Author: Nicole Luchaco

May 1, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

As the graduating class of 2013 gears up for graduation day and all of its celebratory grandeur, TNL went behind the scenes to find out what graduates are up to after the ceremony.

And according to most, bigger is not better.

“My party will be small, probably around 20 people, mostly close friends and family,” English major Shanna Allen said.
“We are going to kick back, enjoy each other and have a barbecue,” she said.

High school grad parties are all about celebrating that you made it.

Graduates made it through the required four years of suffering and are now free to run his or her own life.

For many, with the passing of high school comes the passing of birthday number 18 — and the achievement of adulthood, at least by legal standards.

High school grad parties are often loud, festive and full of congratulatory cards — usually from relatives, parents and teachers, often containing well-wishes and money to fund one’s next big adventure.

But college is a different story. Many students travel away from home to pursue higher education.

Because of this, a graduation celebration is quite important.

It is a nice commemoration of one’s journey for graduates and loved ones, even if it is small.

“I have family coming up to see me walk. This is a nice chance for all of us to get together,” Allen said. “Even if money was no object, I would do something small or just take my family on a vacation.”

The consensus among the graduating class is in favor of smaller grad parties, and for most it is not necessarily a financial decision.
English major Elizabeth Carmichael said graduating from a university is a moment of pride and relief, and the after party is a happy and comfortable reflection of that.

“I think that it’s important to have a celebration to remember this. It’s an important day,” Carmichael said.

“It’s also very important to my parents. They have supported me through this whole thing. Honestly it’s more of a celebration for them than it even is for me. I’m relieved, and they are just so excited,” she said.

In fact, many students say the days of gigantic graduation celebrations are gone.

After their diploma is in hand they look forward to a relaxing celebration experience, including close friends and family, good food and a lot more sleep.

“When I graduate, I definitely want something small,” sophomore and pre-bachelor’s of fine arts student Rachel Coe said. “Just me, my close friends and family. Somewhere with a good atmosphere like the Glacier BrewHouse, just enjoying that moment.”

So there you have it.

Embrace the ones you love this graduation season because breaking the bank is so 2011.

And make no mistake, the graduating class of 2013 will be celebrating their accomplishments.

But they will be leaving the blowout, bank-account breaking parties to the high schoolers.

April 17, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

“42” is a sports bio/drama that chronicles the life story of Jackie Robinson and his historic sign-on with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (writer of “Robin Hood”), this epic film beautifully captures the intensity of segregation in the mid-1900s and what two men of different colors decided to do about it.

April 9, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

If there is one word to describe this play, it is intense. This classic from playwright Mark Medoff is full of brusque thematic elements, dark twists and unexpected turns.

“I saw this play many years ago and have always wanted to do it,” said director David Edge­combe, who is also a theater and dance professor. “The time seemed right, I am very excited about this.”

The play is set in a little New Mexico diner in the early 1970s. The plot details the events of a hostile, bizarre and sporadic diner-takeover.

The play opens at an early hour in the diner with the titu­lar character, Red. He sits at the counter smoking a cigarette, drinking a cup of coffee and despondently reading the news­paper — then in bustles the late and flustered waitress, Angel. As the waitress apologetically makes conversation with the disgruntled co-worker, it quick­ly becomes evident that she is in love with him. He is oblivious to her affection and probably couldn’t care less about her.

The play’s cast consists of eight actors. Three of them pull central focus: Stephen, (Red Ryder) a despondent and outspo­ken youth who thrusts his emo­tions on the world, played by Chris Evans; Angel, the whimsi­cal and energetic waitress who is secretly in love with him, played by Aspen Murray; and Teddy, the raving ex-war veteran who changes their lives forever.

With the exception of Angel, whose character can be overly sensitive and swooning, the act­ing was quite believable. Grant­ed, Murray had quite the job cut out for her. But in the tenser moments of the play, her hys­terics only seemed superficial when great depth of character was a necessity.

