Archive for the ‘A&E’ Category

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Acrobatic duo ‘Folie A Deux’ defies gravity

The human body is capable of remarkable feats of strength. In the world of acrobatics, pushing one’s body to the limit is a must and defying gravity is seemingly commonplace. Alaska-bred acrobatics duo “Folie A Deux” does just this in their numerous routines. Made up of Aryeh Lax, junior visual art major at the University […]

The Purge: Anarchy

‘Anarchy’: Your mileage may vary

Title: Director: Release date: Rating: “The Purge: Anarchy” James DeMonaco July 18, 2014 2/5 The first “Purge” film turned a lot of heads when it came out a little more than a year ago — at least, before it actually came out. The premise was ambitious and seemed very promising, but the film didn’t live […]

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‘The Wolf Among Us’ is a gripping mystery

Game: Developer: Platform: Genre: Release date: Rating: “The Wolf Among Us” Telltale Games PS3, 360, PC, Mac, iOS Adventure July 8, 2014 5/5 stars In 2012, developer Telltale Games released a point-and-click adventure game adaptation of “The Walking Dead,” and needless to say, it was a smashing success. It revitalized what many considered a dead […]

Poetry Parley connects Alaska poetry community

Some poems are meant to be read, like Emily Dickinson’s others are meant to be performed, like Gil Scott Heron’s. At the Poetry Parley, a gathering of poets from all around Alaska, any poem is fair game. “Six years ago, a group of people gathered together because Out North AK had some space, and I […]

Sit through the credits

Let’s be honest: Sitting through movie credits is boring. A bunch of names the viewer probably won’t recognize scroll from bottom to top until it fades to black or opens to a special scene. But sitting through the credits is rewarding. It’s not about trying to recognize the names of the crew like you would […]

The Quiet Earth

‘The Quiet Earth” is Sci-Fi done right

Title: Director: Country: Release date: Rating: “The Quiet Earth” Geoff Murphy New Zealand October 18, 1985 4/5 The best science fiction embraces its premise. This is clear 20 minutes into “The Quiet Earth,” when the protagonist gallivants around an empty chapel wearing a dress, screaming, and firing a shotgun, that the movie wholeheartedly embraces its […]

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Grouplove

On July 19 don’t get tongue tied trying to talk on a date — go enjoy Grouplove, the band that sings the hit “Tongue Tied.” Grouplove will be performing in the Humpy’s Big Spawn concert series that kicked off with Youngblood Hawke and Capital Cities last month. Grouplove formed in 2009 as a group of […]

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‘Shovel Knight’: Gaming history in a small package

Game: Developer: Platform: Genre: Release date: Rating: “Shovel Knight” Yacht Club Games Wii U, 3DS, PC Platformer June 26, 2014 5/5 Side-scrolling platformers in a pixellated retro style have become something of a cliché in the indie-gaming scene. It began with “Cave Story” and soon seemingly exploded into a genre of its own with games […]

Events

Ice Cream Social – July 10 3-4 p.m. at the UAA/APU Consortium Library Ice cream is free for UAA students (with valid ID for spring or summer semesters), $1 for UAA staff/faculty, and $2 for the general public.   Early Bird Parking Permit Sale – last day August 1 – Buy your annual parking permit […]

“Transformers:” Age of Profits

Film: Director: Starring: Release date: Rating: Transformers: Age of Extinction Michael Bay Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammar June 28, 2014 1/5 stars I entered the theater with a hoodie and sunglasses on. I put them all on as I approached the box office, and asked for movie tickets. As I took my seat, a […]

The Steam summer sale shindig

Every summer, Steam holds a massive sale on video games. Many see it as a brutal whipping on the wallets of gamers, and that view isn’t necessarily wrong. For me, it’s an experiment of self-control —one that I always fail. Nevertheless, there have been a few titles that I’ve wanted to cover over the last […]

Xenonauts,’ the purist’s ‘XCOM’

Game: “Xenonauts” Developer: Goldhawk Interactive Platform: PC Genre: Strategy Release Date: June 17, 2014 Rating: 3   In the early disk operating system days of gaming, strategy games were just beginning to enter the software market. The game that codified much of the strategy genre as we know it today was “X-COM: UFO Defense,” a […]

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‘Zelda’: The case for a female Link

A couple weeks ago, Nintendo finally announced it long-awaited new “Legend of Zelda” game for Wii U. The trailer begins with a vast open world, dotted only by a green figure riding a horse. A monster begins to attack. It chases the figure into the forest, where it flings off its cloak, takes aim with […]

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UAA backstage at Road to Vans Warped Tour

Sound engineers run about with sound equipment as roadies carry instruments on and off the stage. Band members, local and big-time alike, mingle with fans with all-access and VIP passes while waiting for their time to go on stage. Warped Tour itself is quite the experience, but there’s nothing quite like being backstage at the […]

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