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Satirical musical makes biblical jabs

Satirical musical makes biblical jabs

By Jose Chavez, Advocate Staff

April 19, 2017


Filed under Scene

The drama department concludes its 2016-17 theater season with a musical that brings biblical parables to the stage. “Godspell” will be performed April 27-29 and May 4-6 at the John and Jean Knox Performing Arts Center on campus with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 fo...

Kendrick cements spot among the best

Kendrick cements spot among the best

By Anthony Kinney, News Editor

April 19, 2017


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The hottest lyricist in the game, Kendrick Lamar, just released his third exceptional album solidifying why he’s so “damn” good. Released on April 14, “DAMN.” is a 14-track emotional body of art drenched in philosophical lyrics, clever rhyme schemes and raw storytelling over a variety of beat...

Cheaper options overshadow cuisine

Cheaper options overshadow cuisine

By Anthony Kinney, News Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, Scene

For on-campus dining students usually rely on Brix and Pronto to satiate their hunger and Aqua Terra Grill is often forgotten when discussing dining options. The sit-down restaurant operated by the culinary arts department is located in SA-130 and is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday,...

Playlist release underwhelms

Playlist release underwhelms

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Scene, Spotlight

The biggest hip-hop artist alive, Drake, is back again with a new full-length project that has a little something musically for fans of any period of Drake’s long career, but ultimately feels like a disjointed and overly long release of B-sides. “More Life” is a 21-song playlist rel...

‘Uninspired’ acting, writing mar series

By Reggie Santini, Spotlight editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Scene

Marvel's latest Netflix series “Iron Fist” is a fun but flawed addition to their great lineup of TV shows. The show focuses on the story Daniel “Danny” Rand, the son of a billionaire businessman, who survived a plane crash and is taken to a monastery known as K’un-Lun. Danny spends 15 years...

Intimacy fortifies play

Intimacy fortifies play

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Scene

A wonderful, well-performed and intimate play opened up the latter half of the drama department’s 2016-17 theater season. “Two Sisters and a Piano,” written by Cuban playwright Nilo Cruz and directed by drama professor Tara Blau, is a great play with strong acting and good attention to detail as...

Atlanta rapper returns to roots

Atlanta rapper returns to roots

By Jshania Owens, Advocate Staff

March 14, 2017


Filed under Scene

When an artist with a huge fan base releases two new full-length projects in consecutive weeks with little promotion, there could be some underlying message he’s trying to send. Future’s sixth studio album, “HNDRXX,” was released one week after his self-titled album “Future” in February. ...

‘Logan’ sheds PG-13 rating, dazzles

‘Logan’ sheds PG-13 rating, dazzles

By Reggie Santini, Spotlight Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Scene

"Logan” is a dark, thrilling and emotional film. It is a huge departure from the other films in the “X-Men” franchise. “Logan” is more of a western character drama than a standard superhero action flick. Director James Mangold delivers a version of the Wolverine character fans have wish...

‘Get Out’ brings black experience to cinema

‘Get Out’ brings black experience to cinema

By Robert Clinton, Opinion Editor

March 8, 2017


Filed under Scene

Just living while black in America can be a horrifying  experience and “Get Out,” directed by Jordan Peele, exaggerates the motives behind uncomfortable, everyday encounters with post-racial liberals by weaving together a web of murder and mind manipulation. The movie is groundbreaking in the ...

‘Comfortable’ setting elevates experience

‘Comfortable’ setting elevates experience

By Isaac Resendiz, Advocate Staff

March 2, 2017


Filed under Scene

In 1591 Solano Avenue in Albany sits a pleasant burger joint with a social, family friendly approach and a great atmosphere where customers can enjoy big, delicious burgers at a reasonable price. Barney’s Gourmet Burgers is a crowded, yet comfortable restaurant. Customers are able to take refu...

Sequel thrills with ‘exciting gunplay’

Sequel thrills with ‘exciting gunplay’

By Reggie Santini, Spotlight editor

March 2, 2017


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The return of John Wick brings more fantastic gunplay and expands on the first movie’s mysterious criminal underworld. “John Wick: Chapter 2” is a fantastic sequel to a franchise already so beloved. Not only does it live up to the original film’s spectacular standards, but it surpasses and outshines...

Film exemplifies achievements, struggles

Film exemplifies achievements, struggles

By Dylan Collier, Assistant Scene Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Scene

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...

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