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ZDC Showing of “The Night of the Living Dead”

Patricia Kenner

Staff Writer

“They’re coming for you Barbra,” is what was heard on Friday, April 16 by classic movies lovers. SC4’s Zombie Defense Council, showed the 1968 cult classic “The Night of the Living Dead” to raise money.

Tickets were $5 and popcorn was included with admission. “The money raised goes towards future events sponsored by the group. One up coming event planned is capture the flag during stress breaker,” said Cody Kimball, Prime Minister of the ZDC.

21 people came to the movie which means they raised $105. Brian Johnston, Minister of War Games stated, “We were expecting anywhere from 20 to 30 people to come and we met our goal.” They were content that they were able to reach their goal.

“The Night of the Living Dead” is the grandfather of modern zombie movies,” said Kimball. And according to websites about zombies he is right.

Houseofhorrors.com states that is because before “The Night of the Living Dead,” zombie movies used voodoo to make the dead come alive and the zombies were slaves to a master.

“The Night of the Living Dead” creates a story of zombies coming back to life because of radiation and they serve no one, but their instincts.

Everyone who came seemed to be having a great time. When else does a chance come up to see a classic movie on the big screen?

Siobhan Maloney of St. Clair said, “I thought it would be cool to see the movie on a big screen. I wish they would keep playing classic movies like this.”

Zack Fisher, of Fort Gratiot, said, “I thought the movie was funny and ironic in some part, but very good.”

If interested in the Zombie Defense Council please contact Bob Kroll at rgkroll@sc4.edu

Rush headlines Rogers Bayfest 2010

Breigh Edmondson

Staff Writer

Sarnia, Ontario is once again playing host to a rocking summer of music as classic rockers Rush and the Scorpions headline the six day Rogers Bayfest Festival July 8 through 10, and 16 through 18.

According to the Rogers Bayfest website, feature bands and openers are as follows:

July 8: Bobnoxious, Cinderella, The Scorpions

July 9: Rush (No openers have been announced)

July 10: Crash Karma, Sam Roberts Band, Weezer

July 16: Aaron Lines, The Road Hammers, Keith Urban

July 17: Marshall Dane, Dean Brody, Shane Yellowbird, Alan Jackson.

Hip-hop stars the Black Eyed Peas will round up the star lineup on July 18.

Tickets for the 12th Rogers Bayfest went on sale April 17, and according to the Rogers Bayfest Facebook page, the phones have been ringing “off the hook” ever since. Various ticket pickup locations include places in Sarnia. The only local ticket pickup location is Kraft 8 Theatre in Fort Gratiot.

Ticket prices for the festival range from individual band tickets, to rock and/or country day passes.

Rock passes start as low as $86, but adding Black Eyed Peas to the pass would be $122. For rock pass licensed VIP tickets, prices are as high as $280 each.

Country passes start as low as $64 for unlicensed general admission, but for a licensed VIP ticket, with Black Eyed Peas, costs $335.

Individual band ticket costs are shown below (from lowest price to highest):

The Scorpions Thursday, July 8: $24.99, $28.99, $54.99, 74.99

Rush Friday, July 9: $45.99, $49.99, $119.99, $149.99

Weezer Saturday, July 10: $34.99, $38.99, $89.99, $99.99

Keith Urban Friday, July 16: $45.99, $49.99, $99.99, $129.99

Alan Jackson Saturday, July 17: $32.99, $36.99, $85.99, $115.99

The Black Eyed Peas Sunday, July 18:  $45.99, $49.99, $119.99, $139.99

More Information about Rogers Bayfest can be found at www.sarniabayfest.com

Celebrating five years

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

A cornucopia of talent and musical genius was evident as Saint Clair County Community College students presented “Tapestry,” the latest in the “Thursday at Noon Concert Series” April 15 at the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre in Port Huron.

This year’s presentation marks the fifth anniversary of “Tapestry” at SC4.

According to SC4 student and “Tapestry” performer, Amanda Carnat, “Tapestry” was started five years ago to offer dancers, musicians and singers the needed place to perform.

“We needed a place to perform. [“Tapestry”] is getting better every year,” replied Carnat. SC4 Visual and Performing Arts Adjunct Instructor and “Thursday at Noon Concert Series” host, Lillian Maley, discussed “Tapestry” as being a place where the students could learn.

She voiced her pleasure about the student’s performance. “I thought they were wonderful,” replied Maley.

