‘Booker’s Place,’ an emotional film screening for Black History Month

“All he did was tell the truth.” The tagline for “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” is a foreboding one foretelling the tragic nature of the documentary, even without the faded KKK photograph on the DVD’s cover.

‘When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?’

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.

‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ is still locked and loaded

There was a day when “The Chronic” reigned supreme. Dr. Dre brought the synthesizer to hip-hop and no Los Angeles club would be the same for years to come. In the 80’s, socially conscious hip-hop, like De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory,” dominated the rap landscape. Groups like N.W.A rose to prominence with “Straight Outta Compton” and two members from that group, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, would find fame with critically and commercially acclaimed solo releases.

‘The Turin Horse’ is toil for viewers

There was a point in watching “The Turin Horse” where I wanted to curl up in a dark place somewhere and sleep forever. It’s depressing. But not in the “I want to cry” way. It’s depressing in the “Oh, so life is meaningless?” kind of way.

Reading for fun versus reading for school

It can be hard to do what you need to do. If you're in an English class or any literature class, reading can feel...

“Anchorage Is” provides a colorful portrait of Anchorage’s 100 years as...

Over the past few weeks “Anchorage Is” has been playing weekend after weekend at The Bear...

Trevor Hall’s self-titled album uplifts the weary spirit

ALBUM: "Trevor Hall" ARTIST: Trevor Hall RECORD LABEL: Vanguard Records Trevor Hall’s self-titled album is a good album to just chill out to, with its easy lyrics...

‘3-on-3 NHL Arcade’ doesn’t live up to arcade standards

One of the things truly depressing about this age of online multiplayer is the marginalization of local multiplayer. No matter how awesome co-op in "Resident Evil 5" might be, there's something ineffibly rad about two or more dudes sitting in front of the same TV and talking trash.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

No other series - save for "Mario Kart" - harks back to memories of four-controller communes centered around the good ol' TV quite like "Smash Brothers." Online play is fine, but nothing compares to local multiplayer gaming when you can trash-talk with your buddies in person.

New ‘Fallout’ pack is a little bit alien

"Mothership Zeta," the newest "Fallout 3" downloadable content pack has you fighting your way out of a massive UFO with a death ray. That's right, a death ray. This is the last "Fallout 3" downloadable content pack to be released, so might as well end on a high note.

“The Collective” collects attention from the artistic community

Since the Student Union's art gallery has begun it's summer shows the art gallery team members have been working tirelessly to make sure everything runs smoothly with the gallery. They have set up for shows and then diligently watched over the show room every time.

Web TV: what it has to offer, what’s holding it back

YouTube alleges that more video is uploaded to their site in one month than the three major US networks have created in the last 60 years. Critics would dismiss it as all junk, and there certainly is plenty, but is it really just quantity over quality?

PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Which is best for you?

It’s likely you’ve heard a lot of talk on the Internet and TV about this new “PS4” or “Xbox One” console race. Retailers have been bombarded with questions regarding which console to get, what games to get, what accessories are needed and the usual uncertainty that comes with adopting a new gaming system. Hopefully this article will clear up some of that confusion.

Planetarium presentation to examine supernovae

Supernovae are some of the most important events in the known universe. They help form many of the things that humans know, both on...

Opportunity for local young musicians to perform emerges

Anchorage Music Co-Op and Middle Way Cafe pair to host underage open mic event

Lester & The Hoax ‘I Want You to Haunt Me’

Lester Smiley brings his low-fi catchy tunes back home. A year ago he said goodbye to the group The Moon Knights, a staple at underground artist events in and around Anchorage, and journeyed to Portland. Smiley now returns with the band, Lester and the Hoax, and a new album 'I Want You to Haunt Me'.

‘Marvel Vs Capcom 3’ does both francises justice

Room 150 in the Fine Arts Building was filled with spectators from as young as a few months to as old as senior citizens,...

Harold and Kumar are back, again

Stoner pals Harold and Kumar are back with a vengeance. At least, that’s how it seems in the latest movie, “A Very Harold and...

Upcoming talent show brings UAA performers to the forefront

An estimated 70 percent of all human communication is nonverbal. The nonverbal and verbal cues people give each other are celebrated around the world every day. UAA will add its name to that list at the upcoming talent show Mar. 29 in the Student Union South Cafeteria.

‘Revengeance,’ a great narrative hiding behind a disappointing game

These days, many games try to tell complex stories. They follow the example of titles that succeed with edgy, well-told narratives without realizing that those legendary titles are, at their core, interactive experiences. “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance” is one of those conflicted games. It can’t decide whether it wants to be an awesome action game like “Bayonetta” or a soul-crushingly dispiriting story like the other “Metal Gear” series titles.

‘Let’s Be Still’ by the Head and the Heart

“Down in the valley with whiskey rivers, these are the places you’ll find me hiding. These are the places I will always go.” These are the iconic lyrics from The Head and the Heart’s breakout tune “Down In The Valley,” a folk ballad that evokes a little piece of Jack Kerouac’s rambling mysticism in all of us. And they — these beautiful, quaint, and captivating folksters — certainly took listeners down there with them.

UAA 2014-2015 theater season preview

Just next month, the UAA Theatre Department will begin its 2014-2015 season. With a musical, a Shakespeare comedy and two modern comedies that turn...

HSB holds Native virtual presentation

UAA’s Health and Sciences Building is holding an exhibition until March 6 titled “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness.” In the third...

‘Xenoblade’ is still a huge leap for RPGs

Upon its 2010 release, “Xenoblade Chronicles” subverted all expectations for the Japanese role-play game, or JRPG, genre. It was almost an anti-JRPG, adapting to...

“The Salvation” is anything but

Title: “The Salvation” Director: Kristian Levring Release date: May 22, 2014 Genre: Western Country: Denmark Rating: 2 out of 5 “The Salvation” is anything but By Jacob Holley-Kline...

Sweet symphonic sounds

Every year the UAA music department and its students give the university a special symphony featuring every style of music from jazz to opera to hymnal chants. The 13th Symphony of Sounds, held recently last weekend, was a benchmark performance at UAA. The Symphony of Sounds may be a melodious treat to its listeners, but to the music department, it is an important fundraiser and an even more important showcase of the best of UAA's talent.

‘Team America’ uses satire, puppets to address terrorism

Over the years, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have tackled many heavy issues on their smash-hit television show “South Park.” From Charles Dickens to...

Taylor Swift chosen for The Hunger Games

Taylor Swift has been center stage in contemporary country music for roughly five years now. Originally a Myspace music phenomena, Swift skyrocketed to fame...

Local artists creates an indoor sculpture park for gallery show

Heavy, damp, gritty but also a little refreshing; so familiar, but until you step into the Student Union Gallery, it’s a difficult scent to place: grass.