‘Buried Child’ sends audience on a thrilling ride

December 4, 2014

By Ismeal Carillo The emotion was felt through the theater in one of the final performances of Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child” presented in the Proscenium Theater on Nov. 22. A family secret is revealed after a rollercoaster of laughter, mental abuse and sadness. David C. Hernandez plays Dodge, the family father and husband, whose performance convinces the audience that his illness has taken him prisoner and is almost ready to…

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‘The Hunger Games’ continues to soar in ‘Mockingjay: Part 1’

December 4, 2014

By Nicole Flores “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is the calm before the storm. Unlike its two previous segments, this film is not action packed, but doesn’t leave its fan without a little suspense throughout the movie. While “Catching Fire” left wondering what happened to everyone who was left in the “Quarter Quail,” this film explains it all. The love triangle between Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta Mellark (Josh…

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Pink Floyd takes listeners on last trip with ‘The Endless River’

By Russell J. Zazueta After 20 years on hiatus, psychedelic rock innovators Pink Floyd released their final LP, “The Endless River,” last week, demonstrating their music wizardry to the world once again. In 1993, during the writing sessions of the “Division Bell,” written with then-alive founding keyboardist Rick Wright, Pink Floyd cut 20 hours of tapes for a disc of ambient music to be included with the album. It was…

November 19, 2014
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‘Dumb and Dumber’ sequel proves to be truly dumber

By Jesus Figueroa “Dumb and Dumber To” stays in the same goofy, unexpected style as the original, which came out 19 years ago, but with the lack of originality, it fails to be a great film. The story takes twists, which are unbelievable and unpractical, and tries to make the same gags as the original film funny for a new generation of viewers. Lloyd, played by Jim Carrey, reveals to…

November 19, 2014
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First Friday Jazz delights with rhythms

By Sergio Berrueta The Billy Childs Quartet lit up the chilly November air with an innovative jazz sound at the First Friday Jazz Concert on Nov. 7 at the S2 Recital Hall. Childs stepped out to the stage with his band introducing them individually before going into the first tune of the night, “Mount Olympus,” a song originally written by Childs. The entire concert was filled with original works rather…

November 19, 2014
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‘Nightcrawler’ takes audience to crime journalism world

By Ayana Arroyo Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a thrilling performance in “Nightcrawler.” Through the entirety of the film Gyllenhaal keeps viewers at the edges of their seats. Louis Bloom, played by Gyllenhaal, is a jobless thief whom one day stumbles upon the world of crime journalism. Being immediately captivated, Louis trades in a stolen bike for a small camcorder and police scanner. That same night he goes out to film a…

October 29, 2014
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New sound shows growth of Taylor Swift

By Ayana Arroyo Hanging up her hat and cowboy boots Taylor Swift decided to steer away from country music with her newest album “1989.” Swift tried something new and it does not disappoint. With most of her songs, being up beat and playful, Swift doesn’t seem at all a newcomer to pop music. “1989” has a total of 13 songs, on the standard version and 19 on the deluxe version…

October 29, 2014
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Actors provide emotional appeal in ‘Woyzeck’

October 15, 2014

By Cortez Cruz Serrato The Theatre Department brings to life one of the world’s most famous German plays, “Woyzeck,” which takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster, leaving them wanting more. The play is an adaptation by director David Laird Scott. The play opened last Friday at the East Los Angeles College Black Box Theatre. From the very beginning of the show, the audience feels an immediate connection with…

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Rancho Grande delivers a taste of Mexican cuisine

October 8, 2014

By Jade Inglada Hidden at the end of a small shopping center stands Rancho Grande, a family-owned Mexican restaurant that’s been serving its community since the early 1970s. Upon entering the restaurant, the entire menu, as well as photos of some of its popular dishes, are posted on the left wall. Rancho Grande has a variety of options available on its menu from burritos and tacos, to heaping portions of…

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Interpol’s album release fails to meet expectations

September 24, 2014

By Megan G. Razzetti Interpol returned from a four-year hiatus with the much anticipated new album “El Pintor” released on September 9. “El Pintor,” which is an anagram of the band’s name, gives listeners the sound of heavy synth-infused songs packed with the iconic crooning of lead singer Paul Banks. After a long hiatus and the departure of bandmate Carlos Dengler, Interpol produced a not-so-spectacular album. The fresh track list…

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