A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a more than worthy addition to the ever-growing pool of platform fighters inspired by Super Smash Bros.

“Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl”: a fast paced, highly competitive “Smash Bros.” alternative

Stephen Howe, Reporter November 23, 2021

Have you ever wanted to see Spongebob duke it out with Aang from “Avatar: The Last Airbender” in a fast-paced brawl set in the Ghost Zone from “Danny Phantom?” “Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl”...

“Midnight Mass expertly unveils twist after twist through an unnerving atmosphere while still managing to add plenty of well-deserved depth to the show’s interesting characters.

“Midnight Mass”: A high-tension thriller backed by profound, memorable religious commentary

Garrett Ashton, Reporter November 16, 2021

Acclaimed horror director Mike Flanagan returns to Netflix for his third limited series, “Midnight Mass,” a religion-focused spectacle that delivers an excellent combination of powerful messages and...

The SRJCs Symphonic Band and Orchestra performance, Lift Off! captured a theme of space and flight at their fall concert streamed on YouTube Oct. 23.

SRJC Orchestra and Symphonic Band wows with their “Lift Off!” fall performance

Jenna McGovern, Reporter November 14, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Orchestra and Symphonic Band created a beautiful, atmospheric sensation at its first online concert of Fall 2021, “Lift Off!” conducted by Director of Symphonic Band and...

Villenueve’s vision of “Dune” respected the original material in a way that perhaps only he could execute and calmed fans’ fears that the novel would never be properly adapted.

“Dune”: A spectacular achievement in sci-fi storytelling

Garrett Ashton, Reporter November 9, 2021

After years of waiting, Academy Award-nominated director Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” is finally upon us, and it has delivered on nearly all expectations. The film has set the bar high for both the...

Eric J. Adams (left) and Director Amitabh Reza Chowdhury’s (third from left) latest film Rickshaw Girl, set in Bangladesh, earned the Audience Favorite award at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

SRJC instructor and film producer hopes to inspire with his latest film “Rickshaw Girl”

Jenna McGovern, Reporter November 4, 2021

If you had told film producer and Santa Rosa Junior College screenwriting instructor Eric J. Adams that the film he was starting six years ago would involve spending two weeks on airplanes traveling to...

Metroid Dread features some of the best elements from the franchises past while introducing many welcome new additions, creating an experience that rivals any of the greatest games within the metroidvania genre, and is sure to please newcoming and veteran fans alike.

“Metroid Dread”: A long-awaited return to form for one of gaming’s greatest franchises

Garrett Ashton, Reporter November 1, 2021

“Metroid,” one of Nintendo’s most beloved yet long dormant franchises, is finally back and arguably better than ever with “Metroid Dread,” developed by the Spain-based Mercury Steam and published...

Willow Creek Road Trail: Let summer hiking begin

Michael Combs, Editor May 20, 2021

Willow Creek Road Trail in Occidental provides a good warm-up for a summer of hiking with a mellow trek through the coastal hills and redwoods one person can blaze-through or a group can dally.  This...

Travelling doesnt have to take you hundreds or thousands of miles from home; there are all sorts of summer vacation experiences just an hour or two away.

Five staycation ideas that will mentally transport you to another country

Emily Hewitt, Reporter May 19, 2021

If you do not feel safe traveling due to COVID-19, you can still have a luxurious summer to remember in the Bay Area. These five staycation spots will make you forget you're only an hour away from home. Amsterdam-like...

The cover of No Visible Bruises, a book about domestic violence.

“No Visible Bruises”: Snyder’s latest answers complex questions

Jessica Johnson, Reporter May 19, 2021

“How do we protect her?” Why victims stay with their abusers is not the question that needs answering; rather we need to focus on how we protect victims and how we prevent domestic violence from occurring...

Crooks Coffee has a very Poe-esque vibe to their cafe- and their coffee.

Five local coffee shops to support instead of going back to Starbucks

Aryk Copley, Assistant Editor May 18, 2021

Sonoma County trees are blossoming, the rain is intermittent and businesses are beginning to burst out of their long pandemic-induced hibernation. With Sonoma County officially blossoming out of the purple...

The cover of Greta Van Fleets 2021 album The Battle At Gardens Gate.

“The Battle at Garden’s Gate”: Greta Van Fleet continue to be today’s least essential rock band

Tucker Lang, Editor May 16, 2021

Greta Van Fleet’s sophomore effort “The Battle At Garden’s Gate” wears its nostalgic intentions on its sleeve, as well as demonstrating the band's inability to have ideas of their own. The Michigan...

The band Empire of the Sun wearing original second-hand pink costumes with pointy pink hats made by designer Svetlana Shigroff.

Trashion Fashion: A sustainable fashion show

Emily Hewitt, Reporter May 12, 2021

Fashion designer Svetlana Shigroff and Santa Rosa Junior College students proved upcycling clothes is easier than you think at SRJC’s "Trashion Fashion" April 22. Athena Weathers, Vice President of...

Amanda Seyfried wearing a tight fitting red tulle gown with a long flowing mermaid style skirt.

Top 5 trends at the 93rd annual Academy Awards

Emily Hewitt, Reporter May 4, 2021

Although the stars have been cooped up inside for the past year they did not forget how to serve fashion looks that will go down in history. They either had to dress to the nines or not dress up at all...

A sky image that has text that reads SoCo Local Theater Round-Up

Sonoma County local theater roundup: May 2021

Jessica Johnson, Reporter April 30, 2021

Finals are on the horizon but everyone needs a study break. Sonoma County theater has just what you need to take a breath, relax and pretend that huge project worth half your grade isn’t due next week. “Spring...

On the left is a poster for the movie Greyhound starring Tom Hanks. On the right is a photo of a greyhound cocktail.

For your consideration: An Oscars-themed dinner

Emily Hewitt, Reporter April 22, 2021

And the Oscar for best food design goes to — well, there isn't one —  but let's make them wish there was. The Oscars are just around the corner with the star studded event set to commence April 25....

COVID-19 halted film production around the globe but Sonoma County student filmmakers found innovative ways to continue telling stories while social distancing.

Sonoma County Student Film Festival: A virtual showcase of student talent

Liam Vinueza, Editor April 22, 2021

COVID-19 halted film production around the globe; however, local filmmakers found innovative ways to continue telling stories while social distancing.  Nowhere was this more apparent than in this year's...

A graphic of the characters Shrek and Donkey edited to have their faces swapped.

From movie to meme: “Shrek” turns 20

Tucker Lang, Editor April 22, 2021

The irreverent animated blockbuster hit “Shrek” has been through a lot over the course of 20 years. From critical reception back in 2001, to children growing up loving it, to an odd memetic resurgence...

A graphic of movie theater seats in front of a movie screen that has a marijuana leaf on display.

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...

A photo illustration reading SoCo Local Theater Roundup, April 2021.

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 schools 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...

The album cover of Anuel AA and Ozunas Los Dioses, featuring the men standing in a smoky room wearing dark clothing.

“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...

The cover of a biography of Hannibal, one of the most feared and cunning army generals of his time, written by Dr. Patrick Hunt.

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...

A poster for SRJC Theatre Arts performance of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms featuring a silhouette of a person with a sword.

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...

A still from Judas and the Black Messiah featuring Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton.

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...

A Zoom meeting screenshot with Max Rudin, Brent Hayes Edwards and Rafia Zafar

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...

From She Kills Monsters to The Mystery of Love and Sex, watching online performances from local theatre is a great way to support the arts virtually.

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,...

Bad Bunny hits all the expected notes and some new ones on his peak thus far, EL ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO.

Bad Bunny is at his peak on “El ÚLTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDO”

Maritza Camacho, Editor February 20, 2021

Reggaeton artist Bad Bunny has taken the world by storm this past year with two record-breaking studio albums and one compilation album. The pandemic didn’t put the brakes on his music but rather gave...

Medicine at Midnight is a weak, toothless entry in Foo Fighters discography and proof that just doing the bare minimum isnt enough.

Foo Fighters disappoint with the middling “Medicine at Midnight”

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief February 18, 2021

Poor production and lazy songwriting abound on “Medicine at Midnight,” a weak entry in Foo Fighters’ discography that sees the band doing the bare minimum and nothing more. “Medicine at Midnight”...

SRJC alum Peltz The Prodigys mournful yet inspirational solo debut Lessons from Losses is full of vulnerable, low-key bangers.

SRJC alum Peltz The Prodigy mourns and reflects on inspiring new album “Lessons from Losses”

Tucker Lang, Editor February 16, 2021

“Lessons from Losses” is a personal hip-hop diary detailing the darkest and brightest corners of a young man dealing with the heartache of losing his father, and the necessary positives and negatives...

Romance is in the air in these eight films for brightening the mood or dimming the lights.

Eight romance films at your fingertips this Valentine’s Day

Cass Stewart and Sophia Ginsberg February 14, 2021

Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for two or a cozy evening in PJs on the couch, check out our list of some of the best romantic films available to stream while you celebrate this Valentine’s...

OK Human sees Weezer capture the same lovable personality that they debuted with, now wrapped in a lavishly arranged package.

Weezer delivers a baroque take on its sound with the grand yet quaint “OK Human”

Tucker Lang, Editor February 4, 2021

Weezer, the ultimate "its old stuff was better" band, may have just proven the nerdy alt-rock perfection of its 1994 debut wasn't a fluke, while also renovating its instrumental palette. Rivers Cuomo...

The Contax G1, a relic of of 20th century engineering

The Contax G1: The camera I hate to love

Aryk Copley December 16, 2020

My relationship with the Contax G1 is complicated. When I first looked into picking one up, I wanted something that every photographer wants at some point; a camera that could do it all. I was, at the...

Be the last squad standing in the new VR battle royale, Population: One.

“Population: One” review

Stephen Howe December 10, 2020

When I first heard about “Population: One,” a new virtual reality battle royale game developed by BigBoxVR, I was very put off.  I thought to myself, “Battle royale in VR? This sounds super janky.”...

Best movies to watch this Christmas break: Must-see & new releases

Best movies to watch this Christmas break: Must-see & new releases

Priscilla Terry, Staff Writer December 9, 2020

It’s almost been a year since the COVID-19 lockdowns disrupted our weekly routines and opportunities for leisure. Movie theaters are becoming a thing of the past as movie enthusiasts and producers...

Mank is candy for Old Hollywood enthusiasts, a 2021 Academy Awards heavyweight and one of the best films in David Finchers filmography.

“Mank”: Fincher’s fossilized feature feels fresh

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief December 8, 2020

A thrill for movie nerds, a cascade of meta-narratives and an explosion of old-timey cinematic devices, “Mank” rewards patient viewers with an experience unlike any other in director David Fincher’s...

Softie is a revolutionary documentary about Kenyan photojournalist Boniface Mwangi and his subsequent turns as an activist and political candidate.

“Softie”: A film all hopeful activists must watch

Liam Vinueza, Staff Writer December 8, 2020

For all those hopeful activists longing for change, in a year where our current systems are being questioned, one need not look further than Sam Soko’s documentary “Softie.” In collaboration with...

SRJC theater presents a pandemic miracle with “It’s a Wonderful Life”

SRJC theater presents a pandemic miracle with “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Michael Combs and Peyton Krzyzek December 4, 2020

SRJC’s Theater Arts prevailed through this unprecedented pandemic year of remote learning and arranged an innovative and heartwarming production with “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Its final showings...

From Morgan Wallen to Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt, this list of Country music hits released in 2020 has something for all to enjoy.

Top 10 country songs released in 2020

Nick Vides, Editor-in-Chief December 3, 2020

2020 has had a lot of downs, something country music thrives on, so it’s no surprise that artists have created some of their best songs this year to provide an escape from the lonely COVID blues. Here...

Students acted from their homes with Zoom during the shooting of Its a Wonderful Life. SRJC Theater Arts used digital magic to create the scenes and cohesive backgrounds.

SRJC Theatre Arts presents “It’s a Wonderful Life,” its first online musical ever

Michael Combs and Peyton Krzyzek November 26, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts performs “It’s a Wonderful Life” as its second online play and first online musical” at 7:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 27 live on YouTube.  The iconic story about...

Cover of the album Danger Days by My Chemical Romance. A white spider graphic on top of a picture of a mountain in a desert during golden hour.

A decade later, “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” can finally be appreciated as the masterpiece it is

Cass Stewart, Staff Writer November 22, 2020

When My Chemical Romance’s fourth studio album “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” first hit stores, fans were divided over the futuristic album, which combined the sounds of ‘60s...

Kurupis introspective, DIY energy makes for a wonderfully catchy reflection on loneliness and life during COVID-19.

