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Trapt’s rock not enough to set you free

Trapt's rock not enough to set you free

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

January 30, 2012

Trapt, the veteran hard-rock band from Los Gatos, returned to The Boardwalk (Orangevale’s sole intimate venue for live music enthusiasts) to deliver a pulse pounding 80-minute set to a capacity crowd of just more than 450 people on Jan. 26. The group, consisting of lead singer Chris Brown, guitarist...

Pro Vs. Con: Guns on Campus

Mark Lewis, Chuck Livingston, Mark Lewis, and Chuck Livingston

November 30, 2011

The Issue: In light of campus shootings, some colleges and universities in the US are allowing students and faculty to carry concealed weapons on campus. Is this a clear cut second amendment issue, or is it a step too far? The Pro by Chuck Livingston, Asst. Web Editor Of all the things you put i...

We Bought a Zoo

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

November 30, 2011

Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” is an inspired film with earnest emotion that’s not schmaltzy, visually striking production values and superb acting throughout a triumphant story of courage and love. With “Zoo,” Crowe returns to the highest echelon of modern-day filmmaking. “’All...

Cosby’s memoir falls flat

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

November 14, 2011

Every single time I mention the name “Bill Cosby” to an acquaintance or close friend – I get these ridiculously bad impressions of them channeling Cosby saying “J-E-L-L-O” or “JELLO pudding pops” I’m absolutely convinced that these responses are hard-wired into the brains of every single...

New policies create new obstacles for ESL students

New policies create new obstacles for ESL students

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

November 9, 2011

American River College students requiring course work in English as a Second Language now have less federal student aid to help them reach their educational goals. It used to be that students could receive 30 units of ESL instruction that wouldn’t be counted as part of the previous year’s 90-unit...

Bill Cosby hasn’t lost his infamous charm

Bill Cosby hasn’t lost his infamous charm

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

November 9, 2011

One of the greatest comedians of the last half-century, Dr. Bill Cosby, treated me and 4,904 other Sacramentans to what may be one of his final local comedy routines on Oct. 29. The 74-year-old Cosby entered Sacramento’s Community Theater and sat down on a lounge chair to a raucous applause that...

Matt Nathanson uses charm and wit to please Sacramento audience

Matt Nathanson uses charm and wit to please Sacramento audience

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

November 3, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIhZn69rrsk Sacramento’s Ace of Spades club was enlivened on Oct. 28 by a singer-songwriter probably best known for his cover of James’ “Laid” that was featured on the “American Wedding” movie soundtrack a few years back. I can best describe Matt Nathanson,...

Sugarland show leaves a lot to be desired

Sugarland show leaves a lot to be desired

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

October 29, 2011

In the midst of their “The Incredible Machine” cross-country mega-tour, the normally vivacious country mega-stars Sugarland shuffled onto Sacramento’s Raley Field on Aug. 25, 2011. The Grammy-winning duo consisting singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles and guitarist-vocalist Kristian Bush promised...

Sacramento kick-starts Panic! at the Disco’s US Fall Tour 2011

Sacramento kick-starts Panic! at the Disco’s US Fall Tour 2011

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

October 21, 2011

I’ll be the first to admit that seeing a concert at a club or small venue can best be described as that stereotypical “box of chocolates” – I just never know quite what to expect. Rarely does anyone get the chance to see artists or bands that are currently nestled at or near the top of the Billboard...

Patrick Stump Current Q and A

Patrick Stump Current Q and A

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

October 21, 2011

Mark Lewis, News Editor sits down with Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, to discuss the band, his solo career, and his new album "Soul Punk."   Mark Lewis:  Patrick you’ve acted on television, been the lead singer of an enormously popular punk band, produced music, learned to play multiple...

Incubus delivers great show at Raley Field

Incubus delivers great show at Raley Field

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

October 11, 2011

Once thought to be a musical genre dead and buried, progressive alternative rock lives on!  Case in point – Incubus’ Oct. 11, 2011 performance at Sacramento’s Raley Field was an inspired two hours of pure heart-pounding rock and roll. Twelve years after Incubus helped helm the creation of a...

Student admits to bomb threats

Students evacuate Davies Hall after a bomb threat was called in on Feb. 10, 2011. Photo by Andrew Vasquez

Mark Lewis and Mark Lewis

September 29, 2011

Matthew Todd Gibbs, an American River College student during the spring 2011 semester, has pleaded no contest to the charge that he made a false report of bombs planted in Davies Hall – a felony according to the California Penal Code. In an e-mail to The American River Current, a remorseful Gibbs...

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