“The Bluebird” takes flight into the holiday season

“The Bluebird” takes flight into the holiday season

It’s that time of year again, where the holiday spirit of joy and cheer is in the air.  Where it’s inevitable to avoid Christmas carols or decorations for miles on end. This time of year also means there’s an insane amount of Christmas stories being told. Sonoma State University’s “The Bluebird” is one of those stories.

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“Fantastic Beasts” welcomes fans back into the wizarding world

“Fantastic Beasts” welcomes fans back into the wizarding world

This year has been a rough one, to say the least. For most, it’s the perfect time for the wizarding world of Harry Potter to come around to help alleviate some of the heaviness the real-world can accumulate as the New Year approaches. You’d think by now, us muggles would learn to suppress our addiction to this unhealthy escapism, but sadly, it’s not that easy.
Wizards, witches and wands are our drugs. And J.K. Rowling is our dealer.

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“Moana” makes a splash

“Moana” makes a splash

Disney has unleashed another animated hit on the world. “Moana” follows the adventures of the titular princess as she travels with the demi-god Maui to restore the heat of the goddess Te Fiti. The film boasts Disney’s first Polynesian princess. “Moana” has received critical praise and financial success currently earning $84 million globally. The film is yet another triumph for the Disney Animation Studio.

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Student pursues lifelong artistic passion

Student pursues lifelong artistic passion

Most young children don’t have a clear idea of what they want to do when they grow up. If they do, their plans for the future rarely reflect what they actually end up doing. There are however, the occasional people who discover their passion at a young age and actively pursue it all the way into adulthood. Sonoma State University student Sophia Larsen was one such child.
Larsen is a fourth-year art studio major and she has known about her love for art since her youth.

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The Weeknd channels Michael Jackson in “Starboy”

The Weeknd channels Michael Jackson in “Starboy”

At the age of 17, Abel Tesfaye dropped out of high school with his best friend LaMar Taylor and left his mother’s home in Toronto, taking only his mattress with him. His mother, Samra, an Ethiopian immigrant who fled to Canada from civil war and drought, sought a better life for her son. Nine years later, Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd, is a world-renowned alternative R&B artist and has just released his fourth ultra successful album “Starboy” with 32.8 million daily streams on Spotify according to musiccally.com.

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A Tribe Called Quest releases final album memorializing Phife Dawg

A Tribe Called Quest releases final album memorializing Phife Dawg

Last year on Nov. 13, A Tribe Called Quest members Q-Tip, Jarobi, Ali and Phife performed on the Tonight Show together. It was their first TV performance in 18 years. This performance sparked what Q-Tip called “an energy that we hadn’t experienced on stage together in some time” and a mutual desire to “get back to the studio and start that cookup!” This year on Nov. 11, the group released their new and final album titled “We Got It From Here… Thank you 4 Your Service” through Epic Records.

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"Dishonored 2" makes a long awaited return

"Dishonored 2" makes a long awaited return

It’s been four long years since the release of the first critically acclaimed “Dishonored” game, making things look bleak for fans of the action/stealth franchise. But Friday delivered the long awaited sequel in a well-conceived, steadily improved upon follow-up to the intriguing story that unfolds within the shadowy realm of Dunwall.

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San Diego band drops jaws at Sonoma State University Jazz Forum

The life of a professional musician is rarely an easy one. Unfortunately, the classic stereotype of the starving artist is often an accurate representation of the financial struggles that many artists face in today’s society. When professional drummer and trombone player Matt Smith was asked how he and his jazz band, The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio, were able to fund a tour up the West Coast, he said, “Sleep on floors. Buy a big loaf of bread, a big tub of peanut butter, and a big tub of jelly.”

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Mass Effect enters Andromeda

Mass Effect enters Andromeda

For many “Mass Effect” fans, Nov. 7 or N7 day, is a day of celebration for one of the most iconic video games series released in the last 10 years. “Mass Effect 3” was released in 2012, and since then there has been talk of a new game. In past years, the “Mass Effect” series developer Bioware has used N7 day to reward fans with concept art or possible hints for the new game. In 2015, Bioware released a teaser trailer for their new game “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” Another trailer was released at this year’s E3 convention, showcasing more of the game and its development. But those trailers were nothing compared to the new cinematic trailer released on this year’s N7 day.

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Student finds passion in paint

Student finds passion in paint

Melanie Hernandez, a senior at Sonoma State University, is a painter who discovered her artistic talents at a young age.
“I have always loved art and been intrigued by every part of it,” said Hernandez.
Ever since she was a little girl, she was constantly dabbling in the arts. Whether it was crayons, paint or even nail polish, Hernandez could not stop her imagination. She recalls a time where she used nail polish in a coloring book, which did not please her parents.

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Common inspires to embrace culture

Common inspires to embrace culture

In a time where racism and sexism have taken ahold of America, hip-hop steps in to offer strength. Hip-hop has always been a window into the lives of those less fortunate, of the disenfranchised and of those in need. As of late, hip-hop has been a driving force in promoting social equality in America. It’s been molded into a medium that wants to offer hope to people of color and women, letting them know that their voices should and will be heard. With dark times approaching, Common’s “Black America Again” aims to offer faith and hope in a moment where everything seems lost.

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