Local band Kurupi reflect on quarantine with their bold new EP

Tucker Lang, Staff Writer November 19, 2020

Kurupi’s "Con Mi Gente: Shelter In Place Demos" is a poignant yet intimate look at the effect COVID-19 has had on our lives and a must-listen for any Santa Rosa Junior College student who loves music...

System Of A Down: Daron Malakian (top left), Serj Tankian (top right), John Dolmayan (bottom left), Shavo Odadjian (bottom right) come together with new music for the first time in 15 years raising over  $600,000 for charity.

System of a Down is back with two chilling new tracks

Emma Molloy, Staff Writer November 18, 2020

Armenian-American metal group System of a Down shocked listeners after a dramatic breakup and a 15-year hiatus by dropping two new tracks full of outrage and astounding guitar riffs, treating fans to a...

Museum of Sonoma County hosts Día de los Muertos sculpture garden event

Museum of Sonoma County hosts Día de los Muertos sculpture garden event

Maritza Camacho, Staff Writer November 1, 2020

The Museum of Sonoma County is keeping the magic of Día de los Muertos alive with a free, immersive outdoor art display celebrating loved ones who have died. The exhibit features artwork by Peter Perez,...

Horror movies for Halloween: Netflix and Hulu edition

Horror movies for Halloween: Netflix and Hulu edition

Willow Ornellas, Staff Writer October 30, 2020

Halloween is here, and you need a movie to watch for your quarantine night-in. These are the best horror, suspenseful, haunting and thrilling movies available to stream now on Netflix and Hulu.  Netflix Creature...

Gorillaz return with a collection of vibrant, riveting pop songs after two critical disappointments in Humanz and The Now Now.

Gorillaz return with a colorful, eccentric revitalization of pop music

Tucker Lang, Staff Writer October 29, 2020

Gorillaz, the long-running virtual band spearheaded by UK songwriter Damon Albarn, has released one of their most colorful collections of tracks to date with “Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez,”...

Shot in black and white, Nana Dijo: Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness provides an in-depth look into the lasting effects of colonialism on the Black diaspora of Latin America.

“Nana Dijo”: A look into the long lasting effects of colonialism

Liam Vinueza, Staff Writer October 29, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College and Our House Intercultural Center hosted a film screening and Q&A session Oct. 21 with Bronx-based rapper Bocafloja about his documentary “Nana Dijo: Irresolute Radiography...

Poster giving details on the SRJC Oktoberfest concerts

SRJC music department will host digital Oktoberfest

Priscilla Navas, Staff Writer October 27, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Music Department will present a digital Oktoberfest on YouTube as its first event of the semester at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.  The event will have a GoFundMe account set...

SRJC Theatre Arts is performs Agatha Christies “Murder On The Orient Express” live on YouTube at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24.

SRJC Theater Arts presents Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express”

Michael Combs, Staff Writer October 22, 2020

SRJC Theatre Arts is performing “Murder On The Orient Express,” a play based on Agatha Christie’s 1936 novel, and streaming live on YouTube at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24. Laura Downing-Lee directs...

Shore is a poignant, sharply written album that fits snugly in Fleet Foxes discography.

Fleet Foxes surprises with the feathery musings of “Shore”

Tucker Lang, Staff Writer October 4, 2020

Fleet Foxes come through with a shimmering collection of tracks on “Shore,” showcasing what makes them a special folk force, along with a unique and catchy flair.  Robin Pecknold, the creative...

The coronavirus pandemic has halted progress on many commercial projects, including movies like The Batman and Mission: Impossible 7, TV shows like The Walking Dead and Love Island and albums by artists like Weezer and Rihanna.

COVID-19 is delaying our most anticipated releases

Tucker Lang, Staff Writer September 20, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us in many ways, as well as some of the things we love. The virus has postponed or canceled new music, movies and television, but creators and audiences everywhere...

Im Thinking of Ending Things, Charlie Kaufmans Netflix-exclusive adaptation of Iain Reids 2016 debut novel, is an existential drama that both challenges and reveres the rules of storytelling.

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is an existential knockout

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief September 16, 2020

With “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” Charlie Kaufman has crafted one of film’s most confounding documents in the form of a tense, existential drama whose rules are constantly bending. Kaufman...

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a pretty decent expansion for the price you pay.

XCOM: Chimera Squad review

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer June 2, 2020

"XCOM: Chimera Squad" is an interesting entry in the XCOM series, to say the least. It’s advertised as a story-focused spin-off to a game series known more for its focus on gameplay than anything else....

Netflixs Spanish-language programming might be just the ticket to get you through this next stretch of quarantine.

Creative “Cuarentena” Part II: Netflix’s Top 10 Spanish shows to binge in quarantine

Marilyn Santos, Staff Writer May 21, 2020

If the last list left you wanting more Spanish shows to binge watch, look no further. Here are the last five of 10 suggestions for Spanish shows streaming on Netflix to satisfy your binge-watching needs.   “Gran...

Are You Experienced is an all-time great classic rock album, and while its 53rd anniversary might not usually make the news cycle, theres really nothing else to talk about.

“Are You Experienced”: A classic album turns … 53

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief May 14, 2020

“Are You Experienced” is the critically acclaimed debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and one of the albums that invented hard rock. The album was released on this day… 53 years ago. Yes,...

Final Fantasy VII Remake sometimes features redundant gameplay, but its immense scale, captivating design and colossal story make it a must-play.

“Final Fantasy VII Remake”: A reinvention, not a rehash

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief April 24, 2020

“Final Fantasy VII Remake” is an ambitious and stylish piece of video-game art that, while occasionally tedious, is well worth more than five years of waiting. Publisher Square Enix, which released...

Netflixs Spanish-language programming might be just the ticket to get you through this next stretch of quarantine.

Creative “Cuarentena” Part I: Netflix’s Top 10 Spanish shows to binge in quarantine

Marilyn Santos, Staff Writer April 13, 2020

If you're finding yourself bored at home, why not stream TV in Spanish to either experience a different culture and learn a new language, or to practice what you already know while being entertained. Here...

Following recent shelter-in-place orders in response to COVID-19, the Sonoma County Student Film Festival moved to Zoom videoconference where audience participate from the safety of their homes.

Sonoma County Student Film Festival: A socially distanced showcase of student talent

Edgar Soria Garcia and Nick Vides April 9, 2020

The show went on for the annual Sonoma County Student Film Festival, which presented student-made productions virtually, at 7 p.m April 3 via a Zoom videoconference. Despite Santa Rosa Junior College...

Embrace your inner pirate in the fantastical, gorgeous world of Sea of Thieves.

No need for social distancing; Three video games to keep you connected during shelter-in-place

Stephen Howe, Staff Writer April 9, 2020

It’s been a month since quarantine started, you haven’t seen your friends in forever and you're probably bored right out of your mind. So what kind of games would be good to play in a time like this? Here...

The pacing and chronology of events in the docuseries “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez motivate the viewer to continue watching as key points are presented throughout the three episodes.

Five Netflix shows to watch while you’re cooped up

Jonathan Bigall, Staff Writer April 8, 2020

With shelter-in-place orders extended through April, here’s a list of five must-watch new and old shows on Netflix that will make your home quarantine more enjoyable. “Altered Carbon” With...

One of the darkest films in the noir canon, Scarlet Street has a shocking, tragic ending and bleak cinematography, perfect for feel-bad vibes in these heavy times.

Five free feel-bad film classics for quarantine

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief April 8, 2020

It’s easy to get bored with your typical media consumption habits during quarantine. Instead of another list of feel-good content that will take your mind off the coronavirus pandemic, here are five...

Skull is one of five board games recommended to beat the boredom under Sonoma Countys shelter-in-place order dictating social distancing.

Board games to beat boredom; Five not-digital games to entertain during shelter-in-place

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer April 8, 2020

Everyone is stuck indoors until this pandemic blows over. If you’re bored of Netflix and video games, there is another option to occupy your time: board games. An American staple since long before...

Students, faculty and alumni gather at Burbank Auditorium to celebrate the unveiling after an over one-year long process.

Refurbished Burbank Auditorium opens after two-year closure

Edgar Soria Garcia, Magazine Editor March 19, 2020

The grand reopening of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Burbank Auditorium brought students, faculty and alumni alike through inviting doors to celebrate the updated building. “We’re really here, aren’t...

“Sonic the Hedgehog”: Forgettable but fun video game adaptation

“Sonic the Hedgehog”: Forgettable but fun video game adaptation

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin and Stephen Howe March 12, 2020

From “Prince of Persia” to “Assassin’s Creed,” video game film adaptations are notoriously bad, but “Sonic the Hedgehog” is an odd surprise. The film concerns the inter-dimensional blue...

Tame Impala plays it safe — but succeeds  — by following up on the psychedelic electronic pop of 2015s Currents with another helping of vibrant, genre-bending production from the projects mastermind, Kevin Parker.

Tame Impala returns with trippy, electronic “The Slow Rush”

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief March 5, 2020

“The Slow Rush,” the fourth studio album by psychedelic music project Tame Impala, is a vibrant, genre-bending alternative rock odyssey, despite a few flat songs.  The album was released on Valentine’s...

Santa Rosa Junior College theater arts program will open the newly renovated Burbank Auditorium with a performance of Martin McDonaghs dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan at both matinee and evening performances from March 6 to 8 and 11 to 15.

“The Cripple of Inishmaan” to open renovated Burbank Auditorium March 6

Edgar Soria Garcia, Magazine Editor March 5, 2020

After a year-long hiatus from performing at Burbank Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts returns to the newly renovated historic venue with “The Cripple of Inishmaan” to open the auditorium’s...

Although Lady Gagas new single Stupid Love is one worthy of singing along, the video does not do her new track justice.

Going Gaga for “Stupid Love” 

Edgar Soria Garcia, Magazine Editor March 3, 2020

Lady Gaga’s new single, “Stupid Love,” graces Gaga fans with the artistic, out-of-this-world sounds and fashion on which the star has built her career, but breaks away from the country- and jazz-influenced...

Hard to follow plotlines while failing to appeal to a younger crowd, both The Selfie Man and Friend Request scare viewers for all the wrong reasons.

Horrible Horror: Awful internet-themed horror movies I’ve watched so you don’t have to

Edgar Soria Garcia, Magazine Editor March 3, 2020

There are thousands of horror movies out in the world featuring different themes, languages and cultures. Some of them are bound to be terrible. Lately there has been an influx of horror movies revolving...

Set in a zombie apocalypse, Daybreak is a colorful teen comedy with solid comedic writing and fun performances.

Daybreak: A true teenage wasteland

Jonathan Bigall, Staff Writer February 27, 2020

“Daybreak,” released on Netflix in October, is a teen comedy set in a zombie apocalypse, and despite the tropes, the show is fun and colorful. Colin Ford stars as Josh Wheeler as he and his friends...

Pliny the Youngers 2020 release, in addition to being available at both the brewerys Santa Rosa and Windsor taprooms, offered something new: the coveted beer in bottles available to take home.

Pliny the Younger: Well worth the wait

Nick Vides and Luke Morrow, Photography February 25, 2020

For two weeks every year, the Russian River Brewing Company releases one of the nation’s most sought after beers: Pliny the Younger. This Triple IPA is only available to consume at the brewery’s taprooms,...

Which supermarket has the best chocolate chip cookies?

Edgar Soria Garcia and Alex Fuller February 13, 2020

We've all been there, you brought another case of chocolate chip cookies to a potluck from a random supermarket. But have you wondered if the one you purchased were any good? No need to drive around town...

Birds of Prey rejuvenates the tired tropes of the comic book movie genre by blowing viewers away with stunning visuals and relatable moments that excite the common feminist movie goer.

“Birds of Prey”: A comic book movie made by and for women

Alex Fuller, Staff Writer February 11, 2020

“Birds of Prey” is a visually stunning thrill ride that revitalizes the comic book genre with kinetic and captivating fight scenes, inclusive and innovative political views and a killer soundtrack...

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho won big at the 2020 Academy Awards, with his film Parasite winning Best International Feature, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. Taika Waititi and Hildur Guðnadóttir also took home historic awards in the Oscars second straight year without a host.

The Oscars: More than an awards show

Maisie French, Staff Writer February 11, 2020

When I think of my childhood, one thing that comes to mind is the Oscars.  Growing up, I would watch them while crammed on the couch with my mom. She loves movies. When I was younger, the famous actors...

Miss Americana, the new Taylor Swift documentary directed by Lana Wilson, received rave reviews from critics and fans after its premiere Jan. 23 at Sundance Film Festival; the film released on Netflix a week later on Jan. 31.

