Reviews

Death and marriage
By | Guest Writer
Oct. 21

The media are obsessed with missing and/or murdered wives. Every year there seems to be some sort of scandal of a bored housewife killing her child or a disloyal husband killing his loyal pregnant wife, therefore technically killing two people.

In high-profile female murder cases, the news media tend to bring the most focus on the victim’s story. The film “Gone Girl”, however, focuses on the side of the disloyal husband. Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is a struggling writer who is having an affair with one of his students. His wife is Amy Dunne (Rosamond Pike), who is rich because she is the inspiration of her parent’s children’s book franchise based on a her childhood.

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FLC's ‘Spring Awakening’ must-see finale 4/13
By | Associate Copy Editor
April 12

I approached “Spring Awakening” with a certain degree of anti-hype. After all, just because the show won the 2007 Tony Award for best musical doesn’t necessarily guarantee it to be up-to-snuff, as evidenced by the 2010 best musical award winner “Memphis,” which was a terrible experience on Broadway Sacramento’s stage.

The Folsom Lake College Falcon’s Eye Theatre production of “Spring Awakening” at the Harris Center for the Arts, however, is excellent.

Lead actors Elio Gutierrez and Holly Wilson, as Melchior and Wendla, expertly carry this production based on a controversial late-19th century German play about teenagers discovering their sexuality and the painful truths about abortion, child abuse and suicide.

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Writers‘ words of wisdom
By | Staff Writer
March 9

Journalism students received an inside look at modern professional journalism from two award-winning journalists at the “Journalism in a High-Tech World” event Feb. 18 on campus.

Columbia University graduate Ericka Blount Danois and Columbia University Journalism Professor Samuel G. Freedman spoke to about 40 City College and Cosumnes College journalism students and faculty in the Cultural Awareness Center.

“There was so much I didn’t know,” said Danois while speaking about the early stages of her career working for then-new hip-hop magazines such as The Source, interviewing influential hip-hop artists such as …

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‘Live Nude Girls Unite!’ film
By | Online Photo Editor
Feb. 19

Sex + City’s Feb. 13 presentation of the documentary “Live Nude Girls Unite!” gave City College audience members an in-depth look into the world of peep shows, lap dancing, and stripping.

“Live Nude Girls Unite!” highlights the historical unfair treatment of female adult entertainers and the issues they face: racism, lack of privacy, harassment and unequal pay. Most women in the film are college-educated and worked at the now defunct Lusty Lady peep show—the world’s only unionized gentleman’s club.

The film documents continuing unsatisfactory working conditions that led to a strike in hopes of helping dancers attain better working conditions.

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By | Staff Writer
Dec. 4, 2013

Four City College Music Department’s faculty wowed the crowd when they played to an almost full crowd at a noon concert in the Little Theater.

Host and adjunct professor Nancy Salerno Lower called the concert “a journey through musical history.”

Quite the journey it was as each pianist played his or her selected pieces to what sounded like perfection.  The approximate 40-minute concert featured pieces by famous composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt and Victor Young, as well as two self-composed pieces by faculty members Reggie Graham and Richard Clinger.

Lower began the show with Bach, giving a brief background about the composer and the choice of music.  Each one of the pianists gave the audience some related information on the music and composer they played.

Virginia Electra was the second faculty pianist. She played a piece from Chopin’s “Nocturne In C Minor Opus 48 No. 1.”

Clinger, who has been at City College since 1980, was the third in the line of performers. He played two pieces of music. The first was a piece by 19th century composer Liszt, followed by Clinger’s own work “Impromptu” which he composed at 16 years old.

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By | Online Editor-in-Chief
Sept. 5, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a horror film in theaters, so I took a friend of mine to a free showing of the 2011 film “You’re Next,” at the Century Theater in Downtown Plaza.

The beginning of the film was your stereotypical horror film that involved loud music, sexual scenes, and a supposed hot chick walking around her boyfriend’s house naked, completely oblivious to her surroundings. She had no idea that she was about to die and deep down I knew it. The naked chick almost always dies in these sorts of films.

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Cuddle up with some eggnog
By | Arts and Entertainment Editor
Dec. 13, 2012

Jason Van Sandt-Editor in Chief Jasonv1977@gmail.com

The year was 1988, I was 11 years old and my uncle Jimmy was over for Thanksgiving dinner. My family had just finished dining when my uncle suggested we all go see a movie afterwards. This was a break in our normal holiday festivities. We would usually eat, watch television afterwards before slipping off into our turkey-fueled commas, but my uncle’s suggestion gained traction and soon we were all off to the theater to see the newest Bill Murray film the day it came out into theaters. I was amazed to see a packed theater; I had always thought people just stayed home on Thanksgiving, and also thrilled to see “Scrooged” before all my friends at school. Now no holiday season is complete until I sit and watch Bill Murray in “Scrooged.”

  Daniel Wilson-Online Managing Editor daniel.wilson8504@yahoo.com

The greatest holiday movie ever is an easy choice for me. I’ve been watching “A Christmas Story” since I was a child and have seen it at least 200 times. It combines the perfect example of the American Christmas experience with great actors, a funny and entertaining story and unforgettable scenes, quotes and moments to create…» Read More



‘A Christmas Story 2’
By | Online Managing Editor
Dec. 9, 2012

It was a dark and stormy night and not a creature was stirring, except for my cat.

Well, actually it wasn’t dark and stormy, but if I recall correctly, it was drizzling a bit. You know, what we call a storm here in Sacramento.

Anyway, I was looking through Target’s weekly advertisement in search of a new video game to purchase when I came across the biggest monstrosity I’ve ever seen: “A Christmas Story 2”.

My jaw dropped to the floor, my eyes lowered in

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Nintendo visits Sacramento
By | Online Managing Editor
Dec. 1, 2012

Nintendo launched its new Wii U system on Nov. 18, and with it, came the beginning of a new generation in gaming.

The Wii U is Nintendo’s first high-definition console. It is fully backward-compatible with the Wii and has improved online functionality, including a social hub called the Miiverse (a fusion of Mii and universe) which allows players to communicate with others using the Mii avatar characters.

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"Alice in the Wonderland: A British Panto"
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 28, 2012

On Nov. 16 the City College theater featured “Alice in Wonderland: A British Panto,” a production that took the audience completely by surprise with its wonderful satire and absurdity, and hilarious dialogue. Director Luther Hanson and writer Christine Nicholson create a British panto production that is anything but an ordinary play. The British panto style in “Alice in Wonderland” encourages audience-interaction either through clever scenes that require audience participation, or simply shouting out a command during key points of the play.

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