The Oak Leaf

Writers Conference

Michael Shufro, Advertising Manager

April 23, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Before publishing a single story, local legend Jack London nearly abandoned all aspirations of becoming a writer. Up until 1898 the financial horizon looked gloomy for the young novelist, with $5 as the highest bid for one of his works. But with the turn of the century came a massive economic boom in...

Symbols explained through Dance

Leah Phillips, Reporter

April 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

SRJC’s Spring Dance performance will entertain and educate the audience about the art of dance. This years’ performance is a unique compilation of jazz, hip-hop, ballet, modern and contemporary dance techniques blended to represent symbols and signs. “The standard of what we are presenting is...

Petaluma Film Festival

Noah Diamond-Stolzman, Multimedia Editor

April 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The fourth annual Petaluma Film Fest on May 5 will feature a mix of international, award-winning short films and SRJC student short films in a variety of styles and genres. The midnight shows will feature edgier programs. Filmmakers will discuss their films in question and answer sessions after each...

Native American Spring Celebration comes to SRJC

Alex Campbell, Sports Editor

April 20, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Breaking News

SRJC is hosting the inaugural Native American Spring Celebration on May 6 on the lawn adjacent to the SRJC Museum. The celebration is sponsored by the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration will start with a prayer blessing at 10 a.m. and...

Reduced Shakespeare Company Benefit Show: A Barrel of Laughs

Jessie De La O, A&E Editor

April 12, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) brought their A game, quick-witted, fast-paced humor and physicality to Santa Rosa Junior College’s Burbank Auditorium March 27. The internationally known three-man comedy troupe performed “The Complete World of Sports (abridged)” to a crowded house as a...

In the Know

Ken Kutska, Assistant A&E Editor

April 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

4/11 Work of Literary Merit Lecture Event: Devouring Dickens: Reading Great Expectations with Gusto Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Noon / free 4/13 Alexander String Quartet Chamber Concert Event Call community education department for location 707-527-4372 8 p.m. / $20 adult, $12 youth 4/16 Work...

“Miss Representation” Documentary

Jessie De La O, A&E Editor

April 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The documentary “Miss Representation” played to a packed house at the Bertolini Student Center March 14. The film was written, produced and directed by speaker, advocate and actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Students from classes taught by SRJC instructors Anne Donegan, Narmeen Nasseem and Erlinda...

Santa Rosa author inspires SRJC students

Leah Phillips, Reporter

April 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

A crowd of second-year English students and aspiring writers filled the Carol L. Ellis Auditorium at SRJC’s Petaluma campus for an inspiring reading, lecture and Q&A from Santa Rosa author Joan Frank. “She loves literature, she talks about it in ways I have never heard anybody talk about it,”...

Sweeney Todd coming to SRJC

April 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

It’s springtime so it must mean time for a happy-go-lucky musical, or not. It’s time for a musical adaptation unlike any other seen at SRJC in recent times, Stephen Sondheim’s melodrama Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is coming for the first time to SRJC. “Sweeney Todd”...

Baking with Alex

Alex Pozzi

April 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

With a name like baby cheesecakes with toffee pears, who wouldn’t want to make this delicious dessert? Cheesecakes tend to come with a stigma that they are hard to make and require a lot of time. I woke up one morning knowing that I wanted to make cheesecake without making it an all-day affair....

Bernard Maybeck: Pioneer in Green Design

Aaron Selya, Web Editor

April 2, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The SRJC community was treated to a lecture about the illustrious career of famed Bay Area architect Bernard Maybeck as SRJC instructor Mark Wilson presented “Bernard Maybeck: Pioneer in Green Design” on Jan. 30 to a packed Newman Auditorium. Maybeck was a prominent Bay Area architect during the...

John Carter, fun, senseless adventure

Noah Diamond-Stolzman, Multimedia Editor

March 13, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Calling “John Carter” cookie cutter feels backwards. “A Princess of Mars,” the source material for the movie, as well as the rest of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Barsoom” novels, are widely regarded as the mold that the cookie cutter was made from. But does the fact that the books were groundbreaking...

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