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A&EDiversions Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 Page 8 Utah State University • Logan, Utah • www.aggietownsquare.com Anthropology reveals ‘Message on a Body’ that have traveled throughout the world and offered these great finds to share with all interested observers. Holly said all displays are put together by students of the anthropolThroughout the world today, the body is ogy department. used by some as an empty canvas to express Holly wants students to know about the many things, such as culture beliefs, identity museum, saying, “It’s really encouraging to within a culture or individual expressions students because they are trying to have someof beauty. The Anthropology Museum capthing that students can be informed about. It tures all of this for display, located in Old would be fun for students to get involved and Main Room 252. Opening this Saturday is a we are going to have some really fun topics brand new exhibit called this fall.” “Message On a Body.” One activity is Holly Andrew, a recent Super Hero Day, where graduate of Anthropology people can dress up and who works at the museum, talk about cultural myths said, “It’s really a fun and legends and what exhibit because it makes the concept is behind the people think.” The display hero, as well as a graduate takes visitors on a visual student who will speak journey through many about all the heroes there cultures’ portrayal of their have ever been, Another concept of beauty, she Saturday topic will be the said. anthropology of warfare, Some of the artifacts exploring how scientists included are large tatcan study trauma through tooing needles, tiny human bones. shoes from feet binding, In addition to these human branding irons, topics they will also have lip-stretching plates, quill “Myths and Magic,” focusscarifiers, and many ing on how cultures view STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE colorful pictures repremagic and more specifiOPPORTUNITY to learn about beuty senting several different through the eyes of a variety of cultures cally the magical world of cultures. at the Message on a Body exhibit Saturday. Harry Potter. The public Andrew said, “We have Photo by Alec Ee submited by the Anthropology is invited to dress up as a lot of people who do wizards for the Harry department. piercing and tattoos. Our Potter presentation. own culture may not think that’s necessarily The museum hours through the week are beautiful, great or fun, but there are reasons Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and why people do what they do and instead of Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. being judgmental why don’t you learn why Let your mind come alive through history as they do it.” you view this historical masterpiece in the The museum’s artifacts were brought here Anthropology Museum. by professors and people in the community -email@example.com By DELAYNE LOCKE staff writer Overheard ironies BUZZ, B U Z Z , M. Johnson BUZZ ... staff writer There is always that one annoying fly that never seems to go away, no matter “What we’re hearing” how many times you swat at the thing. Besides being annoying, have you ever wondered what the fly is really up to? Well I’m here to tell you the fly works for me. His job is to listen to your dirt and listen intently to all the stupid and silly things people say. My job is to write it all down. Every other week this article will feature the good, the bad and the ugly. All the funny, weird and stupid things people have to say. Here is a couple to get the year started, stay tuned for more to come. 1. Standing in line at Starbucks. The girl in front me asked, “Is hot chocolate hot?” “Well it’s not cold” “Yeah, but is it hot?” “Yes, (pause) hot chocolate is hot.” “Great.” The girl, ecstatic, pulls out her wallet and says, “I’ll have a medium hot chocolate.” Fly on the Wall 2. This is my favorite line from last year: A student in the library asked, “ Is Peru considered a part of the Middle East?” 3. A guy sits at a table in The Hub. A girl walks over and sits down next to him. He doesn’t even look at her. Clearly annoyed she says, “So why haven’t you called me in like three days?” He looks around uncomfortably. “Ah … because you ... broke up with me!” “I did not break up with you, I think I would remember if I broke up with you.” Puzzled, he says, “You left a voice message on my phone saying this wasn’t going to work, and told me it would be better if I didn’t call you back.” She stares off, confused, and with a straight face says,“ Well I must have done that in my sleep cause there’s no way I would break up with you.” “You broke up with me in your sleep?” Really!! In your sleep, who says that? 4. While shopping at the Bookstore for school supplies, I came across a young woman looking at colored pens. She picked up a green gel pen and asked,“ What color does green write?” And with that, please remember there is always someone listening. Salt Lake City musician offers decent self-titled album That’s right. It’s time ing: Often the inspiration behind once again for me to let you Landon a song influences our perception in on where the best and the and in this case, it does. Hemsley of it, Often, worst music can be found. It’s men will see women been a great summer, but I’ve who look remarkably similar to missed you, Logan! Let’s get other girls they have dated or right down to it. had a crush on, and in turn, will Rafati is a native of Salt become infatuated with them. Lake. According to his Web Rafati said such girls inspired the Grade Bsite, Rafati started pursuing single. I can’t help but think it’s “Cameron Rafati” his passion after giving up a a very creative source for a single by Cameron Rafati lucrative career of coaching of this caliber, and that it tells older women on their relationthe listener a lot about the artist ships with younger men. I can behind the music. “1 in 10” really see why such a change would be so appealing. allows the album to recover from a lackluster My first experience with Rafati was at a free first track, and gets it set on the right path again. show at The State Room in downtown Salt Lake The album meanders through “Battles,” City. He started off his show with the sweet“Speck in the Blue,” and “53rd Story.” “Speck” is est cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” that I’ve the best of these three tracks, and though I feel ever heard. I was extremely impressed with his it ends poorly, the most redeeming fact about demeanor and his showmanship. The man is this song is that it is played with a ukulele, which skilled – that much cannot be disputed. After gives it just enough to edge out “53rd story” and his show, I was totally convinced that the man give it the best of these three middle songs that was destined for greatness. I wanted to hear his give the album the most substance. Rafati’s live album to see if the recording would match the performance