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“Silent Resonance” on display in Retzlaff Gallery

Tiffany Hokanson’s collection of mixed-media abstract art is now on display in the Retzlaff Gallery in Southern Oregon University’s Art Building. The show is entitled “Silent Resonance,” a name she calls a “paradox.” Judging from the reaction of those attending the opening reception last Thursday, her art is resonating with viewers very well. “I love […]

“Lovely, Still” offers a genuine surprise

“Lovely, Still” offers a genuine surprise

Many students at Southern Oregon University are quite young; some are a little older, and few are much older. Youth is often characterized by feelings of immortality and freedom, as well as a certain naÑ—vety. Although we know we will all grow old and die, we rarely put much thought into becoming senior citizens or […]

Robert Langdon returns in “The Lost Symbol”

Robert Langdon returns in “The Lost Symbol”

Robert Langdon is back, along with his never-ending knowledge of secret societies, architecture, art history, symbology and dead languages.  (Okay, he was actually back last year in Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol,” but as of last month he’s been available in paperback.) As with Brown’s other books involving Langdon, “Angels and Demons” and “The Da […]

On the piss: Omar’s

A definitive American bar with a warm local atmosphere, Omar’s is an ideal place to have a drink with your college buddies. Located on 1380 Siskiyou Blvd., the bar is actually on Southern Oregon University’s campus and therefore, as a resident of the university, crawling home could indeed be an option if you feel so […]

Kings of Leon lighten up on “Come Around Sundown”

Kings of Leon lighten up on “Come Around Sundown”

Kings of Leon have made a career out of selling enticing images of moonlit, whiskey-soaked nights in the hot South with deserted dirt roads awaiting pretty girls in pickup trucks and skies full of stars that speak of boundless possibilities. The inviting idea that you can put on one of their albums and go along […]

One Horse Shy’s Americana blend

One Horse Shy are here to stay.  Three years and two albums into their career, the band is continually growing its fan base here in Oregon and across the United States at an alarming pace. Formed in 2007, the core of the band is the songwriting team of Manda Bryn on vocals and banjo and […]

Robbie DaCosta rocks Alex’s

Robbie Dacosta talks about music with the fiery intensity of a 5-year-old frantically unwrapping his favorite new toy on Christmas morning. Sitting outside a coffeehouse, cigarette in hand and ever-present black fedora perched askew on top of his head, his eyes grow wide and his gestures become increasingly animated as he delves into his musical […]

Kites and Crows soars

Kites and Crows soars

The music of Kites and Crows soars and sails through alternating bright and dark landscapes while carrying listeners along as if they were indeed the flailing tail of this musical kite. At times elating and at other times moody, the music of Kites and Crows combines the delicate instrumentation of bands like Horse Feathers and […]

Eclectic, complex, noise-filled; Finn Riggins

Eclectic, complex, noise-filled; Finn Riggins

If there is a cosmic soup containing the likes of Built to Spill, Radiohead, Modest Mouse, Pink Floyd and The Beatles, then Finn Riggins is navigating its choppy waters quite well. Originally based in Sun Valley, Idaho, the three members of Finn Riggins met while completing their music degrees at the University of Idaho. Eric […]

Never Let Me Go; A Somber, Haunting, Thoughtful Film

Never Let Me Go; A Somber, Haunting, Thoughtful Film

Hailsham is a quintessential English boarding school. Plunked in the middle of the gently rolling hills and woodlands of the English countryside, everything appears normal, even idyllic. Students attend class and learn reading, writing and arithmetic. They go to the art studio and they play outside. However, there is something decidedly odd about these children. […]