The opening scene’s conver­sation between Angel and Red also seems to run quite long. However, the dryness of this interaction beautifully sets the stage for an interesting segue to the cacophony that follows, and that [that… mood? Chaos? Style of segue?] is perpetu­ated throughout the remainder of the play. Whether or not the writer originally intended this as an emotional dichotomy is unknown, but it does the job quite effectively.

Just as the audience settles in for the most boring two-way dialog of all time, the tables (no pun intended) are violent­ly turned with no end in sight. You will be uncomfortable, entertained, impressed, dis­gusted and stretched over the course of this play. Because of this, the play is a definite suc­cess, conveying complex and contradictory emotions within a storyline that seems all too bizarre.

Including a ten-minute inter­mission, the show runs just under two hours and is immacu­lately staged. Through the com­bined efforts of Edgecombe, Scene Shop Manager Adam Klein, Scenic Artist Daniel Glen Carlgren and a slew of oth­er dedicated and visionary indi­viduals, the UAA Harper Studio Theatre (Fine Arts Building, Room 129) has been absolutely transformed. The set design is beautifully executed.

When you attend this play, you feel as though you are watching from a corner booth, as if you are a part of the play, a bystander who is lucky enough not to be noticed in the midst of the disastrous events.

Tickets range from $10-$17. For further information call the UAA Box Office at 907- 786-4849 or visit http://www. uaa.alaska.edu/calendar/mas­tercalendar.cfm/.  

April 9, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

Dinosaur lovers unite! After 20 years, the classic adventure/sci-fi film “Jurassic Park” is back and better than ever. If there was ever a movie destined to make a screen-popping comeback, “Jurassic Park” is it. Just when audiences thought this classic couldn’t possible get any better, 3-D is the cherry on top.

April 3, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

On Wednesday April 3 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. the living arts will be on display with vigor in the UAA Campus Bookstore.

“I started thinking about the government cutting the arts from school budgets and how that is taking art, music and poetry and turning it into somewhat of a lost art,” said student and performance artist Taichiro Ward. “When I was growing up I was immerged in the arts and so this issue is very important to me.”

Impassioned by this realization, Ward approached UAA Campus Bookstore events coordinator Rachel Epstein with an idea. Why not host an event that showcases the artistic departments at UAA and the artists who represent and exemplify them.

“I was talking to Rachel about doing some kind of event that would showcase the arts. She was very excited about the idea and quickly began putting it all together,” said Ward.

The event will feature the talents of department of art Professor Steve Godfrey, department of music Professor Phil Munger and performance artist Taichiro Ward, each showcasing and embodying their given art form. Speaking about ? and in some cases demonstrating? their individual methods of expression.

“Originally, I was thinking we would have three faculty and three students in an open-mic style,” said Epstein. “But it subtly morphed into two faculty and Taichiro. I want them to talk about their art and what motivates them.”

Epstein made the goals of this event very clear. She said the showcase is about promoting the arts in a relaxed atmosphere where people can learn and are drawn to get involved. It is not an exchange of services; it is about mutual enlightenment and inspiration. It is about seeing individuals in love with their art, sharing it with the world and consequently inspiring the world to become a part of it. And in the name of promoting this exchange, Bookstore events are always open to the public and always free of charge.

“I want people to take away passion from this (showcase), to find passion in something and to not ever give it up,” Ward said.

If students are interested in holding an event at the bookstore, do not lose heart! It does not have to be a formal paper or talk. In fact it is required that each event have an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and engage. According to Epstein, that is what makes these events special. It is more than just a seminar. It is a learning experience in the form of dialogue.

“We chose Phil Munger and Steve Godfrey, not because they are just teachers,” Epstein said. “But because they are truly artists.”

April 3, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

National comedian Erin Jackson — featured on hit shows such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham”— performed at UAA last week thanks to the Student Activities board. TNL got the privilege to catch up with this leading lady of comedy before her preview show last Wednesday night in the Gorsuch Commons.

March 18, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

There’s an old-fashioned sensation re-sweeping the nation, and Anchorages Rage City Roller Girls personally invite you to check it out: roller derby.

