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A not-so-dreadful adaptation of a dreadful tale, Netflix presents “A Series of Unfortunate Events”


Netflix first announced it would be turning the popular children’s series “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” written by Daniel Handler under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, into a show November 2014. A little over two years later, the first season of the series was finally released on January 13, 2017. Consisting of eight episodes that cover the first four books, viewers follow the tale of the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, from guardian to guardian as they seek both a home, and an escape from the treachery and any harm of Count Olaf. This treachery follows, however, affecting them and each guardian. The series begins with the death of the Baudelaire parents by a mysterious fire; this leads to the children being placed in the care of Count Olaf, their guardian shortly turned enemy.

Rockford Area Arts Council hosts grand opening of new venue

Rockford Area Art Council will premiere the opening of its news space, the Shumway, February 13 and 15, featuring Feverland. “Feverland is a dark comedy that commemorates the 88th anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” said the RAAC in their official press release. Written by Connie Kuntz, it depicts the love between Al Capone and Lady Liberty, the figurehead of the American Dream. The piece will feature talented local actors, dancers and musicians of Rockford, which music by Matthew Flamm and choreography by Caitlyn and Meghan Baylor.

Super Bowl LI Preview

Super Bowl 51 is airing Sunday, February 5th in Houston, Texas. The AFC representatives are the New England Patriots and the NFC representatives are the Atlanta Falcons, two football powerhouses playing for Super Bowl glory, but only one will emerge the victor. Who do you have? Let’s start with the AFC Champions, the New England Patriots. Renowned quarterback Tom Brady and his offense have proven to be a force reckoned with out on the field.

The five best dance numbers of all time

When I survey the landscape of the music industry today, so many passionate and visionary artists come into view. These are people who heard the murmur of the world uniquely, and somehow possessed the discipline and talent to channel it in a beautiful way. Some mark a significant turn of an era or revolution of thought. Most all found it as a refuge; a release for elation, confusion or heartbreak. Music can also be a narration to everyday life. How much more enjoyable is driving in the car with a playlist or studying with a soundtrack? If there’s one thing that I especially love, it is to see music visually come to life in movements of sound and pattern.

Leslie Knope: the most influential person I’ve never met

Almost all the people in my life who have come along and inspired me are powerhouse women. Luckily, I’ve had many interactions with them, but one of these inspirational kickass women I have never met, and probably never will. That woman is Leslie Knope from NBC show Parks and Recreation. Why Leslie Knope? Here are 7 reasons why she is the best.

Past, Present and Future: a look at RVC’s Mass Communication

Writer, director, editor, cinematographer, producer, sound engineer, production assistant – these are just a few of the titles one can prepare for in the Mass Communication program at Rock Valley College. Regardless of age, gender or experience, everyone is welcome with open arms by the staff and students. Whether you’re looking to edit your own home movies or produce feature films in Chicago, Los Angeles or New York City, Mass Com is a great place to start. Alumni of the program have gone on to jobs in the industry in Chicago and Los Angeles as well as transferred to four year universities like Columbia and the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Others have started not-for-profits to help out directors with trailers for their films and produced documentaries on the Chicago Cubs historic season.

Alabama proves to be a powerhouse, dominant over college football

Anyone who follows college football knows that select teams dominate the sport and have been doing so for some time. One team cannot be left out of that conversation, and their recent success in past years is proof. Alabama’s staggering victories and impressive performances have caught the attention of recruiters, fans and sports analysts. Since it’s inception in 1992, Alabama has won 7 SEC Championship Games tying the record for most wins in that conference with the University of Florida (1992, 1999, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). The four times Alabama has won the SEC Championship game, they have also claimed the national title (in the span of eight years, they have claimed four national titles).

Journalism shifts with the world

How has journalism survived the past few years? Why is it even important to our world? Media formats change frequently. Print journalism has almost completely shifted into the world of online media. Every major network and publication has made the change in order to keep up with the demand of information right here, right now.