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Eight movies you should totally watch on 4/20, man

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief April 20, 2021

You probably don’t need a film major to tell you that cannabis and movies go well together, but some things, like peanut butter and jelly, are a perfect match. Here are eight films The Oak Leaf recommends...

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Sonoma County local theater roundup: April 4–May 1

Jessica Johnson, Reporter April 4, 2021

As another month of online learning begins, Sonoma County theaters bring more entertainment right to your computer. From local playwrights to student-based works, the theater community has a lot to offer...

High schoolers sit in a makeshift auditorium after their high school's town was burnt down by the 2018 Camp Fire.

“Last Days at Paradise High”: Wildfire trauma meets high school drama

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief March 31, 2021

“Last Days at Paradise High” is a striking look at grief, trauma and triumph that serves as a pre-COVID-19 snapshot of coping with catastrophe. The documentary short directed by Emily Thomas and...

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“Los Dioses”: Anuel AA & Ozuna live up to the hype

Jennifer Sawhney, Reporter March 18, 2021

"Los Dioses," the latest collaboration between reggaeton and Latin trap superstars Anuel AA and Ozuna, delivers a familiar sound that builds on their god-like command over popular Latin music. Los Dioses...

SRJC Band and Orchestra, led by Jerome Fleg, presented a 35-minute virtual set March 13 on YouTube.

SRJC Band and Orchestra premieres first spring concert, “Groovin’ High”

Harvey Rouleau IV, Reporter March 18, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Orchestra and Symphonic Band entertained with Dizzy Gillespie's 1945 hit, “Groovin’ High,” in its first online event of spring 2021 when conductor and SRJC’s Director...

The ergonomics of the Canon Elan Ile are superb.

The Canon Elan IIe: Everything you’d ever need in a 35mm SLR

Aryk Copley, Assistant Editor March 18, 2021

Let me start off by making it clear that the Elan IIe is one of my favorite cameras. It’s fast, it’s reliable, and it's got an excellent range of lenses. I picked mine up from a thrift store for...

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Hannibal’s secret weapon: A lecture by Dr. Patrick Hunt

Jennifer Do and Sophia Ginsberg March 15, 2021

Award-winning archaeologist, national lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America and Stanford University instructor Dr. Patrick Hunt shared his geographic expedition of Carthaginian General Hannibal’s...

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SRJC Theatre Arts presents an homage to the supremely nerdy with “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms”

Tucker Lang, Editor March 12, 2021

For both dungeon masters and initiates, SRJC Theatre Arts vanquish quarantine monotony with the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired play “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms,” a fantastically fun online...

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The good, the bad and the contradictions of “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Liam Vinueza, Editor March 9, 2021

Though not comprehensive on Fred Hampton’s life and the Black Panthers’ politics, Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah” is a great, stylized introduction to America’s most successful Marxist-Leninist...

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Poet of the people: The Library of America discusses Langston Hughes

Fay Rasmuson, Reporter March 9, 2021

Langston Hughes, the first Black artist to challenge anti-Blackness in America, was celebrated on the 100th anniversary of his first poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” with a discussion of his best...

Celebrities Kaley Cuoco, Bill Murray and Susan Kelechi Watson made widely different fashion choices at the virtual “Golden Globes” on Sunday.

The most and least casually dressed celebrities “at” the Golden Globes

Emily Hewitt, Reporter March 3, 2021

The Golden Globes went virtual this year, giving stars the creative freedom to either stick to the norm and dress to the nines or embrace the stay-at-home fashion they have been sporting for the past year. Here...


Sonoma County local theater roundup: Feb. 25–March 19

Jessica Johnson, Reporter February 25, 2021

Tired of scrolling through the same dry movies and shows online? Sonoma County has offered a variety of new and original content to stream brought to you by local theaters companies. “Crawfish: We,...

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