Cello player and SC4 student, Chad Northcutt, composed an original composition entitled, “Winter Scenes” that was performed during the concert.

Accordingly pieces were performed from the SC4 choir that included 19th-20th century Folk music, Broadway as well as Classical presentations. Gasps of surprise and bursts of applause rippled through the audience as each group performed.

“The choir was wonderful,” said Jack Recor of Fort Gratiot Michigan. Recor felt the students had done a good job. SC4 students shared his sentiments.

SC4 student, Business Management major and event performer, 20 year old Sean Lathrop of Port Huron felt the “Tapestry” performance was a good way to show creative expression. “We don’t get a lot of opportunity to show off our skills and talents, so this was great,” replied Lathrop.

Upcoming events at the Fine Arts Theatre include: noon concert, “Boogie Woogie Babies” on April 22; SC4 Theatre Performance, “Young King Arthur” on May 15. Information on either of these events can be obtained by calling the SC4 Visual and Performing Arts at: 810-989-5709.

Reflections of India at SC4

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

   “Reflections of India,” the latest in SC4’s “Thursday at noon” concert series provided listeners with classical, Hindustani music, on April 1 at the Fine Arts auditorium in Port Huron.

   During the concert, sitarist Brock Dale of Toronto and Tabalist, Nicholas McKinlay, also of Toronto, performed selections from Bhairav, Kafi, Purvi, Malkauns, Bilawal and Manji Khamaj.

   Dale and McKinlay auditioned to be a part of the “Thursday at noon” series in an unusual way.

   “They had no CD’s of their music for use to audition with, so I listened to them on the phone,” said concert host Lillian Maley.

   Brock Dale was not seated in the usual position for a musician playing a sitar.

According to Dale, he was recovering from tail bone surgery, three days before performing at SC4. This made it difficult for him to perform at a traditional stance.

   Eastern hemisphere music, however, was not always embedded into Dale’s life.

   “I began as a student of western classical music and rock and roll, with jazz and blues thrown in as well,” said Dale. According to Dale, his mentor loaned him her sitar for a year. “I grew by leaps and bounds that year. I played every day,” he said.

   Dale said his life changing moment came when he saw sitarist, Ravi Shankar, perform. “He (Shankar) was 87 years old when I saw him perform with his daughter,” replied Dale.

   “I thought it (concert) was very relaxing and interesting,” said 18 year old Cody Kimball.

 Kimball, broadcasting major and an SC4 student ambassador, would like to see more of these types of events in the future.

   “It was nice to see a multi-cultural experience like this at SC4,” said Kimball.

   The next “Thursday at Noon” concert presentation scheduled is “Tapestry.” It will be performed on April 15 at the Fine Arts Theatre in Port Huron.

Keepin’ it real

Mallorie Krul as Annie and Owen McIntyre as Henry, on stage in SC4 Theatre Discipline’s production of “The Real Thing.” Photo by Kaya Dimick
Mallorie Krul as Annie and Owen McIntyre as Henry, on stage in SC4 Theatre Discipline’s production of “The Real Thing.” Photo by Kaya Dimick

Kayla Dimick

Staff Writer

    The stage lights weren’t the only things that shone brightly as the SC4 Theatre Discipline presented their latest show, “The Real Thing.”

   Students, friends and family members packed into the Fine Arts Building Theatre the weekend of Friday, March 26 to see the comedic, yet serious take on “real life.”

   Written by Tom Stoppard, “The Real Thing” spins an intricate web involving love, infidelity, art and politics.

   Set in London in the 1980’s, the play examines the lives of Henry, a playwright, played by Owen McIntyre; Annie, an actress and activist, played by Mallorie Krul; Max, an actor, played by Dan Williams; Charlotte, an actress, played by Ashley Szymanski; Billy, an actor, played by A.J. Rank; Debbie, Charlotte and Henry’s daughter, played by Kami Misch; and Brodie, an imprisoned Scottish soldier, played by Jeremy Antilla.

   Stoppard provides an interesting view on life, paralleling what the audience sees as truth and what is the actual truth, using the “play-within-a-play” mentality.

   For example, the first scene is what the audience believes to be an argument about infidelity between characters Charlotte and Max, only to discover later they were actually performing in a play written by Henry. 

   While “the Real Thing” challenged the audience’s perception on reality, it also seemed to please.

   “I thought it was a great show,” SC4 freshman Zach Parkhurst said. “Many of the characters were very well done.”

