CinemAttack! will be more than a typical movie theater experience

For the past 20 years, the Art Theater on 4th Street has been a host to numerous midnight B-film shenanigans that bring out movie-enthusiasts, and this Friday evening will be no different with a new production company, CinemAttack!. CinemAttack! is showing its second screening, featuring the B-film “The Scott Pilgrim Picture Show” with the added Rocky Horror treatment. Originally, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was the pioneering film to start the tradition of midnight screenings with a live shadow cast and fan participation. While “The Scott Pilgrim Picture Show” won’t include a live shadow cast, there will be audience interaction and live bands playing throughout the film, along with prizes and garlic bread. Tyler Jacobs, founder of CinemAttack!, said he hopes to include a live shadow cast in the near future and has spoken to cast members from the Long Beach Rocky Horror troupe. Originally, Edgar Wright produced the film version of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel, “Scott Pilgrim.” The story focuses on a Canadian bass guitarist named Scott Pilgrim who falls in love with a delivery girl, Ramona Flowers. Throughout the film, Pilgrim has to battle out Ramona’s “seven evil exes” who are determined to kill him. The film

By | 2013-07-14T22:43:31-07:00 Jun 12, 2013 | 1:43 pm|Categories: Arts & Life|

Summer and Music to unite Long Beach community

Summer is here again, and Long Beach is welcoming it with music. The Summer and Music (SAM) concert series will return full-fledged with new music variety, bringing more Long Beach locals and music enthusiasts together during multiple events throughout the summer. The summer festivities kick off on June 15 with Matt Costa, Sam Outlaw, Reverend Baron and Dancin’ in the Streets with DJ Lithuanian Prince, starting at 7 p.m. on Pine Avenue. Attendees will be able to dance the night away as the SAM staff will have the street closed off. Funk of July on July 6, the next concert in the series, will feature artists like Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Blackbyrds and Henry and the Invisibles, among many others. Other events include Indie Rock at the Shoreline on July 20, the Bicycle Drive-In on August 10 and finally Buskerfest on August 17. Owner of Fingerprints record store Rand Foster said that unlike last year, the Funk of July event is being moved and improved, lighting up the sky with a Fourth of July theme at Promenade Park in South Broadway instead of Pine street. The Dovelles, who performed and won last year’s Buskerfest local

By | 2013-06-05T16:43:38-07:00 Jun 5, 2013 | 4:27 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Music|

‘The Purge’ seems great in theory, poor in presentation

“The Purge,” a film that has been buzzing on the lips of anyone who has seen the previews, will be in theaters Friday. The film’s stars are Lena Headey from “Game of Thrones” and Ethan Hawke of “Sinister,” and the film is directed by James DeMonaco, who also produced “Insidious” and “Paranormal Activity.” “The Purge” is set in the year 2022, when unemployment and crime rates are at record lows. Families are smiling at each other over dinner, and everything is fine and dandy. This peace has come about due to the implementation of a yearly purge, during which all emergency services are suspended. Based on the trailers, the film doesn’t seem to explain the intriguing concept of this “purge.” Rather, it seems to zone in on the fears of an extremely wealthy family that didn’t plan to partake in the purge until they are bombarded by killers in masks, who, upon pursuing a solitary man, threaten to break into the family’s home when their prey is allowed inside by a young child. It’s unclear why a crew of killers is spending their 12 hours of murderous freedom on a single person, for the purpose of the purge is to

By | 2013-06-05T16:22:22-07:00 Jun 5, 2013 | 4:22 pm|Categories: Arts & Life|

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward bring back the happy days

Picture a beach party movie in the 1960s. In the movie, people dance along to happy pop music while tossing around colorful beach balls, singing songs to the ones they love while strolling down a moonlit shore. She & Him's album gives off this vibe in their latest studio album, "Volume 3." The "New Girl" actress and singer/songwriter Zooey Deschanel teams up with musician M. ward to take you back to a simpler time. Songs like "I've Got Your Number, Son" and "Somebody Sweet To Talk To" seem to have been heavily influenced by The Beach Boys and sound similar to indie band Rilo Kiley. Like the first two albums, "Volume 3" is good in many aspects. With its fun songs and unique sound, it first may seem like She & Him is simply rehashing their music from "Volume 1" and "Volume 2." But that is not the case. "Volume 3" has something special the other two albums didn't: the depth of Deschanel's lyrics. "Volume 3," at first listen, sounds like a happy, poppy surf rock album. However, when the lyrics in songs like " I could've been Your Girl" and "Never Wanted Your Love" are examined closely, a more

