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Transitioning interactive arts classes online has come with challenges

Theater arts professor Sam Williams lectures for his Theory and Techniques of Acting II class on monologues. The class, which formerly met in person at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, meets now on ConferZoom at the same time, but not everyone is in attendance. (Photo by Alex Muegge)

Alex Muegge, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

Both professors and students in the music, art and theater arts departments continue to struggle with transitioning their interactive classes online after the coronavirus-induced shut-down of American River College on March 13. The most challenging classes prove to be the ones where the students used ...

5 albums to perk you up during the quarantine

British rock band Queen's seventh studio album

Brandon Zamora

March 25, 2020

With all of us forced to stay home due to the coronavirus, we need to find things to do to keep ourselves occupied. One common thing that a lot of people like to do when they’re trying to relax or pass time is listen to music.  Regardless of your preference of music, we can all agree that music is a good way...

Musicians on campus heckle student body to give them a listen

Hakem Burns a.k.a. NStinct, told the Current he bought his cover art for his mixtape, “DMIII,” from an 80-year-old homeless man. Burns says he selected the art because he believes it will make people think. (Photo courtesy of Hakem Burns)

Alex Muegge

March 4, 2020

If you thought the California Family Fitness representatives and several different religious booths heckling you to join their organizations around campus were bad, you have yet to run into American River College’s finest freelance artists trying to make a name for themselves. There have been an abundance of these salesp...

Upcoming noteworthy concert

Composer Colin Regan conducts the orchestra practice for the Aria Concert, in the band room at American River College Main Theatre, every Wednesday at 7 p.m - 9:30 p.m. (Photo by Bram Martinez).

Bram Martinez

February 27, 2020

  The orchestra concert “Aria Concerto” will premiere in the American River College Main Theatre on March 13-14. In preparation for this, the students involved haved practice every Wednesday from 7 - 9:30 p.m. This practice has included the composers, the soloists, etc, in preparation for the onc...

“Ordinary Man” is anything but ordinary

Heavy metal and hard rock legend, Ozzy Osbourne released his latest album, “Ordinary Man” on Feb. 21, 2020. The album features eleven new songs as Osbourne says goodbye to his fans with songs that reflect back on his life, and says thank you for all the love support over the years. (Courtesy of  Epic Records)

Brandon Zamora

February 25, 2020

In what will likely be the last album he’ll ever release in his lifetime, Ozzy Osbourne is back once again to release his newest album “Ordinary Man.” Will the self-proclaimed “Prince of Darkness” farewell album go out with a bang or a whimper? It has been 10 years since the 71-year-old h...

Mac Miller releases last album “Circles” from beyond the grave

Mac Miller posthumously released his final album 'Circles' on Jan. 17, 2020, which gives further insight into his rehabilitation process from drug addiction. (Photo courtesy of Warner Records Productions)

Dylan Lillie

February 25, 2020

On Jan. 17, Grammy nominated hip-hop artist Mac Miller posthumously released his sixth and final album “Circles,” a sequel to his previous album “Swimming.” Miller named his albums this way in reference to the common expression “swimming in circles,” and both are supposed to portray how the...

The sounds of finale: Students showcase their work at applied music recital

(Left to right: Kevin Hamby, Andrew Little, Ryan Woempner, Michael Warner) Andrew Little who played Jazz guitar for his Applied Music Recital with assitance from his bandmates at the Fine Arts Building at American River College on Dec. 2, 2019. (Photo by Bram Martinez)

Bram Martinez

December 12, 2019

Piano keys send a melody through the halls of the American River College Fine Arts Building to a darkened recital hall, with its only lightsource above directed on a lone pianist practicing before the start of the recitals. Nearby, a table covered in paper slips is slowly being cleared by the students, ...

ARC Orchestra to perform with hip-hop ensemble

Ensemble Mik Nawooj will be performing with the American River College Orchestra at ARC on Dec. 4, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Pat Mazzera)

Jack Harris

December 3, 2019

The American River College Orchestra will perform with the hip-hop ensemble Mik Nawooj on Dec. 4. The name of the ensemble comes from the leader’s name, JooWan Kim, according to Kate Wells, second violin in the ARC Orchestra.  Wells, who has rehearsed with Mik Nawooj multiple times, said that the ensemb...

Invitational concert gives listeners a note of inspiration

Ralph Hughes conducts the American River College Concert Choir with Heidi Van Regenmorter accompanying for fall the Choral Invitational Concert at the ARC Main theatre on Nov. 5, 2019. (Photo by Bram Martinez)

Bram Martinez

November 26, 2019

At the American River College main theatre on Nov. 5, many people gathered for a special performance. The auditorium itself was dark, but the stage remained lit.  After people filed in and filled the seats, quiet conversations from the crowd emerged, excited for the evening's event.   Silence filled th...

Lea Michele’s debut holiday album transports listeners to a NYC Christmas

Lea Michele releases her first holiday album

Ariel Caspar

November 26, 2019

Lea Michele is best known for her role as Rachel Berry on the Emmy award winning hit musical comedy “Glee,” which debuted in 2009. The show placed a spotlight on Michele and launched her as an internationally known actress and singer.  Fans would call her a power-house vocalist and accomplished Broa...

Catch These Jazz Hands – Live at ARC’s Main Theater

American River College’s jazz band will be playing a tribute show in early November alongside the Cooley Middle School’s jazz band. (File Photo)

Brandon Zamora

October 30, 2019

American River College’s music department will host an instrumental jazz concert directed by music professor Dyne Eifertsen at ARC’s Main Theater on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Students from ARC’s jazz band and special guest Cooley Middle School Jazz Band will perform. This is the first concert series for ARC’s...

Even a brain tumor can’t stop this music driven professor

Professor Arthur Lapierre directs his MUP 401 Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble class at American River Collge on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo by Jack Harris)

Jack Harris

October 9, 2019

Arthur Lapierre arrived before the rest of his class to a room with walls lined with acoustic padding and a plethora of orchestral instruments and equipment pushed up to the edges. Lapierre wheeled the grand piano across the empty floor, swept the cover off and started to play. He began playing a pie...

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