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Drama department cancels spring semester productions

Knox Center events for the spring 2020 semester have been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns.

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

April 25, 2020

Due to the closure of the Contra Costa College as a part of the statewide effort to limit the exponential spread of COVID-19, the drama department canceled its spring productions “We Won't Pay, We Won’t Pay” and “The House of Bernarda Alba.” The now shelved performance of “We Won’t Pay”...

“Animal Crossing” offers a little something for everyone

By Eric Martinez, Advocate Staff

April 25, 2020

From catching bugs to donating to a museum, and everything in between, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” has a little something for everyone. Commonly abbreviated as “ACNH,” in the latest titular game from Nintendo you play as a human villager who has recently moved to a deserted island. There,...

TikTok spreads joy in dark times

TikTok spreads joy in dark times

By Evalyn Soungpanya, Advocate Staff

April 2, 2020

The coronavirus has taken its toll on everyone. No open movie theaters, restaurants or in-person classes. Some are working from home or doing school from home. It feels like life will not get back to normal anytime soon. Yet one way people are coping through the shelter-in-place is using the TikTok...

‘Hunters’ is a thoughtful, must-see show

'Hunters' is a thoughtful, must-see show

By Luis Lopez, News Editor

March 23, 2020

It’s often said two wrongs don’t make a right. However, when the opportunity for revenge presents itself, no matter how long after a wrong is committed, few would have the will to resist taking action. “Hunters” is Amazon Prime’s premier show, best described as a combination of Academy...

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ earns $265 million at box office

“Sonic the Hedgehog” premiered in theaters on Feb. 14 and is the highest-grossing movie based on a video game, making over $265 million worldwide.

By JoJuan Johnson, Advocate Staff

March 4, 2020

In his feature film directorial debut, Jeff Flower brings to life the classic SEGA video game character Sonic the Hedgehog. “Sonic the Hedgehog” has been a hit with audiences, earning a Rotten Tomatoes audience score of 95 percent and an A rating on CinemaScore. Flower is known for his smaller...

Film portrays painful reality of depression

Alison Brie portrays Sarah in the Netflix movie “Horse Girl.” Sarah is a shy, introverted girl who is socially awkward and lives a sad and lonely life. Slowly her mental state begins to deteriorate.

By Luis Lopez, Advocate Staff

March 4, 2020

"Horse Girl” is a psychological thriller on Netflix starring Alison Brie, who tackles psychotic depression through the lead character’s paranoid breakdown. Brie delivers a superb performance that carries the film’s confusing but meaningful narrative to the end. The film was written by Brie...

“Parasite” masterfully plays with expectations

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

February 19, 2020

It’s easy to go into powerhouse director Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed new film “Parasite” feeling cynical. The Korean filmmaker dominated the global film conversation since his film burst onto the scene at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Now that “Parasite” has added a couple Oscars to its name, ...

‘Ambitious’ exhibit explores growth

Drawings and sculptures created by Steven Berndt are pictured from left to right — ceramic baskets, a replica Iron Man mask, a ceramic bowl and a replica of Cobra Jeep from the G.I. Joe franchise. This artwork is available for viewing at the Eddie Rhodes Gallery in A-5.

By Christian Medina, Advocate Staff

February 19, 2020

As a self-taught artist, Steven Berndt is no stranger to the term “Growth”, in fact, the word represents Berndt experience as a student at Contra Costa College. Recalling his work with the tabletop gaming company, Frontline Gaming, until their move to San Diego, he describes how the company’s...

Poets heal through art

Reggie (left) and Collin (right) Edmonds perform a piece at The RichOak Open Mic, one of the sister shows to the Berkeley Poetry Slam, held at The Starry Plough on Feb. 12.

By Christian Medina, Advocate Staff

February 19, 2020

Berkeley — Wednesday nights are like no other at the Starry Plough Pub, a quaint Irish Pub a few blocks from the Ashby BART Station. The venue has hosted the Berkeley Poetry Slam since 1998 and has seen its fair share of well-known poets & their contemporaries, however, in recent years the longest r...

Energetic, funny production transforms Knox Center stage

Elizabeth Donderstock (right), played by Jelaine Maestas, speaks with Rev. Tollhouse (left), played by Elijah Sterling, during a rehearsal of “The Book of Liz,” which concluded its run in the Knox Center this past weekend.

By Jose Arebalo, News Editor

December 11, 2019

A short-but-sweet drama department showing of a uniquely produced show shared a hysterical story of change and exploration at the Knox Center for four performances this past weekend, Thursday through Sunday. In a move that brought audiences a new experience, the play was performed in a curtained off...

‘The Mandalorian’ brings a new perspective to ‘Star Wars’

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) aims his cycler rifle with Baby Yoda by his side during the new Disney+ original series “The Mandalorian.”

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

December 11, 2019

It feels like it’s been forever since fans have gotten a more down-to-earth “Star Wars” story that doesn’t revolve around a Jedi, the Force or galactic politics, but instead focuses on the relatively normal individuals who reside in the rich “Star Wars” universe. “The Mandalorian,”...

Indie rock stars host emotional night

Big Thief vocalist Adrianne Lenker (right) sings during the group's concert at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Oct. 29

By Jose Arebalo, News Editor

December 11, 2019

Their songs revel in the intimacy they create with listeners, unafraid to tackle topics like the dualities we find in our lovers and the passing of time.

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