6(ish) Degrees of Separation

Step-Up Revolution (October 17th-20th, 7PM) stars Misha Gabriel Hamilton > who danced his booty off in Clerks II > featuring a cameo of Ben Affleck > who directed The Town > for which he cast Blake Lively > who stars in Savages (October 10th-13th, 9:30PM) > along with Taylor Kitsch > who appeared in this summer’s mega-flop Battleship > alongside Liam Neeson > who was the bad guy in Batman Begins > whose character has a daughter who is the bad guy in The Dark Night Rises (October 31st - November 3rd, 9:30PM) > which (like most movies) stars Morgan Freeman > who drove Miss Daisy > whose son was played by Dan Akroyd > who began his comedy career with The Second City comedy troupe (October 18th, 8PM, $5) > similar to Tina Fey > who was the leading lady of Date Night > supported by Mila Kunis > who is the girlfriend of the brother of TED (October 17th-20th, 9:30PM) > directed by Seth MacFarlane > who went to highschool with Peter Farrelly > producer of Shallow Hal > starring Jack Black > the voice of Po the Panda in Kung Fu Panda > who fought alongside the Tigress, voiced by Angelina Jolie > who was the Mrs. of Mr. and Mrs. Smith > also starring Vince Vaugn > protecting the neighborhood in The Watch (October 31st - November 3rd, 7PM) > with Ben Stiller > who rocked a tracksuit in The Royal Tennebaums > starring Gwyneth Paltrow > from Country Strong > featuring Leighton Meester > who guest starred in an episode of 7th Heaven > starring a young Jessica Biel > who is the female lead of Total Recall (October 24th-27th, 9:30PM) > which is a remake of the 1990 movie by the same name starring Arnold Schwarzenegger > who played the twin of Danny DeVito in Twins > the voice of The Lorax > from the creators of Despicable Me > voiced by Steve Carrell > who seeks a friend in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (October 24th-27th, 7PM) > set on the east coast of America > where Miami is located > the home of the revolution that is… (begin anew).


What is The Second City?


Who would you consider a great comedian? Mike Myers? Tiny Fey? Amy Poehler? Steve Carell? All these stars had to start somewhere right? Most have gone on to bigger and better things such as performing in front of millions of people on Saturday Night Live, obtaining main roles in hit blockbuster films, and some have even been blessed with their very own talk shows; but, before they were famous, they all had one major thing in common: they were all part of The Second City Comedy Troupe, an improvisational comedy enterprise.

On Thursday, October 18, at 8pm in the Wilson Auditorium, it’s your turn to see who could be the next up and coming stars. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for the general public. Come prepared for an overall good time as well as sidesplitting pains from laughing too much. You never know, one day these improv comedians could be the next big thing. Wouldn’t it be cool to say, “I knew them before they were famous!”


For more information, check out their website: http://www.secondcity.com/  

Kelsey Smythers, Special Events


Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

“Seeking a Friend for the End of World” is playing at Grafton at 7:00 PM during the week of homecoming, which got me to thinking that  I should have some form of a bucket list. I have never written a bucket list so I thought I would give it a shot.  This is what I’ve come up with:

1.     Graduate from JMU

2.     Be able to get a job

3.     Set foot on all 7 continents

4.     Scuba dive

5.     Get married

6.     See the Northern Lights

7.     Go to see the Olympics (preferably summer)

8.     Learn to surf

9.     Go to India and do the walk to the salt mines

10.  Get my pilots license

11.  Eat at Carlo’s Bakery

12.  Go to a baseball game in every major league park

13.  Meet J.K. Rowling

14.  Own at ’69 mustang

15.  See the Nationals go to the World Series

What would be on your bucket list?

-Steph Dinan, Film Committee


So everyone knows that spaghetti is delicious.  It just is.  It’s super easy, it fits into the abnormally small budget of college students, and it brings us back to food from home!  It’s for sure a go-to in my apartment.  Well, while searching for some delicious recipes I came upon MIDNIGHT SPAGHETTI!  Who knew there was such a thing?  

Now, don’t be deterred because you see anchovies in the mix.  I’m not really a seafood person myself but they go nicely.  Plus, if you’ve ever had caesar dressing you’ve already eaten a ton of em!  The recipe is super easy and fast, plus delicious.  Here are the ingredients:

1/2 pound spaghetti


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped

4 anchovy filets, rinsed and roughly chopped

1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and roughly chopped

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

2 tablespoons chopped parsley, optional

Parmesan for grating, optional.

Now that you are all hungry and pumped for some spaghetti…

Midnight Spaghetti and the Chocolate G-Strings will be playing at University Park tomorrow (10/4) at 7 pm!!  You may know them from the annual music festival they headline, Spaghettifest, or from your Music Industry prof Mikey Glago.  If you haven’t, they’re a sweet funk band that can literally jam for HOURS.  The show will also be kicked off with psychedelic jam band Steal the Prize.  

Like the deliciousness of a good spaghetti dinner you can’t go wrong with some solid jams from Midnight Spaghetti and the Chocolate G-Strings.


Well, it’s that time of year again. That time of year when it seems that all professors coordinate in scheduling tests, projects, and other assignments within the same week. I know personally that this bombardment of work happens, without fail, to me every semester. No matter how organized my planner or how good my intentions are to get ahead on reading, I always end up an over-stressed, sleep-deprived mess during midterm.