   Although the actors may have made it look easy, portraying someone vastly different from oneself can prove to be quite challenging, according to director and adjunct instructor Tom Kephart.

   “A big challenge for any actor is getting familiar with their character, a task that’s made especially difficult when there are age and life experience differences. This was true of nearly all the characters in ‘The Real Thing’,” Kephart said. “It wasn’t easy, but the cast was up to the challenge and was wiling to work hard and stretch themselves as actors to make their characters believable, even if not always likeable.”

   Stepping up to “The Real Thing’s” challenge was SC4 sophomore and general education major Mallorie Krul, who played Annie.

   “‘The Real Thing’ was probably the hardest play I’ve ever been in. Annie was very different than any of the roles I’ve had,” Krul said. “Most of the roles I’ve had are people my age or maybe younger.”

   In order to cope with the differences, Krul said she had some help from Kephart, as well as tried to get to know her character inside and out.

   “I just tried to put myself in Annie’s shoes and tried to do things the way I thought she would do them,” Krul said.

   If you missed the Real Thing, you can catch the SC4 Theatre Disipline’s next production, “Young King Arthur” by Clive Endersby at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 15 in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre.

Valleys Climbs Mountains

“Valleys of Neptune” © Sony Music Entertainment
“Valleys of Neptune” © Sony Music Entertainment

Raymond Robinson

Managing Editor

To have the ability to say an artist is still able to please their fan base after being dead for over 40 years is amazing.

Jimi Hendrix’s “Valley’s of Neptune” brings from the vault a stellar package of songs, some alternate versions of old favorites & others never before commercially available.

The title track is maybe the most surprising of the entire group fusing all of the elements that Jimi has become so universally known for such as combining his unique blend of cords with styles of blues, jazz and rock.

“Valleys of Neptune” succeeds in showing that Hendrix hadn’t yet hit his creative peak at the time of his death and makes one wonder what surprises were left in this god of rock.

One gem on “Valleys of Neptune” is Jimi’s interpretation of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.”

Most often when musicians cover other artists music you hear most of the same melody but, with Jimi’s interpretation he takes the Eric Clapton riff to a different place entirely as well as making it mostly instrumental which brings a new atmosphere to the well known classic.

Depending on where you purchase “Valley’s of Neptune” you can either get a shirt with the album cover artwork on it, or you can get two more tracks, so it’s up to the purchaser.

Jimi Hendrix is one of music’s iconic legends who continue to be cited as influences for many of today’s guitarists and this album succeeds in showing why this is true.

“Valleys of Neptune” would be a good addition to any music fans library and might over time become as relevant as his other iconic releases.

It can be summed up by saying that even if your star burns out, you will never truly fade away.

Critical still is catching “Critical Bill”

Cadi Parker

Staff Writer

Ever beat on your steering wheel; adrenaline surging through your veins?

Screamed at the top of your lungs?

Flat-out rocked out to a new album?

When music is intense and relatable, it heats you up and burns you down.

“Critical Bill” a “borderline rock/rap” band, according to their drummer, Mark Causley, hit the music scene hard Saturday, March 13.

The band played a sold out show at the Emerald Theatre in Mt. Clemens followed by an after party at The Hayloft, also in Mt. Clemens, to celebrate their new release.

Fans poured in to get their hands on “The Underground Kingdom,” which came free with a ticket stub.

“Hell Rides North,” “Lithium,” “Madonna Brothers” and “Stellardrive” served as fuel to the fire, creating an ever-growing sense of chaos for the nearly 2,000 rockers, partying hard, jamming out and moshing to guitar hard-ons.

“I like that I know what I’ll get, a good show” said George Wright, 25, Mt. Clemens. “I’ve been a fan for a while. I try to catch the ones I can.”

It’s been a long road for “Critical Bill,” cross-country touring several times, but they don’t mind the attention from the radio station or fans like Wright.

“We strive to move forward,” said Causley. “Our success is like a snow ball rolling downhill, we just keep getting larger and larger.”

“The Underground Kingdom” is their fifth album. The first three albums were put out by the band themselves. “There was a point where we even did all of our own shrink wrapping. Now, with a label, that’s taken care of and we still have free reign and creative control,” said lead vocalist, Powerdise.

Their “five flavors,” as Causley put it, create the sound that is “Critical Bill,” and has enabled them to work with national and noteworthy artists including “Hed P.E.,” “Tantric,” “Tech N9ne” and “Drowning Pool,” just to name a few.

