The Renegade Rip

Blues guitarist Robben Ford gets picking at Doubletree Jan. 25

Nicholas Sparling

December 4, 2007

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When I first started to watch the movie "Cloverfield," I thought to myself, am I in the right theater? It did start off slow. If you like science fiction movies, stay tuned. It took about 15 minutes for the action to start. The storyline was hard to understand and gave no tools to interpret it. The whole movie was a recording of the events leading up to Cloverfield, where aliens...

Movie based on King novel has a coudy plot

Marcinda Coil

December 4, 2007

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Though "The Mist" provides plenty of action wrought on by mystical nature, "The Mist"'s plot unraveled by human nature conjures up feelings of sadness, anxiety, even a little humor, and leaves you wondering, "What would you do?" With all the detailed character sketches, "The Mist" is no doubt a movie long overdue. Finally, people can watch a new movie and feel every feeling...

Gas station sandwiches tasty, but bad service

Kyle Beall

December 4, 2007

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The sandwich I ordered at the Brookside Deli at 4700 Coffee Road was excellent, but unfortunately, the pleasantness of my dining experience ended there. For a deli located inside a gas station, I must admit that I found my work cut out for me, in trying to compare this gas station deli to other legitimate dining facilities. I decided to judge them on a similar scale to other...

Rock Rev. Horton Heat gets lucky

Chris Garza

December 4, 2007

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A bit devilish yet angelic at times, the seventh level of excellence is achieved on Reverend Horton Heat's album "Lucky 7." Jim Heath's chicken picking opens up the album with "Loco Gringo's Like to Party." It's a comical song about crazy men of the young and old age variance that like to drink and frolic about in trash cans, looking for a good time when they get that crazy...

New ‘Guitar Hero’ installment lets you slash it up with Slash

Kelly Ardis

December 4, 2007

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The obsession started almost a year ago at my best friend's sister's house on New Year's Eve. What began as a way to spend time with friends, shortly became a full-fledged addiction, one that was passed on to even more friends. I'm speaking, of course, about Guitar Hero, and I know I'm not alone. The addiction lives on with the game's third full installment, "Guitar Hero III:...

Two brothers struggle to survive in BC production

Kelly Ardis

December 4, 2007

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Bakersfield College's play "Topdog/Underdog," put on by the school's Performing Arts students, tells the story of two African-American brothers, Lincoln and Booth, played by Stefan Lambert and Dashawn Anton Robert Clark. When their parents left them as children, they had to struggle to make a living. At the start of the play, Booth is practicing "throwing cards," a skill that...

Wine tasting may lead to porcelain worship

Joel R. Paramo

December 4, 2007

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It was Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year, something retail workers call Black Friday, and I was turning 21. Indeed, my birthday landed yet again on Thanksgiving. Most people who turn 21 look forward to going bar hopping and eventually meeting that white porcelain god, which they will kneel before with open arms. Or even worse, you could get stuck in a gutter...

Eek-A-Mouse album was a pioneer

Chris Garza

November 20, 2007

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Eek-A-Mouse is a fantastical reggae artist and has released over 16 albums in a career that continues to this day. But the album that solidified his early position in roots royalty was the 1982 release of "Wa-Do-Dem." "Wa-Do-Dem" features a style of melodic word release that Eek-A-Mouse himself is the pioneer of, a style called Sing-Jay. Sing-Jay is a type of vocal process...

Annoying crowd, good show

Kelly Ardis

November 20, 2007

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A lot has changed since eighth grade: Different friends, different personality and different style. One thing that hasn't changed is my love for The Starting Line, which came to the Golden State Mall Monday Nov. 12, along with The Almost and 18 other bands for the Rockin' Winterfest. I hadn't been to a concert like this in years, as I had mostly grown out of my pop-punk phase....

Johnny Rocket’s is good, clean food

Rigo Villalobos

November 20, 2007

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Perhaps finding a good hamburger place where guests have to wait a little long to eat their burgers is easy to find because it is in town. Guests really have to wait a while to eat their food after being served, not because of the fact that it takes long for them to serve the food, they actually do it within a couple of minutes of arrival after ordering, but because the food...

‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’ not that wonderful

Anna Robledo

November 20, 2007

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"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" had a whole lot of nothing going on, mixed with chaos. Yes, this movie made that possible. Mr. Magorium's is a magical toy store where toys come alive, paper airplanes fly forever, a magical door opens up to trains, hoops, and bouncing balls, and a magic inventory book that toys pop out of. The store is always packed with kids laughing and playing. Mr....

Revel and ride with rap duo Atmosphere

Chris Garza

November 6, 2007

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The third full-length album by Minnesota duo Atmosphere is filled with many lyrical metaphors and snare-based beats. Often cynical at times, lyricist Slug meticulously crafts his words so the structure allows them to relate to his listeners. They are complex in a subtle way, but he does not use a thousand obnoxiously huge words that keep you steady with a dictionary. "And the...

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