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Film exemplifies achievements, struggles

Film exemplifies achievements, struggles

By Dylan Collier, Assistant Scene Editor
March 2, 2017
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The Movie "Hidden Figures,”  directed by Theodore Melfi and based on the book of the same title by Margot Shetterly, tells the true story of three African-American women who worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1961. It takes place during a time when segregation was still a par...

Play models tragic love

Play models tragic love

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor
March 2, 2017
Filed under Scene

The drama department is beginning the spring 2017 semester with the opening of its third show of the 2016-17 theater season on March 16. “Two Sisters and a Piano” is directed by Contra Costa College adjunct professor Tara Blau. Performances will occur from March 16-18 and March 23-25. Tickets for...

Split exposes mental disorder, trauma

Split exposes mental disorder, trauma

By Jshania Owens, Advocate Staff
February 11, 2017
Filed under Scene

“Split” is ideal for anyone interested in the mindset of people with mental disorders, like me. But anything you expect from a psychological thriller will always be proved wrong and end up leaving you wide-eyed during every scene. Which is always a good thing. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, ...

xXx returns to screen, gives long-time fans ‘wild ride’

xXx returns to screen, gives long-time fans ‘wild ride’

By Reggie Santini, Spotlight Editor
February 4, 2017
Filed under Scene

Vin Diesel is back with more of the same tried and true formula that can be expected from his movies in a ludicrous sequel to an old franchise. “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” is directed by D.J. Caruso and is pure dumb fun. It’s the type of movie that people can shut their brain off and just...

Documentary sheds light on perils of human trafficking

Documentary sheds light on perils of human trafficking

February 1, 2017
Filed under Campus Beat, Scene

The opening shot of “Not My Life,” an independent documentary produced in 2011, encapsulates the message of the film in four simple words overlaid on a black background, “Human trafficking is slavery.” The documentary directed and produced by Robert Bilheimer was shown in GE-225 with a discussion...

Iconic series satisfies fans

Iconic series satisfies fans

By Reggie Santini, Spotlight Editor
December 12, 2016
Filed under Scene

Final Fantasy XV’ brings Western role-playing gameplay mechanics to the traditional Japanese role-playing style of the ‘Final Fantasy’ series without losing its classic and iconic touch. Longtime fans of the ‘Final Fantasy’ series who have fears that this game will not be like the fabled ‘Fina...

Revealing play gains praise

Revealing play gains praise

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor
December 9, 2016
Filed under Scene

Often times the best comedy in acting comes when a performer experiences and overcomes tragedy in their lives and is able translate that tragic time into a humorous and relatable performance. “Joto!: Confessions of a Mexican Outcast” is a hilarious one night, one-man show written and performed ...

Two cannabis strains, effects compared

Two cannabis strains, effects compared

By Michael Santone, News Editor
December 7, 2016
Filed under Scene

Not to be confused with hemp, which is the non-psychoactive plant used to make many products, cannabis can be used to cure a number of mental and physical health ailments. Marijuana, grass, Mary Jane, ganja, pot and weed are just a few of the well-known nicknames for the notorious cannabis flower. Th...

Food pantry to mitigate hardships, storage space

By Jaleel Perry, Advocate Staff
December 7, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, Scene

The Inter-Club Council will be opening a food pantry on campus for students who can’t afford food for themselves. “I’m always excited for any opportunity where I can help students,” Student Life Coordinator Joel Nickelson-Shanks said. The Inter-Club Council has partnered with the Contra Costa Colleg...

Marvel welcomes ‘Doctor’ to shared cinematic universe

Marvel welcomes ‘Doctor’ to shared cinematic universe

By Edwin Herrera, Advocate Staff
November 17, 2016
Filed under Scene

Marvel studios does it again, this time successfully translating “Doctor Strange” from Marvel’s vast comic library into a film that surpasses expectations and keeps its streak of great comic book films alive. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr.  Stephen Strange. Cumberbatch is best known...

Lackluster performances hinder production

Lackluster performances hinder production

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor
November 17, 2016
Filed under Scene, Showcase

The drama department’s second play of the fall 2016 semester is interesting and funny, but the actors don’t bring any of the necessary emotion to make the production anything more than an average un-engaging 90 minutes for the audience.  “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” is a play by Lauren Gunderson a...

Showing adds local zest to cult classic film

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor
November 9, 2016
Filed under Scene

In a small theater that seats about 100 people, a talented cast of actors and actresses put on a hilarious, sexual tension filled and irreverent performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Pinole Community Theater. The production is being directed by Terry Tracy and choreographed by Anjee N...

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