By Heather Goldin
Let’s do the time warp again! Oh, you don’t know how to do “The Time Warp”? You must be a “Rocky” virgin!
“Rocky” virgin (n): Someone who has never heard of and/or seen the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in a theater with a live cast.
If you fit this description, you are really missing out! Going to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is not just a Boston University bucket list item. The picture show has been shown in theaters across the country since 1975, and Boston’s Full Body Cast is no exception. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a simultaneous double feature, so as the movie plays, the cast acts it out simultaneously. For the same price as a movie ticket, why wouldn’t you see two shows at once? You can find this crazy cast every Saturday night at the AMC Boston Common, where it recently moved to after ending its stint at AMC Loews Harvard Square 5.
It’s easy to take the T to the theater, but getting home is a different story. The show will end around 2 a.m., but the T stops running around 1 a.m. Make sure you plan to take a cab home! Or you can walk the three miles back to campus, but that’s a good enough reason to bring friends.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is easily one of the most famous cult classics, known for lots of audience participation, props and over-the-top costumes. Not to be mistaken for an actual horror movie, the picture show is a science fiction musical. More than anything, the picture show is a comedy. “Rocky” virgins don’t have to know the lines, but part of the fun is just listening to “The Rocky Horror” crew shout out obscene responses as the movie plot unravels. Judging by the lines that the members call out, you would not be surprised if they knew the entire movie by heart. In my opinion, the lines make up the show. I think I was laughing out loud 90 percent of the time, and the other 10 percent I was trying to catch my breath.
As far as props go, you can purchase a “bag of shit” for just a dollar at the entrance of the show. Each prop is used during relevant scenes in the movie, from a bag of rice to toss at some newly weds, to a party hat that everyone puts on during a group dinner. Confused? Don’t worry because it’s easy to know when each prop is used because everyone around you is participating as well. Speaking of those around you, make sure you bring friends because you will probably be singing the catchy songs together long after you get back from an excursion to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Keep in mind that while some props are the same at every theater, all theaters have specific guidelines on what is and isn’t allowed. Make sure you check out the Full Body Cast site before planning a visit.
The show always starts at midnight, but that doesn’t mean the movie starts rolling right away. Before the movie, the cast members start the show with some hilarious entertainment, usually consisting of skits that are complete with unique costumes, music and lighting. “The Rocky Horror” members at the AMC Boston Common theater go all out, and that is due to their amazing cast and crew. They have specialists for costumes, props, lights and security. Everyone at “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is in character, and nobody takes the job lightly.
And of course, what would be the point of “Rocky” virgins if their virginity wasn’t taken at the show? Before the start of the movie, the cast usually asks who the virgins are in the audience. Most of the time this could be up to half of the audience members, so usually just a handful of virgins are selected to come up to the front of the theater. The de-flowering process of “Rocky” virgins also changes from theater to theater. The deflowering process ranges from having to dance in front of the crowd to having a huge red “V” drawn on your forehead. You don’t have to admit you’re a virgin, but after watching other virgins lose it, you might wish you took part in the fun.
Whether you are in the spotlight or not, by the end of the night you will be considered experienced in viewing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” You will know what all the fuss is about, with no regrets to going. The best part of “The Rocky Horror” tradition is that once you’ve had your fun, you will want to go back with your virgin friends to show them what they have been missing.
By Heather Goldin, Staff Writer
Over and over again I was told, “If you aren’t a hockey fan now, when you go to Boston University, you will be.” At the time I was dumbfounded, but after going to the first men’s hockey game of the season this past weekend, I understand what the fuss is about.
Agganis Arena hosts a multitude of musical shows, theatrical performances and, above all, hockey games. You can’t help but get excited at the echo of fans cheering as you ascend the staircase to the second level of the arena. Whether you arrive with friends or go alone, you’re going to have a good time regardless.
A group of BU students in particular caught my attention, sitting in the first two rows of the arena.
School of Management freshman Cooper Davis said the hockey game is a “way to support your school and the BU Terriers working hard for the win.”
CGS freshman Dillon Schuyler said, “Hockey is the best sport on earth, and Boston University is the best college hockey team in the NCAA.”