I’ve been a Swiftie for most of my life, and I loved “Miss Americana”

Kayla Beaton, Sports Editor February 5, 2020

Miss Americana herself, Taylor Swift, is the subject of a highly anticipated documentary that premiered Jan. 31 in theaters and on Netflix.  The documentary premiered at Sundance on Jan. 23, but came...

SuenaTron hypes an excitable crowd at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, California. The band is currently working on its first album and has not yet set a release date.

San Jose’s SuenaTron seeks to reform latin music

Zane Zinkl and Riley Palmer January 21, 2020

The Mystic Theater in Petaluma clamoured with dancing feet and sweaty audience members enthralled with the new age spanish sound emanating from San Jose-based band SuenaTron.  “If you have a drink...

10 iconic films from the 2010s

10 iconic films from the 2010s

James Domizio, Staff Writer December 12, 2019

In the 2010s, we saw many new classics by directors ranging from old masters to emerging talent. From the rise of commercial LGBTQ films to the wider acceptance of minority-directed films, it’s never...

Drummer Rafael Bañuelos, 21, performs on Nov. 9 at 3 Disciples Brewing in Santa Rosa during an Incredulous show.

Garages and bedrooms and bars: Making it big in Sonoma County

Séamus Reed, A&E Editor December 12, 2019

Branden Carrell and his bandmates watch where they step in their makeshift recording studio. The former garage, once a photo studio, now serves as Carrell’s grandmother’s bedroom. Carrell’s band,...

Action Bronson, is a native of the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York. His music is influenced by New York culture, his culinary background, and his affinity for Sports Cars.

Action Bronson’s “Lamb Over Rice”: Groovy but abrupt

Séamus Reed, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 9, 2019

New York rapper, Scorcese film starring actor and aspiring painter Action Bronson collaborated with long-time friend and producer The Alchemist for a new album, “Lamb Over Rice.” In his new tape, Bronson...

The Irishman overcomes a massive 209-minute runtime to become one of the decades greatest gangster films on the backs of master direction from Martin Scorsese and larger-than-life performances from Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

“The Irishman” is a lengthy yet rich masterpiece

James Domizio, Staff Writer December 9, 2019

“The Irishman” may be a long watch for a Netflix blockbuster at 3 hours and 29 minutes, but its lead performances combined with Martin Scorsese’s superb direction make it a compelling piece of cinema. “The...

Students from Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University have come together for their production of the broadway play The Sound of Music from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8 at the Evert B. Peterson Theatre building in SSU.

SRJC’s “The Sound of Music” at Sonoma State

Abraham Fuentes, Photo Editor November 26, 2019

The hills of Sonoma County were filled with the sound of music Friday evening as Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University collaborated on the production of “The Sound of Music” at SSU’s...

Director Boon Joon-Hos latest film reflecting on themes on classism and socio-economic inequality has become one of the most praised and well-known foreign films of the year.

“Parasite”: an outstanding depiction of class struggle

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer November 24, 2019

Although director Boon Joon-Ho isn’t a household name in the United States, his latest film “Parasite” is praised internationally by moviegoers for its masterful portrayal of socioeconomic inequality...

The Mandalorian is fresh, exciting content that entertains and provokes thought; its the Star Wars TV show fans have been waiting for.

Seven thoughts about “The Mandalorian”

James Domizio, Staff Writer November 24, 2019

The first live-action “Star Wars” television series is here, and after three episodes, it’s clear “The Mandalorian” is some of the most exciting “Star Wars” content in years. But what makes...

Students from Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University have come together for their production of the broadway play The Sound of Music from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8 at the Evert B. Peterson Theatre building in SSU.

“The Sound of Music” arrives at Sonoma State

Jesse Kapukui, Co-Features Editor November 22, 2019

The hills of Sonoma County will be alive with “The Sound of Music” from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8! Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department students will perform the classic Broadway musical “The...

Lil Peeps final album was released Nov. 12, 2019.

“Everybody’s Everything”: Lil Peep’s influence remains alive

Sam McMinimy, Staff Writer November 20, 2019

“Everybody’s Everything,” Lil Peep’s posthumous emo rap album displays the talent that Peep held, and the career that could have been achieved. The late rapper's 19 song album is a compilation...

In A24s The Lighthouse, actors Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson battle the sea and their psyches.

“The Lighthouse”: The horror aquatic

Séamus Reed, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 20, 2019

Standout horror studio A24’s recent release, “The Lighthouse,” captures the dread and isolation of being marooned on a rock in the middle of the ocean in a bleak, black and white contrast. The Lighthouse...

Cult Classic The Thing was not a critical success during its release but found a cult following in the years after and is considered one of the greatest films in horror history.

“The Thing”: Fear the unknown

Abraham Fuentes, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 31, 2019

The wolf in sheep’s clothing scares us more than any real wolf. John Carpenter grips this idea tight in “The Thing” and uses tense psychological uncertainty to keep the audience reeled in. The...

Pumpkin Nights is a travelling mini-carnival featuring over 3,000 real pumpkins hand-carved by local artists.

Pumpkin Nights is a lovely pumpkin-themed date night

James Domizio, Staff Writer October 31, 2019

Featuring over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins, Pumpkin Nights boasts games, eats and entertainment to make any evening feel spooky and spectacular.  While the event is mid-sized, tickets cost $20, as much...

Vibe-O-Ween: Four free horror films and a Halloween playlist

Vibe-O-Ween: Four free horror films and a Halloween playlist

James Domizio and Téa Lindsey October 31, 2019

As if the real life of Kincade Fire week wasn’t frightening enough, the grand finale of our oh-so-beloved season of haunts, bewitchment and pumpkin-spiced everything has arrived—and we’re here to...

1996s Scream stars Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, a high schooler stalked by a mysterious killer on the anniversary of her mothers death.

A horror movie must: “Scream” (1996)

Ian MacGregor, Sports Editor October 31, 2019

Though not complex or thought-provoking, “Scream” is a classic slasher film whose charm and chills will make you want to watch multiple times for its over-the-top jump scares and gore. Blood and guts...

JPEGMAFIA promotes the release of his newest album All My Heroes Are Cornballs with an electrifying performance at The New Parish in Oakland.

JPEGMAFIA brings “All My Heroes Are Cornballs” to Oakland

Jesse Kapukui, Features Co-Editor October 17, 2019

It goes without saying that the world of live shows, especially among contemporary rap artists, has become all too lifeless and overrated, with artists just lip-syncing over the instrumentals and vocals...

“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” — a worthy epilogue to a monolithic series

“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” — a worthy epilogue to a monolithic series

James Domizio, Staff Writer October 17, 2019

This review is spoiler-free. “Breaking Bad” ended in 2013 with one of television’s greatest finales ever, and “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” is an epilogue that exceeds fans’ lofty expectations. “El...

A vendor sells necklaces at SRJCs Indigenous People’s Day celebration in Bertolini Quad.

SRJC celebrates Indigenous People’s Day

Kayla Beaton, Staff Writer October 16, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College celebrated Native American people, their history and their culture on Oct. 14 in Bertolini Quad as part of the college's fifth annual Indigenous People's Day, a holiday replacing...

Despite its amateur elements, Carnival of Souls is a horror classic due to its focus on the independence of women and its haunting atmosphere created by cinematography, editing and an ethereal organ score by Gene Moore.

“Carnival of Souls”: a feminist horror classic

James Domizio, Staff Writer October 16, 2019

A car filled with teenage boys rolls up to a car full of teenage girls at a stoplight. The boys suggest a drag race, and the girls agree. As they muscle for position on a rickety drawbridge, the girls’...

Author Victor Villaseñor left California as a young man to live in Mexico. Returning to the United States at 20, Villaseñor has written nine novels and 65 short stories.

The voice of genius inside us: Victor Villaseñor

Séamus Reed, A&E Editor October 15, 2019

Acclaimed author Victor Villaseñor spoke to the Santa Rosa Junior College community 12 p.m. Monday at Newman Auditorium, sharing his wealth of knowledge and candid personal philosophy. California native...

New SRJC art exhibit breaks stereotypes one piece at a time

New SRJC art exhibit breaks stereotypes one piece at a time

Sam Mcminimy, Staff Writer October 13, 2019

An exhibit at Santa Rosa Junior College, “Beyond Stereotypes: Native Americans Restyle the Comic Book Universe,” opens Oct. 15 at the Jesse Peter Multicultural Museum and will display a compilation...

Danny Brown released the colorful, synth-heavy uknowhatimsayin¿ Oct. 4, three years after the release of his last studio album, the critically acclaimed portrait of darkness and addiction Atrocity Exhibition.

“uknowhatimsayin¿”: Danny Brown’s palette changes once again

James Domizio, Staff Writer October 12, 2019

Detroit-native Danny Brown’s excellent new album “uknowhatimsayin¿” is another collection of psychedelic beats peppered with Brown’s signature frenetic voice and paranoid lyrics. While White...

Todd Philips bleak and twisted portrait of the infamous Joker characters backstory and ultimate descent into madness is as compelling as it is tragic. Joaquin Phoenixs performace will stand as one of his best.

Gotham City’s beautiful dark twisted fantasy

Jesse Kapukui, Features Editor October 9, 2019

Out of all the portrayals of Batman’s villain in the last 50 years, Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the Joker is the best yet; it’s heartbreaking, bittersweet and sad, but in the best way possible.  Director...

The Good Doctor: SRJC Theater Arts’ last performance in Newman Auditorium

The Good Doctor: SRJC Theater Arts’ last performance in Newman Auditorium

Séamus Reed, A&E Editor October 3, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department opens their fall season with "The Good Doctor" at 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 in Newman Auditorium's Emeritus Hall — the last time the classroom will be used before...

Level Up! Ep. 16: But is it art?

Level Up! Ep. 16: But is it art?

Up   In this one your boys examine the deep relationship between graphics power and art style at the root of gaming visuals. We discuss the best and worst we've seen and whether or not,...

Though unsuspecting, Bose Frames come with two directional speakers on both the left and right arms of the sunglasses.

Bose Frames: Adding ambience to the world

Abraham Fuentes, Co-Editor-in-Chief September 27, 2019

In the last few years, both fashion houses and wearable tech companies have explored the idea of adding music to your environment with Sony Xperia Ear Duo, Aftershokz Trekz being two examples. Known for...

Babushka Boi music video features A$AP Rocky and accomplices on the run from pig-faced cops.

Get home ASAP, A$AP: Rocky’s “First Day Out” track

Sam McMinimy, Staff Writer September 19, 2019

A$AP Rocky’s “Babushka Boi” is a vibrant song beautifully produced with a vivid and hard-hitting video.  New York rapper Rakim Mayers, 30, known by his stage name A$AP ROCKY, released the song...

Level Up! Ep. 15: Music & Megabytes

Level Up! Ep. 15: Music & Megabytes

  On our 15th episode we discuss music (and sound as a whole) in video games. We discuss the horrible voice acting of Oblivion, the memorable sound effects of World of Warcraft and the swelling...

Its easy, cheap and vital to watch climate change documentaries; websites like YouTube and Vimeo allow widespread free access to quality edutainment.

Four climate change documentaries and how you can watch them for free

James Domizio, Staff Writer September 18, 2019

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless by the media coverage of climate change. However, we are duty-bound to stay informed on this topic so that we may fight for change before it’s too late. One...

I watched over 365 movies last year and now I have movie burnout

I watched over 365 movies last year and now I have movie burnout

James Domizio, Staff Writer September 18, 2019

        I spent 752 hours — over 31 days — watching movies last year. If those numbers sound ridiculous, it’s because they are. Most people’s New Year’s...

Youth activists fight for future at PLANET HOME conference in San Francisco

Youth activists fight for future at PLANET HOME conference in San Francisco

Téa Lindsey, Staff Writer September 18, 2019

Students and activists across the country gathered in San Francisco last weekend to convey their deep concerns about the world they will inherit, if they live long enough to see it.  San Francisco’s...

Ms. Lauryn Hill, CeeLo Green rock Day 2 of Sonoma Harvest Music Festival

Ms. Lauryn Hill, CeeLo Green rock Day 2 of Sonoma Harvest Music Festival

James Domizio, Staff Writer September 18, 2019

Ms. Lauryn Hill and CeeLo Green performed for a sun-soaked audience to close out the first weekend of the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival on Sunday. The audience freely wandered the grounds of the...

Lana del Ray and Duke Nicholson on the cover of Norman F*cking Rockwell.

“Norman F*cking Rockwell”: Doesn’t rock but it does all right

Jasmine Benigno-Hall, Staff Writer September 12, 2019

Lana Del Rey’s sixth studio album is a broken record. She fails to deliver any new sounds that differ from her previous albums. By sticking with piano ballads and her electronic pop style, Del Ray doesn’t...

