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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...

“North Star” is a heartfelt retrospective of black history and the civil rights movement

American River College Theatre Department presents “North Star”, starring Audrey Booth, Fetalaiga Faga and Felicity Johnson (Photo courtesy of ARC Theatre Department and Bruce Patt)

Colin Bartley

March 16, 2020

The American River College Theatre debuted its latest musical production of “North Star,” by Gloria Bond Clunie on Feb. 28 and ran through March 8. It is an inspiring, coming of age story of a young African American girl, Relia, growing up in 1960s North Carolina at the peak of the civil rights mo...

ARC’s music department contribution to America’s genre

Dr. Eifertsen leads Instrumental Jazz Ensemble rehearsal ahead of the Instrumental Jazz Ensemble Concert, happening on March 12, 2020 at the American River College Theatre. (Photo by Clifton Bullock)

Clifton Bullock

March 11, 2020

Duke Ellington put the world “In a Sentimental Mood” in 1935, Clifford Brown and Max Roach took on “Jordu” in 1954, Miles Davis released his critically acclaimed magnum opus “Kind of Blue” in 1959, and John Coltrane kicked a heroin addiction while hearing the voice of God before delivering ...

“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...

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...

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...

Lida Kaphar’s on-going passion for music

Lida Haphar, biochem and molecular biology major, has been playing the violin since she was 6-years-old and in the last year she has competed in the Crescendo International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Emily Mello)

Emily Mello

September 23, 2019

At only 5-years-old, Lida Kaphar decided that she wanted to play the violin, even though her mom wanted her to learn the piano first.   “Every single immigrant parent wants you to play some kind of instrument and my mom wanted me to start with the piano since she would be able to teach me,” Kap...

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...

Riddle navigates the music industry

American River College music student Riddle Anne performs an original song for the ARC Acoustic Cafe on March 1, 2019. (photo by Ariel Caspar)

Ariel Caspar

May 8, 2019

Sitting in the dim lighting of the small performance room in the music theater wing at American River College, one would expect just another ordinary musician to step up to the microphone with a guitar and sing just another ordinary song, but there was something particularly intriguing about Riddle Anne. ...

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 ...

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