A & E Briefs – Feb 1, 2011
Compiled by Elika Roohi
Sun Star Reporter
Earn credit with Festival of Native Arts
For students interested in Alaska Native culture, there’s the Practicum in Native Cultural Expression. This class allows students to earn college credit while helping put on the Festival of Native Arts. Students can earn from one to three credits. The class meets every Monday from 4 to 5 in the Rural Student Services Gathering Room in the Brooks Building.
Source: Kay Thomas, Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development
Office star makes spirituality cool again
Rainn Wilson has produced a New York Times Bestselling book entitled “The SoulPancake Book.” The book is a product of soulpancake.com, and was written with the help of Wilson’s co-collaborators: Golriz Lucina, Devon Gundry, and Shabnam Mogharabi. Wilson’s goal with the website and book is to make spirituality cool again. The book outlines life’s big questions and covers religion, war, love, sex, science, creativity, art, emotion, and many other topics.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
‘Spider-Man’ more spectacle than spectacular
Broadway’s new “Spider-Man” musical might not be everything comic book and theater enthusiasts had hoped for. Actors are getting injured from performing the complicated aerial acrobatics required of the show, the tickets are $275, and the music is “surprisingly bland.” Is our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man more con artist than superhero?
Source: The Week
A cheerleaderless Super Bowl
Those watching the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburg Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, Feb. 5 might notice a little something lacking during the game: the cheerleaders. The irony of the situation is that the game will be held in Dallas, home of the most famous cheerleaders of the NFL. The Packers and the Steelers are two of the six teams who do not have cheerleading squads. The Packers ditched theirs in 1988 when they found that their fans didn’t really care about cheerleaders, and the Steelers dropped theirs in 1970.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Toy Story 3 Gets an Oscar Nomination
This year’s Oscar nominations have been announced. For the third time in history, an animated movie has made the Best picture list. “Toy Story 3” could be the first animated movie to win a best picture award. The other two animated films to ever come up for an Oscar were “Beauty and the Beast” and “Up.” What’s even more rare about “Toy Story 3” being up for an Oscar is the fact that it’s a sequel.