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“Contagion”: A stark vision of a planet in panic

“Contagion”: A stark vision of a planet in panic

Charlie Craft

October 11, 2011


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“Contagion” is the perfect analogy for the approaching overcast of the fall. As opposed to the over-the-top, action packed and generally uplifting summer blockbusters that have invaded movie theaters for the last three months, “Contagion” is a bleak portrait of an untreatable virus spreading...

Paolini’s next Inheritance installment coming in November

Anna Keil

October 11, 2011


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Three years after writing the third book of the Inheritance series, Christopher Paolini has finally finished the creation of his last novel, “Inheritance”. The previous books in the series were based on the story of a young man named Eragon, who finds a beautiful blue stone which turns out to be...

Weekly lunch hot spot: New Eastern flair arrives in the Central Village

Weekly lunch hot spot: New Eastern flair arrives in the Central Village

Sophie Pesetti

October 11, 2011


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With mouthwatering dishes and oriental tones, Thai Linn has just opened in the Central Village Marketplace, offering deliciously flavorful food. The first thing that I felt when I walked in was instant relaxation. From the beautiful trickling water fountain in the front of the restaurant to the gentle...

Oregon Thespian State Improvisation Festival

Derek Fieldhouse

October 10, 2011


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Thommie Olson, senior, placed first at the Oregon Thespian State Improvisation Festival held on Oct. 1. Emma Resk, sophomore, came in third and Michael Taylor, freshman, and Brad Stone, junior, were both finalists. “Our students not only showed off their professionalism and rock-star acting skills,...

“Foster the People” rise to fame with their new album, “Torches”

“Foster the People” rise to fame with their new album, “Torches”

Danny McGarry

October 10, 2011


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Foster the People, a new band from Los Angeles, has risen to fame very quickly in a short amount of time. Their latest hit, “Pumped Up Kicks,” has been playing on most radio stations for a long time. They've been making a name for themselves in the music industry and have been doing a great job of...

Sing-Off shows off talent of acapella singers, even local stars

Sing-Off shows off talent of acapella singers, even local stars

Danny McGarry

October 10, 2011


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Singing shows have been on an uprising, such as the X-Factor, American Idol and The Sing-Off. But the reason the Sing-Off is different is that it is all acapella. And luckily, a local acapella group is receiving their chance to shine. The show includes the judges Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Sara Bareilles...

Weekly lunch hot spot: Super Torta

Weekly lunch hot spot: Super Torta

Ty Clarke

October 5, 2011


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Once a week, the Amplifier website will be providing you with a restaurant idea for lunch. It will offer a review along with an address, a website if available and phone number. Featured places may be old favorites, while others are a new venue. Regardless, it will be a place where you can buy lunch for...

Love and warmth back home in Iran

Kara Elizeh

October 5, 2011


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My family and I have been in Iran for four full days, but it still feels so surreal. Meeting my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins for the first time had such an unreal quality to it because I never dreamed that I would be able to experience their love. My favorite meeting so far was when...

Lead Decemberist creates novel consistent with his musical genius

Lead Decemberist creates novel consistent with his musical genius

Elise Brown

September 30, 2011


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Colin Meloy: singer, songwriter, sesquipedalian and – most recently – author. As the frontman of the Portland-based indie band The Decemberists, Meloy has constantly woven extravagant stories in his songs. His songs and albums are tales of widows, thieves, star-crossed lovers, ghost children, forest...

Going back home: the trip of a lifetime (Part 1)

Kara Elizeh

September 29, 2011


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It’s slowly setting in: my trip to Iran is now mere days away. The trip that has been looming over my head since early August is now becoming a fast and hard reality. Up until this point, I never took the trip too seriously. It almost seemed surreal to me that I would leave the country for over two...

An evening with Cake

Sean Pebler

September 29, 2011


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The stage was set, the disco ball was flashing, and the audience eagerly awaited five men to make their appearance. For this particular concert, there would be no opening band or opening routine whatsoever. It was simply an evening with Cake. Cake came to McMenamins Edgefield on Friday, Sep. 16 as...

The Big Terrific Comedy Show lives up to its name with an uproarious performance

The Big Terrific Comedy Show lives up to its name with an uproarious performance

Mary Earp & Charlie Craft

September 28, 2011


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Pumping music, flashing lights and an auditorium filled with the indie laughter of hipsters—the Big Terrific Comedy Show in Portland on Sept. 16 stimulated our minds and our funny bones. The BTCS was part of the Time Based Art Festival and featured Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri and Jenny Slate, three...

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