By Diana D'arcangelo More than a decade ago in the mid-aughts, there was no greater constant in my life than my Saturday morning routine. Still in my pajamas, I would wake up by 9 am, grab my bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and sit in front of the living room TV to watch the newest episode of Yu-Gi-Oh, dubbed into child-friendly English from its original Japanese. Unless I pestered my parents into buying me a VHS copy of my shows, and since we normally couldn’t afford cable, Saturday mornings were my only brief window into this captivating world of color, dialogue, and narrative. Dramatic arcs would be laid down brick by brick, week after week in 22-minute timeslots, culminating in … [Read more...] about The Handmaid’s Fail: how the shift to streaming is tweaking storytelling in television
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On Oct. 12, 2019, hip hop fans from all over the Inland Empire drove to Ontario for the highly anticipated The Happiness of Pursuit (THOP) festival. The soldout show's lineup featured hip-hop legends Havoc, Crookedeye, and MURS in a spacious back lot of the FIREBALL bar in Ontario, CA. With a told of 400 attendees, THOP Fest founder 60 East admitted that he was quite surprised by the turnout. “This is only the 4th THOP fest so I am completely aware that we are still growing but WOW! The number of people that came out exceeded my expectations”. With only six months of planning, 60 East and his team sold out the fest with the unexpected lineup. Many were in disbelief that the … [Read more...] about Ontario’s very own hip-hop festival
Imagine being face to face with artists you revere and having the opportunity to memorialize their artistry for all time. That was the experience that launched art photographer, Wayne Shimabukuro, on a unique trajectory that is celebrated in RAFFMA’s powerful exhibit, “Made in California: Art + Photographic Portraits of Artists by Shimabukuro,” now on display. The exhibit, which launched on October 5, at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) features close to 40 iconic California artists photographed by Shimabukuro in his trademark style. The artists are photographed with their work, or in some cases, their three-dimensional work is alongside their portrait in the … [Read more...] about RAFFMA: An insider’s look at California artists
At 5 p.m. on Monday, police sirens blasted throughout the surrounding streets of Westwood in front of the Fox Village Theater. Helicopters flew overhead and heads turned every which way. A black 1978 Chevrolet El Camino with red stripes came racing in front of the famed movie theater, known for hosting premieres of tent pole films going back as far as the 1930s. Following close behind the vintage car were three law enforcement vehicles labeled “DEA” and cheers from dozens of fans that rivaled the volume of the sirens. Stepping out of the vehicle and onto the red carpet, was the star of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Aaron Paul. Paul plays Jesse Bruce Pinkman, a co-founder of … [Read more...] about Review: A Breaking Bad Movie is a triumph for Netflix
The CSUSB Theatre Arts department is presenting the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical, In The Heights. The show, directed by professor Kathryn Ervin, will have a total of eight performances beginning on May 31, and continuing on June 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances June 2, 8, and 9 at 2 p.m. In The Heights boasts a unique score by Tony, Oscar, and Grammy award winner Lin Manuel Miranda. Miranda is the first person in musical theatre history to create what is now known as the rap-musical. His claim to fame came seven years later with the musical phenomenon Hamilton in 2015. In The Heights centers around a Latino community in Washington Heights, New York and the … [Read more...] about CSUSB Theatre Arts Department Brings to Life Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights
Every quarter the Anthropology Museum, located in the Social and Behavioral Building, holds an exhibit open to all students, faculty and the community. The current exhibit is titled “smallasaGIANT.” Guest curator Ise Lyfe presents a moving message through his artwork in a photography exhibition to expose, end and rectify California’s long term prison sentencing of children. "SmallasaGIANT is a state-wide forum throughout California at an attempt to bring awareness to the issue of the sentencing of children and the ineffectiveness of long-term sentences," according to smallasagiant.com. Guests are welcomed with a biographical introduction into the background of Ise Lyfe, which is … [Read more...] about #smallasaGIANT exhibit opens
NO COA CHELLA By: Dayna Doidge & Ruth Marrero This year, young adults are opting out of going to the famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. According to students at CSUSB, the cost to attend is the most common reason for not being in the Coachella crowd, though they would want to be. Financial insecurity was the number one response when asked why students were not going to Coachella this year. According to Coachella’s official website, www.coachella.com, one general admission ticket starts at $429.00 while the most “luxurious” camping option goes for a cool $9,500.00. In addition to the admission ticket, festival-goers have to account for transportation, … [Read more...] about NOCHELLA
Avengers End Game puts to dust movie records breaking near 1.4 billion. Avengers is the on-going conversation everywhere, no one can get enough about End Game. It immediately exceeded ticket sales in the first presale hour and week, they were sold out like GOLDEN TICKETS. Fandango says Avenger’s Endgame sold 5 times as many tickets as Infinity War. It has surpassed records: Universal’s Fate of the Furious, Walt Disney's Incredibles 2, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s Frozen, Universal’s Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom, Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Warner Bros Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, and Disney’s Black Panther (Forbes, 2019). Social Media is BUZZING with Endgame … [Read more...] about Is it really the END of Avengers: End Game?
The Riverside Food Lab is the Inland Empire’s new popular place to hang out with friends, family and even colleagues. This food hall is open daily from 11am-11pm and is located on 6th and Market St. near the Fox Theater in Downtown Riverside. People nowadays are so wrapped up in their social media apps and what filter looks best on Instagram that they tend to forget to explore what their hometown has to offer. Who doesn't love a wide variety of food options? The Riverside Food Lab welcomes all types of food. From craft beer to coffee and Mediterranean cuisine to plant-based burgers, the Riverside Food Lab is an amazing and fun addition to Downtown Riverside. Plus, during the weeks … [Read more...] about What’s the Riverside Food Lab cooking up?
The Blacklight Slide event, hosted by Cool Events, LLC, hit San Manuel Stadium on May 4. This event featured two water slides, with four slides each, flowing with neon glow-in-the-dark water that ensured participants were flushed with color by the time they reached the bottom. The event was free. However, when registering, a small donation and a medical coverage fee were required. Included in the registration was a towel with the logo for the event. The event began at 6 p.m. before the sunset which allowed participants to use the slides in daylight, as well as in the dark when the black lights were turned on. The event was open to all ages. To use the water slides, a tube was required. … [Read more...] about Blacklight party slides into San Bernardino