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SRJC theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar”

SRJC theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer

April 19, 2019


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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 a reimagined take on the story of Jesus Christ, depicting him as if having the meteoric rise to fam...

“Hellboy”: heavy metal headache

“Hellboy”: heavy metal headache

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor

April 18, 2019


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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, and struggles to find its audience. The film takes place in a world where the supernatura...

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

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

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor

April 18, 2019


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“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 Langford stars as Tessa Young, a teenage girl fresh out of high school and entering...

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

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

Mark Fernquest, News Editor

April 16, 2019


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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 of “It Devours!” and “Welcome to Nightvale,” has alchemized pure, dark delight with this ne...

“Shazam!”: Finally, a fun DC movie

“Shazam!”: Finally, a fun DC movie

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor

April 11, 2019


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“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 of the same name, Shazam first debuted in 1939 as “Captain Marvel” and became the best-sell...

Jordan Peele solidifies his place in horror with “Us”

Jordan Peele solidifies his place in horror with “Us”

Edgar Soria Garcia, Illustrations Editor

April 5, 2019


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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 anticipated second film “Us,” where a family fights for survival when doppelgängers appear to kill ...

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

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

Zane Zinkl, Staff Writer

March 24, 2019


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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 on Amazon Kindle, centers on the story of a young teen navigating through personal struggles in Chica...

CatVideoFest 2019

CatVideoFest 2019

Mark Fernquest, News Editor

March 12, 2019


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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 theaters during the course of the afternoon. The festival is the highly successful brainc...

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

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

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019


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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 marriage and how he triumphantly rebounded from a long period of depression and drug abuse. Musically, ...

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

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

Edgar Soria Garcia, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019


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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 opening also included a second, collaborative show, “Parallels,” which also features travel-insp...

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

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

Abraham Fuentes, Staff Writer

March 9, 2019


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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 got was a magical tour of all the great books I should have read in high school. The main cast includes...

“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


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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 mid-90s, years before any of the other Marvel films besides “Captain America: The First Avenge...

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