Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 10:48 am

Photography tutorials capture Niagara

By BAYLEY NARGANG
Staff Writer
It benefits more than just the photographers, Sarah Ann Smith applies make-up to model Sarah Burgess. PHOTO BY PHIL CHEEVERSTechnology’s accessibility has made it harder to develop high-grade talents in any artistic field. Anyone can pick up a camera and call themselves a photographer, but why not do it in an atmosphere where you can learn from professionals?
On the first Friday of each month, Niagara Fotoz takes place at various locations around the Niagara region, the most recent of which was at Mahtay Café in downtown St. Catharines.
The people providing the professional studio equipment are Seann Alexander and Phil Cheevers, self-proclaimed co-founders by accident.
The success of this program has made progress in more than just St. Catharines though, Cheevers said. “We’ve had a lot of people from Niagara Falls. … We’ve had about two sessions there now.”
Niagara Fotoz was started by the duo, with the hope they can have practice time in a studio setting. However, that is definitely not the only goal.
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Pink Floyd’s swan song is ‘louder than words’

By LUCA GUARDARI
Staff Writer
Pink Floyd’s final album is a great listen that’s “louder than words.”
The Endless River is Pink Floyd’s first album in 20 years and also its last.
Composed from 20 hours of unreleased material from the band’s previous album, 1994’s The Division Bell, The Endless River features mostly instrumental ambient music that sets you off on an atmospheric journey.
There have been a lot of mixed reviews regarding the band’s 15th album, mainly because fans of Pink Floyd’s golden years think it’s irrelevant and shouldn’t exist.
Sure, the album is just discarded material the band did not want to use 20 years ago which begs the question, “Why use it now?”
After keyboardist and founding member of Pink Floyd Richard Wright died in 2008, lead vocalist and guitarist David Gilmour wanted to bring life back to The Endless River as a “swan song” for Wright.
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Dumb and Dumber are back again?

Tiffany Broderick
Columnist
Ready for the 20th anniversary of Dumb and Dumber To. Two best friends are taking action in another American hit comedy movie. The stars are back; Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels who plays Llyod Christmas and Harry Duanne
The original movie was released on Dec. 16, 1994. In this film they plan a road trip to Aspen, Col., to return a briefcase full of money to its owner. Unfortunately, these two comedians end up bumping into a group of criminals who are also in pursuit of the same brief case.
“Oh yeah. They always freak out when you leave the scene of an accident,” says Llyod Christmas. Christmas is stating that when you bump into a group of criminals, you freak out and don’t know what could happen to you if something does go wrong in a situation like this.
This film has received many positive reviews and lots of...

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Foo Fighters go sonic

By LUCA GUARDARI
Staff Writer
From left are Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett, of the Foo Fighters. SUBMITTED PHOTOFoo Fighters travelled to eight U.S. cities to make a new album. Was it worth it?
After announcing in October 2012 that the group would take a break for an undetermined time, the Foo Fighters release a new album two years later.
Sonic Highways, the eighth album from the Foo Fighters, is the same hard rock, grunge-sounding songs you’d expect from the band.
The album as a whole sounds like a direct sequel from 2011s’ Wasting Light, an album considered one of the Foo’s best, yet Sonic Highways is missing a few elements to consider it one of the band’s best.
The album is unique nonetheless.
Eight tracks are on the album and each song was written and recorded in eight cities in the U.S. These were: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
The album’s front cover depicts each city in artistic...

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Advanced Warfare for gamers

By JAKE CAMUS
Staff Writer
The E3 expo of 2014 showcased an advertisement for the new Call of Duty game SUBMITTED PHOTOCall of Duty has released yet another game for its successful franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but will it live up to its potential?
Developed by Sledgehammer Games and published by Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is meant to be a completely new experience. Set 50 years into the future and with more time in development than any other game in the franchise, it really seems as if it is being taken to the next level.
Sledgehammer Games revealed its new product at E3 2014, where it presented its audience with a brand-new single player trailer. E3 is a popular trade fair in Los Angeles organized by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) every year.
“So far, the feedback has been great, but since we revealed the game and the exo-mechanics in our reveal trailer, the question I’ve heard over and over again is, ‘will these features...

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Rich, crystal-clear music, literally

BAYLEY NARGANG
Columnist
The rare record, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, sits in its lavishly jewel-encrusted travelling case.  SUBMITTED PHOTODigital media is swarming the airwaves and chipping at removing the rarity of music. The question is what can we do to protect the tangibility of a physical one-off recording?
The immortal line by the Wu-Tang Clan is what echoes in response, “Yo, you best protect ya’ neck.”
Like a radical taking an aggressive stance on their beliefs, the Clan is again spitting knowledge with an in-your-face record, entitled Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
They produced a record to be heard in museums for a limited time, under high security guard ensuring no one can taint the concept by leaking it online.
The box surrounding the record is plated with nickel and silver. The interior is, of course, laden with diamonds. This information is credited to Forbes.com through their reporter’s trip to Marrakech, Morocco to see Yahya, the artist contracted to make the record’s casing.
Having created pieces for clients that...

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Not your typical Hiro

By JAMIE BURTON
Columnist
Big Hero 6's main characters (clockwise from top left): Fred (T.J. Miller), Honey Lemon (Génesis Rodríguez), Wasabi (Damon Wayans, Jr.), GoGo Tomago (Jamie Chung), Baymax (Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). SUBMITTED PHOTODisney's first use of the Marvel license in an animated feature doesn't feel like a traditional Disney movie. Big Hero 6 has no sweeping musical set pieces, no love story and protagonist Hiro Hamada isn't going to find himself dining with the princesses. Instead, it is a wonderfully presented superhero action-comedy that works as both a stand-alone film and a platform upon which to build a franchise.
Loosely based on a comic series by the same name, Big Hero 6 hones in on the story of 14-year-old robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada as he chases after a man in a kabuki mask who is using the microbot technology Hiro invented and thought had been destroyed. It was an event that left Hiro depressed over the tragic loss of a loved one.
Hiro is joined by Baymax, an inflatable robotic nurse built by Hiro's brother, who follows because his programming devises...

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