Ancient Puebloan pottery on display inside the Jesse Peter Multicultural Museum on SRJC campus.

College’s collection of hundred-year-old pottery on exhibition

Alex Nunez, Staff Writer September 5, 2019

The Jesse Peter Multicultural Museum at Santa Rosa Junior College has curated a Native American exhibit focused on the ancestral Puebloan civilization, with the college’s oldest collection of Puebloan...

JPEGMAFIA comes through with one of the most futuristic and compelling singles of the year. Jesus, Forgive Me I Am a Thot gives insight into Peggys highly anticipated upcoming album slated for release on Sept. 16.

JPEGMAFIA’s Soul Escapes Temptation on Newest Single

Jesse Kapukui, Features Editor September 5, 2019

“Jesus Forgive Me I Am A Thot” is the latest single from up-and-coming artist Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, better known as JPEGMAFIA or Peggy. In a musical landscape where popular rap production...

Travis Scott performs in anticipation of, Look Mom I Can Fly.

“Look Mom I Can Fly”: A glimpse into the life of Travis Scott

Sam McMinimy, Staff Writer September 5, 2019

“Look Mom I Can Fly,” Travis Scott’s first documentary, gives viewers a first hand look at the notable life of the 28-year-old rapper. The Houston native documented his moments of work, play and...

Disney unveils their new exciting line-up on Aug. 23-25 in Anaheim Calif. from Disney+ to upcoming Marvel movies for years to come.

D23 expo wrap-up: Disney+, Marvel, Star Wars and more

James Domizio, Staff Writer September 5, 2019

Disney’s D23 Expo took place Aug. 23-25 in Anaheim, California, and left a glut of entertainment news in its wake from announcements of new shows streaming on Disney+ to upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe...

After 13-long years, Tool release their newest album early Sept. Fear Inoculum.

“Fear Inoculum”: Tool makes a triumphant return

Séamus Reed, Arts & Entertainment Editor September 3, 2019

"Fear Inoculum" is proof that good things are worth waiting for; the album is an experimental masterpiece, with guitar, bass, drums and synthesizer weaving in and out and crashing together for tremendous...

The Third Man at 70: Does It Hold Up?

“The Third Man” at 70: Does It Hold Up?

James Domizio, Staff Writer September 1, 2019

“Goodness, that’s awkward,” Crabbin said. “‘Goodness, that’s awkward’? Is that what you say to people after death?” Holly Martins asked. On this day 70 years ago, the shadowy world...

Each expansion World Of Warcraft creates a unique login screen, over the years weve seen many designs but the structure has remained unchanged.

World of Warcraft Classic: Does it stand the test of time?

Devin Schwarz, Podcast Editor August 29, 2019

Picture this, if you can stomach it. It’s November 2004, Usher’s “Yeah!” blares from the speakers of your Toyota Camry, memes are in their primordial state, "all your base are belong to us" comes...

Taylor Swift during her photoshoot for the Apple Music Lab promotion.

Love prevails in Taylor Swift’s newest album, “Lover”

Dakota McGranahan, Co-Features Editor August 27, 2019

Taylor Swift’s seventh studio album “Lover” echoes what the final song whispers: “I want to be remembered for the things that I love, not the things that I hate.”  The lyrics to the closing...

Level Up! Game of Thrones Ep. 5: The Mad Queen

Level Up! Game of Thrones Ep. 5: The Mad Queen

  In this episode we discuss the 5th and second to last episode of Game of Thrones season 8. We talk about the Mad Queen, deaths both deserved and unexpected and what they could possibly do...

Fighting Words: Musicians respond to white nationalism in Trump’s America

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer May 14, 2019

When Janelle Monae sings “Just love me baby, love me for who I am” in her song “Americans,” she’s not asking for the romantic love of any single partner. Instead, Monae is begging for the respect...

Level Up! Game of Thrones Ep. 4: King Pod

Level Up! Game of Thrones Ep. 4: King Pod

This week we talk episode 4, we discuss deaths, ghosts and the inevitable reign of King Podrick. Join us next week for episode 5.   Music courtesy of Floating Point Image courtesy of SyFy

Level Up! Game of Thrones Ep. 3: Plot Armor:

Level Up! Game of Thrones Ep. 3: “Plot Armor:

On our third episode we discuss...you guessed it, the third episode of season 8 of Game of Thrones. We talk deaths, survivors and how much Jordan hates all of it. (We apologize for this late upload,...

Diddl and Diddlina zapping through Cheese TV on a stormy day in Cheesecakeland. Diddl Zapping will be featured at Film Fest Petaluma 2019.

11th annual film fest at the Mystic

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor May 2, 2019

Join directors from across the country to celebrate animated and live action short films this Saturday at the 11th annual Film Fest in Petaluma. Film lovers will have the opportunity to see a mixed...

Conductor Jerome Fleg will be leading the SRJC orchestra and band in a concert combining music and visuals.

SRJC orchestra presents the second annual “Circadian Rhythms”

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer April 30, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College Orchestra and Symphonic Band will present a multimedia concert with visual projections this May called: Circadian Rhythms. Tenured music instructor Dr. Jerome Fleg will...

Carnival float in Viagreggio that takes place end of January through the beginning of March, a possible field trip opportunity for Florence Study Abroad 2020.

Political science and pizza margherita: SRJC Study Abroad Program

Riley Palmer, Staff Writer April 26, 2019

Cross international waters. Stroll down cobblestone pathways at dusk. Clink wine glasses as your eyes wander onto the Ponte Vecchio while the sun takes its final bow. Many college students see international...

Level Up! Game of Thrones Ep. 2: We all know what his butt looks like

Level Up! Game of Thrones Ep. 2: “We all know what his butt looks like”

On episode two we discuss...you guessed it, episode 2 of Game of Thrones season 8. We talk Ser Brienne, Podrick the Bard and play death bingo. Music courtesy of Floating Point Image courtesy...

Phillip Percy Williams, who stars as Jesus Christ, comes out after the premiere to thank the audience for coming to the opening night on Thursday 18.

The cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar” create an almost perfect musical with problems that can be fixed with time

Abraham Fuentes, Staff Writer April 25, 2019

SRJC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” has a few kinks to iron out, but has all the elements of a near-flawless spectacle: a great cast, eye-catching choreography, entertaining music and excellent set production....

Fern Bar: Sebastopol’s newest nightlife destination

Fern Bar: Sebastopol’s newest nightlife destination

Grace Evans , Contributing Writer April 25, 2019

Fern Bar is a much-welcome haven for anyone craving a bit of bigger city atmosphere. As a fusion between the popular Lowell’s and the trendy Nectary, both in Sebastopol, Fern Bar takes the farm-fresh...

Cage The Elephant re-invents themselves and delivers one of their best albums to date.

Cage the Elephant overcomes self-loathing with new album “Social Cues”

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer April 23, 2019

The future of Nashville-based alt-rockers Cage the Elephant seemed uncertain in recent years when their lead singer’s life fell apart in the aftermath of his divorce, however the band members managed...

Yareen Avni, director of Otherside and Auditions for the King talks about the making of his films at the Sonoma County Student Film Festival on April 5 in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium at the SRJC Petaluma campus.

Sonoma County Student Film Festival: A showcase of student talent

Edgar Soria Garcia, Illustrations Editor April 21, 2019

The annual Sonoma County Student Film Festival featured student-made productions April 5 at the Carole Ellis Auditorium on Santa Rosa Junior College’s Petaluma campus. The film festival premiered...

Level Up! special series: Game of Thrones

Level Up! special series: Game of Thrones

 In this first installment of a limited series, Devin and Jordan talk with new addition Aria (no relation) about Game of Thrones, specifically Season 8 which just premiered. This will be the first...

Santa Rosa Junior Colleges theatre team presents its renowned rock opera on April 21, 27 and 28.

SRJC theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer April 19, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College theatre arts department will hold its production of the rock-opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” starting April 19. The musical is a concept album from the late ‘60s with...

Dark fairy tale Hellboy brings flesh and bone to fantastical creatures but lacks the heart of Del Toros 2004 version.

“Hellboy”: heavy metal headache

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor April 18, 2019

Welcome to Hell. This unnecessary reboot hammers you over the head with its loud and obnoxious score, grueling pacing and grotesque, cartoonish violence. “Hellboy” lurks in the shadow of its predecessors...

Tessa Young (Josephine Langford) and Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin).

Bring a bucket: “After” is nothing short of nauseating

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor April 18, 2019

“After” manages to elicit a yearning for more racy romantic trash like “Fifty Shades of Grey" because anything else would have been less excruciating than this clichéd look at abusive teen relationships. Josephine...

Joseph Finks latest novel—available in Hardcover, E-Book, CD, and Digital Audio.

“Alice Isn’t Dead”: Horror’s best new read

Mark Fernquest, News Editor April 16, 2019

Horror nerds everywhere, fetch your reading glasses and plump up the cushions on your comfy chair: There’s a new book in town, and it doesn’t disappoint. Joseph Fink, New York Times bestselling co-author...

Shazam! netted $53 million in its opening weekend at the box office.

“Shazam!”: Finally, a fun DC movie

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor April 11, 2019

“Shazam!” is a fun, relatable and highly entertaining superhero movie that’s oddly family-friendly when compared to the rest of the gloomy DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Based on the DC Comics character...

Jordan Peeles acclaimed follow-up to Get Out exceeded expectations earning an estimated $70.3 million in North America.

Jordan Peele solidifies his place in horror with “Us”

Edgar Soria Garcia, Illustrations Editor April 5, 2019

Relying on psychological thrills with a mix of classic slasher films, “Us” tells a story with outstanding acting and directing. After the success of “Get Out,” Jordan Peele released his highly...

The cover of Santa Rosa Junior College adjunct instructor Mark Wilsons novel South Side Story.

An SRJC art history instructor’s new novel explores 1960s Chicago

Zane Zinkl, Staff Writer March 24, 2019

Mark Wilson, an adjunct art history instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, recently published the novel “South Side Story,” his sixth work and first foray into fiction. The novel, available...

CatVideoFest 2019

CatVideoFest 2019

Mark Fernquest, News Editor March 12, 2019

Summerfield Cinemas was the place to be Sunday if you like cats and were in the mood to have a good time. CatVideoFest 2019, a 70-minute compilation of laugh-out-loud cat video clips, played to three sold-out...

Cage the Elephants latest single House of Glass is a foreboding and compelling story of a man who has hit rock bottom.

“House of Glass”: Latest single from Nashville-based alt-rockers Cage the Elephant

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer March 11, 2019

Last month, Cage the Elephant announced its fifth album, “Social Cues,” with the release of a teaser track “Ready To Let Go,” where frontman Matt Shultz poetically retold the story of his failed...

Artist Stephanie Sanchez speaks to attendees about her show Meanderings at the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery.

Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery presents Stephanie Sanchez’s “Meanderings”

Edgar Soria Garcia, Staff Writer March 11, 2019

The Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery hosted an opening for “Meanderings: Sabbatical Exhibition,” a show featuring paintings by Stephanie Sanchez inspired by her her travels around the United States. The...

Jasmine Flores-Nunez(left), Alexx Valdez(middle) and Christopher Shayota(right) play a student teacher, high school coach and theater professor whose job is to help a group of high school students, the audience, graduate.

For the laughs to the lighting, go see “All The Great Books (Abridged)”

Abraham Fuentes, Staff Writer March 9, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College’s production of “All the Great Books (Abridged)” is an interactive and hilarious experience that amounts to a must-see show. I was expecting a simple comedy, but what I...

“Captain Marvel” soars high and above expectations as Marvel introduces a powerful female protagonist with charm and grit

“Captain Marvel” soars high and above expectations as Marvel introduces a powerful female protagonist with charm and grit

Jordan Allums, Arts & Entertainment editor March 8, 2019

Despite the doomsaying of Internet trolls, Brie Larson knocks it out of the park, delivering a fun, snarky portrayal as the titular Captain Marvel. The majority of the film takes place on Earth in the...

Who’s Got The Chop’s is a  lip sync competition pitting teams against each other in an entertaining evening that raises funds for Sonoma County teens.

Local lip sync battle supports youth

Zane Zinkl, Staff Writer March 6, 2019

Students from Santa Rosa Junior College and other community members will gather Mar. 9 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts  for the “Who’s Got The Chop’s Lip Sync Battle,” a highly anticipated...

