Soda smorgasbord

A drink review of Sioux City Sarsaparilla, Kickapoo Joy Juice, Bawls Guarana, and Waialua Soda Works Mango Soda!

‘Fat Pig’ debut play for fall semester

The first play to come to UAA this fall semester is Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig," directed by student Christina Ashby. If there is one thing that needs to be said about this play, it is that it's a show absolutely worth attending. Put on by the UAA theatre club, Theatre on the Rocks, the play is student run with the cast and crew all enrolled in UAA classes.

Theatre Review: The Taming of the Shrew

by Janeen Russell  One of William Shakespeare’s earliest plays, The Taming of the Shrew, wrapped up production last Sunday. Presented by the UAA’s Department of...

Television and filling inner voids

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who got in trouble for staying up past her bedtime and reading with a flashlight under her covers. She devoured chapter books daily and was a reading machine.

‘Fallen’ actors pick up old stories with graceful aerials

The new UAA play known as "Fallen" has a lot for audiences to look forward to. Not only will actors be presenting a script collaborated by UAA students with the help of guest directors, but the students will be showing off new acrobatic moves from the trapeze to silk and rings "Fallen" is a play that focuses on the women of the Old Testament.

‘From Hell’: Murder, madness and class conflict

Jack the Ripper remains the most notorious and enigmatic serial killer in history. For those who only have a vague recollection of who The...

Soundtracks have the unique responsibility of helping to immerse listeners into whatever it is they represent, whether it be movies, television shows or even...

Black History Month Kicks off with Celebration

UAA’s Student Union Cafeteria was a place of celebration on January 29. Members of the community came together to eat, talk, and rejoice at...

‘Ghosts,’ a boring repeat addition to the FPS genre

Back when I was but a small child, I loved the first-person shooter genre. I grew up with games like “TimeSplitters” and “Goldeneye 007,” games that weren't so much about UAVs, airstrikes or K/D ratios so much as they were about stupid fun. And this was back in the day when gamers had to actually play together in the same room.

‘Utopian Dreams’ embraces the unreal

There’s a whole other world in the Consortium Library ARC Gallery. With snakes of black paint on the walls and fish hanging from the...

Games, games and more games will be at Anchorage’s video game...

The uniquely titled "Game-Kon" is a free video game convention put together jointly by UAA and APU. The convention will not charge admittance and will have free refreshments for all. Activities at the convention include playing video games from every platform new and old, battling in game tournaments and touring the booths set up by game stores such as Play 'N Trade and Bosco's.

A&E Briefs

Alaskan woman's story comes to life at Cyrano's Playhouse The theatre has a wide variety of genres available to it, but one that seems to be lacking is plays about Alaskan women in the early 19th century. "Make Good The Fires" is not only about a woman in Alaska from 1913-1917, but she's a socialist organizer as well.


A raw `in your face' thriller, “Hannibal: The Silence is Broken,” serves audiences with a well-done insight into the life of a sociopath. Picking...

First Friday showcases: UAA’s Jason Quisenberry

Jason Quisenberry, a BFA junior from the Bay area in California did not think that he would get into art. He finished high school,...

Sweet songs warm the heart

May 16 marked the release of Alaskan Home Grown artist Melissa Mitchell's third solo album "Rain or Shine". The release party was held at the Snow Goose where a diverse melting pot of fans and supporters rallied in celebration of Mitchell's latest "creations"; more than songs - the messages pierce the heart with poignancy and inject a healthy dose of self realization without the nasty after effect of judgment.

‘Virtua Tennis 3’

Diehard Sega Dreamcast fans - oh, they're out there - swear by the original "Virtua Tennis," released in the U.S. in 2000. Real Dreamcast fanatics also swear by "Virtua Tennis 2," not only because of numerous improvements over the original, but because it was one of the last games made for the system before Sega's console division was dissolved.

Non-alcoholic beer, a tragic misconception

A glass of Vino, a bottle of Corona; these are foreign concepts to the underage here at UAA. But for the individual who loves...

‘Beating Back the Claws of the Cold’

Thank you, George Harrison. On behalf of me and perhaps The Pica Beats as well, thank you for making the sitar cool in pop music. Like Harrison's incorporation of Indian music to The Beatles, many bands have created innovative and interesting sounds by blending genres, for instance: Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, Beirut, and now The Pica Beats.

Localize It: Throw, trim, glaze, repeat

Maxine Feteke's love for ceramics has thrown her into in what UAA's art program has to offer.

With “The Wailing,” a new classic is born

As I see it, there are two stages to watching a great movie: recognition and surrender. Recognition is simply knowing you’re watching something great,...

‘How to Lose Friends & Alienate People’ is a Sleeper Hit

Some movies get all of the advertising because it's assumed that they are going to be immediate blockbusters. Others get no advertising and end up being the real winners no one has ever heard of before. That is the case with "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

{Features Briefs}

Crime scene expert and innovator discusses forensics in Alaska Some recognize George Taft as a bronze bust at the Anchorage Trooper Museum. Taft presented a...

‘All in Good Time’ needs a little more time, humor

All in Good Time Barenaked Ladies Raisin’ Records Release Date: March 30, 2010 With the funny men of Canada missing a vocalist, they aren’t so funny this time...

‘Zathura’ a well-rounded, feel-good family film

nnnn? Zathura Columbia Pictures, 2005 Starring Jonah Bobo, Josh Hutcherson, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart Directed by Jon Favreau Written by David Koepp and John Kamps Rated PG, 113 min. Adventure/family/ sci-fi "Zathura"...

Lovely lyrics with a weak repetitive sound

This band has something that the rock industry has needed. I don't what it is exactly, but it is in the sound. The music of the Thermals catches a listener's attention immediately and holds them there for the whole song. The first time you listen, you'll be impressed, even on the second and third time.

‘Sleying the Reed’ weaves a moving narrative

Under a lattice of lights, the UAA Dance Ensemble emerges in sterile outfits. The performance following, “Sleying the Reed: A Movement Meditation on Women and Violence,” is a resonant portrayal of women’s struggle.

‘The Look of Silence’ goes where ‘The Act of Killing’ couldn’t

The critically acclaimed precursor to “The Look of Silence,” “The Act of Killing,” was criticized for its ethical problems. In making its subjects, those...

‘A Most Wanted Man’ is a fitting swan-song

Title: Director: Country: Genre: Release date: Rating: “A Most Wanted Man” Anton Corbijn U.K. Thriller July 24, 2014 4/5 Lauded spy novelist John Le Carre’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” made it to the big screen in...

Disturbed back with a vengeance

Disturbed is back with a vengeance. The new record is hard-edged, rough, incredibly precise and presents a social commentary throughout.Unfortunately, fans new and old...

‘Virtua Fighter 5’

Back when arcades were still populated (do they even exist anymore?), fighting games used to have perpetual crowds gathered around, top players getting more than their money's worth as they took on all challengers. That concept is the basis of the quest mode in "Virtua Fighter 5," in which players navigate a city map with different arcade venues to challenge computer players of various skill levels.