Wreck it Ralph Offers Popping Animation, Life Lessons

Wreck-It Ralph (PG) By Tori Bozzo Staff Writer    Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph directed by Rich Moore is a fun, good-hearted and visually appealing experience for the whole family.    Ralph (John C. Reilly) is the bad guy who wrecks buildings in the game Fix It Felix. His costar Felix (Jack McBrayer) always fixes the mess that Ralph … Continue reading

Oscars Bring Few Surprises

By Clint Blasengame Senior Editor MONTICELLO – The 85th Academy Awards showcased many talents, but few surprises.    The Oscars ceremony, hosted by Seth McFarlane, saw a wide variety of talents, performances and genres in the way of this year’s nominees.    The evenings biggest and most anticipated award for Best Picture went to the already award-winning … Continue reading

Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra To Perform March 3

Courtesy of Carolyn Howell MONTICELLO – The Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra plans to perform “Classics in the Popular Vein”  March 3 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center.    The performance features Lorraine Duso Kits on oboe and Charles Jones Evans as director/conductor.    Tickets are $15 for 18 and over, $5 for 13-17 years old … Continue reading

The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics And White Families In the Jim Crow South

By Susan Pruitt Senior Editor Book: The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South Authors: Katherine van Wormer, David W. Jackson III and Charletta Sudduth    The Maid Narratives gives the reader a front seat to the oppression of African-American women through many eye-opening personal stories from maids and white employers … Continue reading

Grammy Awards Bring A Host Of Surprises

Clint Blasengame Senior Editor MONTICELLO-The 55th Grammy awards brought many surprises in the way of award winners and performances.    One of the biggest surprises of the night was the Record of the Year award, which went to Gotye featuring Kimbra for their song “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Other artists up for the award … Continue reading

Pink’s Lyrics Contain Social Relevance

By Lei Brist Staff Writer MONTICELLO– Pink’s new CD contains social relevance.    Pink’s new CD “The Truth About Love” shows the social relevant in not only her lyrics, but her music videos. The music video for the song “Try,” she uses ballet and colored powder to demonstrate domestic abuse. The powerful video shocks the audience, … Continue reading

Lysistrata Review

Amber McCormick Staff Writer MONTICELLO – A drama of the ages hit the stage of the Fine Arts Center Nov. 16.    The Drama as Literature and Performance seminar course put a twist to the play "Lysistrata." The new twist was based on a combination of old Greece and the Vietnam War, which caused quite a … Continue reading

Traveling Poet Bud Kenney Wows the Starving Artists of UAM

By D.C. Miles Junior Editor Famed poet Bud Kenney, known for his far travels in literature, acted as the first professional emcee in Mocha Madness history Thursday, Nov. 1. Kenney uses a type of nonchalant expressionism in his poetry and reading of his works. He projects the ability to phase into the vernacular and accent … Continue reading

Russian Opera Singer Leaves Audiences In Awe Of His Unique Voice

By Susan Harmon Senior Editor    With a vocal range of five octaves, one Russian opera singer wows audiences with his indescribable voice.    Vitaliy Grachyov, also known as Vitas, rose to fame after his first single "Opera No. 2" was discovered and forwarded via the Internet in 2000. While infamous in his native Russia, his music … Continue reading

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