For those who are a little late to the party, here is some history: Roller derby is like rugby on skates. It began as early as 1935 in Chicago and regained popularity from the pioneering efforts of a hardheaded group of women from Austin, Texas, in 2001. The sport now has 1,250 amateur leagues worldwide with an athletic-punk aesthetic that has an emphasis on female empowerment. Two teams currently compete under the Anchorage “Rage City Roller Girls” umbrella: the B-team, “Orange Crush,” and the A-team, “All Stars.”

If you have always wanted to say, “Man! I feel like a woman!” then this contact sport is for you.

“You don’t have to have skating experience to join. We have had people with hockey experience or figure skating experience join the team, but it isn’t required by any means,” Dawnell “WickedSpeedia” Smith, All Star member and UAA alumna, said.

Despite the lack of prerequisites, this sport takes work. The Rage City Roller Girls are committed to excellence as a team. They practice three times a week on skates and cross-train once a week at the AT&T Sports Pavilion.

“Being in shape is a good idea if you want to come in strong. If not, derby will definitely get you in shape,” Smith said. “But if you have a strong core, you are less likely to get hurt when you get hit.”

Competitive roller derby games are commonly referred to as a “matches” or “bouts,” and roller skates are referred to as “quads.” Each team consists of five women. One player from each team is the designated “jammer,” the scoring speed skater who earns points by lapping the other team.

During each bout, teams race on roller skates around an oval track, each playing defense and offense simultaneously in an effort to get their jammer through the pack and on to victory — and not just national victory. This year the All Stars are traveling to compete in Japan.

“My shoulder left my body. I looked down at my ribcage and then looked back a little to see my arm, which is not a good way to have your arm,” UAA alumna Patricia “New England Pat-Riot” Bergeron said, describing a recent arm injury that required surgical attention. “But I’m back, and I am going to Japan! I couldn’t give it up!”

Recruits must be 21 years of age or older to join Rage City Roller Girls. There is junior roller derby in Anchorage for those who are younger. To participate, a $45 monthly fee is required. Every player must purchase her own personal gear, including quads, a helmet, kneepads, elbow pads, wrist pads and a mouth guard. The sport is a time commitment and often becomes a large part of players’ lives.

New recruits are called “fresh meat,” which means no bouts, physical contact or nifty name. After certain skating skills are demonstrated, fresh meat can test up into rookie status. Once a player becomes a rookie, she can register a name and number with Rage City Roller Girls and the Two-Evils National Registry. When a rookie is ready, she can test to become a Roller Girl, which entails a physical skills test and a written rules test.

Roller derby is a contact sport, and competition injuries range from common bruises and sprains to broken bones, concussions and beyond. Insurance through the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is required.

“The derby community is really tight, so if you do get hurt, everyone is checking in on you at the hospital, bringing you food, making sure you’re okay,” said Smith. “If you travel to other states, or even other countries, and let them know that you are coming, most often they will let you practice with them, hang out with them and even pick you up from the airport.”

For more information of Rage City Roller Girls, visit http://www.ragecityrollergirls.org.

March 5, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

File:Erin_Brockovich“Erin Brockovich” is based on the true story of a woman who rose above her circumstances and changed the lives of hundreds. Julia Roberts (“Mirror, Mirror”) is phenomenal as Brockovich, a sassy middle-class, down-on-her-luck, single mom who won’t take no for an answer.

February 26, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

“Snitch” is based upon true events put into play in part by Reagan-era drug laws. Director Ric Roman Waugh’s fourth film edges close to home for many audience members who have gone through similar situations, but doesn’t quite hit it out of the park.

February 21, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

In the past few years a small group of UAA students has hosted an annual campaign called “Body Image,” a small movement aimed a debunking personal and cultural expectations about one’s body.

“I grew up in a family that never dieted or anything, my parents always reiterated the value of loving ourselves and not letting the expectations of others affect the way we view our bodies, et cetera,” Sofia Fouquet, marketing and business major, said. “Sometimes you need that positive reinforcement.”

Fouquet has been involved with the Body Image campaign for the past two years and feels strongly about individuals recognizing social misconceptions about image and identity. From this desire for personal clarity and a broadening of physical acceptance, came Fouquets’ idea for the upcoming spinoff art show called “No Apologies.”

