Arts & Life

Content that focuses on popular culture, local art and music, entertainment and the events. Common topics include lifestyle, television and film, theater, music, video game, food, etc

The sounds of summer

Graduates, you’ve made it, and it’s time to celebrate. Music festivals can be a great way to forget about those long cram sessions with Southern California hosting some of the best concerts around. Some of these festivals are just as good as Coachella and are within close driving distance. Low[Read More…]

PAC Modern packs a punch

By the base of the Cal State Long Beach’s Walter Pyramid, a group of well-conditioned dancers kneel, cross their arms and link fingers before beginning a ground-shaking call-and-response prayer that the PAC Modern dance team has carried with them for 19 years.   PAC Modern began in 1995 as a[Read More…]

Jams for the cram

1. Gwen Stefani- “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” by Jesus Gonzalez, Assistant Diversions Editor This album by the timeless Gwen Stefani is perfect for when you are cramming for finals. The first song of the album is called “What You Waiting For?” — how is that for setting the mood when[Read More…]

Nutty for comics

Comics serve to entertain the reader through light-hearted banter with inspired character development, but it is easy to forget the artist behind the ink. Richard Cardenas, a senior illustration and animation major, is the creative mind behind the “Nutty” comic strip that has been featured in the opinions section at[Read More…]

In preview: Psycho de Mayo

On the third floor of a 1920s shoe factory in the midst of the Los Angeles fabric district lives a group of people dripping with cutting-edge creativity. This shoe factory turned modern-art-gallery-community-living-space is known as “Think Tank” and is home to Evan Hagen, the creator of upcoming local music festival[Read More…]

Next to Normal breaks the musical mold

The Cal State Long Beach Theatre Arts Department and California Repertory production of Next to Normal could literally do no wrong. Dominated by the light and ease of actor Alexander Pimental, the production was well worth the audience’s standing ovation. This is not your typical musical; it does not lift[Read More…]

Frida in Photos

Although the day in celebration of Mexican heritage and pride has passsed, it is not too late to recognize the life of a revolutionary artist. The exhibit Frida Kahlo, Her Photos, will be on display at Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American Art through June 8. A collection of photographs[Read More…]

Doubt…or confusion?

The lights went down in the Beach Auditorium just a few minutes after 8 p.m., the promised starting time of the attempted adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Doubt: A Parable. The show was directed by Jay Dent, a Cal State Long Beach senior theatre major as part of[Read More…]

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