A short but impactful ceremony, the 7th Annual Safe Zone Awards on May 21 left attendees dabbing their eyes. The ceremony, although assembled rather casually under the fluorescent lighting of the Circadian, played host to a number of tearful reflections on the daily struggles of undocumented and LGBTQI+ students and the work done by faculty to support them.
“We the Animals,” a beautiful dream
Filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar’s whimsical and potent feature film “We the Animals” hit Netflix at the beginning of this year after its limited run in theaters. Based on the 2011 Justin Torres novel, the film follows Jonah (Evan Rosado) in a powerful debut performance. Jonah is the youngest of three brothers growing up in a mixed-race, working class family in upstate New York, stumbling along a turbulent road to self-discovery. After an awards season of immense critical praise for the generic, feel-good examination of race and …
Around the World in an afternoon: PCC International Fair
Traditional Japanese Taiko drum beats resounded as students poured out of their classes. What was a barren concrete quad just hours earlier became a colorful, lively array of tables. Each individual booth showcased a different linguistic culture represented by the foreign language departments on campus, as well as local and on-campus groups that promote global awareness. Lines quickly formed to engage with the variety of crafts and heritage information and, perhaps most enthusiastically, to sample the diverse foods.
Delicious ‘Asian Fusion’ chicken…by a white girl
Certain foods, when done right, can facilitate religious experiences. Fried chicken is one of those foods. So I jumped at the chance to review one of Old Pasadena’s most recent additions, Daddy’s Chicken Shack. A Houston native, co-owner and co-founder Pace Webb first made a splash in the Los Angeles culinary business with her fine-dining catering company, Taste of Pace. What began as a one-time request for sliders by a client, turned into a joke with her father: to set him up for retirement with …
Women’s softball slides past Seahawks
With only six games left in the season, the Lancer’s Women Softball team has won double as many games as they’ve lost. This past week, the team played an eventful series of games, with an initial loss to Mt. San Antonio Community College, followed by a victorious home win against Los Angeles Harbor.
Dan Modern Chinese: Basic but lively
Hidden within the downtown atmosphere of Lake St. in Pasadena, just a 15-minute walk from campus, lies the upscale, vine-covered, British-themed atmosphere of the Commons Courtyard. Amidst the Philz Coffee and Williams Sonoma, facing the classic red English telephone booth, sits the simple, home-cooked Chinese fare of Dan Modern Chinese. The latest restaurant from local restaurateur James Kim, which opened in November of last year, delivered in aesthetic modernity. The décor is, well, barely there. The ambience is a sterile scene of white walls, scant …
Admissions scandal: The system is fucked
Every so often a piece of news breaks and reminds us that this nation’s supposed systemic progress has largely been a charade. Was anybody surprised to discover that wealthy families have been bribing universities to admit their mediocre kids? No, because we already knew that secondary education largely bolsters race and class inequality.
Filmmaker’s superpower is doing, well, everything
When Xavier Kai DuBose appears, he’s cool and collected with a massive backpack on his back and a skateboard in his hand. He’s friendly; he feels familiar. His eyes, though visible and attentive, are tucked behind gently shaded sunglasses. His smile is out in the open though, it’s wide and gleaming, even brighter than the glint of his septum ring. DuBose’s shirt is emblazoned with an intricate galaxy, a smattering of bleach and several colors of paint, his own personal design. Creating handmade galaxy-inspired clothing …