Dont sleep on these 6 black artists

Don’t “sleep” on these 6 black artists

Jesse Kapukui, Staff writer February 28, 2019

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments, the talent and the history of African-Americans. In observation of the month, it’s time to shed some light on a few black musicians who...

“Thank U, Next”: a new era for Ariana Grande

“Thank U, Next”: a new era for Ariana Grande

Raul Ojeda , Staff Writer February 28, 2019

“Thank U, Next” is the latest and most prolific album from Ariana Grande, further cementing her status as a bonafide pop princess. Ariana Grande released her fifth studio album on Feb. 8 and is...

Acclaimed composer David Newman talks film music with students and community at Petaluma Cinema Series on the SRJC Petaluma campus.

Petaluma Cinema Series invites Academy Award nominated composer

Kaila Cotherman-Bohler, Staff Writer February 26, 2019

Music might seem like a small part of a movie, but according to seasoned composer David Newman it is the most important piece of the equation. The Petaluma Cinema Series invited Academy Award nominated...

Alfonso Cuarón (Best Cinematography for Roma, Ruth E. Carter (Best Costume Design for Black Panther) and Mahershala Ali (Best Supporting Actor for Green Book) accept their wins on the Oscars stage.

91st Academy Awards survives without a host

Raul Ojeda , Staff Writer February 26, 2019

The Oscars aired without a host Sunday and did not suffer from the lack thereof. Though the night proceeded without a proper host, the presentees prevailed and kept the show going smoothly and in order....

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a delightful end to the journey

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a delightful end to the journey

Jordan Allums, Arts & Entertainment editor February 23, 2019

DreamWorks’ third and final entry of the “How to Train Your Dragon” series is a short and sweet send-off for heroes Hiccup and Toothless, keeping the theme of loss and acceptance strong after three...

Seers sixth album, Vol. 6 shows off the groups technical skill in an album that secures their future in the doom metal genre.

Thunder’s brewing in Vancouver in Seer’s ‘Vol 6.’

Seamus Reed, Assistant News and Arts & Entertainment editor February 19, 2019

Crashing drums, lumbering riffs and haunting vocals from frontman Bronson Lee Norton tick all the essential boxes for a perfect doom metal album. “Vol.6” is an intense thunderstorm of rhythm and vocals...

Alita (Rosie Salazar) diving into action in Alita: Battle Angel.

“Alita: Battle Angel” is CGI perfection

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor February 15, 2019

James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez may have turned an obscure manga series into a beautiful, eye-popping sci-fi blockbuster, but leading actress Rosie Salazar steals the show. Fans of action, sci-fi...

Looking for some songs to set the soundtrack to your Valentines Day? The Oak Leaf has you covered.

10 lesser-known love songs for you and your bae this Valentine’s Day

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer February 14, 2019

Love is a central theme in music, and since music speaks to people and evokes certain emotions in ways normal speech can’t alone, it’s a great medium to talk about such feelings. However, when...

How to do Valentines Day on a budget

How to do Valentine’s Day on a budget

Edgar Soria Garcia, Illustrations Editor February 14, 2019

Just because you’re broke doesn't mean your heart has to be. Valentine's Day is here, along with the opportunity to have a great day with your sweetheart. There’s just one issue: Your brain says...

Kimberly MacNeil engages with student audience members on concepts of bias and assumption at SRJCs Girvin Student Activities Center.

Social equality speaker engages students on issues of race, ethnicity and nationality that stem from bias and assumption

Luke Morrow, Staff Writer February 11, 2019

A social justice speaker engaged students on breaking down racism, bias and assumptions related to a misunderstanding of race, ethnicity and nationality during an event Wednesday morning in the Girvin...

Love isnt perfect, but theres a thing or two to learn from the characters of these movies.

10 streaming movies for lovers this Valentine’s Day

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor February 11, 2019

The typical Valentine’s Day consists of flowers, chocolates, dinner and a movie. The typical Valentine’s Day is expensive, too. This year, give your wallet a break; stay home and watch something festive....

Noble Folk opened a new location in downtown Santa Rosa, serving  ice cream and pie.

Noble Folk: A noble inclusion to downtown Santa Rosa

Edgar Soria Garcia, Cartoon/ Illustrator Editor February 7, 2019

Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar opened its new location in the heart of Santa Rosa on Fourth Street. With the town square consisting of bars and cafés, the addition of Noble Folk was something downtown...

New York alt-rock band Sunflower Bean cracks open a fresh new EP.

“King of the Dudes”: Sunflower Bean’s bold attempt to save rock falls short

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer February 7, 2019

“King of the Dudes” is the latest four song EP from New York City based rock band Sunflower Bean. The album was released on Jan. 25 with a runtime of roughly 20 minutes. The band departs from their...

Kentucky alt-rockers Cage the Elephant break their year-long silence with the new single Ready to Let Go from their upcoming album this April.

Cage the Elephant drops new single “Ready To Let Go”

Jesse Kapukui, A&E Writer February 6, 2019

“Ready To Let Go” is the newest song from Grammy Award-winning alt-rock band Cage the Elephant released on Jan. 29. This single is the emotional return to music fans have hoped for after a year of...

Actors Stephan James and Kiki Layne look out on New York City as Alonzo Hunt and Tish Rivers, respectively, in the 2018 film If Beale Street Could Talk.

An Oscars synopsis and review: “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Riley Palmer, Staff Writer February 5, 2019

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is a warm, welcoming conversation about the beauty and anguish of the African-American experience in the 1970s. Director Barry Jenkins adapted the film from the novel of...

The nightmare returns for Leon and Claire 21 years later.

“Resident Evil 2”: Guns and gore and guts — oh my!

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor February 5, 2019

Capcom has started off 2019 with a strong remake of 1998’s “Resident Evil 2,” reanimating the classic survival horror entry with a modern face-lift and adding to the list of recent standouts in the...

Ariana Grande releases her fifth studio album under the Republic label February 8, 2019.

Album preview: Ariana Grande’s message to those who’ve done her wrong: “Thank U, Next”!

Raul Ojeda, Staff Writer February 4, 2019

Five months after the release of her much anticipated “Sweetener” album, Ariana Grande is set to release her most iconic album to date “Thank U, Next,” this Friday. The album features controversial...

SRJC theatre arts students Jasmine Flores-Nunez, Christopher Shayota, and Alexx Valdez star in director Reed Martins All the Great Books.

Preview: SRJC Theatre Arts presents “All the Great Books”

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor February 3, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College theatre arts department will stage an abridged production of “All the Great Books” this March, a show The Washington Post described as English class meets Monty Python....

California punk band Fidlar returns with their third album Almost Free.

Fidlar struggles to break free

Jesse Kapukui, A&E Writer January 30, 2019

“Almost Free” is the third studio album from Los Angeles punk band Fidlar; it released on Jan. 24.  Band members Zac Carper, Elvis Kuehn, Max Kuehn and Brandon Schwartzel take some big risks to break...

James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson return to Glass to complete M. Night Shymalans Unbreakable series.

“Glass” is brittle; M. Night Shyamalan fails to live up to the hype

Jordan Allums, Staff Writer January 20, 2019

Warning: This review contains minor spoilers!  M. Night Shyamalan's “Glass” falls flat despite its excellent predecessors, and in true Shyamalan fashion, the movie takes one step forward and two...

Position your subject off-center.

Don’t buy a DUMB camera; use your SMART phone

Abraham Fuentes, Photo Editor December 13, 2018

Your smartphone’s camera can likely rival any DSLR. It’s small, fast, powerful and able to share photos worldwide within seconds. With a few simple tips, you can improve your photography skills and...

Super Smash Bros Ultimate takes Tietsorts No. 1 spot for best video game of 2018.

Tietsort’s top five movies and video games of 2018

Kirk Tietsort, Writer December 13, 2018

With the constant release of new movies and video games, there isn’t enough time to watch and play them all. Instead, movie-buffs and gamers should devote their time to only the best of a given year;...

Top *seven deals for students

Top *seven deals for students

Matthew McGill, Staff Writer December 13, 2018

*The original version of this story included incorrect information. Reading Cinemas in Petaluma does not offer a $6 student ticket and free popcorn. We apologize for the error.  Healdsburg Golf Course Abraham...

White Bronco: Action Bronson takes a familiar step

White Bronco: Action Bronson takes a familiar step

Séamus Reed, News Editor December 6, 2018

New York native Action Bronson released his self-described “very first indy project in a very long time” on Nov. 1,  after a year of radio silence. Bronson fans will find “White Bronco” pleasantly...

“Lights, Camera, Action!”: SRJC Orchestra & Symphonic Band scores the movies

“Lights, Camera, Action!”: SRJC Orchestra & Symphonic Band scores the movies

Jordan Allums, Staff Writer December 5, 2018

The music of “Star Wars” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” has been some of the most iconic in Hollywood. The blaring horns at the start of a “Star Wars” film is enough to give any fan goosebumps....

Holiday Soft Glam

Holiday Soft Glam

Zena Bounsall, Staff writer November 22, 2018

No Thanksgiving is complete without a full face of festive makeup to “stunt” on your family. For those who need a tutorial, here’s a Thanksgiving 101 for fall makeup: Starting off with primer,...

Shrek the Musical turns out great despite setbacks

‘Shrek the Musical’ turns out great despite setbacks

Taylor Marek Seprish, A&E Editor November 20, 2018

Although the cast and crew of “Shrek the Musical” had to sacrifice two dress rehearsals to poor air quality, the show had to go on, and without a hitch, it did. As people filled the lobby of the...

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a fantastically boring entry to a beloved franchise

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a fantastically boring entry to a beloved franchise

Jordan Allums, Staff writer November 19, 2018

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is nowhere near as fantastical as its predecessor nor its legacy. The movie moves at a snail’s pace without any resolution in sight as it follows the...

Welcome to the swamp: Shrek the Musical preview

Welcome to the swamp: ‘Shrek the Musical’ preview

Jasmine Hall, Staff writer November 15, 2018

A fairytale will come to life this fall, although it is “Far Far Away” from Santa Rosa Junior College. “Shrek the Musical,” an SRJC theater arts department production, opens Friday at the Maria...

Jamie Lee Curtis reprieves her role as Laurie Strode 40 years later in Halloween: 2018.

Murder, She Wrote: Halloween adopts real themes

Dakota McGranahan, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 6, 2018

The scariest thing about Michael Myers isn’t his knife or the fact that he murdered five people while hunting down his long-lost sister--it’s the trauma he left behind. Just ask Laurie Strode, reprised...

Halloween cinematographer speaks to SRJC night of

‘Halloween’ cinematographer speaks to SRJC night of

Jesse Kapukui, Contributor November 3, 2018

Looking back on his four-decade career in the movie industry, renowned cinematographer Dean Cundey told Santa Rosa Junior College students how proud and passionate he was to tell stories through the language...

Gowans Ciders is a California company that was established in 1876. Gowans 1876 is one of there ciders named after there first harvest of the same year.

On tap: 1876

Abraham Fuentes, Photo editor October 28, 2018

Kombucha, beer and limited time beers have been poured into our glass, but it's time for something fancier, a hard cider.  Gowan’s Heirloom Ciders is a California cider company whose first harvest dates...

Reverberations: a visual conversation

Reverberations: a visual conversation

Mark Fernquest, Staff Writer October 23, 2018

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to view unique works by famous historical artists is coming to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol, in late October. Reverberations: A Visual Conversation,...

In The “Trench” With Twenty One Pilots

In The “Trench” With Twenty One Pilots

Aria Quinn, Staff Writer October 20, 2018

Released, Friday Oct. 5, “Trench” is the fifth studio album from alt-rock Grammy-winning Twenty One Pilots. This is their first studio album in the last three years and after a year-long silence on...

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Venom: Predictably Bad But Funny

Aria Quinn, Staff Writer October 16, 2018

Spoiler Free! If you’re going to pay to see “Venom,” stick with 2D and cheaper matinee shows. If you want to save some money, this movie might be fun to laugh at on the smaller screen when it...

Games to look out for in October

Games to look out for in October

Kirk Tietsort, Staff Writer October 9, 2018

Mega Man 11 - Release Date 10/2 The classic franchise returns with its precise platforming and tight controls, where we see Mega Man, once again, going through different stages of battling evil robots....

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga bring powerful performances to this 2018 iteration of “A Star is Born.”

Bradley Cooper revives a Hollywood classic

Jordan Allums, Staff Writer October 8, 2018

Bradley Cooper stars and directs this romantic musical drama about a turbulent relationship between a failing alcoholic country singer and his lover, as she rises to fame. The film is a slow burn of emotional...

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent is the first show for the fall season. The play is based on Julia Alvarezs book on a Dominican family that struggle to make it in the United States in the early 1960s.

