From trash, treasure

May 19, 2016 12:53 PM
From trash, treasure

Laney Library’s EcoArt exhibit encourages Earth-friendly art-making “Thank goodness for Generation Z,” says ceramic artist Mary Rose Czajka. “They will save us.” Czajka’s installation, “Tidal Lagoons,” can be seen at the Laney College Library, where students’ final projects for the Laney College EcoArt Matters classes are now on display. When you come into the library, prepare to learn more about relevant issues and saving the world. You will be struck by the art materials: they are the detritus we leave behind. FROM TRASH, TREASURE Instructors and artists Sharon Siskin Andre and Andre Singer Thompson, are both zealous environmentalists and political […]

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Rebel girls

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Rebel girls

‘Riot grrrl’ movement of 1990’s influences female bands of today The women who coined the term ‘riot grrrl’ said they wanted to start a “girl riot,” and that’s just what they did—a riot that is still going on today. Their ‘riot grrrl’ movement began in the early 1990’s. The term came out of a meeting held by a group of women held in Olympia, Wash. They came together to come up with solutions for dealing with the rampant sexism taking place in the punk scene at the time. Of course, there have been women in punk bands since punk began. […]

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Fit to print

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Fit to print

Laney graphic arts department debuts two student-created magazines,/h3> The total is staggering—1,152 hours. That’s how many hours GRART 114 Graphic design technology students gave toward creating two magazines, ‘East Bay Graphics’ and ‘Hangline,’ this semester. Olmy Rosenstock, a Laney art major, said, “Being chosen to be the leader for a team of designers on the ‘Hangline’ project felt very challenging yet it was extremely worthwhile when completed.” It culminated in both an in-class presentation and ongoing work toward a 25- page color magazine. Rosenstock said he now knows the exact set of skills he possesses and the ones he needs […]

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Jazz studio swells with sounds of students, faculty

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The two Laney College Jazz combos and the Jazz Orchestra held their last concert of the semester on Monday night to a capacity crowd. In G189, Charlie Gurke took his musicians, students and audience on a journey that spans 70 years of American jazz history, from old blues standards to contemporary composers. The concert ranged from Count Basie’s theme song and big band swing standard of the 30’s, “One O’Clock Jump,” and pop standards like “It’s Only a Paper Moon” to contemporary Kenny Baron’s “Gichi.” Each group put on an excellent show. The band leader, Gurke, was beaming by the […]

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Untold history spotlights ‘sleuths in skirts’

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Untold history spotlights ‘sleuths in skirts’

‘Women in Blue’ tells stories of sixteen female trailblazers in field of law enforcement ‘Women in Blue’ by Cheryl Mullenbach is a very timely book. Issues surrounding law enforcement have received increased media attention in recent years, and as the country may be electing its first woman to the highest profession in law enforcement—president and commander-in-chief—‘Women in Blue’ is an important read. ‘JAIL MATRONS’ In the beginning, there was Frances Willard. Willard was the president of the WCTV, the Women’s Temperance Union, a group that worked for the elimination of the consumption of alcohol. It was through the work of […]

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What the garden is really about

May 5, 2016 3:42 PM
What the garden is really about

This is not about us versus them; this is not about Library versus Garden because we deserve both! This is about Laney’s and the Peralta Colleges’ integrity. This is about educating and supporting our students in becoming successful sustainable leaders and not paving down their hard work. This is about bringing people from all regions of the campus ToGather in health and happiness. This is the true symbol of a Green campus. This is a living laboratory that our faculty, deans, and students use every day of the week. This is a sacred site to the Ohlone people’s and a […]

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Up Rooted

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Up Rooted

Perlata administration proposes false dilemma in plan to raze garden on Laney campus to construct new buildings; communities rallies for alternatives. I am really, truly angry, saddened and disgusted,” Laney College Chemistry Professor Pinar Alscher said, speaking to Interim President Patricia Stanley and Vice Chancellor of General Services Dr. Sadiq Ikharo at a community forum on May 4. The forum was organized to discuss the proposed plan to replace Laney College’s vegetable garden with portable trailers. Alscher was one of over a hundred community members from around the Bay Area who came to Laney College on May 4 to discuss […]

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Wallflower

April 21, 2016 11:30 AM
Wallflower

Anna is one of those amazing artists whose artwork deserves attention,’ said Robert Abrams, referring to Laney College Art Professor Anna Vaughan. Her 40-foot mural can be seen on the east wall of the Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany, which Abrams owns. Vaughan’s artworks explore both the functional and sculptural traditions of ceramics. As a painter, she often incorporates the use of layered slips and sgrafitto, or clay etching into the work. Most recently, she completed the mural by spending hours doing sketches of the local neighborhood around the Ohlone Parkway. Vaughan then collaged her sketches together into a playful […]

