Archive for October, 2019

Review: The Lighthouse

Review: The Lighthouse

October 30, 2019 at 5:48 pm 0 comments

As I sat down to write down my review for Robert Eggers’ new film “The Lighthouse,” I ended up restarting the entire review not once, but twice. I struggled with framing a review for a movie that I adore, yet I know many people will likely not enjoy. As IRead More

DMACC hosts refugee summit

DMACC hosts refugee summit

October 23, 2019 at 11:55 am 0 comments

On Thursday Oct. 10, DMACC hosted the Iowa refugee Summit inside Building 5 at the Ankeny DMACC campus. Over 200 professionals from various schools and businesses were present at the summit, each with the goal of learning how to better aid Iowa’s growing refugee population. Among those attending were representativesRead More

"Judy" chronicles the scandal and difficulty that plagued Judy Garland in her last years. Image courtesy of Pathé and BBC Films.

Review: “Judy” spotlights the woman behind the curtain

October 19, 2019 at 5:55 pm 0 comments

This review contains spoilers. The 2019 film “Judy” opens on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios executive Louis B. Mayer leading a fourteen year old girl into an audition room. According to Mayer, she’s a Midwestern farm girl; an ignorant nobody from nowhere worth nothing to anyone who has two pennies to rub together.Read More

Staff Album Picks

Staff Album Picks

October 18, 2019 at 10:35 am 0 comments

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Airbrush instructor Shawn Palek poses in Building 10 with some of his artwork.

DMACC airbrush instructor paints a portrait of his career

October 16, 2019 at 1:19 pm 0 comments

Shawn Palek is a local airbrush artist of 33 years who has taught at DMACC for over two decades.  He has completed around 42,000 paintings since the beginning of his career, including everything from public murals and vehicles to portraits and specialized series. “I’ve done almost 170 murals. I haveRead More

Photography instructor finds beauty in “Fatal” flowers

Photography instructor finds beauty in “Fatal” flowers

October 16, 2019 at 1:11 pm 0 comments

Molly Wood, 54, works for the Meredith Corporation where she manages photo shoots; she also teaches History of Photography at DMACC, and has held numerous solo exhibitions, but her path was anything but ordinary. Molly’s grandmother passed when her mother was very young. Her grandfather didn’t have many photos ofRead More

Opinion: Trump’s Syria policy is a serious misstep

October 15, 2019 at 12:13 pm 0 comments

Late on Sunday, Oct. 6, President Donald Trump took a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Almost immediately after the call ended, Trump announced that the United States would execute a complete “deliberate withdrawal” of the then-1,000 U.S. stationed troops from Northern Syria, where the U.S. conducted anti-terrorismRead More

"Joker" stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck,  a performance that's generated both controversy and awards-buzz. Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Studios.

“Joker” is no laughing matter

October 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm 0 comments

“Joker” has no answers. The big screen has seen it before: the people of Gotham are growing angry, confused, and disillusioned with a city overwhelmed by crime, rat infestations, and corruption. The news pits a restless underclass against a complacent upperclass in an unfair polite society. And the Joker bringsRead More