Paradise Lost?

April 21, 2016 11:19 AM
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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Museum reopening opens minds

February 4, 2016 2:39 PM
Museum reopening opens minds

Something for everyone at Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive There’s more than meets the eye at the newly opened Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), on the corner of Berkeley’s Center Street and Oxford Street. In fact, the most exciting parts of the museum are what’s barely visible from the outside: intricate spiderwebs, tiny snowflakes, 16th century lace, and 25,000 square feet of gallery space, all hiding underneath its small city block footprint. That’s why—despite its peculiar quirks, and with discounted admission available for $10 with a student ID—the BAMPFA is a museum worth getting up close […]

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Macbeth gets the Hollywood treatment

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Macbeth gets the Hollywood treatment

Classic Shakespearian work gets modernized, sacrifices plot and prose for bloody battles The movie “Macbeth” succeeds as a parable of the inevitability of war. But director Justin Kurzel’s version bears little resemblance to Shakespeare’s. The screenplay is unintelligible, masked by muffled heavy Scottish brogue. But if we catch a few words suggesting a famous monologue, our minds fill in the rest. And anything the two leading actors do is worth watching. My mother used to say that a great actor can read the phonebook and make us cry. The leads are played by two of our greatest living actors, Academy […]

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Black History Month Calendar

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Black History Month Calendar
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Laney Bakery takes the cake

December 10, 2015 11:46 AM
Laney Bakery takes the cake

Culinary Arts students create confectionery ‘Pagoda’ for Nikko Hotel The Laney College Culinary Arts program creates this Japanese-inspired Pagoda out of candy and gingerbread each year for the Nikko Hotel in Oakland. It will be on display in the lobby through the holiday season.

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Black Panthers history on display

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Black Panthers history on display

Annual art exhibit returns to Laney Library until Dec. 19th The Black Panther Party (BPP) underground newspaper exhibit in the Laney College library will be on display through the end of the semester, Dec. 19. On Dec. 3, the librarians arranged a lecture to focus on the many social programs the BPP started to serve people in the community. This included and are not limited to the breakfast program for school children, free food distribution to seniors and low- income families. The BPP also organized busing program to prisons and the sickle cell education and testing campsites located throughout the […]

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Spotlight on: ‘Spotlight’

November 27, 2015 2:53 PM
Spotlight on: ‘Spotlight’

Catholic Church scandal yarn is re-woven through eyes of the reporters who broke the story Spotlight may be the front-runner for this year’s Best Picture. It is spot-on, no gimmicks storytelling at its finest. The story is David vs. Goliath but David has the most powerful stone of all…the truth. The Boston Globe takes on the Catholic Church in exposing perhaps the biggest cover up of the 21st century. Even after watching it, it is still so hard to believe that the biggest institution based on faith was a breeding ground for predators and what the church did to keep […]

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Photo Contest Winner: Joel Wiechert

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Photo Contest Winner: Joel Wiechert

Joel took this image during the Autumn Festival of Lights, held in the Gardens of Lake Merritt, on Oct 16 and 17.

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Warming up for jazz concert

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Warming up for jazz concert

The Laney College Music Department’s Jazz Orchestra (photos) and two Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Charles Gurke will perform a free concert 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in room G-189.

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Free Performance

November 13, 2015 1:28 PM
Free Performance

Laney music students Brent Elberg and Joel Reyes and theatre arts students Carla Gallardo and Rolanda Dene composed music heard during the wedding scene. The performance at 4 pm – 6 pm on Thursday, Nov. 19, is free. For ticket information, contact Lisa Evans at Levans(at)calshakes.org.

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