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The Nutcracker Principle

The Nutcracker Principle

As Christmastime draws to a close, so does the annual “Nutcracker” season. For many ballerinas, it is the four-month long period of never-ending Tchaikovsky and footwear malfunctions. For everyone else,…

A New Kind of Study Playlist – Exploring the Instrumental World of Study Sounds

A New Kind of Study Playlist – Exploring the Instrumental World of Study Sounds

You probably made a New Year’s resolution to dedicate a little more time to hitting the books, but studying doesn’t have to be a miserable commitment this quarter. Whether classes…

Will Coachella 2015 live up to its own hype? Artsweek Weighs in on the “Best” Festival in California

Will Coachella 2015 live up to its own hype? Artsweek Weighs in on the “Best” Festival in California

Of all the music festivals that take place each year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is perhaps the most attention-grabbing, reputable and coveted one. Since its start in…

“Big Eyes” Review: Amy Adams rules in biographical. Christoph Waltz, not so much. Spoiler Alert!

“Big Eyes” Review: Amy Adams rules in biographical.  Christoph Waltz, not so much. Spoiler Alert!

Tim Burton made a colorful comedy-drama?  Is he well? His newest take to the silver screen is “Big Eyes,” based on the real-life drama surrounding artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams)…

Psychology Alum Turns Singer-Songwriter: The Beauty of the Party-Study-Play Music Balance at UCSB

Psychology Alum Turns Singer-Songwriter: The Beauty of the Party-Study-Play Music Balance at UCSB

More than any other California school, UC Santa Barbara students have a tendency to get defensive about their alma mater. It’s a delicate topic. Is this a party school, or…

From Singsong to Sondheim: Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine Reveal All/Tell All

From Singsong to Sondheim: Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine Reveal All/Tell All

Lead actors give the Daily Nexus the inside scoop on their Christmas feature “Into the Woods.” Chris Pine, famous for “Star Trek,” and Anna Kendrick of “Pitch Perfect” are adding…

“Foxcatcher” Review: Carell sheds his funny-guy image in somber biographical drama

“Foxcatcher” Review: Carell sheds his funny-guy image in somber biographical drama

This critic resolves from now on to never watch any Steve Carell comedies, so that his perception of Carell will always be as an amazing actor, as opposed to a…

“The Hobbit” digs further into the pit of mediocrity

“The Hobbit” digs further into the pit of mediocrity

Saying “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is “the defining chapter” of the middle of the Middle-Earth saga is like saying “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”…