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Speech team prepares for national tournament

Speech team captain Shreejal Luitel (center) and team member Gaby Hernandez (hidden behind trophy) meet with coach Randy Carver (right) in the Speech Lab in AA-219.

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

March 6, 2019

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

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

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

Annabel Glick (right), played by Maria 
Calderazzo, writes on a notepad as Harry Whiterspoon, played by Phillip Leyva, makes a facial expression during the production of “Lucky Stiff” at the Pinole Community Players.

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

February 6, 2019

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

Cast members of Fox’s “Rent” live raise their fists in solidarity for those dying from AIDS during the musical number “La Vie Boheme.”

By Michael Santone, Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2019

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

Jazzology tenor Joseph Saeteurn (left), alto Laura Karst (middle left), baritone Jesse Chao (middle), lead soprano Natasha Singer (middle right), and baritone Ninoangelo Lastimosa (right) sing during the San Pablo tree lighting on Friday.

By Jackson Stephens, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018

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

Liberal arts Dean Jason Berner (left) as the Big Bad Wolf is offered alcohol by Little Red Riding Hood played by Theater Staging Specialist Courtney Johnson during

By Luis Lopez, Staff Writer

December 5, 2018

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

Yaz, played by Melissa Velasquez, and Elliot, played by Diego Loza, throw the ashes of their deceased mother into a waterfall during a scene in “Water by the Spoonful” in the Knox Center on Thursday.

By Gabriel Quiroz, News Editor

November 14, 2018

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...

Rami Malek shines as Mercury, other aspects lack depth

Rami Malek shines as Mercury, other aspects lack depth

By Gabriel Quiroz, News Editor

November 14, 2018

The extravagant and eccentric rock star story has been told many times over the years and often protagonists go through the same struggles of sex, addiction and heartbreak. As a film, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is not entirely different from these stories, but it is not quite in that category. Queen,...

Dia de los Muertos celebration honors culture

La Raza studies professor Augustin Palacios speaks to the crowd at the Dia de los Muertos event in Fireside Hall on Thursday.

By Gabriel Quiroz, News Editor

November 7, 2018

Students gathered around Fireside Hall on Thursday eager to gain access to the Dia De Los Muertos event, many lining up well before the event was set to start. The main attraction for many of the attendees was the delicious cultural delicacies, like tamales, Conchas and Tostilocos. But the food was...

Finding recovery through community

Orangutan (left), played by Anne Yumi Kobori, interacts with Chutes&Ladders, played by Umi Grant, in an online addiction recovery chat room in “Water by the Spoonful” at a rehearsal in the Knox Center on Monday.

By Jose Arebola, Scene Editor

November 7, 2018

An impactful story set around family and community struggles in the digital age graces the stage beginning Friday and continues through Nov. 18 at the John and Jean Knox Performing Arts Center. “Water by the Spoonful,” written by Quiara Alegria-Hudes, traces the stories of multiple characters connected...

Horror sequel revives iconic franchise

Horror sequel revives iconic franchise

By Michael Santone, Editor-In-Chief

October 24, 2018

Nothing screams that time of the year more than the iconic masked serial killer Michael Myers, who returns to the big screen in “Halloween,” directed by David Gordon Green. With its release on Friday, the film broke box office and franchise records by grossing $33.3 million on that opening day. The...

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