The show will be a traditional gallery display of student-submitted portraits. Entries must meet two requirements: The self-portrait must be recognizable and the piece must be accompanied by a one- to three- sentence explanation stating what the artist likes about his or herself. 

“Because the nature of this show is about celebrating yourself and is not so much an art expose or competition, we are really looking for all talent levels,” Fouquet said.

The show also has an interactive twist, featuring a chalkboard wall, camera and printer. Gallery-goers will ideally enter the Student Union gallery, take in the displayed work and feel inspired to get involved. People with this desire will have the ability to have a photo taken, printed and posted on the chalk wall immediately. Then, chalk- in-hand, in an effort to debunk popular social stigma and highlight human diversity, the individual can write something he or she likes about him or herself — physical or not — beneath the photo.

“We try not to go overboard like, ‘Hey! Love yourself!’ and be crazy about it,” said Fouquet. “But it’s a good reminder that if you’re not happy with yourself when you look in the mirror in the morning, then something is wrong. This show kind of spawned from that.”

Committed to displaying art from the student body in new and innovative ways, the Student Union gallery creates a flexible and professional atmosphere where work can be created and shown, giving precedence to student work and exposure to unknown artists.

“We do everything we can to support these shows. It’s a way for students to show their art,” said Tess Forstner, environmental science major and gallery student manager. “Hopefully this show will provide a boost in self-confidence. It’s really about valuing your unique traits and separating yourself from everyone else while still appreciating the differences.

No Apologies” will be displayed through March 7 in the Student Union gallery. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 21.

The gallery is open 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The gallery is closed weekend, and there is no cost for admission. 

February 12, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

In an alcove between Kaladi Brothers Coffee and the Consortium Library lies the little-known ARC Gallery. This gallery boasts an array of local artists’ work, and the current display is no exception.

“One thing my associate and friend, Alan Finch, and I have always had in common has been a joy in discovering the abstract nature of the world around us through our pursuit of art. Our work has influenced each other for years,” Jones said.

Finch and Jones met in 1985, and quickly built a bond around a love for spontaneity and improvisational elements in their artwork. They began displaying work together in 1987.

“It’s crazy to try to do art for a living,” Finch said. “It’s like a calling. If you are not called … don’t do it!”

Finch has been a jack-of-all-trades in the art world. He began as a painter, moved onto stone sculpture and finally rested on photography. Finch has an eye for creative composition and materials.

“My current work is abstract nature photography that people walk by and never notice,” Finch said. “The photos are taken in one of the most remote areas of Big South Fork National Park.”

The collection has a unique presence and interest factor for photography buffs, because of the avant-garde approach to materials used in the production and the distance from which the photographs were taken.

“This is the beginning of a new body of work,” Jones said. “And I have challenged myself with the new nature of digital photography to be less concerned with technical perfection and concern myself more with my impression and interpretation of the subject matter.”

Jones’ photographs have a strong presence within the col- laborative collection because of their perspective and the material that many of them are printed upon. Jones’ “shinier” work is printed on aluminum metal.

“I realized there was a whole new dynamic to how photography could be expressed as an art medium,” Jones said. “I believe the choice of output materials and even the final size of the piece is a part of my interpretation of the subject.”

The collection, titled “As Above So Below,” captures a moment in time, a freeze frame of something abstract and glorious that has occurred quite suddenly, but that essence does not accurately represent the amount of time invested in each piece.

Finch collected over 150 photographs on various occasions for a single piece titled “Native Woman.” The gorge where Finch finds his inspiration is buried six miles within the Big South Fork National Park over a winding, rugged trail. Finch retraces his steps regularly to apply charcoal and pigments to the rocks that excite him. Each trip back results in another layer of pigment, another photograph and another mind-boggling result.

“If you could see this place, it’s unique to the Eastern United States,” Finch said. “It’s a narrow gorge with high cliffs and Indian cave houses, one after another. I have never been in a place that has more beauty in the rocks.”

