Jane Smith

U-WIRE International Desk: U.S. students, Africans mourn abroad

By Jane Smith U-WIRE Washington Bureau Posted 5:42 p.m. Sept. 17 NAIROBI, KENYA – Terrorist attacks of three years ago in Nairobi, Kenya, were rehashed last Tuesday afternoon as Kenyans listened to news of assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In August 1998, terrorists associated with Osama bin Laden bombed U.S. embassies […]

FILM REVIEW: ‘One Night’ of laughter

By Jane Smith U-WIRE Washington Bureau April 30, 2001 Ever become so obsessed that you would give up your job, home and possibly even your life? Harold Zwart, director of the newly released “One Night at McCool’s,” notices it only takes the right smile set upon a glam body to drive some men to this […]

The voice of a World Bank protester

By Jane Smith U-WIRE Washington Bureau April 30, 2001 Meandering her way through police barricades and clusters of media cameras, Lauren Lastrapes, an activist and senior at George Washington University, arrived at Edward R. Murrow Park Sunday afternoon to join in protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. On her and other protesters’ […]

Amores Perros tells stories of life violently altered

The body of a dog lies bleeding in its master1s helpless hands – amores perros, “life is a bitch.” Director Alejandro Gonzalez I?arritu1s debut film, Amores Perros (Lions Gate Films) portrays the stark realities of love and life among the slums and skyscrapers of Mexico City. Amores Perros tells three stories that converge on one […]

Nation’s capital celebrates fifth annual Youth Pride Day

By Jane Smith U-WIRE Washington Bureau April 23, 2001 Hundreds of youths kicked back in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park Saturday afternoon, listening to tunes, watching flamboyant stage performers and celebrating their right to live, love and be loved. The event, organized by Youth Pride Alliance, focused on promoting sexual freedom and high self-esteem in […]

George Washington U. drag show challenges concepts of gender, sexuality

By Jane Smith U-WIRE Washington Bureau April 16, 2001 GW Pride — George Washington University’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender student organization — proved to hundreds of college students Friday night that looks can be deceiving. The organization sponsored a performance of spectacular drag queens and kings Friday evening, all of whom sparked the interest […]

CONCERT REVIEW: Ween rocks D.C.’s 9:30 Club

By Jane Smith U-WIRE Washington Bureau April 9, 2001 In this musical era most rock bands book gigantic arenas, complain about “piracy” MP3-trading and insist upon security that demeans the average concertgoer to the level of a criminal. But one rock group still considers its fans and generates an effort to please them: Ween. An […]

Guided By Voices leads its fans to drink

Everything about Guided By Voices’ 12th album, Isolation Drills, shouts ironic. A photograph in a private jet plane, the lo-fi recording quality and the semi-sensible lyrics all contribute to the oddly ripened indie-rock group’s transformation. Lead guitarist and vocalist Robert Pollard formed the band in 1994, bidding farewell to 14 years of teaching fourth graders […]

Generic gives a lesson in high comedy

Starting Thursday night, Lisner Downstage will host the Generic Theatre Company’s laudable interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest. Unfolding her director’s chair for the second time at GW, sophomore director Lisa Suben pulls a handsome cast together, presenting an amusing evening of entertainment. “It’s a different type of theater,” Suben said. “It’s just […]

CONCERT REVIEW: Jeff Beck plays to new generation of fans

By Jane Smith U-WIRE Washington Bureau March 27, 2001 What happens to rock legends when their days of playing to gigantic stadium crowds have passed them by? Sunday evening at Washington DC’s Nightclub 9:30 answered this question as Jeff Beck and band members proved their resilient vigor and mastery of rock. The concert marked the […]