Sonoma State faculty showcase talents at the Green Music Center

Sonoma State faculty showcase talents at the Green Music Center

The Faculty Composers Concert was held in Schroeder Hall andfeatured original compositions from three different faculty members at Sonoma State University. Brian S. Wilson is the professor chair for the Department of Music Theory and Composition, Doug Leibinger is the director of jazz studies and Kasey Knudsen is a teacher of jazz saxophone. Together with guest Composers John Mayrose and Ben Allison, these five musicians were given a chance to showcase their original compositions.

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Creating suspense in everyday scenarios

Creating suspense in everyday scenarios

A common trope observable in recent cinema history is grand, impending peril. You could probably name dozens of movies off the top of your head that place the planet in perilous positions. But viewers are beginning to see the problem with this: there is no suspense. When is the last time a movie came out and the world really was conquered? When have we ever seen an atomic explosion end all life as we know it up on the big screen? We haven’t and we won’t. It would make for a bad movie. For this reason, films are beginning to scale down and switch up the plot, and “I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore” is a film that kicks up the suspense from a not so intense situation. 

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“Logan,” the film Wolverine fans have been waiting for

“Logan,” the film Wolverine fans have been waiting for

The Wolverine is back in his third spin-off. This time, it’s R-rated and it’s as amazing as every “X-Men” fan had hoped. Hugh Jackman returns to play Logan, also known as the Wolverine, a role he has played in all six “X-Men” movies plus two solo spin-offs. Patrick Stewart also returns as Charles Xavier. Jackman and Stewart have been playing both of these roles for nearly 17 years. 

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Oscars mix-up reveals big win for “Moonlight”

Oscars mix-up reveals big win for “Moonlight”

On Sunday, the 89th academy awards celebrated the past year in cinema, but ended the night on one of the biggest mistakes in Oscar history as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read out “La La Land” for Best Picture instead of the real winner “Moonlight.” “La La Land” won nearly half of its 14 nominations including Best Director and Best Actress, but it was “Moonlight” who walked away with the Oscar for Best Picture after accidentally announced “La La Land,” as the presenters were accidentally given the envelope for Best Actress. “Moonlight” follows the struggles of a young, gay black man growing up in the rough neighborhoods of Miami.

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President Trump plans to lower spending on art programs

President Trump plans to lower spending on art programs

Hey, you. Yes, you with the newspaper. The fact that you’re reading this means that you should be concerned about Donald Trump’s plan for lowering government spending. Among the nine organizations targeted for cuts are the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Now more than ever, it’s vital to acknowledge that these organizations are relevant to everyone. If you’ve seen the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center, this affects you.  If you’ve admired the public art in downtown Santa Rosa, this affects you. If you’ve visited a library or listened to public radio or remember watching Arthur as a kid, this affects you.

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“Get Out” a modern day horror story

“Get Out” a modern day horror story

It’s a sunny day just like any other and you are on your way to visit your girlfriend’s parent’s home for the first time. You are a part of an interracial relationship, and you just happen to be black and she just happens to be white, but this can’tbe a big deal; it’s 2017… right? But when you arrive, her parents seem friendly, they seem normal, yet the groundskeeper and housekeeper are a black man and woman,  give you a concerning glare and establish the prospect that something is not quite right.

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Too much hype, generic lyrics abound

Too much hype, generic lyrics abound

f there’s one thing Future is good at, it’s building hype. He knows the best way to get listeners excited about his music in this day and age is to juxtapose four to eight bars of a quiet, minimal introduction against a loud and heavy bass drop. It’s tried, it’s true and it’s been dominating popular electronic music in the United States ever since Skrillex picked up a synthesizer and released “Scary Monsters” in 2010. Unfortunately, Future’s talents as a rapper and musician don’t extend much further than his ability to foster a fleeting excitement in his listeners. And even this becomes less impressive after noting that he has done this by repeating the exact same Trap Rap formula for nearly every song he has released thus far. Predictably, his self-titled album that was released on Feb. 17 is no different.

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“Girlfriend’s Day” not to be taken seriously

“Girlfriend’s Day” not to be taken seriously

Netflix has been experimenting with a lot of new content as of late. Amongst a slew of TV shows and original movies, Netflix has also put out some interesting things on its site that doesn’t seem to fit very well into either of those definitions. “Girlfriend’s Day” is a short movie that serves a nice niche that other movies and TV shows don’t: it’s easy to digest. It doesn’t command hours and hours of dedication that TV shows do, nor does it tease and entice the viewer with cliffhanger endings. It doesn’t take vast strides to cling onto your attention like a two and-a-half hour movie does, stretching out its run time just because. Instead, “Girlfriend’s Day” utilizes its run time to tell everything it needs to. 

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