To say that BU has a lot of spirit would be an understatement. Coming from a high school without a cheer team or marching band, I find the passionate fans of BU Hockey a severe culture shock. There seems to be a constant current of spirit within the arena, even during a timeout. The BU Band plays recognizable songs in between whistles and breaks in the game. In addition, the dedicated fans have their own synchronized chants and motions to the music. It is quite a sight to see.
As an unspoken rule, the crowd never fails to cheer whenever Rhett the Terrier makes an appearance. There are fun challenges and competitions during breaks in the game, which Rhett is on the ice for. I had a blast at the game, and on my way out I passed by our university mascot.
When you find yourself at a BU hockey game, there are a few things you should keep in the front of your mind:
1. Fact: No matter what team we’re playing, Boston College Sucks.
Learn it. Memorize it. And don’t forget it.
2. Get decked out in scarlet and white!
Showing up is one thing, but sporting your school colors is another great way to show school spirit.
3. Cheer. Loudly.
I think this one is self-explanatory. And if you go to enough games you are sure to learn every insulting chant Boston University students have thought of. If you ask me I find these chants entertaining to say the least.
Follow the Puck.
If you know what’s going on in the game, you are sure to have a better idea of why there are suddenly entire sections of fans going crazy. Then again, fans tend to cheer at the most random times (see tip number three).
By Heather Goldin, Staff Writer
Each week, Heather ventures out into the city or scours the campus to create a bucket list of things you can’t miss during your four precious years on campus.
I had been hearing so much about the New England Aquarium lately that I couldn’t resist checking it out myself. The advertisements are everywhere. How could I postpone visiting those cute little seal advertisements I’d seen on the T? I figured the gloomy weekend was a great way to spend my Sunday inside and stay entertained.
Getting to the aquarium is simple enough. Hop on the Green Line and take it to Government Center. Take a left on Court Street and keep walking straight until you see the aquarium. You probably have a smart phone. Use it. The walk is about 10 minutes from the T stop. If there happens to be a raging blizzard, transfer from Government Center to the Blue Line, ride another three stops and get off at Aquarium.
One of the perks of being a college student is getting numerous discounts, and the New England Aquarium is no exception. With your BU ID, you get two dollars off of admission. Because the aquarium is undergoing renovations, and although many of the sea creatures are still available to see, you get a free IMAX movie ticket to any of the five 3D movies playing at the theater right next to the aquarium. Aquarium renovations won’t be completed until June 2013, so get free movie tickets while they’re hot!
I began my exploration at the northern fur seal exhibit, one of the aquarium’s main attractions. First, a training session proved how smart these seals are. I also learned that the fur seals are the second hairiest animals on earth. Who would’ve guessed?
While at the exhibit I met Diana Acosta, a Boston University junior. Diana is studying marine biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and she works for the aquarium on the weekends. Her favorite part of her job? Working with the seals.
You’re sure to find at least one exhibit that captures your attention within the three floors of sea creatures. You have not experienced cuteness until you see a little blue penguin dry off with a little wiggle motion. And no, the time you watched “Happy Feet” does not count. The jellyfish were cool, too.
Another aquatic exhibit is a tank where you can pet stingrays and sharks (so slimy!). There’s also giant ocean tank filled with more than 600 fish that continues through the floors. The aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends.
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Each week, our writer Heather Goldin will venture out into the city or kick it around campus to create a bucket list of things you can’t miss during your four precious years on campus. She discusses where the weekly blog idea came from:
It’s been almost a month since moving into my dorm room and beginning my freshman year at Boston University. For the most part, my curiosity has gotten the best of me. The result is a constantly expanding list of places I want to go and things I want to experience during my time here in Boston, and I want to discover new things one week at a time. Hopefully this blog will inspire you to get out and start your own Boston bucket list, or you lazy ones can work on completing the one I’ll create for you.
This is a challenge—a challenge for anyone who wants to discover something new. And you don’t have to be new to this city to learn a thing or two. Suggestions? Tweets at me are encouraged. I’ll be live-tweeting every adventure. Keep checking back each week to see where I’ve been and where I’m off to next!
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