Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

First-time fairgoer recounts experience

By Tyler Satchwell
Staff Writer


I was looking for positives to counterbalance the cynical voice inside my brain that said, “You know this is going to suck.” I’ve lived within walking distance of Fair Park for 10 years, and I’ve never bothered to go. The annual State Fair of Texas has always been an annoyance.

Between people parking in my complex, increased foot traffic and the resulting garbage left on the streets, I’ve always dreaded the first couple of weeks of October. I don’t even want to think about Red River Rivalry weekend. A friend of mine convinced me to try to stow away all this baggage and give the State Fair a chance, so off I went. Continue reading

New restaurant makes noodles

By Carmina Tiscareño

Media/Fashion Editor

Photos by Adriana Salazar |A heap of long wheat noodles is plucked out of a bowl of spicy miso ramen with chopsticks.

Photos by Adriana Salazar |A heap of long wheat noodles is plucked out of a bowl of spicy miso ramen with chopsticks.

From college dorm rooms to household stovetops and workplace microwaves, ramen has been feeding Americans since the very first Cup O’ Noodles hit store shelves in 1973, according to an article in The New Yorker by Sophie Brickman. It is convenient, easy and simple to prepare, but this humble dish has gotten a major facelift at a new restaurant that opened this summer in Addison, Ramen Hakata. Continue reading

‘A Few Good Men’ cast in BHC play

By Kathryn Matheny

Staff Writer


Auditions have taken place and roles have been cast for Theatre Brookhaven’s upcoming production of “A Few Good Men.” Written by Aaron Sorkin, the play follows military lawyers who uncover a high-level conspiracy during the court-martial of U.S. Marines accused of murder. The 1992 Academy Awardnominated film of the same name was adapted for the screen by Sorkin and starred Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore. “This is the actual play the movie is based on,” Brookhaven theater assistant Karen Crowell said. Continue reading

Library observes Banned Books Week

By Carmina Tiscareño & Diamond Gregg
Media/Fashion Editor & Layout Editor


Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Books like the Harry Potter series attract readers by taking them to different or interesting settings. Harry Potter, for instance, takes readers to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; readers follow Potter as he discovers that he’s a wizard and enters a new, magical life. Many of the banned books on the American Library Association website have magical or violent content. Though not directly affected by most banned books local public libraries play a large part in the community. They highlight the censorship of great classics and newer books. The week of Sept. 21 observes Banned Books Week at Brookhaven

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Cassettes refuse to disappear

By Evan Henry

Staff Writer




In a culture that thrives on instant gratification, some people like to step back and look at what came before smartphones and iPods, before the CD, even. In 1963, the Philips Company invented something that would revolutionize recording and playback alike: the compact cassette.

Cassettes are cheap to produce. They have been since their inception 50 years ago. A cassette is just magnetic tape wound into a plastic shell that fits snugly into your hand. With the right technology, an artist can single-handedly record, produce and manufacture an album in an unlimited quantity in-house within the day. The advantage is that an artist can sell the tape for $5 to $7, compared to the absurdity of $10 for the CD or $25 for the vinyl. Cassettes can be entirely personal, such as the mixtape, a homemade compilation of songs Continue reading

Live concert spices up BHC

Photos by Claudia Valerio 

The Brookhaven College Music Club hosted Havana New Rhythm
Generation Sept. 13. The eight-piece band filled the Performance Hall
with their energetic, timba-inspired salsa music and smooth moves.

Havana NRG! invites audience members up to the stage to dance

Havana NRG! invites audience members up to the
stage to dance.

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Cheap dates

By Travis Baugh

Staff Writer

Looking to spend some time with that special someone this fall and
not break the bank while doing it? Here are a few ideas that could help.

1. The Texas Theater -231 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Try The Texas Theater for the classic dinner and a movie. The
food will cost you, but the film is free. The historic Texas Theater
is great on any night, with a selection of films ranging from indie to
more obscure, some of which are shown in the original 35mm film
format. The Texas Theater celebrates all film, from really good to
really bad – the so bad it’s good kind of bad. The first Tuesday
of every month is Tuesday Night Trash. The night is dedicated
to weird, obscure or forgotten films that are overflowing with
B-movie goodness. For more information, check its Facebook page. Continue reading

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