Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Top 5 college films

By Diamond Gregg 

Layout Editor 

 1The Graduate 

 For the intellectual, consider the classic 1967 film “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman. “The Graduate” proved its worth by earning several awards, including one from the American Film Institute as one of the century’s top 100 films. An anthem of college blues and existentialism, this film shows that college does not always give the answers to life’s questions, and that is OK. Rather, college is preparation for a journey of self-awareness and identity. The soundtrack is as introspective as the film itself and consists entirely of the works of Simon and Garfunkel. This film can be great comfort to those who are feeling the anxiety of heading into the unknown as their college careers wind down. Continue reading

Former art student heads home

By Erin Alexis Goldman 

Arts & Entertainment Editor 

Photo by Erin Alexis Goldman | Painting titled "Gran Caracas" by Lefeld is pictured in the Forum Gallery in the F Building.

Photo by Erin Alexis Goldman | Painting titled “Gran Caracas” by Lefeld
is pictured in the Forum Gallery in the F Building.

While artist, educator and Brookhaven College alumna Marian de Lefeld has lived in the U.S. for nearly two decades, her home country of Venezuela is the inspiration behind her art. Lefeld’s exhibition, “Heading Home,” which is influenced by the conflict, chaos and polarization of the country’s capital of Caracas, is on display in the Forum Gallery until Sept. 26.

When she was 25, Lefeld left Caracas and moved to Dallas. She studied at Brookhaven from 2002 to 2007, and she went on to receive her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southern Methodist University. Currently Continue reading

Band that changed punk rock music: The Sonics

By Wanz Dover

Staff Writer

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Punk rock has a storied history that is often credited to the explosion in underground activity in the mid-to-late ’70s. Tired of the spectacle that rock music had become due to bloated arena rock bands, a few bands inspired a whole generation to rebel by bringing rock music back to its roots.

Many of these bands connected due to a shared passion for ’60s counterculture rock legends Velvet Underground, The Stooges and MC5. Velvet Underground and MC5 formed in 1964 and often get credited as the beginning of the movement, but The Sonics formed in 1960 and predated them all by four years with a rock ‘n’ roll sound rooted in three chords and songs about evil women, drugs and screaming. Continue reading

Summer Concert Picks

By Joie’ Thornton, Wanz Dover and Carmina Tiscareño

Web Editor, Staff Writer, and New Media Editor

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Under the Influence Tour – August 14 – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Under the Influence Tour includes several acts, such as rappers Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Young Jeezy, and others. The headliner, Wiz Khalifa, officially entered the rap scene in 2011 with the popular song “Black and Yellow.” NFL team the Pittsburgh Steelers used the song as their unofficial theme song. Wiz Khalifa’s recent album was released in 2012. This tour is an extension of his 2013 tour. For this year’s tour, Khalifa decided to add new rappers as well as established rappers such as Tyga and Young Jeezy. Continue reading

Street Arabs Bruised Fruit

By Wanz Dover

Staff Writer 

Photo by Wanz Dover | The Street Arabs' latest offering sounds just as good on the street as it does in your car.

Photo by Wanz Dover | The Street Arabs’ latest offering sounds just as good on the street as it does in your car.

 

The Street Arabs are back with a fine dose of garage rock served up straight, no chaser on their new LP “Bruised Fruit.” The cur- rent decade has been rough on rock‘n’roll. A status quo of slickly-produced and very safe music has dominated the indie music scene almost as much as the mainstream. In this environment, the Street Arabs’ latest offering is a breath of fresh air. Continue reading

BHC student cooks up ethnic flair

By Carmina Tiscareño

New Media Editor

Photo Illustration by Adriana Salazar

Photo Illustration by Adriana Salazar

In a packed kitchen, former Brookhaven College student Gigliola Aguilera finishes last- minute artistic touches on the escabeche dish she is about to serve. At the same time, her mother, Joyce Stenvall, prepares two trays of a banana dessert. The light brown wooden cabinets behind the bar area give the restaurant a kitchen- like feel, while Latin and smooth Jazz relaxes patrons.

Aguilera moved to the United States from her home country of Bolivia 11 years ago, not knowing any English. Now she is the chef and owner of the mother- and-daughter restaurant Joyce and Gigi’s Kitchen. The elegantly hospitable restaurant specializes in providing customers with South American dishes from countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil. Continue reading

Crate Digger explores Miles Davis’ transformative album

By Wanz Dover 

Staff Writer

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Wanz Dover Crate Digger

 

The year 1970 was the hangover from 1969’s “Summer of Love,” and Miles Davis turned the Jazz world on its head with a new direction that inspired as many as it angered.

Davis’ “Bitches Brew” has been the subject of many old-school Jazz purists and a generation of forward-thinking Jazz musicians. Continue reading

Old 97’s release ‘Most’ fun in over decade

By Erin Alexis Goldman
Opinions Editor

 

Photo by  Erin Alexis Goldman | Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller rocks out during a small set the band played at the AllGood Cafe in October 2010.

Photo by Erin Alexis Goldman | Old 97′s frontman Rhett Miller rocks out during a small set the band played at the AllGood Cafe in October 2010.

Last fall, Dallas-based alt-country band the Old 97’s head- ed to Austin with producer Salim Nourallah to record their tenth LP, “Most Messed Up.” The album is an unruly, unfiltered and Continue reading

Student rocks the café

By Brigitte Zumaya

Layout Editor

 

Photo illustration by Kathy Tran

Photo illustration by Kathy Tran

 

The music blared out of the speakers and echoed throughout Brookhaven College’s S Building. During the concert, lead singer Andrew Boyer switched between the keyboard and guitar while singing Continue reading

Former student models success

By Travis Baugh
Staff Writer

Photo Illustrations by Kathy Tran | Rachal Grayson poses during one of her first test shoots with Wallflower Management in downtown Dallas.

Photo Illustrations by Kathy Tran | Rachal Grayson poses during
one of her first test shoots with Wallflower Management
in downtown Dallas.

 

Former Brookhaven College student Rachal Grayson is following her dream of becoming a model. After a lot of hard work, time, perseverance and rejection, Grayson made her way from behind the camera to being the one under all the lights and on the page.

Grayson said she had always wanted to be a model, and in eighth grade, she went to her first casting call for a modeling agency called Kim Dawson. The casting call did not go as expected. She said she was shot down hard: “It kind of destroyed the dream of doing it,” Grayson said. Even after being dealt such a crushing blow at a young age, Grayson said she still strove to be in the fashion world. Continue reading