Monthly Archives: April, 2013

The ‘Week’ at the Knees Episode

Our Sweet 16 and Week at the Knees Episode

It’s just been uploaded and includes all sorts of shenanigans, hijinks and tomfoolery…. http://www.mixcloud.com/AW7News/around-the-world-in-seven-days-4-27-2013/

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Leuven Entertainment Listings 27 April – 3 May

Saturday (27)

  • Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin + The Germans play a double bill at STUK at 830pm. €12-€16.

Sunday (28)

  • Radio Scorpio has Lazy Sunday at OPEK from 2-6 and it’s free every Sunday.
  • STUK has Jazz on Sunday, a free weekly event starting at 9pm.

Monday (29)

  • Radio Scorpio has CULT at OPEK which runs from 8-10 and is free every Monday.
  • Atomic Road Kings play a show at The Blue Cat at 9pm. Free.

Tuesday (30)

  • Discotheque Tropicale at Sojo’s. 9:00 pm – 6:00 am
  • There’s an 80s night at The Orient. depending on the musical selection, this could be hell or bliss!

Wednesday (01)

  • It’s open mic night at Het Depot. Free.

Thursday (02)

  • Hijaz plays Arabian jazz at OPEK at 9pm as part of Colora Festival. Free.

Friday (03)

  • It’s Birthday Friday at Rodin’s.

The Get Out of Town Gig of the Week

Friday (03)

Festivals

Replay Festival

Groezrock Festival

Zythos Beer Festival

Bluesmoose Fest

Red Rock Festival

Roots & Roses Festival

Moulin Blues Festival

Cinema Zed

  • The 1933 version of King Kong plays Sunday and Monday.
  • The Maltese Falcon, the Humphrey Bogart film from 1941 plays Wednesday.
  • Il Castello continues. It’s a 2011 documentary about a bureaucratic airport.
  • 2012 film Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang continues. It’s inspired by the Joyce Carol Oates book about four high-school girls that form a feminist gang in the 1950s.
  • Hyde Park on Hudson continues. It’s a British film starring Bill Murray who plays Franklin D Roosevelt.

http://www.cinemazed.be/schema/index.asp (Dutch only)

The Aural Fixation Episode

The Aural Fixation Episode

cherry

Just uploaded episode 15! Check it!

the most idiotic news of the week

  • sadly, once again, comes from Saudi Arabia
  • 3 Emirati men from the UAE have been deported from Saudi Arabia
  • The men were visiting neighbouring Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates to attend an annual Cultural festival in Riyadh.
  • The men were apparently minding their own business when Saudi Arabia’s religious police entered the pavilion and forcibly removed them from the festival.
  • Their reason? According to the Arabic-language newspaper Elaph. the Commission [for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice] members had some concerns.
  • Apparently the men in question were extremely handsome and it was feared that women would find them irresistible.
  • This seems to be a legitimate story as it has been reported by several reputable sources.
  • Unfortunately pictures of the handsome men were unavailable.
  • I suppose it might be dangerous to take a photo…..

How to Have More Spare Time

People pay a lot of tax and what purpose does this serve? Sure the roads are paved and rubbish is taken away, but should it really cost so much? Let other, less special, people shoulder that burden. Implement the below suggestions and consider yourself vocationally unfettered for the foreseeable future.

CV

Potential employers spend 20 seconds scanning a CV. Make the experience fun for your reader through a random use of fonts, inconsistent formatting and run on sentences (everyone likes a story teller).  Contrary to popular belief, the spell check function on Word has an exquisite understanding of grammatical and linguistic structures and freeze* you to focus on more important matters, like what your next snack will be.

Look the Part

We are living in uncertain economic times. You want your future employer to associate you with prosperity. Reference the 1980s with big hair and shoulder pads (for both genders), a briefcase, headset and if you are lucky enough to score one, a brick like phone that truly communicates who’s the boss. Begin salary discussions as you are taking your seat in order to highlight your negotiation skills.