of the song was absolutely pheawesome show that he put on for the few fans nomenal. and followers he had garnered in his relatively After “53rd Story,” the album takes a turn for short musical career. Unfortunately, I cannot say the worse, and I mean it REALLY takes a turn that it did. But it came close. There are a couple for the worse. of really sweet tracks on this album. Along with Normally, when I see that an artist has Rafati’s good comes the bad. One track in parnamed a song after his home city, I would think ticular sparks my ire and drags down the overall that it would be a positive reflection of the city, quality of the album. its citizens, and the Rafati has comquality of life. Not pared his music to so here. The seventh old-school Coldplay. song of the album, I don’t think so. The “Salt Lake City” is only song that I can a depressing, critihonestly compare cal ballad that rails to a Coldplay single against the culture is “53rd Story,” the and people of Utah. album’s fifth track, For example, the and it is not going to first line in the song take Rafati’s album is “I’m sick of this anywhere soon. I town/I’m sick of this really think Rafati’s city/The fools got me album lacks an eledown/and these girls ment of awesome are too pretty.” Need I power that Coldplay say more? Mr. Rafati, has possessed for if you don’t like it, nearly a decade. then you can leave. However, if I were reviewing “Parachutes” in But trust me – having been all over the country 2000, I would have said that the only track that’s and even in several foreign countries – you’re not worth anything on that album was “Yellow.” going to find better looking girls anywhere else. That’s a big statement; since these days, I practiBy the way, that’s exactly what he’s done. cally worship Coldplay. Their best stuff by far Rafati lives in southern California. was on “Rush of Blood to the Head,” released From a more musical standpoint, I think two years after Parachutes. Does Rafati’s debut this song would fit better as a funeral march. album have the single that can take him from It lasts forever, it’s depressing, it’s melancholic, the coffee shops to the big time, and get him to Rafati screams in it, and it’s just plain bad. It’s a place where he can explore his musical talents like Rafati takes five minutes to throw a temperwithout financial restrictions? I would say he tantrum about the fact that he doesn’t like Utah. has a reasonable shot. His best song is really Come on, Rafati. Knock it off. No one wants to good, but it’s no “Yellow.” hear it. The best three tracks on this album are the The melancholy of “Salt Lake City” consecond, fourth and sixth tracks, “1 in 10,” “Speck tinues through the last song of the album, Out in the Blue” and “Dirty Conversation, “Mausoleum.” The mood that has been created respectively.” Both songs feature a strong meloactually fits this song much better, however. I dy and even stronger hooks – in other words, the can picture an old Addams Family-type mansion songs stick in your head after you’re done listenand Mr. Rafati with a rose in hand, leading a ing to it. I really enjoy these songs. These are the sultry mistress in his own version of the tango to reasons behind my overall strong review of the the tune of “Mausoleum.” It’s quite the contrast album. from the meat of the album, but has its attracHad I been Rafati, I would have kept almost tive qualities in its own right. I think it’s a qualall of these songs on the album, but reorganized ity ending to the album. them so that “1 in 10” and the others were Overall, I give this album a B-. If it didn’t closer to the top of the album instead of spread have “Salt Lake City” in it, I would have given throughout. Starting the album off with its it a B+. I find it to be a quality, and certainly a first track, “Kite for a Comeback,” totally disilwell-rounded album with a flair for the dramatic lusioned me. I found myself wanting to find the and the critical. Rafati has potential, but I think stuff Rafati had performed at his show. we’ll have to see something more out of him Rafati explained the story behind “1 in 10” at before he sells out Madison Square Garden. his show in Salt Lake, and I think it bears firstname.lastname@example.org Tune Takes Fire tears through fuel storage plant near Detroit HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — A fire that started Thursday near a rail tanker car at a chemical plant spread quickly to silos holding gasoline, causing an inferno that sent huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky above Detroit and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people. The fire at the Sterling Services Ltd. plant in Hamtramck broke out at about 11:30 a.m., and city officials quickly called in help from the Detroit and Highland Park fire departments. Hamtramck is surrounded by Detroit. An evacuation order was lifted at mid-afternoon as firefighters worked A FIRE IS SEEN AT STERLING to put out remaining hot spots. SERVICES in Hamtramck, Mich., Thursday, The company stores gasoline, Aug. 27, 2009. A fire broke out at the jet fuel and biofuels at the plant, so chemical plant near Detroit. authorities evacuated residents from about a half-mile area around the fire, said Kevin Kondrat, executive director of the Hamtramck Housing Commission. That included a nearby complex of 36 buildings containing 300 apartments and some 700 to 800 residents, though Kondrat said not all were home at the time of the blaze. “The evacuation went very, very, very smooth,” he said. There were no injuries reported, City Manager Bill Cooper said. He said it wasn’t known what caused the spark. Amtrak passenger rail service was suspended between Pontiac and Detroit, about 20 miles apart. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said passengers were shuttled between the cities by charter bus, and the track reopened around 4:20 p.m. “I saw it burning out of the office window. It’s been burning since about 11 o’clock. There were a couple of pops, three pops now,” said Tom Lijana, who works at an office about 300 yards from the plant. Lutalo Sephers, 34, said police used loud speakers on his street to tell residents to leave the area. “I’ve lived here over 30 years and this is the first time that we’ve ever seen anything like this,” Sephers said. An evacuation center was set up at a nearby senior center, Kondrat said, with water available for evacuees. About 75 people were there about 4 p.m., shortly after the evacuation order was lifted. The plant is in an industrial area with several small factories, and workers from nearby businesses paused to watch the blaze. Robert McCann, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, said Sterling Services Ltd. has no history of violations with the state. The company is registered as a bulk petroleum facility that stores large quantities of gasoline or other fuels, he said. State or federal environmental officials will monitor air quality at the scene, McCann said.