Dan Kirkwood

Dan Kirkwood: Do it yourself in the dorm

There’s nothing like owning a few tools to make a man (or lady) feel invincible. There’s nothing like a little excursion into home repair, however, to teach us that we know nothing about tools. With our society’s culture of self reliance quickly eroding, it’s important that we teach ourselves a little about how the hardware […]

Dan Kirkwood: The great textbook experiment

I’ve been dreaming of textbooks recently, but as of late, the dream has become a nightmare. I’m dreading them not only for their content, but for their prices. Every semester I have squared my shoulders and marched into the bowels of the GW Bookstore to face my nightmare. With a little hard work, however, my […]

Sundance for the masses

See the Sundance Film Festival while you can. Like a mythic beast in its last spasms, the altruistic nature of the event is being suffocated by the influx of Hollywood and its beautiful ilk. But it still lives on, it’s still a blast, and it’s still accessible to the average movie-lover. The festival grew out […]

How to Sundance

The ultimate destination for devoted movie fans outside of Hollywood is the snow-covered village of Park City, Utah. Once a year, glamorous movie stars, photo-hungry paparazzi and big-name film critics swarm Utah for Robert Redford’s movie fest. It’s not just for celebs, though – any ordinary college student can see movie premieres and attempt to […]

Sundance film review: ‘Thank you for Smoking’

“Thank You for Smoking” is a satire on the talk that big tobacco employs to keep the lines in the smoking debate hazy. The movie is a brilliant comedy, not a lecture, which neither endorses nor condemns cigarettes. The brilliance of featuring smoking is that there is little need to focus on the actual negative […]

Sundance film review: ‘Kinky Boots’

In a festival full of incredible films, what stands out about “Kinky Boots” is how simultaneously charming and sexy it is. A solid British comedy, “Kinky Boots” is about a high-end shoe factory on the fritz and its young boss (Joel Edgerton) who is inspired by a big and sassy cabaret singer named Lola, boldly […]

Sundance film review: ‘Little Miss Sunshine’

“Little Miss Sunshine” is a comedy, despite its dark beginning. Many black comedies never rise above their sorrowful dregs, offering morally uncertain humor, but “Little Miss Sunshine” does something special by being at once dark and degraded, yet glad and joyful. It is the outrageous story of a family road trip to a beauty pageant, […]

WEB EXTRA: Much Ado about the Folger Theatre

The Folger Shakespeare Theater’s production of Much Ado About Nothing takes a more serious and dramatic approach in spite of the play’s light title. The stage is set just at the close of World War II on a British estate. Brits and Yanks, jubilant with the peace, set about finding love, in the case of […]

Escapes: Potomac sunsets

D.C. might not be an outdoorsman’s paradise, but this big city has more to offer than concrete jungles and asphalt gardens. The nation’s capital is actually an extremely outdoor-friendly city, with miles of trails, parks and waterways. So, interested in crossing a stream rather than 23rd Street? Or want to ditch the cab for a […]

Escapes: Riding Rock Creek

D.C. might not be an outdoorsman’s paradise, but this big city has more to offer than concrete jungles and asphalt gardens. The nation’s capital is actually an extremely outdoor-friendly city, with miles of trails, parks and waterways. So, interested in crossing a stream rather than 23rd Street? Or want to ditch the cab for a […]