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Snowden hacks his way on screen

Snowden hacks his way on screen

By Reggie Santini, Advocate Staff
September 27
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
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
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
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
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...

Steampunk airships light the sky on fire

Steampunk airships light the sky on fire

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor
August 12
Filed under Scene

Beautiful, and not nearly long enough for its bountiful story, “The Aeronaut’s Windlass” aggravates me, and I demand more. The world is built superbly. It is very alien to our own, but never disorienting. It’s not like our world, but it’s home for its characters. It feels solid and lived-in. The...

Open house highlights acting skills, invites aspiring thespians

Open house highlights acting skills, invites aspiring thespians

By Xavier Johnson, Assistant Sports Editor
May 18
Filed under Campus Beat, News, Scene

An open house for interested Middle College High School and Contra Costa College students was held in the Knox Center on May 5 as a part of the drama department’s preparation for the 2016-17 academic year. Classes from the drama department presented a short show for about 20 students in attendance fe...

Jazz compilation album dazzles

By Xavier Johnson, Assistant Sports Editor
May 18
Filed under Campus Beat, Scene, Spotlight

Tight harmonies and stellar instrumental performances fill up every minute of the stellar vocal jazz album produced by the Jazzanova and Jazzology vocal choirs from the Contra Costa College music department. It is clear as day that “On a Clear Day” is a well-constructed album that takes the lis...

‘Thief’s End’ appeases devotees

By Edwin Herrera, Staff Writer
May 18
Filed under Scene

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” is another classic game from the brilliant developers and storytellers at Naughty Dog, Inc. In “Uncharted 4,” protagonist Nathan Drake finally marries Elena Fisher after three years of traveling with her in “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.” The pair previously...

‘Views’ almost lives up to expectations, sputters

By Jshania Owens, Staff Writer
May 18
Filed under Scene

Don’t hold any big expectations for Drake before listening to “Views,” his latest LP. He’ll defy them all. Well, almost. “Views” had the potential to be a classic for his career if he had stayed with those mid-tempo Caribbean-inspired tracks like “Controlla” and “One Dance” throu...

Crude ‘Hate Mail’ hilarious

Crude ‘Hate Mail’ hilarious

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor
May 18
Filed under Scene, Spotlight

"You’ve Got Hate Mail” was presented by four of the drama department faculty and Liberal Arts Division Dean Jason Berner in the Knox Center on May 6. The play, written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, drew an audience of about 85, including Contra Costa College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh. ...

Coffee houses serve award-winning brew

Coffee houses serve award-winning brew

By Salvador Godoy, Staff Writer
May 18
Filed under Scene

Catahoula Coffee Company is a great local spot to start your day with fresh, affordable house-roasted coffee drinks. It has a small and lively environment for those who want to taste new coffee varieties. The local business recently won First Place for the sixth time from the San Francisco Chronicle in its ...

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