Campus Art Walk

Have you ever wondered what that sculpture outside Rasmuson Hall means or why there’s a stone lion in the UAA Geological Rock Garden? You...

‘Runner2’ fun overcomes gameplay frustrations

The original “BIT.TRIP Runner,” released in 2010, is an interesting experimental fusion of rhythm and platformer games. It is a very compelling experience and has a fantastic art style. But like many other side-scrolling platformers today, it is frustratingly challenging.

Rum and Cola is a simple cocktail for summer get-togethers, but it’s even more enjoyable if a little grenadine is added in. If you’re a...

‘Homefront’ a decent alternative to ‘Call of Duty’

THQ’s heavily advertised shooter, “Homefront,” has finally arrived. The premise is simple: North and South Korea have joined to become the Unified Republic of...

‘Venetica’ sports potential, but doesn’t bring it home

“Venetica” is an action role-playing game from German developer DTP Entertainment. While it boasts some fairly impressive features, it seems to be missing a...

Out North houses new collaboration between local dance group and poetry

Art takes many shapes and forms; it can be a painting on a wall, a statue in the park, a melody by a local musician, a dance in a recital or even a pencil scribbling on a scrap of paper. As creativity expands upon itself and artists take chances, art mediums are sometimes combined to make something new, unique and unified. This is what’s happening at Out North Contemporary Art House. After the closing of MTS Gallery last summer, the artists of various disciplines who called the gallery and performance space home had to find somewhere new to congregate.

SU gallery shows art uncensored

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.”

‘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.

The Lumineers sophomore release searches for its smash hit

Since the emergence of Mumford and Sons, folk pop music has peaked as a faux and unauthentic folk music that a mainstream audience can...

‘Wrecking Ball’: Breaking walls?

Intimacy is a hard thing to achieve, especially for anyone raised in a home wracked by abuse, drug addiction or alcoholism. I grew up in an alcoholic household and I, like anyone who’s ever wanted to connect with other people, have a hard time connecting in any meaningful way.

Wood, plastic and clay dominate student art show

Student artwork selected as the best 3-D pieces of 2006 are currently being displayed at the 3-Dimensional Student Invitational Show in the Student Union...

Owl City’s MySpace fame not forgotten

Adam Young is one of the few MySpace musician success stories we still care about. His fourth studio album under his Owl City music project, “The Midsummer Station,” is a good example why.

Promoters finally bring big names to Alaska concert goers

Alaska, home of beautiful mountains, scenic coastlines, large expanses of land, tons of wildlife and mostly friendly people. Alaska, isolated from the rest of...

‘The Family’: Black comedy with heart

Mob boss Giovanni Manzoni (Robert DeNiro, “Silver Linings Playbook”) is on the run from a dangerous gangster who he snitched on prior to the events of the film. He and his family, with the help of Witness Relocation agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”), retreat to the village of Normandy, France, and assume new identities.

The New Star Wars Film Awakens your Nostalgia

When I was kid I had an uncle who was obsessed with Star Wars. He collected all the action figures, which one day would...

Student work showcased at annual invitational

The Student Union Gallery kicks off the Spring 2012 semester with an invitational. Claybody Ceramic Invitational, an annual show in the gallery, features high quality ceramic works made by students in the Fall 2011 semester.

Photos, art wanted for Parking Services’ contests

It’s a while from now, but soon enough, it’ll be August and the fall semester will begin. And after registering for classes, there’s another...

July Movie Preview

July 4 “Tammy” When Tammy (Melissa McCarthy, “The Heat”) gets fired from her job at a fast food restaurant called Topper Jack’s, she takes to the...

Fur Rondy Snow Sculpture Competition: Ice art at it’s finest.

Imagine having to create a piece of artwork from 8 cubic feet of compressed snow while having to deal with the tough Alaskan climate....

Alaska, more than what we bill for

People don’t visit Alaska for the culture. With mountains, wildlife, glaciers and cruises, we have such a breathtakingly beautiful state that people will travel from all over the world to see and be a part of.

Education and gaming: Serious Fun offers a new look at games

Games have a massive amount of potential for storytelling, immersion, fun, frights, tears — but what about education? Serious Fun, a gaming event coming...

Ten essential David Bowie tracks that will live forever

Last week, we lost one of the most iconic artists of our time as David Bowie passed away at 69. Bowie left behind...

Beck – Morning Phase

Beck - Morning Phase Rating: 3/5 It's pretty clear from just the 41-second introduction to Beck's new Morning Phase that novelty, boundary pushing, and plain weirdness...

Student Activities features Utah band Meg and Dia

UAA’s Student Activities brought Meg and Dia, a rock band from Utah, to the campus on Thursday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 11 as...

‘Youth Novels’

People who think they know a lot about music say that the best pop comes out of Sweden. Their defense comes from ABBA, The Cardigans, Peter Bjorn and John, and most recently, Lykke Li. New to the Swedish music scene, Lykke Li can only hope to hold up those high-quality pop music standards.

Incompetency reigns in the Spanish hodgepodge ‘The Invisible Guardian’

“The Invisible Guardian” is another banal crime thriller slapped together with all the good pieces of better crime thrillers.

‘Le Chevalier D’Eon’

French historical fiction is getting an odd renaissance in anime, with recent adaptations of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Les Miserables," and now "Le Chevalier D'Eon," an original work based on a real French spy during the time of King Louis XV. The most notable thing about the real d'Eon Beaumont was the confusion over his sex; there were rumors he was actually a woman (he did disguise himself as Lia de Beaumont during a secret mission to Russia), and he actually claimed he was a woman in the latter part of his life, although anatomically he wasn't.

‘Jumper’ won’t leap into hearts of viewers

This is the era of the comic book. Film noir prostitutes and assassins, superheroes in spandex and capes, and regular people with superpowers abound on both the little and big screen these days. Yet a comic book-like plot doesn't mean instant popularity or success.

Til death do friends part

It’s hard to let someone go, especially when he or she has surrounded you for several years. But when you see it coming ahead of time, when you see the light at the end of your loved one’s tunnel and feel the rush of time and mortality, it can be even more difficult.

Two brothers divided by crime in ‘We Own the Night’

While some people might think that this film isn't worth watching from the previews because they've already seen this plot before, "We Own the Night" has plenty of surprises to offer those viewers who are willing to give it a chance. Not only are the story line and acting so great they need to be seen to be believed and appreciated, but the artistry of the film itself is also well worth the cost of admission.