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Review: Christian Kiefer creates dreamlike tragedy in “Phantoms”

“Phantoms,” by American River College English professor Christian Kiefer, is a dreamlike narrative about the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II and how it affected the people in Newcastle, Calif. (Photo Illustration by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Patrick Hyun Wilson

May 13, 2019

After returning from the Western front during World War II, Ray Takahashi visits his childhood home in Newcastle, California. While there, he visits old acquaintances, childhood friends and old neighbors from a life who are far removed from the life he was living in the August of 1945. However, his re...

ARC to reward designs for new STEM building

Art students will have a chance to submit their designs that will be displayed as a part of the new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics building. The contest deadline is Aug. 2, 2019. (Photo illustration by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Imani Smith

May 8, 2019

The Permanent Art Collection Committee at American River College, or PAC, is looking for three designs to be displayed throughout the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building, which has been under construction since 2018. PAC selects art to be displayed throughout ARC’s campus. F...

Professor Jessa Ciel is modern day Renaissance woman

American River College photography professor Jessa Ciel doesn't adhere to one medium of art and lets her passion for social justice guide her in her projects. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Jennah Booth

May 8, 2019

Jessa Ciel is an activist and an enigma. A chameleon of an artist across many mediums. The American River College photography professor’s portfolio ranges from a social justice art installation, to directing her own short films and working on the Academy Award-nominated film “Lady Bird.” Ciel i...

‘Homagony’ brings high fashion to ARC

Models walk the runway in the Student Center during the finale of the 18th annual fashion show “Homogany” put on by the American River College fashion department on May 4th, 2019. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Irene Jacobs

May 8, 2019

A large grassy “H” stretched down the runway, on either side of which seats quickly filled as the clock ticked closer to showtime. A hush fell over the crowd as an introduction video began to play, illustrating the hard work and dedication placed into creating the American River College fashion ...

Beyoncé’s ‘Homecoming’ gives fans insight to Beychella

(Photo courtesy of IMDB)

Alexis Warren

May 5, 2019

Just as we thought Beyoncé couldn’t be more of an inspiration, the performer released a Netflix documentary ‘Homecoming’ on April 17, featuring an in-depth look at the behind the scenes of the making of her 2018 Coachella performance. The film showcases the hard work, dedication and sacrifice it took to m...

Eilish creeps to No. 1 on Billboard 200

(Photo courtesy of Darkroom and Interscope Records.)

Ariel Caspar

May 5, 2019

After releasing her debut studio album on March 29, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” 17-year-old Billie Eilish earned her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Within the first week of the album’s release, Eilish compiled 313,000 units, according to Billboard, and she raked in ...

Rapper ScHoolboy Q golfs himself out of depression, drops “CrasH Talk”

Photo courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment

Gabe Carlos

May 3, 2019

After a few scrapped versions, “CrasH Talk,” the long awaited and most anticipated album from Los Angeles rapper ScHoolboy Q, finally dropped on April 26. The 14-track album, just two minutes short of 40 minutes long, includes features by Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, Kid Cudi ...

Endgame proves a satisfying conclusion to the Avengers

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Thomas Cathey

May 2, 2019

After 11 years worth of movies and extensive world-building, Marvel Studios released “Avengers: Endgame” on April 26. Directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, “Endgame” is the culmination of 22 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, and the finale to the blockbuster Avengers saga. The opening w...

Student Art on display at the James Kaneko Gallery

The Kaneko Gallery at American River College is currently hosting its 2020 student art show online due to the campus shutdown. Pictured here is a collection of artwork for 2019's show.(Photo by Thomas Cathey)

Thomas Cathey

April 30, 2019

The James Kaneko Gallery at American River College is currently hosting a student art show. The exhibition continues through May 17, with award ceremonies held May 1 and 15. Students who are competing in the show submitted their artwork by late April. Over 100 pieces of work were accepted into the ...

Has Khalid found his ‘Free Spirit’?

The artwork for the physical copies of Khalid’s album releases. (Photo by Makenna Roy)

Makenna Roy

April 29, 2019

Khalid released his much anticipated sophomore album, “Free Spirit” on April 5, a little over two years after the release of his debut “American Teen” and a few months after the release of his “Suncity” EP in October, which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart. Khalid’s second...

Arts and Culture Schedule of Events

James Kaneko Gallery intern Frankie Vanity demonstrates the virtual reality segment of the current exhibition Ecotones. The exhibition is an installation by Rachel Clarke, at James Kaneko Gallery from Jan. 22 until Feb. 12, 2019. (Photo by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Patrick Hyun Wilson

April 25, 2019

The arts and culture department is packed full of events throughout the semester, from the art exhibitions at the James Kaneko Gallery, to performances in the dance studio. Each month, the Current will publish a schedule of the upcoming arts events, so be sure to check back in and get informed about...

Patricia Wood brings art home to the Kaneko Gallery

Patricia Wood, Kaneko Gallery art director and art professor, works in her Art 361  Printmaking:Survey at American River College on March 3, 2019. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Ashley Hayes-Stone

April 11, 2019

In 2016, part time art professor Patricia Wood and art department chair Sarah Mattson took a seat in the Oak Cafe at American River College. The restaurant’s beige high ceiling held modern square light fixtures that shone down on the two professors as they discussed their day. While they scanne...

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