‘Grand Theft Auto V,’ a wide-open paradise

When “Grand Theft Auto III” hit the scene over a decade ago, it changed the gaming landscape forever. Its open-world nature has inspired games as varied and diverse as “Saint’s Row” and “Red Dead Redemption.” It’s even worked its influence into franchises such as “Fallout” or “The Elder Scrolls.” Now, Rockstar is bringing the franchise back to end the current gaming generation on a high note with its most ambitious project yet: “Grand Theft Auto V.”

Howlapalooza: A day of music and food

The Anchorage arts community is bustling with talent. Musicians, visual artists and acrobats alike have made their name in the community. Now, with the help of UAA Student Activities and local marketing firm Spawn Ideas, this local talent will have a big venue to perform for UAA students and the Anchorage community alike with “Howlapalooza.”

A&E Briefs

Discovering the digital age at the Kimura Gallery Associate art professors Mariano Gonzales and Deborah Tharp presented the opening of the "Photographic and Digital Exploration" exhibit in the Kimura Gallery on Jan. 16. The exhibit consists of digital composites with the use of ink-jet printers.

‘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.

‘Space Dandy’ first impressions

“Space Dandy” is a new space-themed comedy anime series by director Shinichiro Watanabe and studio Bones that premiered Jan. 4 on Toonami. The protagonist, Dandy, is an alien-hunting womanizer who travels across galaxies to harvest rare specimens of alien life.

The Grammys 2015: Underlying Racism?

As February is here, so are the annual Grammy Awards. It will be the 57th year that the National Academy of Recording Arts and...

New Ice Cube album is deliciously obnoxious

It’s been quite a while since Ice Cube has put out something decent. Still, it’s refreshing to see a staple of the original hip-hop...

‘Eastern Promises’ doesn’t keep its word

There are no vows or proclamations in "Eastern Promises" that can be kept. Director David Cronenberg ("A History of Violence," "Crash") presents yet another odd storyline with plenty of moments that leave the audience questioning why they had to see them. Just like Cronenberg's first pairing with Viggo Mortensen ("A History of Violence," "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King") in "A History of Violence," the film opens up with a scene and characters that are unrelated to the main character at first glance.

Grammy-nominated ‘Bobs’ bring quirks to UAA

They might have one of the more unusual names for a music group, but The Bobs are promising good, unpredictable fun at their musical performance on March 24. And who doesn't love songs about monkeys attacking dogs? The Bobs are quirky, comical and one of the more successful a cappella groups around, having been nominated for a Grammy for one of their cover songs on The Beatles.

‘Vanquish’ a fun shooter

Every once in a while a game comes along that is unapologetically in your face on how it’s great. This time, it’s “Vanquish,” a...

Audio F’ile blazes with local talent

When the words “local concert” or “local show” are thrown around, the first two genres of music that come to mind in Alaska are probably metal and something between folk and really tame rock. But what about hip hop?

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...

Saving ‘Sesame Street’

Anyone paying attention to the presidential debate knows that Mitt Romney is out to defund PBS, despite admiring its work and programming. Twitter lit...

Schwarzenegger’s ‘Last Stand,” a fun homage to the 1980s

In the 1980s action flicks were a dime a dozen. Excessive violence, highly unlikely circumstances, bulky men and pretty women ruled the screen. And, by divine action movie formula, every great flick in the genre had at least one obscenely big gun, such as a Gatling gun or rocket launcher, for the situation. It was like clockwork.

Google fails with Mind Eraser drink recipe

When looking for a new drink to try, don’t just Google a combination of your favorite ingredients and pick the easiest one — especially if it has a ridiculous name.

‘Riddick’ is a mixed return to form

It seems like the producers of the “Chronicles of Riddick” franchise just can’t seem to figure out what to do with it. It started with the low-budget cult film “Pitch Black,” which leaned toward horror and tension.

‘Once’ is a bittersweet lullaby

Tales of star-crossed lovers have graced movie screens since the beginning of cinema. Some are fine with being sappy, others strive for realism, but...

‘Dystopia’

Come December it will be time to sum up the year in music. One thing that will be undeniable about 2008 will be its love of the 80's. If put it to the test the 80's might rank in the polls as the worst decade as far as music goes, but despite all the cheesiness and ridiculousness (think the keytar or Flock of Seagulls) there was so much irrefutable pop genius that is often categorized in "guilty pleasures.

God of War: Chains of Olympus

Arguably one of the greatest things about the videogame's medium is the ability to immerse the player in a character or setting far removed from reality. Thanks to "Madden NFL," even scrawny nerds can be NFL stars; because of "Final Fantasy VII," effeminate emo kids can save the world.

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 Wii game takes steps forward in motion-controlled shooting

Okay, first off, if you sold your Wii for a Playstation or an Xbox, you are missing out on something really special. If you haven't and you like playing bowling and.bowling, you will be pleased to know that there is actually a hardcore shooter game available for the Wii.

‘What Women Want’

A feel-good story about a bad man gone good (or at least monogamous) takes viewers back to the days of Gary Cooper and Fred...

VH1 commentator humors UAA with ‘wit and tact’

Monkey fish sticks, retards and Canadians were on the minds of audience members at the Michael Ian Black comedy show Feb. 17. The show,...

Puddle of mediocre

Some artists release a cover in their album buried as a hidden track, but rarely do they release a full album of covers. Puddle...

April Movie Preview

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” - April 4 Captain America or Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, “Thor: The Dark World”), wakes up in the future and...

‘Mixx It Up’ shows off UAA’s art talent

A canvas of burlap stretches out with squares and scraps of off-white and floral printed linen haphazardly sewn onto it, giving "What Are The...

‘Pokemon Diamond and Pearl’

Anyone who thought the Pokemon craze was dead has underestimated the little critters. The latest Pokemon game, in Diamond and Pearl versions, is the best-selling Pokemon game in both Japanese and U.S. history, selling more than a million copies in the first week of its American release alone.

‘Inside Man’ bamboozles audience with empty promises

~.~. Inside Man Universal, 2006 Starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster Directed by Spike Lee Written by Russel Gewirtz Rated R, 129 min. Thriller/crime "Inside Man" looks like it should be...

Additions to the Shootout half-time lineup

Halftime is cool-down time. The players are off the court, the bathroom breaks are commencing and it’s everyone’s chance to unwind from the game tension for a few minutes.