As Above So Below” will be displayed until early March 1 at the ARC Gallery. The gallery is open from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10-10p.m. Saturday and noon-10 Sunday.

January 29, 2013 Nicole Luchaco

If tuning in to UAA’s college radio station KRUA 88.1 FM is not a part of your daily routine, you’re missing out.

Starting Feb. 4, KRUA will begin a series of epic events that will dole out free tickets to upcoming concerts.

That’s right, free tickets. All you have to do is tune in or show up.

The first of these events is on Mondayfrom 1-3 p.m., and the Student Union cafeteria is the place to be. Upon arrival, you will find a flock of UAA students singing their hearts out in a karaoke battle for a chance to win one of two pairs of free tickets to see folk-pop heartthrob Mat Kearney’s upcoming concert.

There will be four winners total. First place will receive one coveted pair of tickets; second and third place winners will each receive a gift card; and the charismatic “people’s choice” winner will claim the second pair of tickets.
“There will most likely be screen prompters, but we are looking for a real performance here,” said KRUA station manager Audri Pleas. “Because if someone really knows their stuff, they could get up there with some Rick James or Celine Dion and absolutely kill it!”

The winners will be judged on their performance, spirit, creativity, judge-swooning capabilities and overall pizzazz.

If you have ever dreamed of being a karaoke diva, this is your time to shine.

“This will be a really great event for all of those students who love karaoke but are underage and consequently cannot partake of karaoke in the bar scene,” said Pleas.

Individuals who wish to participate should contact KRUA volunteer coordinator Jay Baldwin via telephone or email and provide their name and two favorite songs that they will be performing at the event.

“We are looking for about six to eight contestants to really put on a show,” Baldwin said.

This will be classic competitive karaoke at its best, complete with a panel of judges. There will be three judges, two from KRUA’s staff and a guest judge who has yet to be revealed. In addition to the panel, there will be a voting box to determine the “people’s choice” winner.

“We have done eating contests, radio giveaways, etc., but we’ve never really gotten to see anyone earn their tickets. We thought that this would be a cool alternative,” said Pleas. “We want them to pick their own songs because we don’t want to hinder their creativity by pre-selecting the music.”

In addition to the karaoke competition, KRUA will be giving away a pair of Mat Kearney concert tickets to lucky callers on air Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. and the day of the concert, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m.
Anyone who is daring enough to sign up needs to contact Baldwin by Feb. 1 at noon. He can be reached at 907-786-6808 or [email protected]
For more information about these events, visit: http://www.kruaradio.org

April 24, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

The semester is almost over! Freedom from dorm life is looming, and with it (for most) comes the happy return to the safe haven of free laundry and mommy’s home cooking. But that is a temporary happiness.

Come late August the leaves will begin to fall yet again, and with them the mass exodus of students, textbooks and cliché patterned Target paraphernalia will roll in. All is well in the freshly cleaned dorms. Outdoor “community-building” activities abound, and as the first week of classes begin you find yourself in a sort of fluffy haze thinking, “And everyone says college is hard to manage, ha!”
Fast-forward three weeks: All you want is cake — beautiful, consoling, chocolate cake — but you don’t have an oven. Never fear oh dorm dweller! TNL has got you covered. Enter scene: Cake in a cup.

In a large mug mix ¼ cup flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and a dash of vanilla extract. Mix until smooth, microwave for two minutes until puffed, let cool for about two minutes (or however long you can stand staring at it) and voilà! You are now the proud and happy owner of a personal sized mug of chocolate cake.

To be honest, upon first removal from the microwave, it doesn’t look incredibly fantastic, and due to the high ratio of egg it does have a very “bouncy” and dense consistency. The base of the “cake” may still resemble mud and by the bottom of the cup, you might regret it, but then again, its cake, so who really cares?
When I tried this recipe myself I was quite pleased with the outcome; though cake-in-a-cup pales in comparison to a two-tiered, oven-baked masterpiece, it effectively does the job of satisfying a desperate cake craving.

