Former student wrangles with folk

Amy Patton, Contributing Writer
September 15, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Diversions, Music

For Connections Academy advisor Ted Zakka, the day isn’t over when the Sacramento school district bell rings. He meets up with a lawyer, a teacher and other professionals to do one thing: make some music. Zakka is the mastermind, songwriter of self-ascribed Americana band Ted Z and the Wranglers.... Read more »

Karen O crushes her rock n’ roll past

Karen O crushes her rock n’ roll past

Danielle Carson, Design Director
September 15, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Diversions, Music

Karen O is quite the mixed bag. From her best-known act as the shouting headwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to her work with Spike Jonze for the soundtrack of the film adaptation of the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, O has reached a diverse audience. O has been working on the ensemble... Read more »

Authentic Italian at Michael’s Pizzeria

Authentic Italian at Michael’s Pizzeria

Danielle Carson, Design Director
September 15, 2014
Filed under Dining, Diversions, Showcase

A Pandora radio station plays The Strokes and Vampire Weekend across the orange and white-themed patio at Michael’s Pizzeria on 3rd Street and Promenade in Downtown Long Beach; honestly, how classy can a pizzeria get? A sign out front reads “Try pizza for the very first time,” and... Read more »

Marketing student unwraps music talents

Marketing student unwraps music talents

Ruben Diaz, Staff Writer
September 15, 2014
Filed under Diversions

    Ten years ago LeeAnn Leon purchased her first guitar and wrapped it up for Christmas as a present to herself; years have passed, and she still manages to unwrap her passion for music. Leon is currently a junior marketing major at Cal State Long Beach. She said one reason she chose... Read more »

“Folkestra” Band Leather Tramp Delights Crowds at Noontime

Jonathan Murrietta, Staff Writer
September 11, 2014
Filed under Diversions

Leather Tramp performed a lively concert in the University Student Union Wednesday as part of ASI’s Noontime Concert Series; they brought their “folkestra” sound to campus. The 12-person band combines indie and folk rock, and because of this the band has dubbed their music a “folkestra.” Junior... Read more »

Fly Society takes skating culture from the rails to retail

Fly Society takes skating culture from the rails to retail

Brooke Becher, Staff Writer
September 11, 2014
Filed under Diversions

Sixteen years ago, in northeast Long Beach, a 13-year-old skateboarder named Terry Kennedy was recruited by Vans, his first sponsor, during a skating session at Cherry Park. This was the beginning of Kennedy’s pro-skater career. He now has his own clothing and music brand that originated in Long... Read more »

Local Folk Fest to bring Rest^vRant to Campus

Local Folk Fest to bring Rest^vRant to Campus

Jesus Ambrosio, Diversions Editor
September 10, 2014
Filed under Diversions, Showcase

The second annual Long Beach Folk Revival Fest will return to Long Beach on Sept. 27 at Rainbow Lagoon Park to entertain and illuminate the town with distinct folky sounds. The festival will feature more than 25 folk-influenced musicians including Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, The Good Luck Thrift... Read more »

Picture this differently

Picture this differently

Nicole Arevalo, Contributing Writer
September 9, 2014
Filed under Diversions, Showcase

With his Nikon D800, Jesse Lubben begins his process by going on a journey, the adventures often vary from hiking in the mountains to visiting unfamiliar cities. For the first time his artwork is on display as a solo artist at a photo exhibition called “Photosomatic,” which is on display in the... Read more »