Hulu brings dystopian tale to life in new original series

By Megan G. Razzetti  Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” comes to life in a riveting Hulu original series and brings eerie parallels to social issues that are present in today’s world. The premiere on April 26 opened with its first three episodes of the series and provides a terrifying look into a dystopian, non-secular, authoritarian regime that prohibits women from everything including reading. Each episode is an hour long, yet…

May 10, 2017
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Vocalists deliver graceful, angelic concert

May 10, 2017

By Russell Zazueta  No microphones were needed to hear the graceful, angelic voices of the East Los Angeles College Chamber Chorale and Choir at the Spring Choral Concert. Each member showcased their vocal abilities, sometimes in tandem, a group of soloists took the stage throughout the show. They demonstrated to the audience that a dynamic of different registers (soprano, tenor, baritone) can add intense emotion over the ethereal blanket that…

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Former ELAC student opens restaurant

May 10, 2017

By Maria Isabel Cubillo Former East Los Angeles College student Josefina Lopez opened Casa Fina Restaurant and Cantina in Boyle Heights on Friday. Free tacos, aguas frescas and cake were served from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. “The food was so delicious. Everyone was really nice and kind,” said Lizette Palominos, a resident of Boyle Heights.The restaurant will host stand-up comedy nights, open mic nights, bohemian nights, and karaoke nights….

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Black Mambas prepare for overseas tour

May 3, 2017

By Diego Linares Southeast Los Angeles band Black Mambas are set to take the stage for their third European tour starting this Friday after first starting out by performing in backyards and underage in local venues. The band members say the ability to play overseas has come after gaining experience in the scene and being diligent with their craft. “It’s cool. It’s great, but it’s a lot of hard work….

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The Circle director fails to deliver on film’s potential

By Yecenia Alcaraz Despite having two highly recognizable actors, “The Circle” fails to convey what could have been an important message to viewers. The film is based on a book by Dave Eggers who took an Orwellian twenty-first century approach.    Emma Watson plays the main character Mae Holland, who is hired at a well known and highly influential technology and social media company called the Circle. Mae gets the…

May 3, 2017
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Feist returns to music scene with intimate rock album

May 3, 2017

By Sergio Berrueta  Feist returns after a six-year absence with “Pleasure,” an album about heartbreak, disillusionment and broken dreams. This follow-up to 2011’s “Metals,” ventures into these concepts with unrefined sounds, somber acoustics and bombastic echoes. The album begins with the title track “Pleasure.” It hits with a blend of melodic rock and electric-laden grime, sounding like a cassette tape recording giving a unrefined sound. It builds to an end…

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Bill Nye delivers fun science

May 3, 2017

By Francisco Portillo Bill Nye’s new show, “Bill Nye Saves the World,” is an entertaining and enlightening look at how science can be used to save the world. Fans of Nye will love the new show because of how much it emulates the feel of his previous show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which stopped being produced in 1998. It has a new talk show format. In its scheduled 30…

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‘Unforgettable’ cast fails to portray emotion, sense of realism

April 26, 2017

By Gil Milanes  “Unforgettable” is a female centered film focused on a love triangle that lacks true-to-life drama and fails to show genuine emotions. Rosario Dawson as Julia, Katherine Heigl as Tessa, and Geoff Stults as David star alongside Cheryl Ladd and Isabella Rice in this R rated Warner Brothers film. “Unforgettable” focuses on a year in the life of Julia, Tess and David. In that short period, the cast…

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Applied music students show off talent, hard work at recital

April 26, 2017

By Maria Isabel Cubillo Attendees were transported to a 1930s opera, a party out of the “Great Gatsby” and a walk through the woods by the musical performances of students of the Applied Music Program. The recital featured Yunting Xie, an East Los Angeles College graduate who now attends the University of Southern California’s School of Music. She performed three pieces: Bach’s “Prelude, English Suite No. 2,” Haydn’s “Sonata in F,…

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‘Fate of the Furious’ delivers more over the top action

April 19, 2017

By Ivan Cazares and Johanna Calderon  “The Fate of the Furious” is a sensational thriller that will keep audiences in suspense and guessing what will happen next. The film will not disappoint fans invested in the franchise and characters. However, the film will not make someone a fan if they haven’t liked previous entries in the franchise. It delivers more over-the-top action and cheesy lines that have become synonymous with…

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