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CSULB theatre presents ‘Good Boys and True’

Brandon is a good kid, captain of his high school football team and destined for an Ivy League university — until he’s caught in the middle of a sex scandal in 1989. The enthralling play “Good Boys and True” presented by Cal State Long Beach Theater Arts opened April 27 at the University Theater. Playwright is Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the play is directed by Hugh O’Gorman, head of acting at CSULB. “Good Boys and True” is a two-hour play, performed by just six actors, and touches on issues of race, poverty, sexuality and abuse. Brandon Hardy, played by Wes Mathison, is a white, wealthy high school senior with his whole life planned out for him. As the family’s second generation attending St. Joe’s School for Boys, he is expected to attend an Ivy League and follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a doctor. Things are going as planned until a sex tape comes out featuring a male that looks uncannily like Brandon. Not only does it look like Brandon, but it looks like Brandon with a black girl, which can’t be right. To make matters worse, it looks like he’s forcing himself onto the girl. You can’t tell if

By | 2017-05-01T17:21:31-07:00 May 1, 2017 | 5:21 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Fine Arts, Reviews|

Environmental sustainability is promoted in Earth Week Eco-Fair

Sustainability, renewability and personal well-being: these were the themes of the Cal State Long Beach Eco-Fair held on Tuesday in celebration of Earth Week. The Eco-Fair took place in front of the Speaker’s Platform and featured kiosks from a plethora of groups, including Cease Animal Torture, Student Health Services, Long Beach Water and students from the CSULB Environmental Science and Engineering programs. Student groups and organizations from the city attended the event as well as artists. Narsiso Martinez, a second-year art major, visually presented sustainability in the form of his exhibit. During the summer and winter vacations, Martinez works in the agriculture business harvesting crops for commercial food companies. His work serves as inspiration for many of his pieces, which he reuses recycled cardboard from grocery stores to create portraits and scenes of what it is like to work in the farming industry. Martinez said that his art gives the farmworkers a chance to be noticed. “Every time I have the opportunity to speak about the fields I go for it. My art creates a narrative, it puts the agriculture business and the people together,” Martinez said. Student groups on campus provided awareness on personal health and proper diet. Cease

By | 2017-04-19T20:02:13-07:00 Apr 19, 2017 | 8:02 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

Another summer of reboots and remakes

Every summer, Hollywood seemingly prides itself on releasing reboots and remakes, trying to outdo the originals by constantly revisiting overused storylines and plots in an attempt to find that summer’s next big blockbuster. This year, just like the many summers before, is shaping up to also release its share of revivals. Some familiar titles to look out for this season include, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “The Mummy,” “It,” “Baywatch,” “Going In Style,” “Alien: Covenant” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in particular is probably one of the more anticipated of the summer bunch, as the movie is already getting its second reboot after only having been originally released in 2001. Moreover, this time around, Marvel, who has the rights to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, is making another high school aged Spider-Man origin film. The summer of last year’s reboots included, “Alice in Wonderland,” “Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles,” “The Legend of Tarzan” and “Ghostbusters.” While the movies did underperform, The Los Angeles Times shared data that, while movie tickets were on a steady increase, reboots and remakes tended to come up short. Jeff Bock, box office analyst for tracking firm Exhibitor Relations, told the LA Times, "anytime you mention

By | 2017-04-19T19:56:30-07:00 Apr 19, 2017 | 7:56 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews|

No-Mans Land exhibit

Contrasting colors mixed in a seductive layout outline the landscape work of Alice Andreini in her gallery show titled “No-Mans Land.” In her pieces, she works to acknowledge and confront the spatial and ideological constructs and tendencies that shape her world, while still capturing the innocence of nature.   Andreini always had a love for painting; however, she didn’t dive into the world of art until around the age of 48. Already featured in a few smaller shows in the Cal State Long Beach galleries, “No-Mans Land” marks her final MFA show on campus in the Cal State Long Beach art galleries, located on upper campus. “This work is just more mature,” Andreini said. “It’s coming from a more focused viewpoint, in a sense. Before I had been a bit scattered — but here my interests are narrowed down.” Andreini’s current work uses different elements and techniques than seen in her previous pieces, such as bigger canvas, simpler subject matters and different color palettes. “I’m starting with a critique of what’s called a ‘picturesque,’” Andreini said. “So, I’m starting with this critique of landscape as a sentimental aesthetic.” From there, she uses color as a way to seduce her audience,

By | 2017-04-19T19:53:22-07:00 Apr 19, 2017 | 7:53 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Features, Fine Arts|

‘The Last Jedi’s’ first strike

The marketing campaign for the next installment of the Star Wars franchise began on Friday, when the first footage of “The Last Jedi” was revealed at Star Wars Celebration Orlando and quickly released to fans worldwide. The teaser was met with excitement by fans, and quickly surpassed 26 million views on the Star Wars YouTube channel over the same weekend. Clocking in at barely two minutes long, the teaser doesn’t reveal too much of the new film — and that’s just the way it should be. The footage starts with a scare as protagonist Rey’s hand suddenly slams onto the floor while she struggles for breath, followed by the iconic Lucasfilm logo, just like the first teaser for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” We see the same grassy mountain island that Rey visited at the conclusion of “The Force Awakens.” As hinted at by the previous film’s ending, she’s training with Luke Skywalker, the hero of the original Star Wars trilogy. The rocks levitating near her hand imply that she’s using “the force,” which we briefly saw her do in the last film. The returns of heroes Finn and Poe Dameron, villains Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, adorable droid BB-8

By | 2017-04-19T19:49:10-07:00 Apr 19, 2017 | 7:49 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews|

Journalism Day presents career opportunity

Journalism and public relations students were given the chance to network with professionals, listen to and query expert panelists, as well as be acknowledged for their work at Journalism and Public Relations Day on Thursday. A panel on “Careers in Social Media” addressed the growing field of marketing and reporting through mediums like Facebook and Twitter. Professionals from Monday Morning Quarterback, The Honest Company, the #WeAllGrow Latina Network, Los Angeles Times and Trailer Park spoke about how social media has shaped their careers. The “Storytelling in Diverse Communities” panel featured Teri Sforza from the OC Register, Jesus Ayala from ABC News and Anh Do from the Los Angeles Times. Throughout the entire event, students had the opportunity to meet and show their resumes to 11 public relations and journalism professionals in networking sessions. To wrap up the event, students were recognized for the work they do for the various campus media outlets and in their classes, and over $20,000 in scholarships were awarded to students.

By | 2017-04-17T08:35:57-07:00 Apr 17, 2017 | 8:26 am|Categories: Campus, News|
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