‘Ghosts,’ a boring repeat addition to the FPS genre

Back when I was but a small child, I loved the first-person shooter genre. I grew up with games like “TimeSplitters” and “Goldeneye 007,” games that weren't so much about UAVs, airstrikes or K/D ratios so much as they were about stupid fun. And this was back in the day when gamers had to actually play together in the same room.

Out and about: A lineup of First Friday events in Anchorage

This upcoming Friday, March 2, a number of different art showcases, exhibitions and First Friday events will be held close to UAA and the...

Valentine’s Day playlist: how to set the mood

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and whether you’ve got yourself a “boo” or you’re swiping right until your fingers are sore, there...

‘Beyond the Black Rainbow’ is beautiful, empty

Title: Director: Country: Release date: Rating: "Beyond the Black Rainbow" Panos Cosmatos Canada December 31, 2010 3/5 stars The annals of sci-fi are haunted by the campiness, and occasional genius, of the ‘70s and...

Dear Science

"Return to Cookie Mountain," TV on the Radio's 2006 album, was one of the most talked about albums of that year. People wouldn't shut up about it. It was "TV on the Radio this" and "TV on the Radio that". Of course, there are some high expectations for the band to live up to.

A ‘fun-filmed’ 10 days

The 18th season of the Anchorage International Film Festival is in full swing. The 10-day event, which began on Nov. 30 and will continue...

May cause dance parties

On the Website for Fol Chen's record label Asthmatic Kitty, the band names a few different artists they sound like. Among the accurate relatives lay Pink Floyd and Gwen Stefani. I can't imagine Asthmatic Kitty, who is home to artists like Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, Castanets and Grampall Jookabox, would house an artist that compares themselves to Gwen Stefani, but for Fol Chen, it kind of works.

“The Sweet Hereafter” far from fuzzy

Read the back of the box, and you find the plot intriguing. It is set in a small community in British Columbia that is...

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.

Classical pianist wraps up van tour of Alaska

Brooklyn-based classical pianist Miki Sawada hoped to show classical music's continued relevance through her "Gather Hear Alaska" tour

A&E Briefs

UAA theatre major gets into the role of Romeo with TBA Theatre The TBA Theatre Company will be putting on the famous Shakespeare production "Romeo and Juliet" over in APU's Grant Hall until March 1. The tragedy will be presented in its classic form, no twists or turns like Verona suddenly becoming a space station.

Download-only ‘Battlefield’ modifies classic game formula

For those of you who don't know, I am a fan of "Battlefield" anything. Therefore, a new foray into the roots of the series is a very good choice. It also helps give the "Battlefield" community a taste of the FrostBite engine in action again. Think of this as a downloadable sugary snack to win you over until "Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

‘Life Turns Electric’ best played as road trip noise

Finger Eleven’s new album is mediocre. It isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just not that good. The album is 10 tracks of the same thing. All...

H20 is FTW

When it comes to the beverage industry, trends are everything. For the fashion-conscious choice of drink is can be a statement — “Are you Coke or Pepsi?”

Zombie romance offers a surprisingly successful twist on Romeo and Juliet

If love is a battlefield, this one’s a doozy. The story of Romeo and Juliet gets a modern revamp (or re-zomb?) in the new rom-zom-com “Warm Bodies,” where being a Capulet means you’re living, and a Montague means you’re the living dead.

Student art exhibition brings up three-dimensional artist Miho Aoki

The finest of the UAA student's artwork has been selected and is being put under the professional eye of Miho Aoki for the 2009 Juried Student Art Exhibition. Miho Aoki is an assistant professor at UAF who specializes in three-dimensional digital art. Her artwork had been featured in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the University of Alaska Museum of the North, and many other places.

‘It’s Blitz’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

When I think of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I think about grueling, flesh biting, drunk-rock. Karen O's frantic, hysterical vocals with the swirling guitar gnashes of Nick Zinner and the pounding drums of Brian Chase made for one powerful fury. Now all of the sudden, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have grown up and settled down.

‘C.O.R.E’ restyles a classic game form

First of all, I love first-person shooters (FPS) for the Nintendo DS. The stylus dragging on the bottom screen to aim the reticule on the top screen is smooth and intuitive, not to mention a cool control scheme. Second of all, I like the throwback of "C.

“Beyond Earth:” Failure to launch

Boy, relapse can be painful sometimes. The games in Sid Meier's “Civilization” series are dangerous for college students to play. Once a game is started,...

‘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.

What’s going on with women and men

The University of Alaska Theater Department presents the play "Somewhere in Between" by Aoise Stratford, which shows how society has created confusion between men and women for years. The play suggests that it's time to stop blaming and controlling, and begin to join together to reach a higher place as a whole.

‘Jazzmom’ sets the table for UAA Jazz Week

Melissa “Jazzmom” Fisher and the rest of her trio breezed through more than an hour of jazz standards from “Love Me Like a Man”...

‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ a surprising flick

President Abraham Lincoln didn’t really need a fictional book or movie made about how, in addition to all of the real cool stuff he...

UAA’s Clay Body Club aims to inspire students with annual art...

The UAA Clay Body Club’s annual Ceramic Invitational offers a free experience for anyone from art connoisseurs to the average Joe. The Hugh McPeck...


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...

Borrowers novel re-imagined in new Miyazaki movie

While not one of Hayao Miyzaki’s greatest animated masterpieces, his screenwriting in “The Secret World of Arrietty” is easily recognizable in the brilliant storytelling...

Yet another music genre emerges

Do you ever think that there are too many music genres to remember? It used to be simpler. In the '90s, music tended to...

Hitbox Review: Transistor

Supergiant Games’ second game continues to improve on the strengths of its predecessor. Transistor’s stand-out narration, well-realized world and deceptively simple combat make for...


The Kooks certainly aren't the first handful of Brits to realize that Americans adore any and all music from their homeland, but despite this potentially tired marketing scheme, their sophomore effort, "Konk," comes out far more ahead of the curve than behind.

Juried Student Show juror David Woodie

If one were asked to guess David Woodie’s profession, one would likely guess fishing, logging, construction or some other similar career based on his...