Multi-task

Simultaneously name dropping,  drinking kombucha, texting, taking a call on your other phone, reading a philosophy book and quoting random passages (preferably while the book is upside down) reveals that you are great at multi-tasking and in no way should be construed that you are off your meds.

Ask Questions

Establish that you are a conceptualist who does not have time for insignificant details by focusing on very basic but specific questions during your interview. ‘Do you have a website?’, ‘What time is lunch?’ and ‘What are the duties for the position?’ (particularly effective if you have been provided with a comprehensive job spec) are highly recommended.

The Wrap Up

This technique is especially powerful if you have little practical experience and are applying for an entry level job – perhaps not so useful if you’re a skilled surgeon. (If you are a surgeon, why are you even reading this – go save some lives!) Turn the power dynamic on its head and conclude the interview by stating: ‘Thank you for your time. I’ve had a lot of interest. I will consider our conversation and if you don’t hear from me, I’ve accepted a position elsewhere.’

Implement the above steps and you will have a considerable amount of free time to wash labels off of plastic bottles and call it art, improve your x-box score, and perfect your space cake recipe.                             

* Yes, I am indeed aware that the word is frees. My friend spell check? Not so much.

Published under the title Stay Free in the April 2013 edition of The Voice.

Leuven Entertainment Listings 20 – 26 April

Saturday (20)

  • 4 rock bands play Rock Café starting at 630. €5
  • Electric Eclectic hosts a free alternative night at Café Belge starting at 10pm.

Sunday (21)

  • Radio Scorpio has Lazy Sunday at OPEK from 2-6 and it’s free every Sunday.
  • 4 punk bands play Rock Café starting at 630. €3
  • STUK has Jazz on Sunday, a free weekly event starting at 9pm.
  • Café Blokhut has Folk & Jam at 9pm.

Monday (22)

  • Radio Scorpio has CULT at OPEK which runs from 8-10 and is free every Monday.
  • Atomic Road Kings play a free Rockabilly tinged blues show at The Blue Cat at 9pm.

Tuesday (23)

  • Marble Sounds and Imaginary Family play a double bill at STUK at 830pm. €10-€14.
  • The Afro Cuban All-Stars play Het Depot from 8pm. €26- €32

Wednesday (24)

  • The Residents play Het Depot from 8pm. €24- €27
  • Brikk hosts 5 tech-house DJs at Social Club from 10pm

Thursday (25)

  • The Brand New Heavies play Het Depot from 8pm. €17- €23
  • Social Club hosts a pre-summer party with 2 DJs from 10pm. €4- €6

Friday (26)

  • .Go to Aarschot and rock out with the locals!

The Get Out of Town Gig of the Week

Friday (26)

Leuven Salsa Festival

The Salsa Festival is this weekend!

For further info:

http://www.leuvensalsafestival.com/lsf.php

Cinema Zed

  • Il Castello begins Wednesday. It’s a 2011 documentary about a bureaucratic airport.
  • 2012 film Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang begins Thursday. It’s inspired by the Joyce Carol Oates book about four high-school girls that form a feminist gang in the 1950s. (Trivia: there was a 1996 version of this film starring a young Angeline Jolie)
  • Hyde Park on Hudson continues. It’s a British film starring Bill Murray who plays Franklin D Roosevelt.
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc continues. It’s a silent French film from 1928 about Joan of Arc’s trial.

http://www.cinemazed.be/schema/index.asp

Good-Bye Laurian!

Good-Bye Laurian!

Just uploaded our 14th episode. We speak with Carl Hourcau from Leuven Salsa and bid a fond farewell to Laurian.

http://www.mixcloud.com/AW7News/around-the-world-in-seven-days-4-13-2013/

Leuven Salsa Festival

Leuven Salsa Festival

The Salsa Festival is next weekend! Festival organizer Carl Horcau will be in studio today to give us the down low….

Further info also available below:

http://www.leuvensalsafestival.com/lsf.php

http://www.leuvensalsa.com/dp

 

Leuven Entertainment Listings 13 – 19 April

Saturday (13)

  • Brownswood Recordings hosts a label night of eclectic sounds at Het Depot. €14-€19.
  • Anxiety for Mankind and Furry Roadkill play Rock Café from 9pm.

