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Local lip sync battle supports youth

Local lip sync battle supports youth

Zane Zinkl, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

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 team lip sync competition held each year to raise funds for Sonoma County youth. For the last f...

Don’t “sleep” on these 6 black artists

Don’t “sleep” on these 6 black artists

Jesse Kapukui, Staff writer

February 28, 2019


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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 deserve the recognition—regardless of the time of the year or the color of their skin. No mat...

“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


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“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 her most candid album yet. The track list includes hip-hop inspired beats and pop melodies, an aesthe...

Petaluma Cinema Series invites Academy Award nominated composer

Petaluma Cinema Series invites Academy Award nominated composer

Kaila Cotherman-Bohler, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019


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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 composer David Newman to lead a discussion about film composing Feb. 20 at the Santa Rosa Junior College C...

91st Academy Awards survives without a host

91st Academy Awards survives without a host

Raul Ojeda, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019


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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. This was the first time in 30 years since the Oscars proceeded without a proper host. The 2019 Acad...

“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


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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 films. “The Hidden World” picks up one year after the defeat of the previous film’s dragon-cap...

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

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

Seamus Reed, Assistant News and Arts & Entertainment editor

February 19, 2019


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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 by up and coming group Seer, playing heavily to their strengths from previous albums. At jus...

“Alita: Battle Angel” is CGI perfection

“Alita: Battle Angel” is CGI perfection

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor

February 15, 2019


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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 and anime should all see “Alita: Battle Angel.” The film’s action sequences are on par with some of...

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

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

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


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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 it comes to what we hear on the radio, there is an irrefutable cycle of tropes and expressions in rela...

How to do Valentine’s Day on a budget

How to do Valentine’s Day on a budget

Edgar Soria Garcia, Illustrations Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Opinion

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 Cheesecake Factory, but your bank account says Taco Bell. There’s no need to worry. Here are f...

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

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


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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 Family Student Activities Center. Seventy students and three instructors attended the Black Histor...

10 streaming movies for lovers this Valentine’s Day

10 streaming movies for lovers this Valentine’s Day

Jordan Allums, A&E Editor

February 11, 2019


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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. This list will make it easy to find a flick, with romantic movies ranging from sci-fi to comedy a...

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