Currently “Critical Bill” is touring, but the band will be back in Mt. Clemens on April 10, at The Hayloft. For more information on upcoming shows visit http://www.critical-bill.com.

Culture club

Ray Robinson

Managing Editor

A celebration of Native American culture will take place on April 6 in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the event runs all day.

Morning and afternoon events include David Plain, author of “The Plains of Aamjiwnaang” and “Ways of Our Grandfathers: Our Tradition and Culture” discussing local history and culture.

Evening events include storytelling by Joan and Joe Jacobs who have been sharing their cultural history with local schools for the past 20 years.

There will also be a showcase of Native American customs performed by the Weengushk singing group and Niizh Dodem Dance Troup.

The event is sponsored in part by SC4’s Diversity Advisory Council and International Cultural Education Committee, and the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency.

These events are free and open to the public

Paul Schmitt can be contacted for information regarding the day’s events by phone at 989-5573, or by e-mail at pjschmitt@sc4.edu.

Shutter Island makes audiences shudder

Kayla Dimick

Staff Writer

   “Don’t you get it? You’re a rat in a maze.”

   Since its release date of February 19, the new psychological thriller “Shutter Island” has had audiences quaking in their boots.

   The film, set in 1954, is directed by academy award-winner Martin Scorsese and follows the story of U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio).

   Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are investigating the whereabouts of an escaped murderess and patient.

   The story takes place at Ashecliffe Hospital, an institution for the “criminally insane,” which is located on the remote Shutter Island near Boston.

   After the institute’s refusal of important documents that are crucial to the case and their vague answers to important questions, Daniels begins to question what his actual purpose is on the island.

   “Shutter Island” is based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane.

   “Shutter Island” takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster, ranging from scared, to angry, to sad, to just downright disturbed. Plus, it has something for everyone.

   For the sentimental, it has a heart-breaking back-story.  For the thrill-seekers, it has unexpected surprises that’ll make you jump. For the mystery lovers, it contains boatloads of plot twists.

   Combine this with two parts stellar acting, and for the ladies, good looks by DiCaprio; two parts innovative direction by Scorsese; two parts of the unexpected-yet-well done casting of Ruffalo, who usually frequents chick-flicks and a dash of the intriguing plot originally from the mind of Lehane. Mix until frothy.

   According to the Motion Picture Association of America, “Shutter Island” is rated “R” for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity.

   If you do see “Shutter Island”, which is highly, highly recommended, don’t go alone. Bring a friend. Or two. Or three.

Rock N’ Roll: Alive in Cleveland

Breigh Edmondson     

Staff Writer

   It’s a plane, there’s no bird, and it’s… a flying hot dog-mobile?

   The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, located along Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio, rocks the socks off any visitor that walks into the doors, young and old.

   Walking downtown Cleveland to the secluded building, once visitors reach the Hall of Fame, they hear a blast of sheer rock n’ roll music, ranging from Pink Floyd, to The Doors, and everywhere in between.

   Tickets cost 22 dollars for adults, according to the Hall of Fame’s information services desk, and tickets include a full tour of the museum’s six floors.

   According to the Hall of Fame website, a special exhibit on the sixth floor called “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen” features classic guitars used by Springsteen, handwritten lyric sheets, and the butt-shot from his “Born in the USA” album cover.  

   Employees at the Hall of Fame said the exhibit would close Dec. 31 this year.

   Other exhibits include “500 songs that shaped rock n’ roll,” giving visitors a chance to listen to a jukebox with over 500 rock n’ roll songs varying from the 1920’s to the 1990’s.

   Space in the museum also featured that of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Those and more specific showcases display drawings, costumes from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and even baby pictures of Hendrix, born in 1944.

   Walking through the museum, anyone looking at these exhibits gets a taste of what rockers were like in their time.

   Ranging from 1920’s folk, to emerging genre rockabilly in the 1940’s and 1950’s, it’s a history lesson for those who didn’t know how rock music came to be.
   Also featured in the Hall of Fame museum are an extended history of sound and the evolution of record players, to “iPod’s” in the 2000’s.

   Hours of operation for the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame is 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

   With spring break coming up for SC4 students, keep this in mind. It’s a great way to spend the day in downtown Cleveland, and if students are into rock, than the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame museum will surely rock your face off.