Radio Shack? And bonus points to anyone who remembers the original "it's-Superman-but-with-a-twist" series--the O80s cartoon Superboy. This franchise seems to have more half-lives than kryptonite. The WB hopes to "freshen it up" with their own token additions: attractive new faces, pensive expressions and a quirky relative or two. Token Reality Show From the creators of MTV's The Real World and the channel that brought you Temptation Island comes Love Cruise: The Maiden Voyage. Sexy singles isolated Big Brother-style on a boat compete in both Survivor-type competitions and in matters of the libido (think of last year's isle of infidelity or even better, DisMissed) in order to win everything important in life: money, sex and that coveted guesthosting gig on TRL. Please make note of the title, as its promise to be a multi-season show is already established. Joy. Token Gimmicky Thursday Night NBC Comedy Start with those arrested-development thirty-somethings with the hyphenated celebrity last names. Continue on with the "wacky" antics of the should-be-titled Jack & Karen show. Whatever shall go in between? How about Inside Schwartzü starring Breckin Meyer as a single sportscaster whose life is interpreted through an inner play-by-play? Cutesy idea with likable star, but sadly, this show has happened before. It was called Herman's Head. Token Family Sitcom Starring Washed-up Comedian It's a close race between According to Jim (ABC) starring Jim Belushi as a bumbling father and Raising Dad (WB) starring Bob Saget as a... bumbling father. Saget's had this gig before on Full House, but his unforgettable cameo in Half Baked gives him the slight coolness advantage over Belushi. Either way, it's doubtful you'll be watching either show. Token College Show Actually, Undeclared looks pretty promising, especially coming from the creators of the critical-winner/ratings-loser Freaks and Geeks. Advance press says it's eccentric and funny. But could it hit too close to home? And that's just a brief sample. You've got new vehicles for Ellen De Generes, Jason Alexander and Daniel Stern, all sitcom staples. There's The Amazing Race and Lost in addition to new seasons of the billion other reality shows dominating the airwaves. Any way you slice it, all the "new" shows are just re-packaged franchises, celebrities or genres. Will audience appetite for this season's token TV reflect a love of comfort food or the boredom of reheated leftovers? In TV land, anything is possible.

One in a Million

(08/31/01 4:00am)

Aplane crash in the Bahamas last Saturday night ended the life of 22-year-old singer and actress Aaliyah Haughton, one of the most innovative artists in today's hip-hop landscape. For the performer who initially proved that "age ain't nothin' but a number," it was an end that came just on the brink of Yberstardom.

5 to Forget

(04/20/01 4:00am)

It has taken all year, but I've finally come to terms with it: I suck as a college music critic. I'm not out discovering new indie bands, picking up CDs at Radio Free Records or attending shows at Cat's Cradle. I admit it-I'm a mainstream music junkie. I listen to G105 in the shower and review the artists that practically everyone has already heard about.

A Bevy Of Chevy

(04/20/01 4:00am)

Chevy Chase "won't even give Time magazine" half an hour, so we at Recess felt privileged to get 17 minutes with the guy. He's starred on everything from Caddyshack to Saturday Night Live, but now Chase is doing something different-playing jazz piano with the Duke Jazz Ensemble. The actor and comedian will be performing his debut concert this Monday in Page Auditorium. Associate Music Editor Beth Iams got the lucky 17 minutes.

Grammy Slam

(02/23/01 5:00am)

For the first time in years, the Grammys had a chance to reverse their inconsequential and hopelessly unhip pattern of recognizing expired radio trends and jumping on pop culture bandwagons. Forget the first two hours of the show, which were dominated by Bono's arrogant ramblings and the Destiny Children's midriffs. The big drama that could have vindicated this irrelevant studio-horse awards show was the battle over album of the year.