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Scene in South Bend: The Brain Lair Bookstore

Scene in South Bend: The Brain Lair Bookstore

| Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Brain Lair. It’s an anagram for librarian and a fitting name for Kathy Burnette’s bookstore, located just five minutes from campus. Before opening Brain Lair Books, Burnette held positions as a librarian in local elementary and middle schools for almost 20 years. “I’ve always wanted to open a read more

‘Los Espookys’ revels in strangeness

‘Los Espookys’ revels in strangeness

| Monday, November 4, 2019

October’s over and, while some of your friends might have already started playing Christmas music, if you’re like me, you might still be looking to watch one last strange and creepy show to close out spooky szn.  Undeniably, one of the most recent comedy series to completely hit the read more

A history of Billy Joel’s 70 years

| Friday, November 1, 2019

In preparation for the upcoming Billy Joel concert in June of 2020 at Notre Dame Stadium, I thought it might be intriguing to take a look at the history and career of the now 70-year-old William Martin “Billy” Joel. The Start: The by-now largely successful musical path of Billy read more

The Trophy Hunter: Best Actor

The Trophy Hunter: Best Actor

| Friday, November 1, 2019

Welcome to “The Trophy Hunter,” a semi-regular column where I’ll preview the Oscars in the lead-up to the Academy’s nominations announcement on Jan. 13 and the show itself on Feb. 9. For the inaugural edition of the column, let’s look at what is shaping up to be the tightest read more

Jenny Hval practices love in ethereal new album

Jenny Hval practices love in ethereal new album

| Friday, November 1, 2019

Jenny Hval’s spooky new album “The Practice of Love” poetically analyzes otherness, intimacy and purpose to the sounds of ‘90s electronic trance music.  Norwegian avant-garde musician and writer Hval released her seventh album Sept. 13. Hval’s last album “Blood Bitch,” which centered around vampires, menstruation, 1970s horror movies and read more

Music S—-y: Scene visits Nashville

Music S—-y: Scene visits Nashville

| Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Above and behind the third floor bar at Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge honky tonk, four wax men — hair meticulously cropped, T-shirts tightened, instruments dangling from their shoulders like ornaments — synchronize the animatronic motions of their lips and hips to the inescapable melodies of the Zac Brown’s “Chicken read more