April 24, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

When it comes to working with clay, beginners are often intimidated by its raw form — how could a lump of mud turn into a vase, bowl or favorite coffee mug?
Tucked within both the east and west corners of the UAA campus lie the ceramic studios; the hand-building studio is located in the east Fine Arts Building and wheel-throwing within the west Gordon Hartlieb Hall. Inside these walls, pure magic happens.

“I think that my favorite quality about clay is that you can get it to look like any other material in the world, with the exception of anything clear like plastic or glass,” said ceramics instructor Melissa Mencini.

“There is this really great group of artists who deal with ‘trompe l’oeil’ [French, meaning “to trick the eye”]; they make things that look like wood, drift-wood, metal, flesh — but it’s all clay! It’s so limitless in nature that it’s hard to not be intrigued by it.”

The ceramics program boasts six classes within a calendar school year; three are taught by Mencini and three by Professor Steven Godfrey, head of ceramics. Within these class constraints the program has over 60 students in wheel-thrown ceramics and about 25 in hand-built.
The production of wheel-thrown ceramic objects is no laughing matter. Each cup, bowl or vase goes through a rigorous process before it resembles the artistic masterpiece that held your latte this morning. It all begins with a grey lump of minerals known as clay.

During the first semester of wheel-thrown ceramics, students are taught how to mix the clay, wedge it, center the gooey ball and turn it into a delicate form. Before their first firing in the kiln (an oven for clay) these objects are known as “greenware.” After the clay has dried to a “leather-hard” state, it is again centered on the wheel and trimmed to remove excess clay. At this stage it begins to actually take intended shape as a cup, bowl, etc. After the item has been trimmed it is “bisque fired” — after which it takes on a chalky exterior. And finally, is “glazed.” Glazing is the last stage of the production process; it entails dipping the object in a smooth, pigmented substance with the consistency of mud that (after yet another firing at a higher temperature) gives pots their beautiful glass-like and glossy finish.

“I spend around six hours a week in the studio outside of class time, but it is totally worth it. The product outweighs the hours you spend there,” said Art major Rachel Coe.
Coe is finishing her first semester in beginning wheel-thrown ceramics (taught by Mencini) and had nothing but good things to say of the program.
“Making ceramics is like shopping in a sense; you get to take home so much cool stuff. If you want to succeed at any art form it takes time and commitment, but the outcome is completely worth it.”

If you are in need of an art credit or a new coffee mug, perhaps it is time to broaden your idea of creativity and get your hands dirty — and by all accounts, the ceramic studio, knee-deep in clay, is the place to be.

“It’s an amazing material,” said BFA student Scott Jelich. “That you can take this lump from the earth and turn it into something beautiful and then put it into a kiln and it will hold that shape; it’s just amazing.”
The UAA ceramics program has its foundation in the promotion of curiosity and creativity; its heart is to give students a chance to create things with a unique and personal approach. But creating a masterpiece does not happen overnight.
“It’s hard because when you look at someone who knows how to throw well, they make it look really easy. It’s kind of magical watching it, almost hypnotizing,” said Mencini. “Then beginners sit at the wheel and they think it’s going to be this really easy thing, but it takes years of practice to make it look easy.”
But do not let difficulty discourage you, as with all good things, it only takes time.
“I would encourage people to take this class because it stretches your creativity,” said Coe, “and opens up an artistic part of you that you didn’t even know that you had. And it’s really flippin’ fun.”

April 10, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

The UAA Glee club closed out the semester this weekend with two performances that absolutely packed the house.

By the end of the Friday night concert, the nineteen member performance ensemble had received two standing ovations and a call for an encore, for which they received yet another standing ovation.

As a group that began with a six member collaborative roughly two years ago, this is a dream come true.

April 10, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

Upon seeing the trailer for “Mirror Mirror” (a Snow White parody) many people shrugged it off with disdain, mentally comparing it to 2007’s “Enchanted,” however, you may be pleased to know, it is significantly better and lacks any terrible musical fluff.

April 3, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

When it comes to “art” pretty much anything goes. The word “art” refers to a broad spectrum of mediums and interpretations, the work displayed within the “2D invitational” at the Student Union Gallery March 28th through April 12th, is no exception.

