Category Archives: Entertainment

Soundtrack to hit musical ‘La La Land’ a stand-alone masterpiece

In most movies, the soundtrack is merely background music, often taking a backseat to other parts of the production. However, in musical movie “La La Land,” the soundtrack takes the…

Hollow shell of original, ‘Ghost’ just delivers gorgeous visuals

A strange sense of relief and perplexity filled my mind as the screen faded to black and the credits rolled. While I was trying to override any bias I carried…

Record-breaking Coachella Music Festival appeals to Padres

Every spring, a multi-thousand person pilgrimage to the Empire Polo grounds in Indio, California, takes place. Donning trendy outfits, Camelbaks and a love for music, attendees to the April 14-23…

Spring musical ‘She Loves Me’ features comedy, romance

“When we opened the theater back in 2012, our students did a collaboration with Monterey Peninsula College and performed ‘Grease,’” Carmel High music director Brian Handley explains. “Every year since…

Carmel High alumni band breaking up or seeking fame down under?

For one of Monterey County’s most iconic Indie-punk bands, the start of Fish n’ Chips at the Somos gallery in Salinas may have been the last show of Glass House,…

Matt Damon’s ‘Great Wall’ entertains in mindless popcorn flick

“The Great Wall” is a big movie. Everything about it screams huge as a 5,000-mile wall manned by a massive army fights unending hordes of marauding monsters. The civilized clash…

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ a classic through the eyes and heart of a canine

The classic tale of the relationship between a dog and his owner is now being retold through the eyes of a dog trying to find his purpose through his many…

Poetic inspiration: local poet pursues service, mentorship

Whether composing a sonnet or sharing his knowledge with curious students, Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts is wholly devoted to his versatile craft and to inoculating others with a passion for poetry. Many…

Local author releases first novel based on childhood

In the 1960s, a young African-American girl witnessed the effects of the Civil Rights Movement in her small Arkansas town. Now, more than 40 years later, Big Sur resident LaVerne…

Forest Theater endures redesigns, remodels and reaction

While the recent reopening of the Forest Theater has been celebrated by many, with new features such as remodeled entrances and proscenium walls, the original design faced controversy and redesigns…