The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana) 1964-current, October 20, 2014, Image 10

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'-- 10 A & E Behind the Lanterns: A Pumpkin Carving Aidan Moser Costumes, finger sandwiches, witches, Assistant A&E Editor and ghouls; all a sure sign that Halloween is approaching. But the biggest sign of all is jack o' lanterns. They're an easy and fulfilling way to get into the holiday spirit and spend some good quality time with a brightly col- ored gourd. They light the way to get free candy for a whole night and shoo away spooky demons. As fun as they are, what's the story behind carving pumpkins? Legend has it that an Irishman infamously named Stingy Jack cheated the Devil for a drink by tricking him into turning himself into a coin to pay for their drinks, and of course the Devil was angry. For years to come, Stingy Jack played tricks on the Devil to make sure his soul wasn't taken in return. Within all his plans and tricks he played, Stingy Jack made sure the Devil could not turn back into his original form. He had deceived him again and again, and used crosses to stop him from becoming the scary Devil that he was. A deal would be made that if Jack let the Devil go, the hellion would leave him alone for one year. Until Stingy Jack died, 10 years later, the Devil could not catch him. Because he was so unfaithful, God wouldn't allow him into Heaven. Even the Devil, who was so angry with his evil tricks, wouldn't let him into Hell. The Devil supposedly sent not-so-poor Jack off with a single History burning coal, and he found a turnip, carved it out, and placed the burning coal inside to light his way around the Earth for all of eternity. The Irish and Scottish started to carve faces out of potatoes, turnips, and beets to scare away Stingy Jack and other spooky demons. When they immigrated to the United States, they found the beloved pumpkin, a fruit native to America, and thus carried on the tradition of carving a face out of it and lighting up to make sure Stingy Jack came nowhere near them. Although Americans on Halloween use jack o' lanterns just for fun, this is one tradition that has an important underlying mean- ing that has spanned dozens of generations throughout the years. Some Americans carve them. Maybe for the pumpkin seeds inside to season and eat. Others may use them just for the purpose of lighting the way on Halloween night. Whatever the reason, every American can thank Jack for being so stingy, and allowing his des- tiny to turn into a fulfilling Halloween activity. An illustrated Jack-O- Lantern (Image by Sophia Theriault) eviewing the Dierks Bentley Concert - WARNING: Opinionated Nicole Philp . . Focus Editor Dierks Bentley IS sort of a jerk. He has a solid band and a rich voice, but at his recent concert at the Adams Center, he spent more of his time talking about his life stories than actually singing. He got very excited when he was Hashed by a woman in the audience, reminisced about how distracted he was by a girl in a tight leather dress at his first concert, and expressed his hope that somebody would get laid to his music when the concert was over. He seemed uninvolved, and more focused on how the tightness of his jeans defined the curvature of his butt, than the experience of his audience. He also sported a tight white shirt that simply said \Indian\ on the front. n was pretty engaging when he shotgunned a beer with a member of the audience. Bentley won, and was sweet enough to let the audience know that he has yet to be defeated in a shot gun con- test. The beginning of the concert struggled to get rolling as it was interrupted by a series of glitches due to someone pullfug the fire alarm. Bentley attempted to stay relevant by making some jokes about the situation, the majority of which didn •t really make sense. There's a reason musicians hire comedians. The music itself wasn't hatfbad, and the audi- ence enjoyed the vibrant lighting and video that was playing on a huge screen behind the band. For Benttey•s hit song ••Drunk on a Plane,'' he invited a young woman dressed in a skimpy leather Hight attendant costume up on to the stage to dance suggestively with him. There was also a full-fledged fight at the beginning of the concert bet_ween two grown men standing on the floor, and a Jot of blood was shed. The opening act, Eric Paslay, was a cute ginger with moderately tight jeans. He had a large beard, big smile, amazingly pure vocal ability, and seemed to be at the stage in his career where his ego hasn't completely taken over yet. He was easily the highlight of the evening. AU in all, the concert came off as sort of a dysfunctional party, where things are kind of awkward and don't go quite as platllled, (and the host does not know how to roll with it) but everyone is just happy to bE drunk {on a plane) on a Saturday night. • • •

The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana), 20 Oct. 2014, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.