“Well my first impression was the sign that said, “Warning, this exhibit contains explicit materials,” said JPC major Russell Porsley. “So I went in and I expected nudity, but it seemed like a very wide variety of pieces. I really liked the intermediate woven fibers; the scarves were really neat.”

April 3, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

When life and love get you down, move to an isolated island. At least that is what Arthur Pilbeam (Arthur Askey “Bees in Paradise”) does in this off-beat comedy about love lost and adventure found. Directed by Herbert Mason and released back in 1942 this black and white comedy is classic to its era, featuring…

March 27, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

The enigmatic musical that moved and defied many generations premiers in Anchorage for your enjoyment and consideration. Starring members of the “Theater Artists United” with a collaboration with the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

When it first officially opened at the off-Broadway theater “New York Theater Workshop” back in 1996 the musical received much the same reaction that it receives today, you either love it or you hate it.

March 15, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

Located on the second floor of the Conoco Philips Integrated Science Building (CPSB) is a little-known entertainment wonder, the UAA Planetarium and visualization-theater.

If you are a space junkie or a frequenter of the CPSB then you are most likely already aware of the Planetariums existence and grandeur. But for those students who are not scientifically inclined or supporters of re-locating E.T. it is quite possible that you have never heard of the Planetarium, let alone taken in a show.

March 12, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

This week’s TNL movie review takes a look back at the 2002 hit movie musical “Chicago,” based on the even bigger hit Broadway show, starring well-known Hollywood names like Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere.

February 28, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

“Rondy, Rendezvous come on!” The familiar jingle can only mean one thing: ladies and gentlemen, it’s Rondy time.
The citywide Fur Rendezvous festival has been a staple celebration in Anchorage for the last 77 years. Highly anticipated by locals and annual pilgrims alike, Rondy is one of the largest tourist attractions that Anchorage annually presents. It is steeped in history and provides a rare display of uniquely Alaskan wares and activities.

February 28, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

The budget for “Wanderlust” was $35 million, and just one question lingers on my mind: why couldn’t that money have gone to charity? “Wanderlust” originally seems interesting because it examines a world that is unfamiliar to the everyday American.

February 21, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

In the midst of “continually depleting’” natural resources, and the recycling craze that is meant to help circumvent the “extinction” of nature’s wonders; it is only fitting for UAA to creatively get on board the band wagon of sustainability. Thus USUAA’s sustainability committee presents: Eco Chic.
“The clothing industry is really bad with the amount of water they use, and the pollutants they put into the air,” said Director of sustainability Paula Williams. “So if there is something that already exists, we should try to make use of it.”
The focus and goal of this recyclable fashion show is to encourage the general populace to think outside of the box with their clothing choices, visually, creatively and locationally.

February 21, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

A glass of Vino, a bottle of Corona; these are foreign concepts to the underage here at UAA. But for the individual who loves and longs for the taste of a good ‘ol brew with their burger, there has always been the saving grace of that single beautiful commodity: non-alcoholic beer.

Or not. That’s right, it’s a lie.

On the quest to find a locally brewed commodity of “non-alcoholic liquid spirits” on which to write a review (being one year shy of a good glass of red) there were many obstacles cluttering the way: where to purchase it, what brand, light or dark? All of which paled in comparison to the ultimate issue: it is against the law to serve “non-alcoholic beer” to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21 (a fact of which I was not aware).

“About twice a month we have someone under 21 in here trying to order a non-alcoholic beer,” said Moose’s Tooth waiter Adam J. “Most people just don’t know.”

It’s true: it is a very common misconception, because though the title states that there is “no alcohol” a beer that is “NA” does in fact possess 0.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) and is therefore illegal to serve in restaurants to those who have not yet achieved the intoxicating goal of “adulthood.”

And so, it was with a heavy heart and full stomach that the alcohol-serving scene was vacated by a beer-seeking soul, down trodden and defeated; completely full of pizza that was sincerely lacking its perfect companion.

Better luck next time… Mocktail anyone?

February 14, 2012 Nicole Luchaco

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