Archive for the ‘A&E’ Category


‘Destiny’ is too ambitious

Bungie is primarily known as the developer of the “Halo” series. Even three years after it split off from Microsoft, its staff remained loyal to the franchise that helped make them famous. Now, in 2014, they’ve delivered a brand new intellectual property for all platforms, except PC, much to the ire of some enthusiasts: the […]

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‘Ultra Street Fighter IV’: Brilliant, difficult design

Game: “Ultra Street Fighter IV” Developer: Capcom Platforms: PS3, 360, PC Genre: Fighting Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014 Rating: 4 Something strange happened when the original “Street Fighter IV” hit the scene almost five years ago. Suddenly, a seemingly-dead genre sprung to life with a vim unlike any other genre revival in the history of […]


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.”


Rap made respectful with ‘All You Can Do’

With recent stirrings in the black community regarding the appropriateness of Iggy Azalea’s participation in hip-hop, a common complaint wasn’t the mimicry in musical style, but rather the artist “trying black culture on for size” — disrespectfully appropriating language and aesthetics to fake an identity and background that is not her own.

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AK Airlines Center debut concert: Alabama Shakes

Get ready for the blues and southern rock group Alabama Shakes, performing live at the Alaska Airlines Center as part of a series of grand opening celebrations. The Alabama Shakes will take the stage Sept. 13 at the newly finished Alaska Airlines Center. The concert opens with The Whipsaws at 7:30 p.m.

The Alabama Shakes consist of members Brittany Howard, Zac Cockrell, Heath Fogg, Steve Johnson and Ben Tanner. Brittany Howard’s smooth yet rough and raspy voice gives the group’s music a true blues rock sound.

Where to get some grub around UAA

Food in Gorsuch Commons Creekside Eatery The Creekside Eatery, mainly used by students living on campus, offers all-you-can-eat buffet-style meals. Meals can be purchased with meal blocks and dining dollars here, as well. The Creekside Eatery offers students a barbecue, where they can order their choice of daily menu items and specials. For breakfast students […]

A brief introduction to world cinema

World cinema is a tricky landscape to navigate. Almost every country around the world has a great movie to their name and knowing where to start is almost impossible. Here are three important movies from each region to get you started. Just know that this list is only a starting point and is not in […]

State Fair concerts

KC & the Sunshine Band Straight from the ‘70s, the R&B/funk group KC and the Sunshine Band will appear at the Alaska State Fair. They will play at the Borealis Theatre on Aug. 21 for a groovy show. KC and the Sunshine Band is best known for the hits “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) […]

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Reggie Watts at Campus Kick-Off

For last year’s Campus Kick-Off comedy show UAA Concert Board brought up Nick Offerman, who packed a full house at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. This year Concert Board has selected comedian and musician Reggie Watts to headline the comedy show. Watts has a larger-than-life afro and a comedy style that is completely his own, a […]

A Most Wanted Man

‘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 2011 and brought veteran actor Gary Oldman’s talent and skill to the forefront once again. Now, with the untimely […]


Sam Smith’s debut impresses

Album: Artist: Release date: Rating: “In The Lonely Hour” Sam Smith May 26, 2014 4/5 There are certain voices in music that are immediately recognizable. These voices are unique without being annoying or laughable. One can hear them playing on a stereo across the street or in the aisle at a grocery store and simply […]

Quality over quantity: Episodic video games

With the season finale of Telltale Games’ excellent “The Wolf Among Us” finally out, it’s apparent that episodic video games have once again taken a place in the industry. Telltale Games works almost exclusively with this format. The developer’s most well-known titles, “The Walking Dead: Season One,” “The Walking Dead: Season Two” and “The Wolf […]

House of Bread

Clam Chowder Food Quest

House of Bread – $4.75 for a cup, $6.25 for a bowl, $8.25 for bread bowl House of Bread’s delicious clam chowder will have you saying, “Mmm, mmm, good.” This clam chowder comes with your choice of any of their fresh homemade bread as well. The soup is very creamy with a good ratio of […]


“Childish Games” is a treat for horror fans

Title: Director: Country: Genre: Release date: Rating: “Childish Games” Antonio Chavarrias Spain Horror March 9, 2012 4/5 Taking “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt” to the extreme, the compact Spanish thriller, “Childish Games” mashes characters’ pasts and presents together, winding their threads tightly until horrifyingly unraveling in the final act. After the […]

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