Sonoma Film Institute showcases film pulled from Vietnam: ‘The Third Wife’

Sonoma Film Institute showcases film pulled from Vietnam: ‘The Third Wife’

Each week, the Sonoma Film Institute showcases a new film for Sonoma State students and the surrounding community to experience. These movies are screened in Ives Hall and are provided free of charge, although donations are appreciated. This past weekend, the Film Institute displayed the movie, “The Third Wife”, a 2018 film directed by Ash Mayfair. 

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Bandjango Collectif: the local band blending array of sound, musical talent

Bandjango Collectif: the local band blending array of sound, musical talent

Bay Area band Bandjango Collectif recently dazzled attendees alike on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Blue Note-Napa jazz club for locals night. As the large crowd gathers together by the 9 p.m. start time to watch and enjoy Bandjango, many anticipate fulfilment of a promise from the band to be transported to “lands unknown.’’ 

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Why so controversial? Joker smashes box office

Amid recent controversy, “Joker” took reign of the box office this past Friday, Oct. 4; due to a whirlwind of fan excitement, “Joker” set a new opening day record for the month of October. But, leading up to its box office debut, many people worried that Warner Brothers was creating a film that would over-glorify violence--especially in light of the deadly Colorado theater shooting during viewership of “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012.

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Down to Earth Café lives up to its name

Down to Earth Café lives up to  its name

Dim lighting and a sense of home that reigns all too familiar: Down to earth is certainly the most accurate way to describe this mom-and-pop café located in nearby Cotati. When first walking in, guests see a chalkboard menu covering the entirety of the back wall. The lively chalk color highlights different plates, from sandwiches to seafood. As customers look beyond the entrance, the walls are riddled with beautiful art from local artists, making guests feel like they are only a brief walk away from the beach. The aura of the room is friendly and inviting: almost as if one has walked into the house of one of his or her closest friends.

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Beloved ‘Friends’ celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Beloved ‘Friends’ celebrates its 25th Anniversary

On Sept. 22, 1994, 25 years ago, “Friends” made its NBC debut and forever changed the landscape of American sitcoms. Fans around the world fell in love with the show’s witty and sharp humor and continue to watch it today, still laughing along with the characters all the while. The show turned its six stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer into household names, as they still remain popular in the public eye to this day. Now, a  number of “Friends” related events and television specials are celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary this month, including CNN, which will honor the NBC show with “Friends Forever: 25 Years Of Laughter.” 

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Country artist Josh Turner cancels SOMO show in light of deadly tour bus crash

Country artist Josh Turner cancels SOMO show in light of deadly tour bus crash

A bus carrying the road crew of multi-country music award winner, Josh Turner, recently spiraled off an embankment in Paso Robles, California near Highway 101, killing sound engineer David Turner and leaving seven other crew members hospitalized on Wednesday, Sept. 18. For those among Sonoma State Students who were positioned to attend the Josh Turner Concert at SOMO Village on Sept. 24, the event will not be postponed and will conclude SOMO Village’s concert season. All remaining September shows on Turner’s tour have been canceled.

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In follow-up: ‘Spider-Man’ is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

In follow-up: ‘Spider-Man’ is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Last month, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios could not come to an agreement to keep “Spider-Man” with Marvel. But, in surprising fashion for many, the two have reached an agreement to keep the “Spider-Man” series going. No typos here: indeed, “Spider-Man” will be staying with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as recently announced on Sept. 27. 

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Oktoberfest at Brewsters Beer Garden

Oktoberfest at Brewsters Beer Garden

For those among Sonoma State students alike who are striving to celebrate Oktoberfest, but are unable travel to its true roots and event showcase in Munich, Germany, Brewsters Beer Garden will be holding an Oktoberfest celebration the weekend of Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. Although the event is free for those of all ages, particularly, for students of age, grab your “dirndl” or “lederhosen” and head over to the festival for a plethora of beer drinking, live music, games, and authentic German food. 

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Women in Conversation at the GMC: elevating female empowerment

Women in Conversation at the GMC: elevating female empowerment

The “Sonoma County Women in Conversation Experience,” presented by Summit State Bank along with The Press Democrat, was recently held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. The Experience features daytime talks along with the showcasing of over fifty exhibitors, with tabling from local companies empowering women all along the venue’s Trione Courtyard and Weill Lawn. Among the speakers present were some of the top females within their industry, such as Annie Sherman, the Sustainability Coordinator at Oliver’s Market. From those within women-related businesses and services--to financial planning and home design--to personal style as well as health and wellness, there were plenty of entrepreneurs to speak with at the event. 

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SHAC Doggy Play Day fluffs up relaxation levels for students alike

SHAC Doggy Play Day fluffs up relaxation levels for students alike

Students and dog lovers gathered in “awe” last Thursday, Sept. 19, as the Darwin Quad saw a swarm of friendly dogs ready for playful interaction, cuddles, and the joyful faces of Sonoma State students alike. With combined efforts from the Student Health Advisory Committee and the 4 Paws Learning and Wellness Center, 15 dogs were brought to campus for students to pet and enjoy in a relaxing environment. 

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