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College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year. (Photo: Desmond Meagley/The Citizen)

The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program

Jazz professor Glen Pearson performs with legendary Count Basie Orchestra, which took home a Grammy this year
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Seated at his piano in room G-119, between stacks of papers and cardboard boxes, Glen Pearson effortlessly hammers out snappy blues melodies with the flick of a wrist for his jazz ensemble students. His...

In Director Chelsea Bos first feature-length film, half-sisters Harper (left, Chelsea Bo) and Georgie (right, Ava Acres), thrown together by circumstance and a weak blood relation, must untie the knots in their relationship. The film won Jury Prize Feature at the Alameda International Film Festival last week. (Courtesy: Paxeros)

No Right Way, Chelsea Bo’s hard-hitting emotional rollercoaster about the complexities of sisterhood, shown at Alameda International Film Festival

Festival showcases local and foreign filmmaking
Ian Waters, News Editor February 29, 2024

Los Angeles-based filmmaker and director Chelsea Bo brought her 2023 film No Right Way to the Alameda International Film Festival on Feb. 22. The hard-hitting emotional rollercoaster, which invokes snarky...

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Queer Black History: A review of ‘Rustin’

'On the same day I was born Black, I was born homosexual,' declares titular character in Netflix historical drama
Timothy Lane, Arts Editor February 28, 2024
On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and told nearly a quarter of a million people tightly-packed around the Washington Monument’s reflecting pool, “I have a dream….” Rustin is the story about how the March’s success was anything but inevitable.
Muffler’s first headlining performance at the Golden Bull in Oakland, CA on May 24, 2023. From left to right: Wes Allerd, TJ Gardea Jr., Gaby Aravjo (Photo by Lylah Schmedel-Permanna/The Citizen)

Your next favorite post-punk band includes two Peralta students — an interview with Muffler

Lylah Schmedel-Permanna, Investigations Editor November 6, 2023

On stage, Muffler has the timeless energy that all great punk artists possess -- a fantastic, effortless dark harmony that tells the audience they are not here for the crowds, but for their own...

From The Ground Up inside of the Berkeley City College Atrium. (Photo by Emily Tenorio Molina/The Citizen)

BCC Art instructor Juana Alicia honored by the San Francisco Art Commission

Emily Tenorio Molina, Staff Writer September 21, 2023

Berkeley City College Art instructor and Bay Area muralist Juana Alicia Araiza was celebrated for her decades-long contribution to the arts by the San Francisco Art Commission (SFAC) “Dreaming in Color”'...

Mythical goddesses fight for change in comedy “Deirdre the Queer Queen”

Mythical goddesses fight for change in comedy “Deirdre the Queer Queen”

Randi Cross, Arts Editor May 1, 2023

The two-week run of “Deirdre the Queer Queen,” directed by Theater Arts Department Chair Michael Torres, came to a close on April 14 at Laney College’s Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center. In...

Vietnamese art and history show honors motherhood at Legion of Honor

Vietnamese art and history show honors motherhood at Legion of Honor

College of Alameda students perform with Nguyen Dance Company
Emily Tenorio Molina, Staff Writer April 26, 2023

The Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center presented its 10th annual performance of "Thi Ca & Sử Việt," or "Vietnamese Art and History Show," at the San Francisco Legion of Honor on March 19. Several...

Art in solidarity with Iran: Hair

Art in solidarity with Iran: Hair

Timothy Lane and Randi Cross April 19, 2023

Correction 4/20/2023: The original version of this article misattributed an art piece by Farnaz Zabetian to Nazanin Parviz. The error has since been rectified. Hair, an art exhibit curated by Iranian-American...

Civic Design Studio Projects connect student artwork and community

Civic Design Studio Projects connect student artwork and community

April 15 Youth Creative Expo will showcase artwork by students from OUSD and Peralta Colleges
Jindi Zhang, Staff Writer April 11, 2023

Whether it’s an art exhibition in Brooklyn Basin, a sprawling mural on 9th street, a three-story dragon mural in Chinatown, or one of the metal cutouts from 14th St to Fruitvale Ave – those who...

Umoja-UBAKA Student Success Community Hosts Black History Presentation & Dinner

Umoja-UBAKA Student Success Community Hosts Black History Presentation & Dinner

Randi Cross, Arts Editor February 26, 2023

In honor of Black History Month, the Umoja-UBAKA Student Success Community hosted the African American History & Human Liberation Presentation & Dinner on Feb. 8, 2023 at Laney College. Carter...

Behind the Curtain of “Disbelief” and the Laney Theater Programs Covid journey

Behind the Curtain of “Disbelief” and the Laney Theater Program’s Covid journey

Justin Burrows, Staff Writer May 11, 2022

The Laney College Theater Arts Program production of "Disbelief: A Cassandra Tale" by local playwright Garrett Jon Groenveld premiered on April 13 and had a three day run, ending on the 15th. The production,...

The mystery woman behind Laney’s June Steingart gallery

The mystery woman behind Laney’s June Steingart gallery

Few remember the art professor and wife of Nobel Prize winner after whom the Laney art gallery was named
David Rowe, Associate Editor April 25, 2022

If you Google “June Steingart” the results will most likely relate to exhibits in the art gallery named after her in the lobby of the Tower building at Laney College. Finding out more about the...

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