Andrew Siddons

“Once” explores music of new Dubliners

“Once” is a put-your-arm-around-your-girlfriend kind of movie. A modern-day musical, “Once” could best be described as a happenstance meeting between two lonely people who wind up making sweet music – literally. He’s a self-described “broken hearted hoover fixer sucker guy” – working in his father’s vacuum cleaner repair shop by day, playing his own music […]

Taking it to the streets

Chicago, Ill., 1968. It’s August, and the Democratic National Convention is about to take place. You’re young and pissed off at President Lyndon Johnson, his despicable war, and how he’s sending your generation off to die for their country thousands of miles away from home. So what do you do? Take it to the streets. […]

Andew Siddons: Get out before it’s too late

I’m looking forward to graduating for many reasons, but one of them is that I’ll no longer have to deal with GW housing. I wish I had left it behind two years ago, never looking back at its myriad bureaus and frustrating policies. Don’t make the same mistake I did – move out while you […]

Andrew Siddons: Live it up for the last semester

Right now, I’m in full existential crisis mode. I have a feeling that if you’re a senior; we’re in the same boat. If you aren’t, good for you, but right now who isn’t overwhelmed with papers, presentations and exams and doesn’t want to strangle the next person who asks you about an internship, writing a […]

WEB EXTRA: “Casino Royale”

Until now, the best James Bond movie of the last 10 years was “Der James Bond Blumen” (“The Flowers of James Bond”), a little known German film from 2002. It’s about a German James Bond trying to save the world from an evil mastermind named Herr Dr Sven. It was shot at my friend Rob […]

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood jam through the District night

On an unseasonably warm Friday night last week, the 9:30 Club hipped, hopped, bipped, bopped, swung, grooved and sometimes even rocked a long night of Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood. For two consecutive sets that clocked in at around three hours, these gentlemen gave their fingers and a dancin’, clappin’, shoutin’ audience a good workout. […]

WEB EXTRA: Trimming the Fat: “Fast Food Nation” addresses

I don’t remember a negative discourse about fast food growing up, certainly not one approaching the campaigns about the “evils” of smoking. Then, in 2001, journalist Eric Schlosser wrote “Fast Food Nation.” Though I’ve never read the book, I recall hearing about the impact it would have on my friends who did, it making them […]

Andrew Siddons: The college tradition we lack

A few weekends ago I took a trip to the University of Virginia to visit one of my best friends from high school. We spent the time catching up, while he gave me a tour of the beautiful campus designed by Thomas Jefferson and the very decent nightlife that takes place there. We came to […]

Andrew Siddons: Encourage seniors to give for the future

Every year, the departing senior class presents a gift to the University – a legacy by which the class will be remembered as long as GW still stands. Some past gifts have included familiar landmarks around campus, but in recent years, the gifts have been financial. After a bumpy start – I shouldn’t have to […]

WEB EXTRA: Damn: DAM! Festival brings music spotlight to DC

If you came up with a really cool costume this year, but you still don’t have any plans to show it off this weekend, worry not. The District’s Awake! Music Festival debuts this weekend. No, it’s not a costume party. But you should still wear a costume, because hey, it’s Halloween. The first ever DAM! […]