While I can’t undo my procrastination, I can relieve some anxiety through my favorite stress-reliever: comedy. Luckily for me, October’s Funny Freakin’ Friday falls right between some of my busiest weeks of the semester. This Friday, October 5 in TDU at 8 p.m., UPB will host Will Marfori, an Improv-expert-turned-stand-up-comedian who also has Cerebral Palsy.  Will has not allowed his handicap to prevent him from entertaining and is determined to show that “he is not a disabled person who is funny… he is a funny person who happens to be disabled.”

As if you needed any more reason to come, there will also be FREE Campus Cookies at the event. So take a break from all those papers and study guides and enjoy a free night of comedy this Friday in TDU!


When I came to JMU, all I wanted to do was get into an a capella group. Okay, so maybe that wasn’t all I wanted to do, but a capella was definitely in the top ten of my “to dos” when I waltzed onto campus as a teeny little freshman. And during my four years here, I’ve seen the premieres of hit television series like Glee and Smash, obsessed over Kenny Wormald when Footloose came to theatres, been to countless Madison Project and Exit concerts and, finally, saw the debut performance of my very own a capella group, Unaccompanied, at the Tree Lighting last winter. Countless rehearsals, concerts, and new songs later, and it’s time for another debut: Pitch Perfect!

On September 25th, Grafton rolls out the red carpet for the ludicrously talented cast of Pitch Perfect, a comedy about Beca (Anna Kendrick), who is persuaded into joining her school’s all-girls a capella group. Brittany Snow and Bridesmaid’s funny girl Rebel Wilson round out the group, belting out hits from Madonna to The Bangles to Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, and Cee-Lo Green. Killer comic performances and phenomenal musical numbers will certainly make for a good time. And since it’s an advanced screening, you and your friends will know all the lyrics before anyone else! So come out to Grafton at 10:00 on the 25th to see America’s newest musical comedy absolutely free!

Erin Brooks, Film Committee


Wild at Heart - Gloriana

Nashville, Tennessee is most notably known for its country music scene, and I had the opportunity to vacation near the city last year. Personally, the kind of music that has always caught my attention has been reggae, indie rock, and a wide array of world music; all seemingly opposite to country music. In my time in Nashville, I got to spend the nights hearing street artists serenade the ears of pedestrians and have dinner listening to musicians perform original music. I realized that country music was romantic and witty, and that it represented a culture different than mine. It was after this vacation that I developed an appreciation and understanding for country music.

If you too have an appreciation for country music, then you don’t want to miss seeing pop country trio Gloriana with opener Canaan Smith this week at JMU! Come see them at Wilson Hall, 8pm, this Thursday the 20th! Tickets are currently on sale at Warren Box Office for $15 with JAC, and $20 for the public. Get your tickets before they sell out!


Explore the Oregon Trail at Late Night Breakfast!

This summer my family and I loaded up and traveled out to the wild, wild West. Instead of using a covered wagon to travel the 2,000 miles West as they might have back in the Oregon Trail days, my family jumped on the 787 and took flight. Out in Jackson Hole, Wyoming we got a taste of Western life. There were wide-open spaces, sagebrush, bison, beautiful mountain ranges and much more.

We also got a taste of life from back when the settlers were coming over. We experienced historical events such as dinner in a covered wagon, a gun show, and a boating trip down the Snake River. It was so much fun to explore Western life and to get a taste of what life was like on the Oregon Trail.

This Thursday night, JMU students will be able to get their own taste of Western life and the Oregon Trail right here in the Festival. UPB will have free food, a mechanical bull, Oregon Trail game, make-your-own bandanas and leather bracelets, a chance to win meet & greet passes for UPB Presents… Gloriana, and so much more! Hope to see you there! Don’t forget to dress up in your best Western outfit for our costume contest!

-Hannah Cox, Spirit & Traditions


She’s The Man on Festival Lawn!

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Duke wants Olivia who likes Sebastian who is really Viola whose brother is dating Monique so she hates Olivia who’s with Duke to make Sebastian jealous who is really Viola who’s crushing on Duke who thinks she’s a guy…

Love watching movies? Love hanging out with your friends and having a good time? Love FREE events with FREE popcorn and cotton candy? Than come out to UPB’s Movie on the Lawn: She’s the Man! This FREE event will be held on Tuesday, September 18th on Festival Lawn. The show starts at 9:00PM, so be sure to arrive early and scope out the perfect seats! Did I mention it’s FREE?? Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be a great night!


The Avengers come to Grafton

The only thing better than watching your favorite superhero is watching all of your favorite superhero’s team up together to fight off ridiculous looking aliens and demigods. This summer was the summer for action films, specifically super hero films. The Avengers took several well-known characters such as Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk and mixed them in with the other key members of the original Avengers team. It was a perfect combination of cocky attitudes that we are all familiar with from other headlining movies and the introduction of director Joss Whedon’s interpretation of the other essential members of the Avengers. With all the rumors about upcoming superhero films combining any and every superhero we’ve heard of, this modern rendition of The Avengers is one you won’t want to miss. 

Come out to the matinee at Grafton on September 9th at 2 pm for only $2 and get you fill of epic action scenes, witty lines, and of course, gorgeous superhero’s. 

                                                                                                     Stephanie Dinan, Film