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Five best horror movies to spice up your October

Colin Bartley

October 22, 2019

With Halloween around the corner and a semi-recent revival of the horror film genre taking place, you may be looking for some hidden gems or a reminder of the best classics. Either way, this list offers something for you to spice up your October. “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) directed by Jonathan Demme...

ARC’s “Little Shop of Horrors” features the biggest puppet you’ve ever seen

ARC's

Ariel Caspar

October 22, 2019

“Little Shop of Horrors” started as a film released in 1960, hit Broadway by 1982 and was developed into another film in 1986 with an all-star cast. It’s been running in theaters all over the world ever since.  This show is a classic example of a dark comedy with elements of absurdity and a...

Joker is a depressing, creepy look at society

Joaquin Phoenix performance in

Josh Ghiorso

October 21, 2019

“Joker,” which hit the big screen Oct. 4, is a movie about a man who lives in a society where he feels invisible and abandoned. Joaquin Phoenix holds the movie together with an intense and all-out performance that captures the sadistic nature of the Joker character. He works perfectly with the cam...

“Hustlers” disappoints with its cursory storyline

(Photo courtesy of IMDB)

Marquala Brown

October 10, 2019

“Hustlers” is a glamorous and star studded film that includes many celebrities. However the celebrities are the only thing glamorous about this film. Based on the New York magazine article by Jessica Pressler, and told from the point of view of Dorothy a.k.a Destiny played by Constance Wu, the fil...

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...

DragonForce brings an interesting twist to pop culture in newest album

Power metal band DragonForce released their latest album, “Extreme Power Metal” on Sept. 27, 2019. The album features ten new songs including their cover of Celine Dion’s, “My Heart Will Go On” that’ll make any DragonForce fans headbang nonstop. (Courtesy of Metal Blade Records)

Brandon Zamora

October 8, 2019

It’s been two years since DragonForce, the power and speed metal band from London, England, released an album and they have returned with their newest album titled, “Extreme Power Metal.”  Did DragonForce really give us their most extreme album yet or is all the hype only in the title alon...

Little Preview of Horrors: ARC Theater brings puppets to the main stage

Ethan Mack, who plays Seymour Krelborn in the American River College production “Little Shop of Horrors,” rehearses a scene where he shows the place on his arm where her feeds his blood to the plant monster Audrey II, puppeteered by Fetalaiga Faga at the ARC theatre on Sept. 18, 2019. (Photo by Bram Martinez)

Bram Martinez

October 8, 2019

One minute you are head over heels for your co-worker who is unhappily taken and you’re a klutz at a failing business, the next you are feeding people to a giant man-eating plant whose size and growth is the talk of the town.   Is it worth it? “Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Nancy Sylva ...

Oak Cafe opens for business

Oak Cafe opens for business

Jack Harris

September 23, 2019

American River College’s Oak Cafe Restaurant and Bakery opened for the fall semester Sept. 18. Judy Parks, professor of culinary arts, and teacher advisor of the Oak Cafe Restaurant and Bakery, said she feels that compared to the bakery, not as many students know about the cafe.  “Honestly...

Kaneko features work from ARC professors

Craig Smith speaks about his artwork at the reception for the fall faculty art show at the James Kaneko Art Gallery American River College on Sept. 4, 2019. (Photo by Colin Bartley)

Colin Bartley

September 17, 2019

The James Kaneko Art Gallery hosted its annual fall faculty exhibit reception on Sept. 4, showcasing a variety of unique pieces from American River College art professors. Pieces by fine arts professor Laura Parker and art history professor Craig Smith were on display; art professor Valerie Constanti...

“It Chapter Two” entertains, but not like “Chapter One”

(Photo courtesy of Warner Brother's Studios)

Thomas Cathey

September 17, 2019

2017’s “It” proved to be a successful standout in a Hollywood industry filled with reboots, spinoffs and remakes. Currently standing at an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, the first installment of the modern-day “It” franchise delivered with great chemistry between the main cast members, creative sca...

Review: Twice gets ‘Fancy’ for world tour

(Photo courtesy of JYP Entertainment)

Hannah Yates

May 16, 2019

Lately Korean pop idols are all over American media; from the ridiculously successful award-winning BTS, to Blackpink’s guest appearances on talk shows and collaboration with chart-topper Dua Lipa, the American mainstream has become much more familiar with the stars of the K-pop idol world. In...

SMUD facility brings faculty work together in group show

Pictured here is a sculpture piece named

Thomas Cathey

May 15, 2019

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is primarily known as a provider of electricity throughout Sacramento County, but the company is far from one-dimensional. The SMUD Gallery in downtown Sacramento held its opening reception for the American River College Faculty Exhibition on March 21;...

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