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Record breakers

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Record breakers

As vinyl sales skyrocket, Oakland’s record stores boom For two hours, more than a hundred people went in and out of Oakland’s Econo Jam Records, as it hosted a First Friday exhibition opening for Oakland artist Kelly Ann Nelson. The store had the energy of a party: the music was bumping and, people bopping along with it, smiling and chatting with one another. There were varied size groups of people—many couples holding hands. Some people were alone, checking out the art and the records; just about everyone was smiling. A group of friends cheered their friend on as she bought […]

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Paradise Lost?

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Paradise Lost?

In new book, Laney professor details ecological damage done to Polynesian isles In ‘Isles of Amnesia’ Laney Geography Professor Mark Rauzon recounts his island-by-island efforts to reclaim biodiversity. Researcher, photographer, writer, ornithologist, artist and ‘contract killer,’ Rauzon kept journals describing his work over a span of 30 years. He transcribed them into this beautiful and compelling volume, the second in his trilogy of ‘Isles.’ ‘Isles of Amnesia’ begins with a reference to the famous first three words (‘Call me Ishmael’) of literature’s zenith nautical epic, ‘Moby Dick.’ But instead of hunting down a great whale, Rauzon was combing islands for […]

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‘Más’ depicts fiery fight

March 17, 2016 1:45 PM
‘Más’ depicts fiery fight

Laney Theatre heats up with a tale of smoke and mirrors “Más”, by Mita Ortiz, is a true story about the struggle of high school students in Tucson, Ariz., who tried to install Mexican American Studies (MAS) program into the high school curriculum. The script is derived from interviews, media coverage, and court documents. The narrative begins with MAS’s inception and progresses into its practice, the disharmony within that sparked public controversy, and finally the dismantling of the program by a conservative Arizona legislature in 2010. The play opens in a sweat lodge; four brightly colored dancers take center stage, […]

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Civil Rights exhibit spins yarn of heroines

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Civil Rights exhibit spins yarn of heroines

Still art speaks volumes in the collaboration of master quilter, Patricia Montgomery, and Chief Curator Rick Moss at The African American Museum & Library in Oakland. They present us with poignant moments in the lives of civil rights heroines. The use of fabulously tailored swing coats artistically accentuates individual stories of each heroine, bringing the spirit of her story to life. During this free event learn their stories, and how the civil rights movement was effected by them and their contributions.   Curator and artist have designed a life sized bus as a way to effectively engage us with this […]

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Theatre dept. spotlights ‘Dogeaters’ playwright in laney writer’s workshop

February 18, 2016 2:48 PM

Jessica Hagedorn, a best-selling novelist and playwright from the Philippines, visited Michael Torres’ script-analysis class on Feb. 8. There, she gave us a little more juicy information about her play “Dogeaters,” based on the book of the same name and left the air open for questions. The play opened Feb. 3 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. One student asked where the name “Dogeaters” derived from. Hagedorn said that the name is a pejorative for the natives who lived on Luzon. It was given to them by American troops in the Philippines during World War II. Many Filipinos may […]

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The Architecture of Fun

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The Architecture of Fun

Frank Ozawa Plaza was turned into an arts playground, as OurCity and the City of Oakland partnered on Feb. 4-6 to produce the first “OurCity: Oakland Public Design Fair.” Oakland artists and residents came together to re-imagine Oakland by focusing on the theme of play. At the fair’s “Pedal Powered Pump Organ,” made by artists from The Crucible, five-year-olds were pedaling next to 65-year-olds, making music from people-powered sounds. At “Scaffoldia,” made by The Open Workshop, participants were invited to pick up blocks and help construct scaffolding to play on, between, within and underneath. Another installation featured a makeshift living […]

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Abstract artist inspires young creatives

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Abstract artist inspires young creatives

Colorful abstract paintings line the walls of the cozy art gallery in the Tower building lobby. A smattering of tones and patterns offer the eye a whole buffet of beauty, each piece unique from the next and no brush stroke uncharted. The gallery exhibit, “Urban Expressionism,” features the work of African American artist Claude Lawrence. The paintings on display, all abstract expressionist pieces, evoke a sense of warm touch and busy thoughts. Many of the paintings are loud with fierce jagged lines, while a few others use soft curves and the quiet of negative spaces. Warm colors swirl past each […]

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