A&E wrap-up: art world outside Western bubble

Tune in to Volume 101 for exhibits, dirt and rock stars

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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This is it, the year’s last issue. We promised we wouldn’t stain the pages with our tears or play Green Day’s “Good Riddance” in the background, but we just couldn’t resist.

This year A&E tried to provide readers with fair coverage of on-campus events as well as local ones and, in doing so, we discovered how integral the art world outside the Western bubble is to London.

While Western’s McIntosh Gallery provided standout exhibits like “WMDs & Paranoia” and “Mass Culture and Society Exhibit 2A,” other galleries also presented exciting artwork this year. The new Community Outreach Gallery’s “The 8 Photographers” exhibit attracted hipster crowds with its gritty urban photography while the Arts Project’s “World Palette” featured international sculptures and photography.

London and Western’s theatre programs offered musicals, operas and plays great for entertaining and stimulating the often work-loaded brain.

UWOpera’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, Althouse Theatre’s Seussical: the Musical and Theatre Western’s Angels in America helped expose campus’ hidden theatrical talent. The Grand Theatre lit London up with Beauty and Beast and plays like Clean Irene and Dirty Maxine.

Western’s art world provided countless poetry slams, spoken-word troupes, dance competitions and fashion shows.

A&E was especially heavy on the music scene this year. K-Os, Billy Talent, Alexisonfire, The Constantines, Bedouin Soundclash and Taking Back Sunday dominated the section’s front page along with interviews with smaller indie bands.

The first ever LOLA Festival " London Ontario Live Arts " showcased some of Canada’s best rising independent artists like Cuff the Duke, Jon-Rae and the River and Born Ruffians. Despite cold weather and pouring rain, the festival still drew a decent crowd. We’re crossing our fingers that next year LOLA day will be bright and sunny enough to draw double the crowd.

Call The Office and Alex P. Keaton: we bow down to you for providing London with numerous sweaty dance parties, naked musicians, deaf ears, cheap pitchers of beer and even a freakin’ burlesque troupe.

We’re also extremely proud of The Gazette Arts Issue 2007. We couldn’t believe the amount of amazing pieces talented students submitted. The only thing we’d change for next year? Providing even MORE.

We can’t forget our regular features. We hope you enjoyed our Celebrity Dirtsheet; our writers couldn’t resist continuously bashing Tommy Cruise and the terrible trio of Lindsay, Britney and Paris. We did it out of love.

Hopefully, our Tuesday Teases covered condom stuff adequately, with articles on everything from Super Quick! condoms to shopping etiquette, and we hope Inspect This Gadget opened your eyes to a nerd-tastic world. We especially hope Western Soundtrack helped downloaders procrastinate.

Of course, none of this would’ve been remotely possible without our great volunteers, who are dedicated to spreading their love of music, films, theatre and entertainment across campus. Tune in next year for some more sweet, scandalous A&E love!

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