How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents: An immigrant’s tale

Jasmine Benigno-Hall, Staff Writer October 8, 2018

“How the Garcia Girls lost their Accents,” a play based on a book by Julia Alvarez, follows a Dominican family that struggles to make it in the United States in the early 1960s. There are four daughters:...

Photo credit: A poster of Dr. Stephen Seagers documentary Urban Inferno: The Night Santa Rosa Burned.

‘Day of Remembrance and Gratitude’ a chance to come together, reflect

Ian McGregor, Co-Sports-Editor October 4, 2018

Santa Rosa Junior College will hold a day of remembrance to mark the anniversary of last year’s October wildfires at 11 a.m. Oct 9 in the Bertolini Student Center. The event is a chance for those...

Artists install the Main Preview Exhibit for Art Trails Open Studios at Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

Art Trails Open Studios

Mark Fernquest, Staff Writer October 4, 2018

Art Trails Open Studios once again makes its annual appearance in Sonoma County for two weekends on Oct. 13-14 and 20-21. This year features 126 returning artists and 18 new artists working in a plethora...

Move over Marvel, it’s time to be Plus Ultra

Move over Marvel, it’s time to be Plus Ultra

Jordan Allums , Staff Writer October 2, 2018

“My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” is an all-out blast with incredible, goosebump-worthy fight sequences that will thrill and leave you wanting more. The movie cements the series as the top contender for...

Mozango pairs well with desserts and heavy comfort food.

On Tap: Mosaic Hops and Mango Juice Come Together in Perfect Harmony

Taylor Marek Seprish, A&E Editor October 2, 2018

What I feared might taste like a mix of Santa Cruz brand apricot mango juice and Lagunitas classic IPA, Mozango turned out to be the ideal blend of fruity, earthy and hoppy. The last few releases from...

Jennifer Garner returns to the silver screen in Peppermint. Garner stars as Riley North, a mother-turned-vigilante after she witnesses the brutal murder of her family after an outing on the town.

“Peppermint” delivers sweet action”

Dakota McGranahan, Co-Editor-In-Chief September 27, 2018

Jennifer Garner delivers vengeful blows in her comeback film. In the movie industry, films about motherhood and films about revenge are often separate ideas, but Jennifer Garner bridges the gap between...

Nashville’s Legends Corner mural showing some of country music’s biggest stars, including Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

Why not country music?

La Reva Myles, Staff Writer September 25, 2018

  So you say you don't listen to country music? I've got a question for you: why not? If you don’t respond right away, is it because you’re unfamiliar with country music? Could it be that...

Treat yourself right : SRJCs upcoming wellness fair

Treat yourself right : SRJC’s upcoming wellness fair

Jordan Allums, Staff Writer September 25, 2018

Students who struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle while navigating busy class and work schedules may want to check out the sixth annual Wellness Fair this Oct. 18.   The Wellness Fair is a student-led...

Boochcraft’s high alcoholic kombucha is great for any time of the day, from brunch to an outing with friends.

Kombucha Kraze

Abraham Fuentes, Photo editor September 20, 2018

Boochcraft is a Californian microbrew brand that makes high alcoholic kombucha. All six of Boochcraft’s brews have a 7 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and taste much different than beer. Boochcraft’s...

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Lytles Beauty College is a cut above the rest

Kaila Cotherman, Social Media Editor September 20, 2018

For 42 years Lytle’s Beauty College college has been educating professional cosmetologists and estheticians while serving their community. Lytle’s is often forgotten among the major colleges of Sonoma...

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively play cat and mouse in this black comedy.

“A Simple Favor” is simply devious

Jordan Allums, Staff Writer September 14, 2018

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively co-star in this black comedy that explores the darker side of secrets, friendship and infidelity. The film shifts erratically from chilling to laugh-out-loud funny and at...

“Crazy Rich Asians” : Challenging Hollywood’s Asian-American portrayal

“Crazy Rich Asians” : Challenging Hollywood’s Asian-American portrayal

Jasmine Benigno-Hall, Staff Writer September 13, 2018

“Crazy Rich Asians” is a heart-warming rom-com that will have you laughing out of your seat, staring wide-eyed at the luxurious lifestyle of the Young family and booking airline tickets to Singapore. The...

Imperial Stout Ales pair perfectly great with pancakes.

ON TAP: Tall, dark and mysterious

Abraham Fuentes, Photo editor September 13, 2018

This will be the first beer reviewed in the series, On Tap. New reviews will be featured every week, spanning from beer to kombucha. The next drinks will be two drinks with high ABV levels, Kombucha from...

Outside view of Golden Bun on Mendocino Avenue.

Keeping it Golden, One Bun at a Time

Edgar Soria Garcia, Staff Writer September 13, 2018

On the corner of Mendocino Avenue and Seventh Street, Golden Bun is a shack-like food spot with an assortment of Banh Mi, open seating and friendly staff. When it comes to cheap, good food in Santa...

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Eminem’s surprise “Kamikaze” album, bombs.

Aria Quinn, Staff Writer September 13, 2018

I have great respect for Marshall Mathers, but after listening to his new album “Kamikaze” after the Beyonce style surprise release on Aug. 31, I was so disappointed in him as an artist that I wanted...

Video Games to Look Out for in September

Video Games to Look Out for in September

Kirk Tietsort, Staff Writer September 13, 2018

The video game industry is constantly expanding. With so many new titles being released each month, it can be hard to decide which ones to buy, a main concern for college gamers. When trying to balance...

Taylor Swift performs her 2014 single Bad Blood to an audience of 6,000 on May 11 at Levis Stadium.

A Swift show-stopper

Dakota McGranahan, Co-Editor-in-Chief July 8, 2018

It started with a click. And $150 later I was off to see Taylor Swift at Levi’s Stadium. What felt like years in the making had transpired into the anticlimactic click of a keyboard. In the...

Photo by Abraham Fuentes.

New food in Old Courthouse Square: Perch + Plow

Abraham Fuentes, Staff Writer May 18, 2018

At 90 Old Courthouse Square lies a tucked-away stairwell, the entrance to Perch + Plow’s second floor location. Three massive windows let in natural light and provide a beautiful view of Santa Rosa’s...

KCs offers a variety of desserts, including the warm Ghirardelli chocolate brownie sundae.

Cheesecake and chicken alfredo and tacos, oh my!

Jose Gonzalez, Multimedia/ Spanish Editor May 17, 2018

From wahaka shrimp tacos to chicken and broccoli alfredo fettuccine pasta to Austin's Texas burger, KC’s American Kitchen offers something for all. The owners David & Kathy Culley opened this...

By the second era, The Colonistss play area is crowded with cards, notes and game pieces.

Back to the “Colonies”

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer May 15, 2018

Have you ever wanted to relive the colonial days of building up your settlement and the lands you claim ownership, without all the witch trials, attacking natives and deadly winters? Then “The Colonists”...

Juanitas offers killer salsas and delicious budget tacos with a location easily accessed by SRJC students.

For taquerias, “Juanita’s” is almost perfection

Jett Williams, A&E Editor May 15, 2018

If you want the best Mexican food within walking distance of Santa Rosa Junior College, you need to check out Juanita’s. Located next to the Chase bank on Mendocino Avenue, Juanita’s is the perfect...

Amy Schumer performs on stage during a scene in her new movie, I Feel Pretty.

“I Feel Pretty” embodies today’s beauty standards

Dakota McGranahan, Co-Photo editor May 10, 2018

Amy Schumer’s newest film, “I Feel Pretty,” hams its way through the cliché trope of inner beauty besting outer beauty, prompting few laughs and a lot of cringe in a rather reluctant-to-watch theater. Schumer,...

Sleep will be performing live June 7 at the Warfield in San Francisco.

The legend grows with Sleep’s “The Sciences”

Seamus Reed, Staff Writer May 3, 2018

Not many bands can part ways, pursue individual careers, not speak to each other for years and reconvene 20 years later and release an album as hard hitting as Sleep’s “The Sciences.”   Released...

Infinity War takes the expected superhero arc and shatters it into an emotional and unexpected crescendo.

Avengers: Infinity War perfects the modern blockbuster

Andres Pimentel, Staff Writer May 1, 2018

This film had the guts to do what so many blockbusters failed at before, aside from films like Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy. This film tells a strong story with real stakes, elicits emotion and...

SRJC Media Instructor and Festival Director Mike Traina and fellow Instructor Brian Antonson pose in front of the historic Mystic Theater, the site of this years Petaluma Film Festival.

Film festival coming to Petaluma this Saturday

Jett Williams, A&E Editor April 29, 2018

Student filmmakers, professionals and film enthusiasts alike will converge at the historic Mystic Theater next Saturday for the 10th annual Petaluma Film Festival, an all-day event featuring short films...

The Wallows Spring: EP mixes teenage angst and nostalgia

The Wallows’ ‘Spring: EP’ mixes teenage angst and nostalgia

Dakota McGranahan, Co-Photo Editor April 26, 2018

Somewhere between the Beatles and the Fray lies the Wallows: a new and improved alternative-pop persona that encompasses the qualities of early ‘80s garage bands. First albums are usually exciting...

Centennial Series: Home ec to fashion entrepreneurship

Centennial Series: Home ec to fashion entrepreneurship

Meghan Buckman , Social Media Editor April 24, 2018

Santa Rosa Junior College students who wished to study fashion between the 1930s and 1970s earned a degree in home economics. Today, SRJC students may not know this was once the backbone of fashion studies. Known...

SRJCs new Red Camera allows student filmmakers to produce professional grade films.

Centennial Series: SRJC’s growing digital media program

Andrés Pimentel and Luke Benson April 24, 2018

Santa Rosa Junior College embraced its love of film with the introduction of a Mass Media class in 1968 taught by instructor John Bigby. The class, Drama 468B, taught students to create their own films....

The HP 3000 was a $200,000 investment that propelled SRJC into the modern age.

Centennial Series: SRJC’s first computer

Abraham Fuentes, Staff Writer April 17, 2018

The year, 1974. The cost, $200,000. The purchase, Santa Rosa Junior College’s first computer. In 1974, The Press Democrat reported SRJC as the first community college in the nation to buy the Hewlett-Packard...

Kylie Minogue experiments with country, EDM and pop fusion with her new album, Golden.

With new album, Kylie stays “Golden”

Dakota McGranahan, Co-Photo Editor April 17, 2018

Emulating the likes of Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears and Madonna, Kylie Minogue revitalizes the sound of past pop divas into a fresh and modern new album.   Kylie Minogue outshines the rest in...

Judas Priest again proves their relevancy with the breakneck tempo of Firepower

Judas Priest continues to lead the charge

Séamus Reed, Staff Writer April 17, 2018

Powerful, chaotic vocals. Growling, thunderous bass lines. Sharp, screaming riffs.   In their 2018 release, “Firepower,” their first album release since 2014’s “Redeemer of Souls,”...

Women in Technology guest panelists Patricia Prewitt, Dr. Catherine Ball and Dr. Carole Thoraval spoke with SRJC students March 30 on the Petaluma campus as part of a Womens History Month event. Photo by Jennifer Do.

Tech panel: Women’s place in the digital race

Jennifer Do, Staff Writer April 11, 2018

Three high-profile women in technology shared experiences working in a field that doesn’t typically see a woman’s name beyond Siri and Alexa. Women from X, the moonshot factory, Ancestry.com and...

Time Wise, author of White Lies Matter: Race, Crime and the Politics of Fear in America speaks to SRJC attendees about the state of racism in America. Photo by Adeira Sherpa.

Wise words on white privilege

Adeira Sherpa, Staff Writer April 11, 2018

Racism isn’t new. It hasn’t just now come to surface under the Trump administration. Perhaps it stems from the American dream, the belief that success is purely dependent on how hard ones tries, an...

Ivo Marlohs documentary covers an epic 700-mile horse race across the Mongolian countryside.

Award-winning director speaks with students at Petaluma Cinema Series

Kaila Cotherman-Bohler, Co-Web and Social Media editor April 5, 2018

Ivo Marloh believes that to make a good film, you must live the film. This philosophy inspired him to create the award-winning documentary, “All the Wild Horses.”   Marloh visited the Petaluma...

With Used Future The Sword deviates from their established sound with experimental production, instrumentation and vocal arrangements.

The Sword broadens their horizons with “Used Future”

Seamus Reed, Staff Writer April 3, 2018

With their March 2018 album, Used Future, doom metal heirs The Sword step out of their comfort zone. Departing from the purity of heavy metal, the band takes a risk and strides into the world of hard rock....

The gear of a D&D role player.

