Veterans’ art sheds light on past

November 15, 2017

By Rogelio Alvarez East Los Angeles College student veterans shared their military experience through artwork at the Veterans Art Exhibit opening reception in the Helen Miller Bailey Library foyer on Monday. Upon entering the library, the exhibit displays photographs taken by student veterans, with flags from the United States Armed Forces hanging from the balcony of the second floor. In the enclosed cabinet display are ceramic pieces, military uniforms, badges, a…

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Despite protest, bookfair carries on

November 5, 2017

By Joe Dargan The Anarchist Book Fair went from a peaceful exhibition of free speech, to a chaotic, verbal clash between white vendors and black community activists in Leimert Park on Saturday. The fair was a result of a collaboration between the Anarchist Bookfair Collective, an independent group of writers, publishers and activists promoting peace through dialogue and the Chaos network, a broadcasting and media company created by long time community…

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Stranger Things 2 leaves fans guessing

November 5, 2017

By Melody Ortiz “Stranger Things 2” both pleased and shocked fans by expanding and darkening the world inside the series. Creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, AKA the Duffer Brothers, delivered a satisfactory second season with much material worth discussing, from racism to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The season’s plot was supported with amazing special effects and left viewers analyzing each episode. Though there were a few references to season…

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Fans, stars converge at Los Angeles Comic Con

November 5, 2017

By Frank Portillo The seventh annual Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con featured a star-studded lineup of celebrities and creators this past weekend, with the biggest being Dwyane “the Rock” Johnson. Some attendees wore costumes of their favorite popular culture characters, shopped at the multiple vendors, met with some of their favorite creators and attended panels that took place throughout the weekend. The convention, which is a relatively new one, attracts…

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Psychological horror returns in ‘The Evil Within 2’

October 25, 2017

By Russell Zazueta Like preparing to watch a good horror flick, turn off the lights, close the door to your room and take a ride into the terrifying world of the video game The Evil Within 2. The nightmare continues with the return of Sebastian Castellanos, the now-retired detective, three years after the incident at Beacon hospital, where an unsolved mysterious mass murder took place. Castellanos’ former partner Juli Kidman…

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‘The Snowman’ gives cold shoulder

October 25, 2017

By Jorge Aldaco “The Snowman” failed to present itself as a crime thriller film with an edge of horror. The trailers are misleading, building up tension that doesn’t exist in the movie. The film takes place in Oslo, Norway, where Harry Hole, played by Michael Fassbender, is a special unit detective in the city’s police department. Heavily revered, he runs into Katrine Bratt, played by Rebecca Ferguson, who had seen…

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Student talents showcased in S2

October 25, 2017

By Steven Adamo Some of East Los Angeles College’s finest vocalists and pianists were on display at the Fall Student Recital, presented by the Music Department on Wednesday. A cell phone ring didn’t disrupt Daniel Lopez’ piano performance of “Danza de la moza donosa” by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. Lopez gestured softly as he began, which quickly stormed into a fury of uneasiness as odd-sounding chords were sprinkled throughout each…

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Love misguided in ‘Blood Wedding’

October 25, 2017

By Frank Portillo “Blood Wedding” could have been a great way to spend the holiday season, but the play fails to overcome mediocrity due to weak performances and a lackluster ending. The latest Theater Department production follows two characters that are in love with each other but are being pulled apart by society. Leonardo is married with a child but still lusts over the character known only as The Bride….

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P!nk defies genre labels with new album

October 18, 2017

By Anastasia Landeros After years of lifting the spirits of her listeners with strong messages of empowerment, P!nk reflects on life, love and motherhood on her seventh studio album “Beautiful Trauma.” The album showcases her beautiful vocals, wonderfully expressive songwriting skills and a knack for matching hopeful rhythms with sobering lyrics. “Barbies” opens reminiscent of a classic folk song, with smooth vocals lamenting over not being a kid anymore to…

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‘Blood Wedding’ debuts Friday

By Frank Portillo The first play of the semester, “Blood Wedding,” is set to debut Friday. The play is based on a story by Federico Garcia Lorca from the ‘30s and is meant to be a commentary on society at the time of its inception. “Blood Wedding” focuses on Leonardo, played by Michael Herrera, who falls in love with The Bride, played by Miriam Menendez, despite the fact that she…

October 18, 2017
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