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Chairlift’s farewell tour hits Brooklyn

Chairlift’s farewell tour hits Brooklyn

Jon Manarang, Staff Writer
April 26, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

With their final show at new venue Brooklyn Steel on April 22, indie pop duo Chairlift announced an intimate homecoming show at Baby’s All Right. While their Brooklyn Steel show features Kristin Kontrol (fka Dee Dee of the band Dum Dum Girls), the Baby’s show saw a bevy of the bands’ different...

LASO Screens “Making of a Gangsta” with Meet the Filmmaker: Adam Ybarra

LASO Screens “Making of a Gangsta” with Meet the Filmmaker: Adam Ybarra

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer
April 26, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“Making of a Gangsta,” a crowdfunded documentary featuring experts on gangs and former gang members in the Bay Area explaining why they joined gangs, was presented in the D’Angelo Center by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) following the BBQ on Thursday, April 20. After the screening, ...

Bad Astronauts “Make Funny” at End of Year Show

Bad Astronauts “Make Funny” at End of Year Show

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer
April 26, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Serena Williams, Spongebob Squarepants and a deflated soccer ball go to a party… Sounds like a bad joke, right? Well, St. John’s Improv Club, the Bad Astronauts, filled the Sodano Coffee House in the D’Angelo Center with laughter with this very premise on Wednesday, April 19. The Bad Astronauts ho...

What’s Poppin’: “Going in Style”

What’s Poppin’: “Going in Style”

Michael Ambrosino, Entertainment Editor
April 19, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“Going In Style” stars Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin.   And there you have it.   That’s all this film has going for it. A main cast including those three acting legends is the only reason audience members would schlep out to see “Going In Style” and, ul...

“The Fate of the Furious” defies the laws of physics and expectations

“The Fate of the Furious” defies the laws of physics and expectations

David Rosario, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“The Fate of the Furious” offers fans more of what they have come to expect, with a plot that’s more absurd than ever, and a self-awareness that says “We know how ridiculous this movie is, and you know how ridiculous this movie is, so let’s have some fun with it.”   Family man...

Mixed Chorus hosts Spring Concert

Mixed Chorus hosts Spring Concert

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Home Scroll

Spring has sprung and so has Mixed Chorus with the direction of Kim Oler. The Mixed Chorus presented a fully realized sound with a variety of different music genres and a fully realized aesthetic vision with lighting choices at their spring concert, on Sunday, Apr. 9. “It’s in the same vei...

Concert Review: Diet Cig at Baby’s All Right

Concert Review: Diet Cig at Baby’s All Right

Jon Manarang, Staff Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

For the release of their debut LP “Swear I’m Good At This,” the Brooklyn duo, Diet Cig, played two consecutive shows at local venue Baby’s All Right. The early show was opened by surf pop rockers, Daddy Issues, with the late show featuring the “dashing dino dames” of T-Rextasy.   At ...

New Flix on Netflix: “13 Reasons Why”

New Flix on Netflix: “13 Reasons Why”

Brittany Raia, Contributing Writer
April 12, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

“13 Reasons Why” tells the story of Hannah Baker (played by Katherine Langford), a 17-year-old high school student who, due to a series of unfortunate events, decided to take her own life. She leaves behind a set of 13 cassette tapes that she recorded her voice on, indicating 13 reasons why she c...

New Flix on Netflix: “Louis C.K. 2017”

New Flix on Netflix: “Louis C.K. 2017”

Michael Ambrosino, Entertainment Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

With his newest Netflix comedy special, Louis C.K. maintains his stance as one of the funniest, more courageous comedians working today in show business. He’s truly a class act – an entertainer who grips his audience firmly by the funny bone as he sinks his teeth into tons of touchy subjects, delive...

Music Review: “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Music Review: “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

It’s the moment fans have been waiting patiently for, and it happened at a time they weren’t so much expecting; Harry Styles dropped his debut single as a solo artist.   Harry Styles’ “Sign Of The Times” left loyal One Direction fans in a state of shock, excitement and surprise ...

“Power Rangers” Review

Yves Nguyen, Assistant Entertainment Editor
March 30, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

The 2017 “Power Rangers” update to the cult classic “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” is, what most would classify as, a bad movie. The dialogue is flat, the plotting random, and the effects questionable, but it stays honest to what the Power Rangers franchise is and has always been, while also...

Graduate art students showcase their prowess

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
March 30, 2017
Filed under Entertainment

Graduate students of St. John’s newest master’s program, the Museum Administration Program, are showing off their skill in the Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery exhibition, “Selected Photographs From St. John’s University Library’s Special Collections.” The exhibition showcases the works of four i...

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