The ‘Big Dungeon Day’

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer March 27, 2018

The tables were set. Books and bags of dice were unpacked and sheets of paper were placed on the table. One person sat at the head of every table. The others waited with a mix of terror and excitement...

Ashley Judd, Adama Iwu and Lindsay Meyer answered audience question during the Women in Conversation series at the Luther Burbank Center.

Silence breakers speak out at Women’s conversation

Adeira Sherpa, Co-Photo Editor March 27, 2018

Three trailblazing women from three very different professions shared their experiences facing a misogynistic society and the unwanted, unwarranted, yet  normalized sexual advances that accompany such...

An abundance of love for Simon

An abundance of love for Simon

Dakota McGranahan, Co-Photo Editor March 27, 2018

“Love, Simon” is as much a celebration of diversity as it is an idyllic and witty reimagination of the modern teenage experience. It’s a poem to gay youth across America; a sonnet that personifies...

March Horoscopes

March Horoscopes

Adeira Sherpa and Brandon McCapes March 15, 2018

Aries (March 21-April 19) Let your adventurous and upbeat nature lead you down a new path— or perhaps trail. Give Alamere Falls a chance. Picnic near where the waterfall meets the ocean. For extra...

SRJC student Tyler-Avery Lewis (front) won the crown of Miss Sonoma County on March 4.

Meet Miss Sonoma County 2018

Meghan Buckman , Social Media Editor March 13, 2018

Tyler-Avery Lewis, 22, is the newly crowned Miss Sonoma County. Lewis, a Rohnert Park native, studies dance at Santa Rosa Junior College. We got the chance to speak with Lewis about winning the crown,...

SRJCs theatre arts production of Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter details the transition of a female military veteran returning home from war.

Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter: The reality of a veteran’s homecoming

Adeira Sherpa, Co-Photo Editor March 12, 2018

War doesn’t end when a soldier returns home. The aftermath is felt for generations. In “Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter,” it takes shape in the form of a play. Many veterans filled the audience on Sunday...

Artist Martin Zuniga takes a break from screen printing to pose in front of his traveling art exhibit at SRJCs One Love Diversity Festival.

“Since the market crash in 2008, it has been really tough for us artists. I started ‘Quebo,’ which means, ‘What’s up?’ to take the art into the community. We bring it to schools or different events to make sure art gets to the people,” said Zuniga. Photos by Adeira Sherpa.

One Love Diversity Festival draws a crowd

Adeira Sherpa and Julia Modell, Staff Writer and Features Editor March 6, 2018

The One Love Diversity Festival on Feb. 28 provided activities and learning opportunities to engage with the diverse culture that is integral to SRJC and the community.

A portion of “Divining” by Kelsey Stephenson fills several walls in the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery. Photo by Jennifer Do.

Seeking your farthest shore

Jennifer Do, Staff Writer March 1, 2018

The international art exhibition, “The Farthest Shore,” invites viewers to experience art and ideas beyond themselves. The exhibition features six printmaking artists from Canada, Ukraine and the U.S....

Black Panther is a great step for filmmaking, but its not going to topple Malcolm X or 12 Years a Slave anytime soon.

Black Panther: a great mark for filmmaking, but underwhelming

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer March 1, 2018

The release of “Black Panther” has been interesting to say the least. The hype train, combined with social justice movements has taken this film to new heights. It has a majority of African Americans...

Drake gives back

Drake gives back

Oak Leaf Staff, Staff Writer February 27, 2018

We as a society have preconceived notions that all famous rappers and singers live the high life. They have the extravagant cars, VIP treatment, luxurious mansions, excessive jewelry, ritzy vacations and...

How to bring the V-Day romance on a budget

How to bring the V-Day romance on a budget

Taylor Seprish, Staff Writer February 13, 2018

Since most of our wallets are still recovering from spreading Christmas cheer, a “boujee” Valentine’s Day date is most likely out of the question. College life is expensive, but even on a budget,...

Justin Timberlake returns to his Tennessee roots while maintaining his established R&B/Pop style, for better or worse, on his latest project

“Man of the Woods” experiments but fails to deliver

Jett Williams, A&E Editor February 13, 2018

Justin Timberlake’s new album, “Man of the Woods,” combines folk, country, contemporary pop and modern trap/R&B/funk influences into a strange experiment that is unbearable at the start, but...

Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham makes the big decision whether to run the story containing top secret government files as Bob Odenkirk as Ben Bagdikian anxiously awaits her decision.

‘The Post’ gives an authentic account of a true story

Taylor Seprish, Staff Writer February 6, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” beautifully captures the true story of The Washington Post’s 1971 publication of classified government documents featuring leading lady Meryl Streep as publisher Katherine...

Claudia McCain poses with the students from her beginning, intermediate and advanced painting classes.

SRJC Art: 100 years in the making

Adeira Sherpa, Staff Writer February 2, 2018

A Santa Rosa Junior College centennial ceremony called, “100 Years in the Making,” went on display Jan. 31 at the Herold Mahoney Library Gallery on the Petaluma Campus. The exhibit featured student...

The book details a life of love, devastation and activism that inspired a movement. For those who don’t understand the hashtag or are interested in recent history, When They Call You a Terrorist is accessible and endearing food for thought.

When they call you a terrorist, write a book

Julia Modell, Staff Writer February 1, 2018

Biographies are easy reads. It’s inherently interesting to read about a life that produced intellect, heroism or art. But a good biography is insightful, with the power to contextualize history and reframe...

The King of Kaiju is back with a new, animated movie that is the first part of a trilogy, released Jan. 21, 2018 on Netflix.

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters

Abraham Fuentes, Staff Writer February 1, 2018

With humanity long gone from earth, Godzilla: King of Monsters was left alone for 10,000 years as earth continued to evolve. Humanity was forced to look for a new planet to call home. With supplies running...

Bruno Mars is the big winner as he holds his six Grammy awards with a smile.

Bruno Mars wins big at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards

Sasha Ochucci, Staff Writer February 1, 2018

It came as a surprise to many as Bruno Mars took home six awards at the 2018 Grammys including, “Album of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year.” Mars frequented the main...

AVLS Vatos featured in Blood In Blood Out.

Orale, Carnal: Cinema’s downest Cholas y Cholos

Michael Barnes, Co-Editor-In-Chief January 25, 2018

I remember being a youngster and watching his daily routine like I was witnessing some from of divine intervention; the universe and all of its secrets opening itself up to a pre-teen boy. The way he’d...

The culinary arts department supplied hand-decorated cakes for the event.

From 1918 to 2018, SRJC begins 100 year celebrations

Rachel Edelstein, Managing Editor January 25, 2018

Santa Rosa Junior College faculty, board members, educators, students and alumni gathered on Jan. 24 at Bertolini Hall to kick off the first in a series of events celebrating the college’s 100 year...

Our lives are utterly brief and unimportant when one considers the vastness of time and space.

February Horoscopes: Nihilism(!) Edition

Brandon McCapes, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 25, 2018

   Aires (March 21-April 19)  The cautious optimism you cling to is unfounded. Your upcoming month will attest to the fact that life is a painful endeavor full of disappointment, exhaustion, and...

Dont miss out on this showcase of student achivement.

Winter Spotlight Dance Gala this week

Jose Gonzalez, Staff Writer December 12, 2017

This year’s Winter Spotlight Dance Gala is a celebration of students’ hard work, commitment and talents at Santa Rosa Junior College. The show will consist of about 30 dancers spotlighting their...

Horchata is delicious and simple to make.

Horchata: The new nog to try this season

Jose Gonzalez, Staff Writer December 12, 2017

Horchata definitely adds a refreshing touch to any meal. People that try Horchata seem to fall in love with it right away. Growing up in Mexico, Horchata was one of my favorite beverages to go along with...

La Fondita serves up small tacos packed with flavor.

Santa Rosa’s tastiest tacos

Jose Gonzalez, Staff Writer December 12, 2017

Sonoma County has a large number of Mexican restaurants and food trucks, and everyone has a different opinion about where to find the best tacos. After trying 10 different locations, these were the four...

Students at the Winter Wellness Fair participate in activities to improve their success.

Winter Wellness Fair offers students tips and tricks to finish semester strong

Meghan Buckman, Social Media Editor December 12, 2017

With finals approaching, students know how strenuous it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Winter Wellness Fair at Santa Rosa Junior College on Dec. 7 brought students together to learn how to...

Fairy tale faux: a review of Amanda Lovelaces recent novel

Fairy tale faux: a review of Amanda Lovelace’s recent novel

Meghan Buckman, Social Media Editor December 12, 2017

Growing up, we become accustomed to reading fairy tales and poetry books that help us further our knowledge of life. We flip through the imaginary scripts that give us vivid dreams of what we think our...

The orange chicken curry noodle soup bowl served with savory sauces.

SEA Noodle Bar: a taste of authentic Thai cuisine

Oak Leaf Staff, Staff Writer December 12, 2017

If you are craving Thai food, you must try SEA Noodle Bar, Chef Tony Ounpamornchai’s award-winning restaurant. His culinary team offers a menu consisting of original Thai dishes combined with the highest...

Illustration by Rachel Edelstein

Swaggin out activism: A look into BTS

Rachel Genthe, Staff Writer December 12, 2017

“Kim Namjoon! Kim Seokjin! Min Yoongi! Jung Hoseok! Park Jimin! Kim Taehyung! Jeon Jungkook! BTS!” Fan chants overwhelmed Microsoft theater when BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys or Beyond the Scene,...

A screenshot of a Stormtrooper in BF2

Battlefront II fails to justify price

Jett Williams, Deputy A&E Editor December 12, 2017

Han Solo’s famous quote, “I got a bad feeling about this,” perfectly captures my thoughts on the new Star Wars video game, “Battlefront II.” Battlefront II improves upon many of the mistakes...

What do you consider a culture vulture?

Ali Benzerara, Co Editor-in-Chief December 11, 2017

What do you consider a “culture vulture?” Is it someone who merely partakes in the culture around them? Or is it someone who forms parts of their identity from cultures other than their own? Is it...

Saorise Ronan (left) & Laurie Metcalf (right) make for a dysfunctional mother-daughter duo.

Lady Bird sings the teenage blues

Michael Barnes, Co-Features Editor November 20, 2017

Everyone has a mother and that’s exactly Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson’s problem. Well, that and living in post 9/11 Sacramento, where the only exciting thing about being alive in 2002 is that...

EAs Battlefront 2

Game publisher faces backlash over lootcrates

Jett Williams, Deputy A&E Editor November 16, 2017

Video Game Publisher, Electronic Arts (EA), received harsh complaints from consumers regarding it’s new Star Wars game, “Battlefront 2.” EA came under fire for incorporating microtransactions,...

For the Lovers SoundCloud playlist

‘For the Lovers’ SoundCloud playlist

Oak Leaf News, Staff Writer November 14, 2017

Love. Love is salvation for humanity. Love motivates every wish and desire. Love can be everything you’ve dreamed of or capable of wrenching your heart out of your chest. Either way, we can’t live...

Sonoma-Coast State Park

Five local parks unaffected by wildfire

Jett Williams, Deputy A&E Editor November 14, 2017

The deadly wildfires that swept through Sonoma and Napa counties last month damaged three local parks heavily. Sugarloaf and Shiloh parks are closed indefinitely, while 65 percent of Annadel remains...

Photo from @forevrtay_13 on Instagram.

Look what you made me do: A Taylor Swift album review

Dakota McGranahan, Photo Editor November 14, 2017

“...Are You Ready For It?” is one question Taylor Swift imposed upon her fans when she first released the single. But after releasing her sixth album, “reputation,” it is obvious no one was ready...

Flavors include rootbeer float, mango with chocolate and orange cream and vanilla.

Amy’s Wicked slush; adding a new twist to a classic dessert

Rachel Genthe, Staff Writer November 14, 2017

Stop going to 7-Eleven for that mixed Slurpee concoction and check out the newest phenomenon to hit Healdsburg. It’s not Hawaiian shaved ice or any other ice-like dessert, it’s a Boston-style slush. The...

Frozen Art located on Sebastopol Rd is a great way to stay refreshed no matter what time of year.

Frozen Art: a new twist on a classic dessert

Meghan Buckman, Social Media Editor November 14, 2017

Santa Rosa’s Frozen Art’s slogan is the “The best ice cream in town.” With the largest selection of ice cream in town, it’s hard to choose between 45 unique flavors that bring the local business...

Bay Area Band Together raised $23 million to support victims of the North Bay Fires.

