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In Our Heads- Opinion Editor Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carrillo and Jaime Carrillo

October 10, 2012

That is All by John Hodgman – Daily Show resident expert wrote his third satirical almanac to coincide with the “apocalypse” on Dec. 21, 2012. Very rarely does a book ever make me blurt out laughing. I’ve blurted out a few times waiting for class and garnered some stares. Thanks for nothing, Hod...

The Used light up Ace of Spades with passionate performance

Steven Condemarin and Steven Condemarin

October 1, 2012

Just when fans started to forget about them, The Used graced Sacramento with a performance at Ace of Spades on Sept. 22. This was their first show in Sacramento since their appearance at Arco Arena back in 2007. The dark venue was lit by the screen-lights of dozens of iPhones recording the front of...

Aftershock festival rocks Sacramento with classic hits

Jessica Maynard and Alisha Kirby

September 26, 2012

Music fans packed Discovery Park for the Aftershock Festival on Sept. 23, a concert that mixed big '90s nostalgia with sets of up-and-coming originality . It was a great experience and surreal to see so many performers -- Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and Sacramento's own Deftones -- who defined an era of...

‘The Time Keeper’ is uninteresting, clichéd time-waster

Cintia Lopez and Cintia Lopez

September 19, 2012

A suicidal teenage girl and a wealthy man in his mid-80s have one thing in common: they wish to end their lives in ways they’re not meant to end. Father Time, the first man to ever count the hours, has to save them in order to finish his story. "The Time Keeper" by Mitch Albom starts out by introducing...

Willie’s looks good, tastes OK

A double cheeseburger with garlic fries, served at Willie's Burgers and Chiliburgers located at 4040 Arden Way. (Photo by Steven Condemarin)

Steven Condemarin and Steven Condemarin

September 19, 2012

Carmichael restaurant features industrial theme, typical service, but confusing menu If In-N-Out is the “gold standard” for burgers, Willie’s Burgers and Chiliburgers take the bronze. This restaurant is a very typical counter-ordering restaurant. Willie’s Burgers has an industrial theme to...

When minorities become majorities

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

September 19, 2012

Fact: Kids are being born less white these days. For the first time in U.S. history, babies of color outnumbered Caucasian newborns 50 to 49 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s the latest bit of evidence illustrating the shifting demographics in our country. One-time minorities...

In our heads – Josh Baumbach

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

September 19, 2012

“Rise Of Nine” by Pittacus Lore – The third book of the “Lorien Legacies,” (or “I Am Number Four” series), was an exciting read fromfront to back.  It follows a race of aliens stranded on Earth who are fighting another alien race that wants them extinct.  But there are only 20 of th...

ARC professor unswayed by success of ‘Infinite Tides’

Dr. Christian Kiefer, ARC professor and author of

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha

September 19, 2012

Dr. Christian Kiefer is a busy man. He is an English professor at American River College, a husband, a father of six – with his sixth having arrived on Sept. 7 – a Ph.D. in poetry and a musician with work on over eight albums.  He also released a critically successful novel titled “The Infinite...

The musical mayhem of ‘Sweeney Todd’

Cast members of the musical

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha

September 18, 2012

The Current speaks with director Nancy Silva about her take on the popular production and her interpretation for the ARC play opening Oct. 12 The story of a man who was unjustly sent into exile for 15 years by a judge who wanted to claim the man's wife for himself, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber o...

Lack of cohesion zombifies quality of ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’

Lack of cohesion zombifies quality of ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’

Garitt Rocha and Garrit Rocha

September 17, 2012

Everything old is new again. No, that's not right. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, except when they're your friends, but also your enemies? Trying to find a motto that properly sums up Paul W. S. Anderson's fifth “Resident Evil” movie is challenging, but not nearly as challenging...

Sound issues at Mondavi Center ruin what could have been a great Silversun show

Sound issues at Mondavi Center ruin what could have been a great Silversun show

Daniel Romandia and Daniel Romandia

September 11, 2012

A truly great show leaves you with ringing ears, a sweaty body and a sense of satisfaction that keeps you a little wound up for days after. Silversun Pickups' concert on Sept. 10 at the Mondavi Center in Davis did not give me any of those things.  This was not the band's fault, however; the blame falls...

Superstar Shyra dishes on music, fame, and personal inspiration

Superstar Shyra dishes on music, fame, and personal inspiration

Tonisha Barnes and Tonisha Barnes

June 14, 2012

Who doesn’t want to be a superstar? Unfortunately, not everyone has what it takes to claim star status. Luckily, Sacramento can say they helped produce at least one: Superstar Shyra, to be exact. The superstar, Shyra Sanchez, is the writer and singer of the Billboard chart-topper “DJ Love Song,”...

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