Burton, Depp fail to impress

  By Jair Fuentes  Director Tim Burton fuses two generations and takes a stab at dark humor in his latest film “Dark Shadows,” which is loosely based on the popular gothic soap opera of the same name. This film marked the seventh time that Burton and Johnny Depp have worked together.  In the film, Depp portrays Barnabas Collins. As a young boy, Collins and his parents moved to America in…

May 16, 2012
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Theatre Department captivates audiences with dark comedy

  By Jovanna Sanchez  ELAC theatre’s rendition of Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” is funny and captivating with an overall charming cast. It is the unfortunate tale of Billy Claven, referred to as Crippled Billy for most of the play, played by Joe Mejia, it is a crippled orphan boy who was adopted by his aunt Kate Osbourne, played by Mayuhmi Roehm, and her sister Eileen, played by Amy…

May 16, 2012
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‘Girl’ makes no progress

By Albert Fuentes “Girl in Progress” struggles to make any progress. With several direction and writing problems. Main character Ansiedad, played by Cierra Ramirez, goes out of her way to produce many rites of passage in her quest to reach womanhood as fast as she can. As a smart, responsible student, Ansiedad knows that she wants to be successful in life but doesn’t always get the support she needs. She…

May 16, 2012
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Sausages for all tastes at local German restaurant

By Maria Gonzalez Located in the heart of the Arts District, fancy sausage restaurant Wurstküche bursts in flavor. Wurstküche, which in German means kitchen that serves sausage, has a variety of 21 different sausages.  When entering the restaurant, customers go into a small room where they are greeted by host and given a thin, two-sided menu. As you wait in line to order, a display case of all the sausages…

May 9, 2012
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Marvel’s “The Avengers” wows on the big screen

  By Liliana Marquez The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor and Hawkeye team up in the impressive film “The Avengers.” Director and writer Joss Whedon bring to life some of Marvel’s most famous and beloved characters. When the security of the world is threatened by emerging enemy Loki, Thor’s brother. Nick Fury, director of the International Peacekeeping Agency also known as S.H.I.E.L.D, finds himself in the need of putting…

May 9, 2012
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Jazz band ends semester on a good note

By Ariana Renteria The East Los Angeles Jazz band ends their last jazz concert for the spring semester with great potential.  The band waited on stage as the lights faded down, the blue mood lights faded up and Director Bob Dawson walked on stage sporting a black suit and a yellow tie. The band came together last Friday.  Dawson began tapping his foot and the band began their first piece very…

May 9, 2012
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Al & Bea’s attracts with taste and price

 By Franz Galvez If you’re looking for an affordable fast meal in Boyle Heights,  then Al & Bea’s Mexican Restaurant is the place to go. This small individually own restaurant is owned and operated by Albert and Beatrice Carreon. The restaurant was established on November 15, 1966 and it has been a local resident favorite since it first opened its doors for the public. “I have been coming here for years, since…

May 9, 2012
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Cinco de mayo celebration ELAC style

  By Dulce Carillo The Mariachi Alma Jalisciense brought the Cinco de Mayo spirit to East Los Angeles College and the surrounding community. There was food, drinks, a lot of applauding and singing with the Mariachi Alma Jalisciense by the Performing and Fine Art Complex last Thursday. Couple of the songs that the Mariachi sang were “Tragos amargos,” and “Una pagina mas.” Andrea Martinez, the new dance teacher, sang with…

May 9, 2012
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‘The Raven’ delivers suspense, gore and mystery

By Megan Perry Edgar Allan Poe goes from author of murder mysteries to a character who lives out his own plots in James McTeigue’s latest movie, “The Raven.” The movie is filled with plenty of gore, twists, mystery and suspense to make it unforgettable. Set in Balitimore in the mid-1800s, Poe assists Detective Fields, played by Luke Evans, in trying to solve the case of a crazed murderer who uses…

May 2, 2012
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‘Mamitas’ debuts in lecture hall

By Ariana Renteria The lecture hall at the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College begins to crowd up with students, alumni and guests of all ages. The room is dim as chatter resonates throughout a large screen hanging from the wall at the front of the room. A woman walks in handing out postcard-sized flyers of the latest Echo Park up and coming feature film “Mamitas”.  Written…

May 2, 2012
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