‘Beyond the Black Rainbow’ is beautiful, empty

Title: Director: Country: Release date: Rating: "Beyond the Black Rainbow" Panos Cosmatos Canada December 31, 2010 3/5 stars The annals of sci-fi are haunted by the campiness, and occasional genius, of the ‘70s and...

Aerial Angels teach students how to fly

When your arms are stuck in the T-rex position, your ankles feel like putty and your bruises have bruises, the odds are good that...

Planetarium offers patrons a 360° view

The UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater, or just “the planetarium” for short, was constructed along with the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building (CPSB) in late 2009, and classes began utilizing the new technology in Spring 2010. As lecture classes began to be taught inside the room under the visualization dome, students at UAA, either in science major programs or those taking entry-level Astronomy classes, were made abundantly aware of its visual power.

Famous rapper and producer makes his way up to Anchorage

Self-named Andre Nickatina will be performing in Anchorage as part of the Khanthology Tour on Friday, April 17. Nickatina has been rapping since the late 80s and now produces music on the side along with his own. This man will be in Alaska for only one show before heading back down to the Lower 48 for a concert in Los Angeles.

Apayo Art: Inspired by salmon

Apayo Moore, inspired by salmon, expresses her culture and family's history and livelihood through her art.

Alaskans respect live music

I had an experience in Seattle last weekend that made me realize how great Alaska is. I went to the Taste of Chaos tour,...

‘Strawberry Jam’ a good reason to deviate from the mainstream

Despite the cunningly strange and almost unbearably experimental records the Baltimore electro-folk rockers Animal Collective have released the past four years, their eighth studio effort, "Strawberry Jam," delivers a wonderful combination of altered and saturated electronic noise located delicately under a layer of sweet-sounding summertime pop hooks.

‘Norbit’ exploits tired fat stereotypes in failed film

With a pending Oscar nomination for a serious role in "Dreamgirls," Eddie Murphy proves in "Norbit" that he can still make a bomb. Mild-mannered Norbit (Eddie Murphy, "The Haunted Mansion," "Daddy Day Care") is compelled into a relationship with Rasputia (also Eddie Murphy).

‘Arkham City’ a delicious, expansive Batman sequel

The Bat Signal fills the night sky and you, the ultimate detective, are racing towards it. But then a gang of misfits is beating...

‘Dark Souls’ a hardcore and unforgiving gaming experience

Prepare to die. Not only does this serve as the URL for the “Dark Souls“ official website (www.preparetodie.com), but also some practical advice for...

Rundown of February’s First Friday

Explore the creative and the eclectic local art in an Anchorage First Friday walk

Rain and Zoe travel to the main stage

"Rain and Zoe Save the World" is about the journey of two teenagers who travel cross-country via motorcycle to join a group of oil protesters. Along the way, Rain and Zoe learn the possible dangers the world may experience.

Ambition sets “So Young” apart

Title: “So Young” Director: Zhao Wei Release date: June 14, 2013 Genre: Romance Country: China Rating: 3 out of 5 To give credit where...

UAA Fine Arts prepares for “Big River”

The Fine Arts Department is abuzz now that the semester is underway, and it mostly has to do with the upcoming production of “Big River.” For those unfamiliar, “Big River” is essentially a musical adaptation of the novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. It is a tale about a young boy in the early-to-mid 19th century as he meets and learns much about others and himself as he makes his way along the Mississippi River.

‘Balls of Fury’ loses its bounce

The subject of sports spoofs has been done to death, but apparently Hollywood hasn't gotten the message yet. This time, "Balls of Fury" attempts to lampoon the world of competitive pingpong, but it fails miserably.

ViViD’s first studio album, ‘Infinity,’ an earful of Japanese goodness

ViViD proves that you don’t need a studio album to get noticed. The five member rock band from Japan got together in March of...

Local Alaskan artist to showcase unique medium in ARC Gallery

Carol Lambert, an Alaskan resident since 1979 and an artist much earlier, is a prominent figure in the Alaskan printmaking community and is bringing...

Bad aftertaste sours ending of Proyas’ ‘Knowing’

Tragedies happen every day: planes crash, fires rage out of control and terrorists destroy on a whim. But what if those events weren't as random as people would like to think? What if they could be predicted? What would that mean? That is the basic plot premise of "Knowing" and while it is an interesting concept, the film struggles, not between the theories of determinism and randomness, but between genres.

Graphic novel adaptation ‘300’ a raging success

Although movies based on comic books are becoming more popular, they still aren't considered very mainstream and generally haven't been very successful. Some superhero films have certainly pulled ahead of the pack ("X-Men" and "Spider-Man" come to mind) and brought in soaring box-office numbers, but for the most part, many true comic book adaptations have been financial failures.

All about improv for Chi Alpha’s comedy night

Chi Alpha, a Christian club on campus, will hold a comedy night for everyone on Jan. 26th at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

2015 summer movie preview

Word Count: 442 Headline: 2015 summer movie preview By George Hyde gchyde@thenorthernlight.org   It's that time of year; seniors graduating, flowers blooming, and summer blockbusters exploding. As per usual,...

Local renaissance fair celebrates 20 years of success

Time changes things — new technologies are developed, businesses come and go, children grow up and trends shift. With everything that unavoidably changes as...

UAA Glee Club packs the house

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.

8 mile: Lose yourself in the movie

When I first heard Eminem was starring in a movie, I was skeptical. My initial thought was that this movie would end up being...

Get some stylish, homemade artful decorations

For students getting set to move into the dorms, there is nothing better than the opportunity to go out and get some Alaskan art to liven up those cramped little units. The G street Artists Market takes place frequently in the summer and always has a wide variety of crafts for sale.

UAA students Jade Ariah and Danielle Morgan host opening of HER...

The gallery in UAA's Student Union has held dozens of art shows since its opening, each unique and crafted by students on campus. Starting...

Game Review: Where Am I?

In the tradition of “Slender,” designer Mark J. Hadley brings us the aptly named “Where Am I?” — another free experience in a line of terrifying indie projects for computer gamers.

Making up stories increases the heartbreak of tragedy

If there is one thing that is completely and utterly deplorable, it’s taking a mas­sive tragedy and creating lies about it.

Raiding tombs optional in new ‘Tomb Raider’

Lara Croft is back and grittier than ever in her brand new origin story. “Tomb Raider,” developed by Crystal Dynamics, tells how a budding archeologist becomes a survivor and legend.