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Media Experts Present at Art Exhibition

A lone Playstation 3 console stands by, waiting for the next passerby. 
Photo by Rick Flores

Like the gathering of ancient Greek elders, a diverse group of sages met to discuss the serious topic of interactive entertainment. Well, actually a bunch of nerds talked about video games. Following the successful Southwestern College exhibition “Pencils & Pixels,” a symposium featuring a panel of experts discussed art, film, and most importantly, video games. Professors, game developers, filmmakers and animators represented different aspects of the video game industry. SWC Professors Micajah Truitt and Kathleen Canney Lopez served on the panel along with filmmaker Gary Bulkin, artist Tony Allard, Sony executive Arran Green, Octo Pro founders Elisa Haynes and Carlos Noguez, and Arkam LLC founders Adam Jenkins and Mark Wells. Green was the star of the show and received the…

VOICE OF LIFE - Soloist Victor Chan soars in "Requiem." Photo By April Abarrondo

Requiem inspires the living

“Requiem” had the power to raise the dead. Southwestern College’s vaunted choirs combined with special guests in a transcendental performance that rocked the audience and stirred the afterlife. SWC brought back a pair of alumni superstars to propel two versions of the Roman Catholic mass for the dead into the realms of the living and that which lies beyond. Tenor Victor Chan and soprano Charisma Miller conjured grave-splitting performances that paid homage to souls on both sides of the Veil …

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Clay Club exhibit shapes up brilliantly

Breathtaking and eye-catching, the Clay Club’s latest exhibition in the Southwestern College Student Gallery was brilliant, leaving the rickety realm of coffee mugs and chalices to the less-inspired. Laurel Dailey White impressed with her reptilian, “Iguana Vase.” A scaly lizard hunched on an urn, its spiky scales poking prominently. Although White created the most noticed piece of the exhibit, the iguana lacked detail. Its legs and feet blended lazily into the vase. More detail was also needed for the iguana’s …

Adorned in the colors and clothes of their culture, SWC’s mariachi and dancers take the stage for the Festival Internacional de Folclore.

Marvelous mariachi experience Brazilian adventure

  High atop Corcovado Mountain, the towering Christ the Redeemer statue gazes over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Near its base, 2,400 feet above the teaming city, a group of Southwestern College students shivered and took selfies, surprised by the chilly air atop a tropical mountain. A ghostly white mist formed puffy, nebulous clouds that brought frothy rain from the sky. Ill-equipped students expecting the steamy weather of the World Cup huddled like puppies on a brisk morning. Brazil was not …

"ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM HAS BECOME A PASSION FOR ME. I LOVE THE FEELING OF PAINTING ON A CANVAS AND THE PROCESS OF CREATING. MOVING THE PAINT AND ALLOWING THE IMAGE TO REVEAL ITSELF IS MY GOAL. WHEN I HAVE CREATED A COHESIVE AND VIBRANT PAINTING, I AM ARTISTICALLY FULFILLED AND EXCITED." -MANNIE KUGLER

Mannie Kugler 1922-2014: Artful Master of Life Itself

  “Abstract Expressionism has become a passion for me. I love the feeling of painting on a canvas and the process of creating. Moving the paint and allowing the image to reveal itself is my goal. When I have created a cohesive and vibrant painting, I am artistically fulfilled and excited.” -Mannie Kugler   Chula Vista Renaissance man Mannie Kugler died recently, but not before squeezing every possible ounce of life out of his 92 years. He was many things, …

‘Comics are everywhere’: Brilliant SWC filmmaker documents the ever-expanding world of comic books

MULTIMEDIA: SWC filmmaker documents ever-expanding world of comics

It may be, as Neil Kendricks insists, the new golden age of comics. And Kendricks himself is their documentarian. Four years ago Southwestern College adjunct instructor Kendricks began production on his first full-length documentary, “Comics Are Everywhere,” a candid look into the world of comics as seen through the eyes of artists who make them. Kendricks’ film poses an elusive question: What does it take to create? After years in production, Kendricks is now asking himself that same question. His …

Photo by Melvin Graham

Preview: Rent

  Jonathan Larson’s world was falling apart, plagued by drugs and disease. Under the shadow of AIDS in New York’s East Village, Larson’s musical “Rent” depicts the dark life he knew. It is a morose masterpiece. Deep in American bohemia, “Rent” gives an intimate glimpse into the lives and relationships of a group of struggling young artists living in a New York loft. Director Ruff Yeager said the 1996 musical still carries a relevant message. “‘Rent’ speaks to a younger …

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Artistic mascots promoting art museums

A lion-duckling-caterpillar chimera greeted people with a giant brown paw at the Shoshanna Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica. Four colorful, smiley-faced creatures waved at passersby outside the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. Across America strange paper-mache and felt ambassadors are part of SWC art instructor Brian Dick’s ambitious venture, Nationwide Museum Mascot Project (NWMMP). Co-founded by Dick and his wife Christen Sperry-Garcia, NWMMP consists of the couple standing outside participating art museums in colorfully gonzo costumes, enticing …

Photography is power - Instructor Todd Stands with the SWC photo students at MOPA (Museum of Photographic Arts). Photo by Marianna Saponara.

SWC photography class experiences Prix Pictet Power Exhibit

Images of Mother Nature’s herculean cataclysmic forces of earthquakes, tsunamis, and droughts are interwoven with man’s destructiveness at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA’s) Prix Pictet Power Exhibit in Balboa Park. Prix Pictet has already gained a reputation as a leading photography award Private Geneva-based Swiss bank Pictet & Cie is the founder and sponsor of this prestigious award given to amateur and professional photographers whose images present social and environmental change. Since 2008, Pictet & Cie has granted four …

Photo by Karen Tome

Daring #dance performance dazzles

Twitterati rejoice! Southwestern College’s spring dance concert “#dance” was gossipy and edgy, but also just a little too cute. “Hashtag Dance” made hash out of some dances, but heaven out of others. The almost-entirely student choreographed show, directed by Dana Maue, was often thrilling, sometimes lackluster, but mostly fun. Dressed in slacks, white collared shirts, suspenders and “working” in cubicles, “#work-a-round.playaround,” had the audience eager to clock out. As the workers danced in protest against their boss they held up …

Photo by John Domogma

The Mask behind the camera: Jack Mask profile

Few things are more beautiful than talented dancers. Few things are harder to photograph. Jack Mask is ballet with an f-stop. Mask is a wily 83 year old who insists he is not getting older, just better. He is already really good at a lot of things. He is a playwright, community college adjunct instructor, photographer extraordinaire, computer whiz, journalist, screenwriter, traveler and exhibited artist. Mask’s parents emigrated from Poland. “Like millions of immigrants, my parents were processed for entry …