September 30, 2010 Volume CXXVIII Issue 4

Not that far away

Louisville and Cincinnati offer unique entertainment opportunities
By JACKIE GONDA
Staff Writer

Cincinnati offers a big city feel while being very close to home.

Going home for the weekend might seem very appealing, especially since everyone else seems to leave then as well. What actually goes on at home though? Sitting in front of the TV, dinner with your moms and pops and then maybe some laundry gets done — hoorah! Staying on campus, however, could become much more appealing when you have something to do such as see your favorite band in concert, shop at some huge malls or use your adult authority to get that tattoo you’ve always wanted; maybe you could just settle for a piercing. Driving multiple hours home to see your favorite people? Nah. Driving to Louisville or Cincinnati, both of which are about an hour away? Yes, please!

Serious music people will travel anywhere to hear some awesome new music or their favorite band. Cincinnati and Louisville both house two of my favorite music venues. Headliners Music Hall in Louisville has concerts almost every night featuring bands such as Flyleaf, The Acacia Strain and Whitechapel for the rock lovers and even artists like Shooter Jennings for people on the lighter side of music. Riverbend Music Center hosts bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Godsmack on a usual basis.

Cincinnati has many other opportunities for you to rid yourself of boredom. Driving up to see the Bengals football or Reds baseball games is a great way to spend an evening. If you are looking to stay the night, there are many hotels, but the Great Wolf Lodge and Water Park is probably the most fun. The number one attraction in Cincinnati is the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. There are more places in Cincinnati than you could possibly visit in all your weekends at Georgetown, all around an hour away.

A “keep Louisville weird” sign overlooks several oddity shops in downtown Louisville.

If you are like most people, you want to find multiple ways to spend your time in one place. Bardstown Road in Louisville is exactly that place. The little strip of strange things is the place that “keeps Louisville weird.” It is home to the largest number of original restaurants, oddity shops, and hole-in-the-wall bars. You can have a laugh at the Comedy Caravan or see an indie movie at the Baxter Avenue Theatre. Get your music on at the twostory Ear X-Tacy or join the weirdness by participating in the annual Zombie Walk. You are 18 now, right? Right. So go down to Body Art Emporium and get that new tattoo or piercing. Never mind — let’s not freak out the parents just yet.

Louisville is host to many top spots in the state, and even in the country. At “Fourth Street Live” you can find Hard Rock Café. Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum and Muhammad Ali Center also call Louisville their home. Looking for some fun during Halloween time? Waverly Hills Sanatorium, featured on the Syfy channel’s series “Ghost Hunters,” is known as one of the most haunted places in the world and is open year round for overnight and half-night stays, tours and haunted house setups. So while home may be hours away, you can find some place to have fun in just a short drive.

The Great American Ball Park is home to the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.

 


 

Coming soon to a Redbox near you

By PAYHTON ELLIS
Staff Writer

“Inception” was released in theaters July 16.

If it has been a while since you have been caught with your jaw on the floor of the theater as you sort out the movie you just watched, it might be time to watch “Inception.” From the same man who brought us “The Prestige,” “Memento,” “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” comes a carefully, cleverly constructed film about the inner workings of the mind and a world in which dreams can literally be constructed, used and destroyed. At its core, “Inception” is a heist movie set in an entirely foreign environment—the mind. The central character, Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a man who has the power to enter the dreams of others and steal the secrets that are hidden in their subconscious.

This premise is certainly more thought-provoking than your average blockbuster film, but this doesn’t mean that it is lacking in action. In fact, the steady adrenaline and fast pace fused with a brand of mystified suspense makes for an interesting combination that brings the viewers back to the atmosphere of “The Matrix.” The special effects put into use only heighten the strength of the action as we watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays the role of Arthur (Cobb’s wing-man in the process of extracting information from the dreams of their targets), zero-gravity fight scene. Yes, I know you’re wondering if you read that last bit right. You did, and it is worth rewinding to watch again. I know this from experience.

Director Christopher Nolan brings “Inception” to life with a vision and intensity that matches or even rivals those of his previous works, and honestly makes my brain hurt slightly, in a good way. There are aspects of this movie that rely on the imagination of the audience and may cause you to analyze its concept well beyond the first viewing, but if you don’t mind being entirely enthralled by the experience, is well worth it. This psychological thriller stars a cast that is not only diverse, but can deliver believable performances despite the fact that the plot is so surreal. If you’re skeptical, here are a few key cast members: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard.

However, very few movies (if any) are without flaws (regardless of how big or small), and “Inception” is no exception. The main weakness in this film comes from the feeble character development. This is due in part to the way that the script was written. More importantly, the deep emotional connection that could have been established with the characters of the film was overwhelmed by the rush of the plot.

In short, Inception is an extremely original as well as ambitious project that was crafted well. It deserves a viewing once it is released on DVD, even if it happens to lack some of the depth that it could have achieved had it slowed its pace in favor of developing some of the characters involved. This film is worthy of 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

DiCaprio (left) and Page give a stunning performance in “Inception.”

 


 

Exhibit opens in Kentucky Horse Park

Learn about Middle Eastern culture in downtown Lexington
By APRIL JOUETT
Staff Writer

The exhibit is open through Oct. 15.

At the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky until Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can experience art of the Middle Eastern culture and its relation to the Arabian horse. This is the museum’s third major exhibition and contains many great pieces for its visitors’ enjoyment. One of the most well-known pieces in the exhibit is the “Standard of Ur,” 2600 BCE. It depicts on one side an image of war times and on the other an image of peace. In this piece, one can also see the first recorded image of an equine (most likely a donkey) pulling a chariot along.

Having a chance to see the different art pieces from across the ocean was a really great experience. I got to see how much of an impact the equine has made in history, art and culture. This exhibit does a wonderful job of showing the connection between art and the equine, to go along with the World Equestrian Games that are also being held on the grounds. This exhibit is a must-see if you are going to be anywhere near the Lexington Horse Park over the next few weeks.

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