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Dec. 7, 2010

City College’s Commercial Music Assemble will be performing two winter concerts Dec. 7 and Dec. 9 on the Quad.

The Commercial Music Assemble will play hit songs like “Brick House,” “Keep It Hot” and “Incubus”. They will also be performing songs from the 1970s and some blues music. The Commercial Music Assemble, which consists of about 13 people, gives four or five concerts a year and the holiday concert is a yearly event.

Kurt Shiftlet, director of the Commercial Music Assemble and City College music professor, hopes that students attending will have fun while listening to the music.

“I hope there is somewhat of a crowd and students have a good time,” says Shiftlet, “and that it sounds good, and it should.”

The first concert will be on Dec. 7 at 12:10 p.m., and the second will be on Dec. 9t at noon. If it is raining, the ensemble will hold performances in the auditorium in A27. The 50-minute concerts are free for everyone.

For more information, contact Kurt Shiftlet at (916) 558-2243.

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Don't get mad, just say 'FML'
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Dec. 5, 2010

It’s that angry feeling you get when you’re sitting in class and then out of the blue, the professor throws a pop quiz in the middle of class. Worst of all, you have no clue what has been going on. It’s perfect times like these when someone can say “FML!”

FML, an acronym for the saying “F*#% My Life,” has become a hit word in the pop culture world. Not only has the word been seen on people’s Facebook newsfeeds, but it has its own official web page, An individual can go on the Web page and post anything that stirs that FML feeling.

People like the website because they can share funny stories and their feelings.  City College student Monica Belmonte feels that there is no negative connotation to the word and it’s a word that she uses frequently in unfortunate situations.

“I don’t think of the term in a bad way. I actually use it quite often,” Belmonte says. “I actually just used it yesterday. I was leaning down to pick up my niece and at the same she jumped up for me to catch her. She headbutted me right in the eye. I then said, ‘Cool,…» Read More

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Dec. 1, 2010

Pink, the color that some people might reference to breast cancer awareness. Or pink, the pop star. Undoubtedly, pink is a color that sticks out like a sore thumb. However, for some people, it signifies individuality.

Gioia Fonda, a City College art professor, makes her stand about the color pink. Fonda invented a week in mid-November called Pink Week, dedicated to the color. Her stand started in 1993, while attending California College of Arts and Crafts.  Last week, Pink Week celebrated its 17th year.

“It was the early ‘90s,” Fonda says. “It felt like pink wasn’t an option for anyone. It seemed like it was too feminine to be a feminist.”

Pink Week has open up a lot of opportunities in the community and as an artist for Fonda. People are interested and curious about what the undeclared holiday represents. Fonda says she has gotten a lot of responses from people all over the world who feel what she is doing is inspirational.

“I really enjoy it,” says Emily Lee, a student of Fonda’s. “Celebrating pink as just the color. Pink has a lot of [symbolism] behind it.”

During Fonda’s college years, she felt that color in art sometimes would…» Read More

Rocky Road
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Nov. 19, 2010

If movies have taught us anything, it’s that a man will go to great lengths to get to his family; whether that means fighting handicapable hillbillies, scoring drugs on Craigslist, or even dodging Border Patrol. Director Todd Phillips’ new film, “Due Date,” is no different.

“Due Date” stars Robert Downey Jr. as straight-laced architect, Peter Highman, who embarks on an outrageous cross-country journey to witness the birth of his first born son in Los Angeles with a foe turned friend, aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay, played by Zach Galifianakis. When an unpleasant encounter and misunderstanding gets both men kicked off a plane and on the No-Fly List, Peter reluctantly pairs up with Ethan, who is accompanied by his dog and the ashes of his dead father. Along the way, Ethan makes it harder for Peter to get to the hospital on time by showering at rest stops, buying marijuana from a mother of two, and getting into near-fatal car accidents.

The film shares a similar plot trait with the John Candy/Steve Martin classic film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” but does not come close to its comedic genius.

Throughout “Due Date,” Peter and Ethan tether too much between best friends and…» Read More

Rock out with your mic out
By | Staff Writer
Nov. 18, 2010

The United Elements Club will be throwing their first event called “Rock the Mic, Expression Night”, with performances ranging from singing to dancing to spoken word.

The event will showcase performances by fellow club members and students who have a passion for the arts. After the showcase, an open mic event will commence. Students can sign up, express themselves, show off their talents and network with fellow artists.

“There’s definitely a lot of excitement in throwing our first event,” says United Elements Club President RJ Lisondra. “I remember when we first started talking about how Sacramento City College needed a club that was an outlet for those who are passionate about arts. It feels really good to have that become a reality.”

“Rock the Mic, Expression Night” is a free event and will be held on Friday, Nov.19 in the Student Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The club asks that the students who plan on participating in open mic be considerate and professional about their performances, as there will be children and faculty attending the event.

