LA Philharmonic to come play at ELAC

By Russell Zazueta The Los Angeles Philharmonic is collaborating with Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis to bring to East Los Angeles College the “Free Neighborhood Concert” slated for Saturday, Nov. 25 in the Ingalls Auditorium. According to the LA Phil’s website (, the LA Phil performs “Neighborhood Concerts” free of charge every year at schools, churches and local community venues in neighborhoods underrepresented in its audience. “I am…

November 16, 2017

Psychological horror returns in ‘The Evil Within 2’

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…

October 25, 2017

Blade Runner: 2049 takes it slow and steady

By Russell Zazueta In Blade Runner 2049, it still rains all the time, and the Tyrell Corp. that created the first line of androids called replicants, has long been out of business. Director Denis Villeneuve, who also directed Sicario (2015), does a wonderful job in preserving the heavy-industrial, prison-like world that Blade Runner gave us when it premiered in 1982. The visuals are stunning and the story stays true to…

October 11, 2017

Murals reveal history

By Russell Zazueta For decades, Chicana/o artists have colored Los Angeles’ public buildings and walls with large murals that call attention to Mexican-American culture. On Saturday, the California Historical Society and La Plaza De Cultura Y Artes presented “Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals Under Siege,” where people can learn about the history and stories behind Chicana/o artwork that was censored, whitewashed or destroyed during the latter half of the twentieth…

September 28, 2017

Graphic design professor to retire

By Russell Zazueta  In a classroom booming with computers and technology galore, graphic design professor Mike Owens flip-flops between a student’s questions and helping another print out artwork from a computer in the back row. It’s his last semester at East Los Angeles College as a full-time faculty member, but he says he’s not yet ready to retire completely. “I’ll be back part-time after a six-month hiatus to teach one…

May 24, 2017

Vocalists deliver graceful, angelic concert

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…

May 10, 2017

Jazz band captivates audience

By Russel Zazueta  Jazz music performed by the Charlie Ferguson Sextet did a great job in charming audiences of all ages during the First Friday Jazz Series concert at East Los Angeles College. Inside the dimly-lit recital hall, shades of blue light shot up the walls for ambience, when pianist Charlie Ferguson counted off the next jazz standard by snapping his fingers. The sextet launched into a standard called “Breakfast…

November 9, 2016

‘Den of Thieves’ provides suspense

By Russell Zazueta Opening night for “Den of Thieves” at the Black Box Theatre proves director Rodney Lloyd Scott has a talent to keep an audience alive with suspense. When ingredients such as stupidity, guns, money, sex and desperation are mixed together to create a story about thieves, the biggest risk in the plot is to not get caught red-handed. The show takes the audience back to New York in…

October 20, 2016

Budget committee prepares for department requests

 By Russell Zazueta Unfunded augmentation requests were under review during a meeting held by the East Los Angeles College Budget Committee on Monday.    These requests for the 2016-2017 fiscal year will be presented before the ELAC Shared Governance Council (ESGC) to vote on. A UAR is when a department chair needs an increase in their department’s budget, needs more materials and supplies or needs to add faculty or staff…

September 21, 2016

Litterers deny students’ clean campus

By Russell Zazueta From bushes to planting-strips to underneath benches, scraps of garbage flutter in the wind everywhere at East Los Angeles College, and it will deter the minds of new student prospects from enrolling. A cleaner campus is an ideal that officials from the Strategic Planning Committee at ELAC should improve awareness on. Implementation of effective signage around campus to inform students that there is a responsibility in keeping…

October 14, 2014