Sunday (14)

  • Radio Scorpio has Lazy Sunday at OPEK from 2-6 and it’s free every Sunday
  • Apologies, I Have None, Clear Skies and Famous on Venus Play at Rock Café. 7pm.
  • STUK has Jazz on Sunday, a free weekly event starting at 9pm.

Monday (15)

  • Radio Scorpio has CULT at OPEK which runs from 8-10 and is free every Monday.
  • The Steven Delannoye Trio show at The Blue Cat at 9pm.

Tuesday (16)

  • Dez Mona, a band from Brussels, play Het Depot at 8pm. €13-€18.

Wednesday (17)

  • Gent band Wallace Vanborn play a rock show at Het Depot at 8pm. €5-€8.

Thursday (18)

  • The Social Club has 4 DJs playing House and Techno starting at 10pm. €3-€4.

Friday (19)

  • Women at the Bar is a lesbian night at Café Rocco in Kessel Lo. Every 3rd Friday
  • Stiff Little Fingers play a punk show at Het Depot. €15- €20. 8pm.

 

The Get Out of Town Gig of the Week

Friday (19)

 

Cinema Zed

  • Hyde Park on Hudson starts on Thursday. It’s a British film starring Bill Murray who plays Franklin D Roosevelt.
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc plays on Wednesday. It’s a silent French film from 1928 about Joan of Arc’s trial.
  • Salvation Boulevard continues. It is a satirical movie about a charismatic evangelical preacher, played by Pierce Brosnan.

Never Thought You Could Be An Eco-Warrior? Think Again.

Society is educated about environmental issues now more than ever before. Yet all we keep hearing is that the world is ending and we’re all going to die. Of course we will all die; welcome to Human Existence 101, thanks for stopping by. But while you’re here, why not try to shape the world in your own image? In five easy steps, you can become the eco-warrior that no one ever wanted you to be.

Be Militant

Contrary to popular belief, we do not live in an age of relativism. Moderation is for the undecided. There is only one correct view of reality and that is yours. A position of tolerance will not get your message across, as people truly appreciate a hard sell. Need further convincing? Look at how successful religious zealots, militia militants and cult leaders are. Exactly.

Reduce Waste

Westerners waste a lot of food. Whether this is due to oversized portions, entitlement issues or capitalist generated insatiability is irrelevant.  The only way to stop this behaviour is through intervention. Try sitting with a stranger who has a large portion of food. Look warily at the food and ask, “Are you going to eat ALL of that?” Stare until you get an answer, or the person leaves. You may find yourself with an incredibly tolerant new friend or get a free meal, and isn’t that a win either way?

Decrease Productivity

Productivity = excess. The problem is not that we’re doing too little; it’s that we’re doing too much. Productivity is what got us into this mess, so reverse the trend by doing as little as possible. If this leaves you feeling useless or dissatisfied, always remember – there’s medication for that.

Nature is Beauty

Reframe your thinking and learn to see beauty where others do not. If your dog defecates on the sidewalk, do not clean it up.  This is an unnecessary use of carcinogenic plastic (and your valuable time and effort) to dispose of a perfectly natural and biodegradable process. If a bystander gives you grief, stare at them compassionately while sadly shaking your head.

Embrace Life’s Contradictions

People who point out inconsistencies are being petty just for the sake of hearing their own voice. Complain about smokers as you’re driving your car or pulling on a spliff. Lecture people on vegetarianism while chewing gum and wearing leather shoes. Ignore inconsistencies, at least in your own behaviour. You know your own heart is pure, but what about the rest of humanity?

Life as an eco warrior isn’t always easy but it has its rewards, such as basking in the glow of self satisfaction and righteous indignation while doing very little to actually resolve the issue. Maximum results for minimum effort. Isn’t that what saving the planet is really about?

Slightly edited version published in the March 2013 edition of The Voice.