Arts & Life

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Vampires suck, ‘Eclipse’ doesn’t

“Twilight” fans will be more than pleased with the return of their favorite characters, riveting plot turns and an abundance of shirtless Jacob camera time in “Eclipse.” In the newest installment of “The Twilight Saga” series, the story begins where the previous film, “New Moon,” left off. Bella (Kristen Stewart)[Read More…]

Catching dreams with Neverwonder

Nominated for the Los Angeles Music award, the band Neverwonder shares their pride with each other, evolving from American Idol to their latest CD, “Let It Out.” They have also performed dozens of concerts including the recent Long Beach Unity Festival. Megan Bobo, lead singer, was a top 25 finalist[Read More…]

Unprecedented ‘Princess’ falls short

Disney’s newest film, “The Princess and the Frog,” takes on a classic fairy tale that is sure to grab audiences’ attention with its modern twist. But have no fear, for those who enjoy the traditional happily ever after ending, this movie has it all. Movie directors Ron Clements and John[Read More…]

Struggle, escape pervade Red 9’s debut

Red 9, an indie rock band from Southern California, adds another alternative/grunge album to the popular mixed genre’s list. The full-length debut album titled “The Host” contains eight songs, all of which sound like cookie-cutter grunge rather than alternative. The band begins its album with a slow drumbeat in the[Read More…]

‘Current Nobody’ takes modern odyssey

Cal State Long Beach’s play “Current Nobody” opened with a full wave of melancholy at the Queen Mary. The play, originally written by Melissa James Gibson and directed by John Langs, is an adaptation of Homer’s “The Odyssey,” focusing on Od (David Vegh), his wife Pen (Sarah Underwood) and their[Read More…]

Not enough risks by dance department

While “Requiem and Other Dances” presented moments of brilliant choreography and performance, overall it seemed rather complacent in its efforts. Cal State Long Beach’s Department of Dance has a strong regional reputation. The department’s talent was on display this past weekend works with from faculty members Andrew Vaca, Lorin Johnson,[Read More…]

Norah Jones changes up formula for fourth release

Norah Jones adds diverse instrumentation in her fourth album to make it a delicately beautiful purchase for the holidays. Although Jones doesn’t make any especially dramatic changes to her soft jazz music in her newest album, “The Fall,” the electric guitar buzzes and upbeat drums contribute a passionate energy, which[Read More…]

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