Arts & Entertainment

Nomadland: A Clever Take on the Death of the American Dream
Arts & Entertainment, Opinion

Nomadland: A Clever Take on the Death of the American Dream

Francis McDormand appears in NOMADLAND. (Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures) By Kevin Murphy Fern (Frances McDormand) goes through a storage room on a cold winter day. She comes across a men’s denim jacket that, with tears in her eyes, she clutches to her chest before setting out on the road in her van. Not long after, she’s seen hustling through a busy work schedule at a bleak Amazon fulfilment warehouse.  These are the opening scenes to “Nomadland”. Directed by Chloé Zhao, the film is based on the 2017 non-fiction book of the same title written by Jessica Bruder. These early scenes epitomize an underlying theme of the film: corporate capitalism has shattered the American dream, and left many people searching for a home in the world that broke them.  Following t...
Black History Month: Recognizing Two Women who Told Me Their Story
Arts & Entertainment, Opinion

Black History Month: Recognizing Two Women who Told Me Their Story

By Alexandria Austin This month is a time to look beyond our history books to recognize African Americans who have made a difference in the world. I chose to look at our world, the United States, and as a woman, I chose my world. Two of countless stories here are of and from Margot Lee Shetterly and Ava DuVernay. Did you know there were women involved in the space race? Did you know there were human computers? Did you know a group of brilliant women were responsible for getting John Glenn safely home? Did you know these women were Black? “Hidden Figures” is a book written by a Black female writer, Margot Lee Shetterly. Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she says “the face of science was brown, like mine...I knew so many African-Americans working in science, math and engineeri...
Seven Films to Celebrate Black History Month
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Seven Films to Celebrate Black History Month

By Lanissa Patterson It’s Black History Month: the time when we celebrate Black stories, Black culture, and honor the journey of the Black American. This journey is foretold in many ways, including through cinematics. Here is a list of movies to watch this Black History Month while we continue to remain indoors. 1. Black Dynamite Black Dynamite is a 2009 parody film mocking popular blaxploitation movies of the 70’s. Michael Jai White stars as Black Dynamite, a former CIA agent looking to avenge the death of his brother. But first he has to get past Kung Fu Masters and “The Man”. Directed by Scott Sanders and starring Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, and Kym Whitley, I recommend this to anyone who needs a good laugh. 2. Paid in Full Directed by Charles Stone III, Paid in Full is a crim...
Album review: Chris Stapleton – Starting Over
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Album review: Chris Stapleton – Starting Over

By Dalton Grijalva 2020 has been a year of trials and tribulations, but throughout the terrible year there’s been small glimpses of greatness. Enter the beautiful baritone voice of Chris Stapleton. "Starting Over" is the fourth studio album released by Stapleton, the multi award winning face of country music. The cover art may be simple with only a white cover and Chris’s name and title on the corner, but the complexities and storytelling in the album is some of his finest since his debut album, "Traveler". The starting track is fittingly titled "Starting Over," a very wholesome song about going somewhere with the person you love finding a new destination together. It’s a great song for beginning a road trip. Chris’s baritone voice is at its best when he uses a raspy tone on blues songs...
Pima Theater Presents: A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol
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Pima Theater Presents: A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol

By Lanissa Patterson On Friday Dec 4, at 7 p.m., Pima Community College Theatre presents a streamed production of “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol.” The radio event is a fundraiser to assist incoming theater students with tuition. In order to gain access to the radio performance, a $10 minimum donation is required.  Donations will be accepted through the Pima Foundation Website. Donations can be up to the full-time tuition price of $1,044. “It's Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are preparing for a live radio broadcast of their own version of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’” a program press release said. “Complicated by noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, and the over-the-top theatrics of their special guest, the broadcast takes a hilarious turn when the perform...
Sculpture on campus 2020
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Sculpture on campus 2020

By Noor Haghighi Since 2004, Pima Community College has given local artists the opportunity to enrich the PCC environment with their contemporary outdoor sculptures. This year, the opening ceremony was taken to the virtual world with a live stream via YouTube on Friday, October 30.  PCC Dean of the Arts, Steven Higginbothom, opened with the prominent message that, “particularly at this time, when we are all cooped up in our homes and maintaining our social distance … the purpose and value of art is so apparent.”   Lee Lambert, PCC’s chancellor, and Chair of Pima’s Board of Governors, Damian Klinko, followed, asserting their appreciation for art, especially at this time. To close the introduction, Mike Stack, part of PCC’s art faculty, offered his excitement for the program and added that...
Review: Cobra Kai kicks to Netflix
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Review: Cobra Kai kicks to Netflix

By Dalton Grijalva Cobra Kai is the sequel to the Karate Kid movies set thirty years in the future featuring the original actors, as well as some fresh new faces. The show was originally released as a Youtube Red as an exclusive in 2018. Just like its main character Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), it finds new life on Netflix. Johnny has been down on his luck and also frankly a piece of hot garbage ever since he got Crane Kicked in the face by Daniel Larousso (Ralph Machio) and almost choked out by his Sensei, Kreese (Martin Kove). He’s become a handyman alcoholic, a deadbeat dad, and is quickly turning from riches to rags. While we’re led to believe in the original Karate Kid films that Johnny and his Cobra Kai gang are the bullies, when we look through Johnny’s eyes, we see Danny as s...
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Four horror flicks for an indoor Halloween

By Nate Martinez It's that time of year again: cooler air and pumpkin spice flavored everything signals the coming of fall and all the aesthetics that come with it. Yellow leaves litter the sidewalks, there’s a slightly darker tinge to the sky and that certain smell of the autumn afternoons all seem to make us Arizonans happier. All of these things are miniscule compared to the big day that headlines fall: Halloween. This holiday holds a special place in my heart, from the feelings of nostalgia to simply carving pumpkins with friends.  This Halloween may feel a little bit different, due to the spread of COVID 19. However, do not consider Halloween cancelled just yet. October 31 is the perfect date to sit inside with your friends and/or family and enjoy a scary movie or two; no need to ri...
Arts & Entertainment, Features

Peanut Butter & Jazz Podcast #1: interview and announcements

The first episode of the Peanut Butter & Jazz Podcast, created by Pima students Max Luevanos and Juan Lizarraga, is out now on Youtube. This week's guest is Elizabeth "Frankie" Rollins, an author, professor, Pima honor's coordinator, and faculty advisor to SandScript, the annual student-run art and literary magazine of Pima College. Click here to watch the interview. Click here for the announcements, which goes over important events, club meetings, and information concerning Pima Community College and its students.
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Local artist participates in national painting project

By Joe Giddens Posted with permission from Tucson Weekly. Original story can be found at: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2020/10/22/local-artist-participates-in-national-painting-project As the drums ring out the Chinese New Year in a Singapore market, two young women wearing face masks watch the celebration. It's a scene characteristic of local artist Jacqueline Chanda’s work, which often allows the viewer to construct their own narrative of a scene. “I like to catch these those kind of scenes where people can say ‘I wonder what they were thinking?’ or ‘I wonder where was this guy is going?’,” Chanda said. “Did he have intent or was he was he simply taking a stroll?” Chanda’s painting, “Girl with a Turquoise Face Mask,” is based on a photograph she took while on vacatio...