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Getting lost in a digital world

Getting lost in a digital world

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

March 20, 2019


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An all too common narrative in media is the way technology makes our society more connected than at any point in history while simultaneously making us emotionally detached from one another. As with any common message, the key is presenting it in an original, thought-provoking manner and the Contra...

Latino immigrant shares vulnerable stories of his life

Latino immigrant shares vulnerable stories of his life

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

March 20, 2019


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PITTSBURG ­— Audience members were treated to a journey of heartbreak spread throughout the trials and tribulations of a young gay Latino immigrant here Friday during the production “Mi Vida Loca.” The California Theatre opened a two-night showing of Contra Costa College drama department Chairperson...

Women and heritage inspires new art show

Women and heritage inspires new art show

By Daniel Hernandez, Advocate Staff

March 13, 2019


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Style, power and uniqueness of tribal African women being captured with acrylic paint on canvas is the latest exhibit showcasing the work of art major Elishes Cavness at the Eddie Rhodes Gallery in A-5. Just ahead of International Women’s Day in the Art Building on Thursday, an art reception was...

Drama earns two national awards

Drama earns two national awards

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

March 6, 2019


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A weeklong celebration of the dramatic arts brought hopeful students across state lines to compete and celebrate in multiple disciplines providing an enriching developmental experience. The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival took place at the University of Oregon from Feb. 18-22. A...

Speech team prepares for national tournament

Speech team prepares for national tournament

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

March 6, 2019


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Any college campus is brimming with potential and excellence, but a hallmark of true greatness is delivering it consistently. The Contra Costa College speech team is preparing for its next competition on a national stage March 22 on the heels of an invigorating experience at a regional competition. The...

Ariana Grande shines through heartbreak

Ariana Grande shines through heartbreak

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

February 27, 2019


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Once again, Ariana Grande has turned her much publicized heartbreak into a deeply personal album that, while struggling with authenticity, is a significant benchmark in her young discography in “Thank You, Next.” Grande’s fifth studio album was produced amid public breakups with late boyfriend...

Technology intertwines love, death in performance

Technology intertwines love, death in performance

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

February 27, 2019


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Society has no doubt changed since the introduction of the cell phone. Our interactions logged, recorded through a screen rather than face-to-face. The Contra Costa College drama department is putting on a show that explores the intricacies of love and death in a world surrounded by technology. The...

Quirky musical brings laughs on opening weekend

Quirky musical brings laughs on opening weekend

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

February 6, 2019


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PINOLE — In the first musical of the calendar year at the Pinole Community Players, opening night of the “Lucky Stiff” drew a crowd of enthusiastic theater fanatics ready to be entertained. The play, which runs through Feb. 23, is hard to get accustomed too if you’re new to musical theater,...

‘Rent’ disappoints in primetime

‘Rent’ disappoints in primetime

By Michael Santone, Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2019


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It wasn’t until the first commercial interlude that the cast of Fox’s live production of “Rent” announced, well, that it wasn’t actually live. Due to an unfortunate, yet ironic “break,” Brennin Hunt, who played Roger, broke his foot while scaling the iconic scaffolding set during the...

Jazz group gets prestigious invite

Jazz group gets prestigious invite

By Jackson Stephens, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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The jazz vocal ensemble at Contra Costa College has been invited to perform at the prestigious Jazz Education Network Conference in January. For the first time, JAZZ-ology and its six-member ensemble will be attending the 10th annual 2019 JEN conference in Reno, Nevada. The six members are Natasha...

Drama faculty let loose in play

Drama faculty let loose in play

By Luis Lopez, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018


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What do a smoking grandma, a flask swigging Little Red Riding Hood and a tatted up Cinderella have in common? They are all raunchy, rude and crude versions of fairy tales being portrayed in this year’s drama and faculty production. Seeing drama teachers and faculty portraying these racy characters...

Tale of recovery conveys wide range of intense emotions

Tale of recovery conveys wide range of intense emotions

By Gabriel Quiroz, News Editor

November 14, 2018


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Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome is a major issue that plagues veterans and can sometimes lead to addiction and problems for which many don’t seek help. “Water by The Spoonful,” directed by Angelina LaBarre, captures these mental health issues with a unique perspective that gives audiences a glimpse...

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