Sunday, January 16, 2022

The refuge of helping others

Huma Rahimi ushers in students from all around the world for her job in the International Students Program at Pierce College.

Under Control

Story & Illustrations by Jeremy M. Nation Photos by John Gutierrez It is a common fear in the mind of parents that their child might be caught amid screams of terror and shouts of warning as a killer steps slowly, purposefully down a narrow hall. Students running from him become, in an instant, victims crumbling to the floor, with pools of crimson...

Entertainment industry not all glitz and glamour

The entertainment business looks glamorous from far away, and walking into a room filled with vintage televisions and TV memorabilia, that seems to be the case. Tucked in the city of Los Angeles, a retired television director and editor works with his brother on their latest project. Surrounded by artifacts not only from their own careers, but even Jackie Kennedy’s...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live

Moments from The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live at the Nuart Theatre in Santa Monica, Calif., on Oct. 19, 2019 Photos by Katya Castillo Before the lights dimmed and the teleportation to Transylvania commenced on a recent fall Friday, host Zoey Hayes crawled on stage at the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles...

Superstitious rituals abound within baseball team

The pitcher is the leader of the baseball diamond. The inning starts and ends with him. The starting pitcher for the Pierce College Brahmas continued his warm-up pitches before the start of every spring game. The velocity of his throws matched the stern concentrated look on his face. Michael Knopf, 19, is a product of Notre Dame High School and...

Welcome to the Game Grid

The kids’ audible joy melds with the bleeps and bloops of arcade machines that are old enough to belong to their parents. Air hockey pucks smack around the tables, punctuating the laughter and talking that fills the room. The 2,500 square-foot facility is packed, almost every machine occupied by an eager kid or parent trying to get to the next...

Not Her First Rodeo

From the little wooden sound box, located to the left of the chute, “Austyn Campbell, you are next on deck,” bellows from the speakers. It is 9 a.m., and the sun has barely began to heat up the day. The nervous impatient woman sits atop her eager gelding just waiting for the alarm to sound and for the gate...

The pandemic panic

Lola Murphy. Screenshot by Paige Chestnut.Sandra Campbell. Screenshot by Paige Chestnut.Photo illustration by Katya Castillo. Water goes down the drain. This image, despite being a common, everyday visual, helps Lola Murphy deal with her anxiety. Murphy, a 58-year-old entrepreneur from Calabasas, uses water as a metaphor to release...

Fighting for our furry friends

Saskia Chiesa poses with her four pet guinea pigs at the Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue in Chatsworth, Calif. on April 23, 2020. Photo by: Chelsea WestmanInside the Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue in Chatsworth, Calif. on April 23, 2020. Photo by: Chelsea WestmanPodrick is a black and white guinea pig that lives with four other males....

Column: A pro-feminist piece written by a man, so maybe you’ll listen

The absolute best way to support women is to show up and sit down. Exist in spaces where women are sharing their experiences, and in your silence, in your conscious, deliberate decision to not interrupt or make the conversation sink to your comfort level, you contribute support. Don’t expect a pat on the back for doing the bare minimum, though. Listen...