Category: Arts and Entertainment

Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ takes a more realistic turn in new film adaptation

By Kyiesha Chavez Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s novel “The Witches” begins with the statements “This is not a fairy tale” and “witches are real.” Following that is the frightening story of witches who are actually demons and share one thing in common: They all hate children.  The novel does a good job of acknowledging some

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RCC Theatre performs virtual live reading of ‘Kill Move Paradise’

By Rolinda Espinoza Theater students at Riverside City College are continuing to showcase their artform despite COVID-19, most recently telling an eye-opening tale about the realities of being Black in America.  RCC Theatre live streamed a performance of “Kill Move Paradise” on Nov. 6. The play follows four young African American men whose lives have

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Halloween survives COVID-19

By Neyra Rodriguez In previous years, people would party with their friends and family on Halloween night. Some people would stay home, with a bowl of popcorn and a bucket of candy, and enjoy a Halloween movie marathon. But most children preferred dressing up in their favorite costumes and going trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, many children will

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Series Review: ‘Social Distance’ reflects reality of our new normal

By Kyiesha Chavez This year has been a strange year to say the least.  With the pandemic putting everything at a standstill for the past seven months, sometimes it’s difficult to remember anything besides COVID-19. Netflix’s new anthology series “Social Distance” encapsulates this strange time perfectly.  Set in the first few months of the shutdown,

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Three creepy albums for a homemade haunt

By Stephanie Arenas With Halloween just days away, one may feel discouraged to celebrate the holiday due to COVID-19.  However, you shouldn’t feel that way, as there are plenty of other ways to celebrate. Many may watch Halloween movies or perhaps even host a Zoom party with their friends. Personally, I can’t wait to get

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Businesses feel effects of Coachella cancellation

By Joyce Nugent Riverside County canceled the Coachella Music and Art Festival and its country music compliment, Stagecoach, due to a possible increase in COVID-19 cases this season.  “I am concerned, as indications grow, that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall,” Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County Public Health officer, said in a statement June 10.

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Series Review: ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ does horror right

By Alyssa Aldrete If you’re still harping on being stuck inside this Halloween, open up Netflix, start up “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” and be thankful that it could be worse: you could be one of the doomed characters conjured up in the mind of Mike Flanagan. “Bly Manor” is the second horror miniseries to

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Día de Muertos celebrations continue with COVID-19 safety practices

By Jennipher Vasquez With Día de Muertos quickly approaching, people across the state are finding new ways to celebrate the holiday safely while still honoring their ancestors. Día de Muertos, known as Día de Los Muertos in the United States, is a holiday originating from indigenous Mexican culture that welcomes dead friends and family back

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Spookify your to-do list by adding cool activities this month

By Kyiesha Chavez Halloween 2020 is special for three reasons: it falls on a Saturday, it will be a blue moon (second full moon of the month) and we move our clocks back for daylight saving time.  It would be a shame to miss out on such an amazingly spooky day. While trick-or-treating and costume

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Three family-friendly movies for the season

Sadly, things are not looking good for Halloween lovers this year. From the looks of it, the popular holiday may need to be canceled. However, that does not mean you cannot celebrate from the comfort of your own home alongside your family. With some popcorn, a nice pumpkin-scented candle and a cozy Halloween film, you

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