By | 2013-06-06T16:22:37-07:00 May 1, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: Arts & Life|

PAC brings annual culture show to campus

For the past few weeks, long bamboo poles clacked together in front of the University Student Union Robeks as some students practiced Tinikling, a well-known dance from the Philippines that involves rhythmically stepping in between the poles. Cal State Long Beach's Pilipino American Coalition (PAC) is preparing to host the upcoming 27th annual Pilipino Cultural Night show on May 11 at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center. The show has been a year in the making according to the Pilipino cultural night coordinators, senior human development major, Ashley Cruz and senior journalism major, Jessica Rosales. Each year, PAC puts on a Pilipino cultural night that is written, directed and performed by students. This is the biggest event hosted by the club. "It's a way for the Filipino community to come together, work together and put on a show that not only showcases the contemporary struggles the community is going through, but also things the community takes pride in such as cultural dances and a family storyline," said senior graphic design major and script director Paul Zappia. This year, the show is titled "Lakas: The Power of Our People." The skit focuses on encompassing the idea of strength. It

By | 2013-06-06T16:25:02-07:00 May 1, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: Arts & Life|

Battleblock Theater is insane, hilarious fun

One would think that innovation in the genre of side-scrolling 2D platformers would be nearly impossible, but The Behemoth's new masterpiece "Battleblock Theater" is a huge improvement on the formula. The game spreads out the button-mashing combat elements and focuses more on precisely timed jumps, puzzle-solving and co-operative teamwork. In fact, the game is nearly unplayable without one of your buddies joining in. Puzzles require bouncing your teammate up ledges, throwing them across the screen and helping them up over obstacles. Not since "Portal 2," which had a co-op mode that required massive amounts of teamwork, has a videogame focused so heavily on working together. Imagine if Mario couldn't get to the flagpole without Luigi's help. It's fun and challenging, and it has the power to either strengthen or even end friendships. Expect to apologize a lot for throwing your friend into a puddle of lava or bouncing them into deadly spikes. The humor in the game is what takes it from a good game to a great one. Voice actor Will Stamper narrates almost every action in the game with gusto. Expect to hear things like "Oh, sweet Jesus!" and "No, no, no, you're not supposed to die" every

By | 2013-06-06T16:26:07-07:00 Apr 30, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: Arts & Life|

Artist strings instruments in a different way

Rhythmic melodies turned heads and drew a sizeable crowd in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West, where people came to experience "Saudades: Crafting Samba." Graduate student Daniel Hilbert's MFA thesis exhibition spread a little culture and brought smiles to everyone in the room with a live Samba band. The show was part of a live audio and video recording that featured the Samba performers playing instruments that Hilbert crafted himself. Hilbert became captivated with Samba music when he took a trip last summer to Salvador da Bahia, a city located in Northeastern Brazil, where he was taking Portuguese lessons. "Every Sunday, [the locals] would bring me to these Samba circles that would happen all over the community," Hilbert said. "They were just magical experiences, and there was something about them that really resonated with me. " Being half Portugeuese, Hilbert said when he was in Salvador da Bahia, he was reconnecting half of his identity. He was particularly drawn to the culture through the Samba music. "I was there, I was inspired, and I was moved by the music, and I was also moved by the culture in general," Hilbert said. Hilbert wanted to find a way to connect even

By | 2013-06-06T16:27:33-07:00 Apr 29, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: Arts & Life|

‘Arthur Newman’ is more boring than watching golf

Old man meets young woman. Old man falls in love with young woman. Sex ensues. The three aforementioned plot points, often the linchpin of modern independent films, could not have been presented in a more boring way in the new film "Arthur Newman." The tale of two hopeless individuals, Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, "Arthur Newman" begins with Newman (Firth) paying $3,000 to a shady figure in order to purchase the identity of a dead man. In order to escape his troubled past, Newman begins on a cross-country journey in an old Mercedes to find his new identity. Along the way, trouble ensues when Newman meets Mike (Blunt), who has also stolen someone's identity. Their journey to Illinois, where Newman hopes to make it as a golf pro, is filled with crazy, ridiculous antics. The tale of two lost souls who embark on a cross-country sex-filled love affair had potential, but ultimately fell through in the last half. While the themes about finding one's real identity are extremely relatable, "Arthur Newman" failed to connect with the audience emotionally. Instead of manifesting itself as a feature film, "Arthur Newman" felt more like a documentary about a boring man who does boring

By | 2013-06-06T16:30:59-07:00 Apr 28, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: Arts & Life|
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