‘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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‘Automata’ takes over film

By Jesus Figueroa The sci-fi story of “Automata” puts robots into a future chaotic world as slaves for the humans who were lucky to survive. Lead actor Antonio Banderas has a stellar performance but falls short of being the most exciting part of the film. In a world that has been destroyed by solar flares and only a mere 22,000 people lucky to survive, robots called Automatas live only to…

September 24, 2014
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‘Tosca’ production performs at three venues

September 24, 2014

By Tadzio Garcia The local Pacific Opera Project’s production of Puccini’s “Tosca” is not to be missed. Artistic Director Josh Shaw introduces performances unique to the opera world here in Los Angeles. Adding to the opera experience of “Tosca,” the audience is directed to walk to a different location for each act within the grounds of the St. James United Methodist Church in Pasadena, all set to a day’s story…

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Karen O releases successful solo album

September 17, 2014

By Megan G. Razzetti The eccentric Karen O has released her intimate first solo album “Crush Songs” giving her fans a peek into her diary. Unlike O’s day job as frontwoman for the explosive band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs where many electronic elements are packed tightly into each song, “Crush Songs” is much more simple. Released on Julian Casablancas’ of The Strokes newly formed record label Cult Records, this solo…

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