Reviews

She Loves Me features comedic musical numbers, captivates audience

By |2019-11-15T10:59:50-08:00November 14th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Theatre, Top 5|

Set in Budapest, Hungary, 1937, “She Loves Me” is a romantic comedy musical that explores the complex subject of love. Put on by Good Company Players, the production features talented performers and alluring musical numbers. Without a doubt, the play excelled in comedic temperament while also touching on the emotional realities of human longing. As the dimmed lights break into a softened glow, performers emerge to take their places on stage just outside Maraczek’s Parfumerie. Dusting off a bench to sit, a man is soon interrupted from his newspaper reading with an ecstatic "Good morning!" from a young man on a bike. Thus begins the first musical number which captivates viewers into a series of melodic story-telling with a humorous heart and soul. 

Kabab City opens fourth location, offers unique menu items

By |2019-11-12T21:27:12-08:00November 12th, 2019|Food, Home Feature 2, Opinions, Reviews|

Opening its doors in Fowler eight years ago, Kabab City has been successfully growing and expanding to other locations, recently opening a brand new restaurant in Fresno, Aug. 2019. The eatery draws inspiration from authentic Middle Eastern cuisine mixed with Arabic, Armenian and Greek food. According to the Kabab City website, the ingredients used come from “farm fresh, never frozen & halal chicken." Halal meat refers to food that is prepared according to the Koran, Islamic Law.

Kanye West releases highly anticipated ‘Jesus Is King’

By |2019-11-04T19:03:34-08:00November 4th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Home Feature 1, Music, Reviews|

Kanye West is one of the most polarizing figures of our generation. You may admire him for his art and contribution to culture, or criticize him for his brash lifestyle decisions. When you think of his name, you may think singer, rapper, designer, producer, filmmaker, architect, or CEO, but with the release of his long-awaited album Jesus Is King, another title comes quickly to mind: Christian. Personally, I couldn't have been more excited for this album. I have followed West very close for years, and enjoy most of his work. Whether it's music, shoes, or clothing, West has inspired me and many others to pursue their dreams, regardless of what people say. Now Kanye is pursuing a different dream, one inspired by Jesus Christ.

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” places dark spin on classic Disney story

By |2019-11-01T23:32:51-07:00November 1st, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Home Feature 2, Movies/TV, Reviews|

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” hit theaters, Oct. 18th. The film, produced by Walt Disney Studios and directed by Joachim Rønning, is a sequel to the original “Maleficent” film released in 2014, which grossed just under 800 million dollars. The film, like the first, follows the journey of the infamous Disney villain who first appeared in the original “Sleeping Beauty” movie from 1959. 

Book Review: Indianapolis

By |2019-11-15T06:30:32-08:00October 29th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Books, Reviews, Top 5|

Indianapolis, written by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, details “the true story of the worst sea disaster in US naval history and the fifty-year fight to exonerate an innocent man.” The USS Indianapolis a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor was conducting a mock bombardment during the attack saving the ship from destruction. After notching victory after victory in the Pacific Theatre and she is sent on a highly classified mission to deliver parts fundamental in the building of the atomic bombs .

“Stranger Things” star Joe Keery releases first album

By |2019-10-25T19:48:17-07:00October 25th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews, Top 5|

If you know anything about Netflix’s smash hit science-fiction horror series, Stranger Things, you are most likely familiar with all of its endearing characters. My personal favorite has always been Steve Harrington, played by Joe Keery.

Farm Fresh Bowls provides variety of healthy options

By |2019-10-09T09:12:42-07:00August 29th, 2019|Food, Home Feature 2, Opinions, Reviews|

Originating in Visalia, Central Valley restaurant Farm Fresh Bowls moved to Campus Pointe near Fresno State University, Aug. 2016. Located at the end of the popular college strip, Farm Fresh Bowls offers various healthy breakfast and lunch options. Their menu ranges from açaí bowls to salads and seasonal options.  The restaurant provides a spacious atmosphere but includes very limited seating. Finding a table is easy depending on the time of day and day of the week. Saturdays present more of a challenge to find seating, but weekdays have more available space.  

The Battle of Polytopia shows creativity, strategy through simplicity

By |2019-08-14T22:57:40-07:00June 4th, 2019|Gaming/Tech, Home Feature 2, Reviews|

Consisting of strategy, empire building, epic battles, and a touch of humor, “The Battle of Polytopia” exhibits everything I expect from a great game. Created by Midjiwan game developers, Polytopia won the “Excellence in Gameplay” award from the International Mobile Gaming Awards in 2017. When starting a game, players select a tribe, number of tribes they face, and the level of difficulty to play on. Each tribe looks different, and starts with a different tech than the others. Each tech comes from the in-game tech tree. For example, the Bardur tribe starts with the “hunting” tech pre-unlocked, allowing them to convert animals within their territory into population to level up cities.

Book Review: Men of Iron

By |2019-05-21T08:43:24-07:00May 17th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Books, Reviews|

Men of Iron written by Howard Pyle develops the story of a young boy and his path to knighthood. Myles Falworth, a young squire under the service of the house of Beaumont learns. Under the watch of Sir James an old knight in the castle Myles learns how to fight in the way of knights and how to conduct himself in the age old life of knights. z

Scythe challenges players with complex gameplay

By |2019-04-11T10:41:49-07:00April 2nd, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Reviews|

Be the greatest leader in all of Europa in it’s time of disorder. Build war machines to inspire fear in opposing forces and hope in your people. Be the first one to enter the doors of The Factory and reveal the reason it was abandoned in the first place.