To register for the open mic event, contact the United Elements Club at or find the club on Facebook: United-Elements SCC.

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Nov. 11, 2010

With shows like “Jersey Shore,” “Cake Boss,” “Real Housewives of Jersey” and “Jerseylicious,” eastern swag seems to be taking over America’s airwaves. So much, that MTV’s own “Jersey Shore” broke television ratings with an all-time high of 6.7 million viewers during the season two’s finale. There was something about drunken nights, fist pumps, and unpredictable drama that sparks the interest of an average of 5.8 million viewers each week during the second season of the “Jersey Shore”, according to USA Today.

City College student Taylor Blair finds the show compelling because of how the cast members’ behaviors pale in comparison to her group of friends.

“I started watching Jersey Shore after constantly seeing the previews on MTV,” Blair says.  “I think the show is stupid, yet entertaining…it’s fun to see how crazy and different people are from me and my friends.”

Some people, like City College early childhood development student Marisa Monier, watch these Jersey-centric shows to live vicariously through them.

“My friends watch it, so I only watch it with them,” Monier says. “People like drama, and like to fantasize about being as ridiculous as those people, but fear it. So, they watch the show instead.”

Keith Heningburg, a…» Read More

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Nov. 11, 2010

Starting Friday Nov. 19, City Theatre will begin its production of “Sleeping Beauty: A British Panto” at Downtown Sacramento’s California Stage.

Under the direction of City College theater and film instructor Luther Hanson, the play will be done in the British Panto style, a method of stage performance that incorporates music, modern-day references, and audience participation to draw its viewers into the presentation.

“It’s sort of a fractured fairy tale,” Hanson says. “With costumes,  dancing, singing and other silly stuff.”

Running through the month of November, “Sleeping Beauty” will have performances every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until Dec. 18. This will give patrons plenty of opportunities to experience the British Panto tradition and an evening out with friends and family.

”Sleeping Beauty: A British Panto” is suitable for all ages. Tickets for the performance can be purchased at or at the box office. City Theatre’s performance will be held at California Stage, 2509 R Street, Sacramento, while its facilities are under construction.

For more information, visit the City Theatre website or to purchase a ticket, click here.

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By | Staff Writer
Nov. 1, 2010

It’s the fall semester and for students working on the compilation CD from DiverCity Records, City College’s student record company, it’s talent scouting time.

According to Gabrielle Beatrice, City College music business professor, some of the musical talent at City College, showcased in a live quad performance on Oct. 28, may end up on the next compilation CD released next semester. The performance promoted the compilation CD and gathered participants for DiverCity Records.

This semester, Beatrice is preparing her students for the process of recording a CD independently. The focus will be entirely about creating the title, theme, and artwork of the disk, as well as searching for students within the college who have what it takes to be featured on the CD.

“In years past, a lot of our submissions have been rock, hard rock, rap and hip hop, sometimes we get some jazz,” Beatrice said. “I think it really reflects, to some extent, the student body. [It’s] a lot of general urban music that appeals to young people.”

While the release date is in the air, the CD will be available in the City College bookstore next spring semester.

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Nov. 1, 2010

City College’s film club, Sac City Film and Media, and its production team will be hosting a casting call on Nov. 5.

Sac City Film and Media’s House of the Talented (H.O.T.T.) will produce their first film production called “Student Body.”

Dwight Taylor, the president of Sac City Film and Media and a member of H.O.T.T., is the screenwriter for “Student Body.” Taylor says he hopes that this will help him become a part of the horror film industry.

“I wrote the screenplay and [I’m also] an actor,” Taylor says. “I’m a horror [film] fan, and I wish to grow among those we see in the movies and excellent stories we read.”

Not only is Sac City Arts and Media looking for nine actors and actresses between the ages of 18-24 to cast as its main characters, but it is also looking to cast roles for a female reporter and a male professor between the ages of 27-50.

Aside from the main cast, Sac City Arts and Media is looking for lots of volunteers to play zombies.

Since the director is from the Art Institute of Sacramento and the school is collaborating with “Student Body,” casting will be held on…» Read More

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Nov. 1, 2010

Along with teaching students to play guitar, City College guitar instructor, Matthew Grasso, has even managed to record an album on the side called “Past, Present, Future.”

The album, which was released Oct. 18, contains 18 tracks of Grasso’s original recordings of classical guitar pieces, and took 16 months to create with recording in the summer and between teaching guitar classes.

“For a finished CD product, it took 16 months of on and off (more off than on) running around to complete it,” Grasso says. “During the summertime is when I do most of my creating of music.”

Grasso is hosting a record release party for his new album on Nov. 5 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis in Davis, Calif.

For more details on Grasso’s music and concert dates, visit

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