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Sony launches virtual reality peripheral

By Anthony Kinney, Advocate Staff
November 9, 2016
Filed under Scene

Sony is ushering in the next generation of console gaming entertainment with its new virtual reality headset, the Playstation VR. Released on Oct. 13, the PSVR (also known by its code name Project Morpheus) provides players with a new gaming experience that literally puts them into the action. The PS...

Play depicts life beneath authoritarian dictatorship

Play depicts life beneath authoritarian dictatorship

By Dylan Collier, Advocate Staff
October 21, 2016
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The award-winning cast of characters put on an elaborate and political performance about what could happen if fascism erupted in America in the play “It Can’t Happen Here,” at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The cast even features Bay Area homegrown talent with affiliations to Contra Costa College. The...

Group raises money for trip

Group raises money for trip

By Dylan Collier, Advocate Staff
October 21, 2016
Filed under Scene

The culinary arts department hosted its sixth annual Chocolate and Champagne fundraiser in the new Aqua Terra Grill, from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 8, to help them raise money for their trip to Italy next June. This gave students experience working in a restaurant environment and displayed their talent....

Film clears fog of ignorance

Film clears fog of ignorance

By Denis Perez, Assistant Photo Editor
October 21, 2016
Filed under Scene

Director Ava DuVernay plunges viewers into the historical oppression of African-American communities by the American justice system in her documentary “13th,” currently streaming on Netflix. The film gets its name after the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution that granted freedom...

Affordable sushi found near campus

Affordable sushi found near campus

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
October 6, 2016
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Gyoza Express is a sushi restaurant that offers a great variety of sushi rolls, food bowls and drinks in a convenient location for Contra Costa College students. It is located in the shopping center across from CCC on 14350 Laurie Lane. During my trip to the restaurant I had the Lion King roll, 49ers ...

Album blends hip-hop, sci-fi

Album blends hip-hop, sci-fi

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor
September 28, 2016
Filed under Scene

There won’t be many concept albums this year quite like what experimental hip-hop trio Clipping delivered with its new album “Splendor and Misery.” It’s a short, direct and atmospheric album driven entirely by the dense lyricism of the group’s sole rapper Daveed Diggs. Clipping is a hip-hop group...

Director modernizes classic story

By Reggie Santini, Advocate Staff
September 28, 2016
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A modern day play adaptation of the Greek myth of Achilles is due to open at the Knox Center in October. The play, “Achilles in Sparta,” will be drama department Chairperson Carlos Chavarria’s first directorial role since arriving at Contra Costa College in 2014. The drama department will be ...

Snowden hacks his way on screen

Snowden hacks his way on screen

By Reggie Santini, Advocate Staff
September 27, 2016
Filed under Scene

Everyone knows what Edward Snowden did to gain his fame, or as some see it, infamy. If you haven’t yet heard of Snowden this movie will teach just about everything you need to know. The movie goes over roughly 10 years in the life of Snowden, the CIA operative that leaked NSA surveillance documents to...

Mexican icon’s music, untimely death ‘crossed boarders’

Mexican icon’s music, untimely death ‘crossed boarders’

By Efrain Valdez, Advocate Staff
September 16, 2016
Filed under Scene, Spotlight

Iconic Mexican singer and producer Juan Gabriel (Alberto Aguilera Valdez) died of a heart attack on Aug. 28 in Santa Monica, California. He passed away while on his “MeXXIco Es Todo” tour in the U.S. Immediately after his death, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto offered The Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico C...

Bay area ‘Poutine’ lacks tang, open late

Bay area ‘Poutine’  lacks tang, open late

By Dylan Collier, Advocate Staff
September 1, 2016
Filed under Scene, Spotlight

Most restaurants are good because they have such a wide variety of items on the menu but there is always that one restaurant that specializes in just one thing, or different variations of one dish. And at that is the case at “Smoke’s Poutinerie” on Durant Ave. in Berkeley, near Telegraph. If...

Netflix original uses 1980s flair as hook

Netflix original uses 1980s flair as hook

By Mike Thomas, Advocate Staff
September 1, 2016
Filed under Scene

"Stranger Things” is a chilling tale that keeps viewers hooked on each episode. The show is a suspenseful and intriguing tribute to the 1980s. “Stranger Things” is like a comic book mixed with 1980s adventure movies like “The Goonies.” The music choice fits the mood well. Hearing great ba...

Pokémon Go links classic game, modern technology

Pokémon Go links classic game, modern technology

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor
August 26, 2016
Filed under Scene

Around the world Poké fiends and casual players alike have joined forces to make Niantic’s “Pokémon Go” app the most popular new game of 2016. The platform unites the virtual with actual reality, using Google maps and your phone’s geo location to highlight landmarks and places of interest tha...

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