#sonomastrong: Band Together Bay Area raises $23 million

Meghan Buckman, Social Media Editor November 14, 2017

More than 40,000 people filled San Francisco’s AT&T Park for Band Together Bay Area, a benefit concert for Sonoma County fire victims on Nov. 9. “To be a part of this line-up is a collective...

Are you ready for battle?

To battle, once again

Devin Schwarz, Design Editor November 14, 2017

The drums of war beat anew. For the first time in 14 years, red-eyed, green-skinned orcs are facing off against pale, fleshy humans. With the announcement of World of Warcraft’s newest expansion, “Battle...

The Little Mermaid cst members: Jordan Diomandé, Sidney McNulty, Armand Beikzadeh, Ellie Condello, Roberto Perez, Sandy Brown and Anthony Martensen prepare for a dress rehearsal.

The Little Mermaid: production offers something for all

Rachel Edelstein, Web Editor November 14, 2017

A sparkling palace set receives finishing touches on the Maria Carrillo High School stage this week, complete with gilded accents and an enthusiastic cast milling about. It’s the rehearsal for “The...

5 Ways to Fashionably Shop on a Budget

5 Ways to Fashionably Shop on a Budget

Meghan Buckman, Social Media Editor November 2, 2017

College students may not always have time to shop in stores, let alone afford it. However, there are several tips and tricks on how to save money. Shopping online or thrifting is an efficient way to...

Wayward winds of October

Kyle Torr, Contributing Poet October 31, 2017

It was tryin’ times when the red skies came Over the hills, those black ridges of shame And the houses were stripped past their skeletal frames A disaster unprecedented ‘Twas not one hour into...

Blade Runner 2049

Do tech bros dream of electric feminists?

Michael Barnes, Co-Features Editor October 30, 2017

When you watch the ending of Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” you’re actually watching footage shot by Stanley Kubrick intended for “The Shining.” In 2015, Scott revealed this kernel of movie...

Home Again: Reese Witherspoon revitalizes the single mother persona

Home Again: Reese Witherspoon revitalizes the single mother persona

Dakota McGranahan, Photo Editor October 25, 2017

By 40 everyone has their life figured out, except for Alice Kinney. Although she is Home Again, it seems like everything is bursting at the seams; her life, her marriage and even her plush throw pillows. Home...

A tale of two Cristinas

A tale of two Cristina’s

Dakota McGranahan, Photo Editor October 25, 2017

It is exhausting living in a world full of George’s and Izzy’s when you are a Cristina. When you’re a Cristina, you are strong and resilient as well as successful, determined, passionate and relentless....

The ROSE-ilience of a devastated community

The ROSE-ilience of a devastated community

Michael Barnes, Co-Features Editor October 15, 2017

Mikayla Butchart was tired of living in New York City. She wanted a quieter life, one where she could have more space and “refill her creative well.” After spending 15 years in the Big Apple, where...

Oct. 10: The aftermath of a fire still raging

Oct. 10: The aftermath of a fire still raging

James Wyatt, Co-Editor-In-Chief October 11, 2017

DJ Dustin having a blast behind the turntables as he prepares for a show.

SRJC student beats the odds in local music industry

Jose Gonzalez, Staff Writer October 5, 2017

On stage, DJ Dustin Everill is a superstar behind the one’s and two’s, off stage Dustin Engel, 20, is just another Santa Rosa Junior College student. He is one of the most requested DJs at local school...

Art faculty shows off their creative skills

Oak Leaf Staff, Staff Writer October 5, 2017

Little do you know your art professor may be the next major artiste. Upon entering the Art Faculty show, one would be impressed with the level of quality. The show’s artists are all faculty members of...

A rider sends the biggest jump on the course.

Bike race brings excitement and awareness to Stafford Lake

Jett Williams, Assistant A&E Editor October 5, 2017

Spirits soared high and bikes soared higher at the inaugural dual slalom race held at Stafford Lake Bike Park in Novato. Close to 70 riders attended the free event from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Oct. 1. The...

The Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL, from Starbucks will soon come to an end for the season. Once it does, just recreate it with your own Starbucks cup for the extra feel of a PSL.

PSL DIY

Dakota McGranahan, Photo Editor October 5, 2017

Okay. It’s the hour before the pre-Halloween party, and the the cake has flopped, the pizza guy is taking years to deliver and the decorations suck. Now what? Well look no further. To fix this party...

Dating: makers and breakers

Reina Underwood, Staff Writer October 3, 2017

A good first impression can truly be a “dealmaker” in successfully changing a stranger to an acquaintance, life-long friendship or romantic relationship. Furthermore , a bad first impression can also...

Tom Chown

SRJC theatre preview: “Can’t Happen here”

Ashley Sennette, Staff Writer October 3, 2017

When democracy fails and fascism wins, freedoms are sacrificed by some, yet others bravely fight the fall with dark political satire. This colorful play intends to wake people up to fascism in the U.S.. Santa...

The first annual Roseland Community Festival plans to showcase the neighborhood with a hybrid of art and culture.

A new community festival blooms in Roseland

Michael Barnes, Staff Writer September 28, 2017

A city isn’t complete without the unique flavor and vibrant community provided by the presence of a Latino neighborhood. In Oakland, it’s Fruitvale. In San Francisco, it’s the Mission District....

Pennywise the dancing clown

Send in the clowns… on second thought, don’t!

Michael Barnes, Staff Writer September 25, 2017

“It” has a whole lot of “It” and not much else. The latest adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel allows the demonic clown to take center stage for the majority of the two hour and...

Claire Ernst, 19, has  diversified style that is intriguing and will excite you to be daring with your style.

SRJC student fashion profile

Oak Leaf Staff, Staff Writer September 23, 2017

If you ever need some fashion tips or someone to shop with, you’ll want Santa Rosa Junior College student and economics major Claire Ernst. Ernst, 19, is a student whose fashion style will impress...

Jordan Diomande, 18, showing off his fall fashion.

SRJC student fashion profile

Meghan Buckman, Staff Writer September 10, 2017

For Jordan Diomande, 18, fashion is the way he expresses himself best. He brings a cool and eclectic style to the table with clothes from ASOS, Pac Sun and Tommy Hilfiger. From Ivory Coast, West Africa,...

Streaming killed the album artist.

Jett Williams, Staff Writer September 9, 2017

Subscription music streaming apps have been making huge gains in the past few years and for a good reason. Last year, streaming services brought in over 50 percent of all revenue earned in the music industry....

Jay Asher explains the story behind his best selling novel, 13 Reasons Why. Asher gave a presentation at the Charles Schulz museum on Sep. 2.

(13) Reasons Why You Matter: Jay Asher Opens the Conversation Surrounding Suicide

Dakota McGranahan, Photo Editor September 5, 2017

Conflict, mystery, love and suicide; all prominent themes in “Romeo and Juliet.” But what once reigned as the greatest love story has been dethroned to a story that has reached the hearts of a generation. No...

Still photo from Taylor Swifts new music video, which was released Sunday night at the MTV Music Video Awards.

Look What You Made Me Do: Taylor Swift Breaks the Internet (Again).

Dakota McGranahan, Photo Editor August 29, 2017

Synthetic beats, chilling piano chords, and angsty bass rhythms compliment the song’s vengeful lyrics. After a three-year hiatus, American pop star Taylor Swift dramatically arrived back into the music...

Comedian Doug Benson takes us in depth on the effects of smoking  cannabis.

Getting high? Turn on the tube

Travis LaBrucherie , Distribution Manager May 16, 2017

It’s 4:20 pm.You just got lit. Now it’s time to chill, maybe turn on the TV. But what to watch? How about a movie? Here are my top picks for cannabis-themed movies. "Dazed and Confused" (1993):...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 features a stellar cast and an even better soundtrack.

Star Lord is back with a whole new mixtape

Grant Wetmore, Opinion Editor May 16, 2017

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a thrill ride of emotions. Your sides will hurt from laughter and maybe a tear or two will come out of your eye. It may be flashy and in some aspects may not have...

Hip Hop Culture: A universal language

Ali Benzerara, Sports Editor April 25, 2017

America may have invented hip-hop but the world welcomed it with open arms and turned rap into a universal language of revolution and understanding. Here at home, American hip-hop dominates the...

“Thirteen Reasons Why” forces viewers to engage in challenging discussions about social issues such as bullying, sexual assualt and suicide in todays high schools.

I could’ve saved her: Controversial Netflix series teaches us why we shouldn’t just stand back and turn a blind eye

James Wyatt, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 25, 2017

Last night I cried as I watched my friend Hannah Baker take her life by slitting her wrists. Gasping for her final breaths as blood poured out of her body, I sat alone and broken knowing I could do nothing...

A world of languages

A world of languages

Chris Ludlow and Olivia Wray April 25, 2017

International cuisine, dance performances, original poetry readings and live music intrigued students, causing a large crowd and a constant curiosity. The World Language Fair welcomed students of all...

Sound perspectives from the other end of the microphone

La Reva Myles, Contributing Writer April 24, 2017

Amongst an eager audience, the dynamic duo of Patrushkha Mierwza and Mark Ulano laid out the importance of everything in filmmaking, from masterful work of directors and producers to more overlooked jobs...

The action movie that questions humanity, but it lacks originality.

A Shell of Its Source

Arthur Gonzalez-Martin, Staff Writer April 12, 2017

Rating: 3.5/5 Before I review the move, I’d like to address the “whitewashing” of the film. Scarlett Johansson plays the role of Major Mira Killian, instead of an Asian actress for an American...

Check out this spot for breakfast! Fulfill your appetite without burning a hole in your wallet.

Carlos’ Country Kitchen

Ali benzerara, Sports Editor April 10, 2017

If you love breakfast food but lack motivation to cook before class, you need to try Carlos’ Country Kitchen. Conveniently located one mile away from the Santa Rosa campus on the corner of West College...

Check out this spot on your next food run! Lunch and dinner served Tuesday through Sunday. Located at 1880 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa.

Himalayan Cafe & Grill

Rachel Genthe, Co-A&E Editor April 10, 2017

The Himalayan Cafe & Grill is a special treat. Sometimes you need to be whisked away from the stress of school— even if only for 30 minutes. The menu features traditional Indian curries, tandoori...

Stop by for happy hour every day from -6 p.m.

Jack and Tony’s Restaurant and Whisky Bar

James Wyatt, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 10, 2017

Take a page from the Three Little Pigs and hideout from the wolves of the world. Find solace within the brick structure of Jack and Tony’s Restaurant and Whisky Bar during happy hour from 4-6 p.m. every...

The cast consists of a diverse range of actors of all races, remaining true to the creators vision.

Revolutionary Latino musical opens at SRJC

Olivia Wray, Staff Writer April 10, 2017

Many young adults search for their place in the world and struggle to decide what to do with their lives. Turns out, young adult characters in Broadway musicals do too. The characters of “In the Heights,”...

Although a rendition of Power Rangers seemed appealing, the result was mediocre.

All icing, no cake: Power Rangers should morph into a better movie

Grant Wetmore, Opinion Editor April 10, 2017

The “Power Rangers” is certainly flashy. You know what else is flashy? A golden pile of shit. If the Power Rangers hold a special place in your heart, then you might want to take a chance and see this...

Audience attentively watches the selection of shorts, some submitted by SRJC students, on the Petaluma campus April 7.

Short Films: Petaluma film fest showcases visually pleasing cinematography from local aspiring film makers

Grant Wetmore, Opinion Editor April 10, 2017

The ninth annual Sonoma County Student Film Festival on the Santa Rosa Junior College  Petaluma campus featured 22 short films, all made by aspiring local filmmakers including both high school students...

Follow hip hop culture with Ali Benzerara.

Keeping America woke with “ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$”

Ali Benzerara, Sports Editor April 10, 2017

The hip-hop community was disappointed when Kendrick Lamar announced he pushed back the April 7 release date for his fourth studio album to later this month. However, Joey Bada$$ stepped in to fill the...

Come watch a variety of short films created by aspiring film students from Sonoma County.

A night of shorts : The 9th Annual Sonoma County Student Film Festival commences!

Travis LaBrucherie, Distribition Manager April 5, 2017

No plans this Friday? Check out the 9th Annual Sonoma County Student Film Festival on Friday April 7, 2017. The festival starts at 7 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Junior College in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium...

Truffaldino (Ryan Saylor) and fellow servant Smeraldina (Chealsea Beyries) playfully flirt with saucy banter in The servant of two masters.

Classic Italian play with modern twist

Grant Wetmore, Opinion Editor March 16, 2017

“The Servant of Two Master’s” can be summed up as pure comedy. Every tried and true trick in the joke book is in this classic play. You’ll see slapstick, innuendos and misunderstandings galore....

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