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‘The Fate of the Furious’ delivers entertaining, mindless action

This past weekend, the eighth movie in the action-packed Fast and Furious series “The Fate of the Furious” opened in theaters to eager crowds. The movie provided what was to be expected from the franchise: fireballs, explosions, twisted heaps of metal careening through the air, bloody fight scenes and of course — racing. The movie opened up with a race scene in Cuba, a place where few Hollywood movies have been previously shot, and really took advantage of the surroundings. The main characters played by Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson, made an impressive action trio, where the...

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James Franco and Kalup Linzy’s art exhibit might make you question your sanity, but in a cool way

James Franco and Kalup Linzy are either totally creative or totally crazy — maybe both. Either way, their art exhibition at Florida Southwestern College in Fort Myers was as entertaining as it was confusing. The exhibit, which opened in the Rauschenberg Gallery on Friday, April 7, featured bright orange walls covered in screens with big puffy black headphones hanging next to them. Upon first glance, you notice the huge compilation of thick black lines and photos climbing up the wall to form a family tree. The photos show Linzy dressed in drag — his typical performance-art look — under...

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16th Annual LUNAFEST coming to Naples

A film festival promoting awareness of various women’s issues will hit the FGCU area May 11. This film festival, LUNAFEST, will screen short films that promote women’s wellbeing and highlight women filmmakers with proceeds going toward local women’s initiatives. The fest aims to bring women together in the community and will be hosted by Girls on the Run of Collier County at Paragon Pavilion. According to a LUNAFEST press release from April 10, the nine films, which range from animation to drama, cover many topics women face daily such as health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking...

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Waka Flocka and Rae Sremmurd were adorably rambunctious at this year’s Nest Fest

Hip hop artist duo Rae Sremmurd and artist Waka Flocka Flame performed for Nest Fest April 5, Wednesday at Germain Arena in Fort Myers. Around 8:30 p.m., Waka Flocka took the stage to a very eager crowd of nearly 2,000 FGCU students. He burst onto the stage, immediately jumping around and shouting his lyrics while the crowd cheered along with him. The crowd favorites were “No Hands,” in which he rapped the whole song, even the verses by Wale and Roscoe Dash, “Grove Street Party” and “Hard in the Paint.” Through each song he gave a performance with fun...

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ tanks at the box office

Cultural appropriation is not paying off for directors choosing to white-wash their casts. It showed earlier this year in low ratings and reviews for the movie “The Great Wall,” starring Matt Damon, and now most recently on March 31, “Ghost in the Shell” starring Scarlett Johansson. The original “Ghost in the Shell” movie came out in 1995 and was based on a Japanese manga and anime franchise. It was directed by Mamoru Oshii and gained a cult following in both Japan and the U.S. and is accredited for changing the sci-fi genre and giving inspiration to many classics, most...

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88 keys to success: The beginning of an FGCU pianist’s story

When he was eight years old, the course of Yun Cao’s life changed forever. He and his mother immigrated to the United States, and he began playing the piano. Though at the time, the young boy thought of piano as nothing more than an intriguing hobby, 12 years later he’s playing with FGCU’s Symphony Orchestra and has played with a myriad of other orchestras throughout his life, playing not only piano, but violin as well. In addition to Cao’s music classes, he has honors classes and courses for his second major, political science. For Cao, time management is key,...

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FGCU students showcase their work at 19th Annual Juried Art Exhibit

The Arts Complex opened its latest exhibit on Thursday, March 23 on the Annual Juried Art Exhibit, which showcases art from FGCU students. The gallery, which is located in the Arts Complex on FGCU Campus in the Main Gallery, will remain on display until Thursday, April 6, with viewing hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery holds over 70 pieces, featuring a variety of art forms including ink, acrylic, oil on board, dry point, bronze, linocut, digital photography, fired ceramics, pen and ink, colored pencil, stoneware, wood, digital typography and more. When walking through...

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Eat seafood on the water at Coconut Jack’s

Floridians know their seafood. In an area that’s packed with too many seafood restaurants to count, Coconut Jack’s manages to stand out, even to Florida natives who are used to high-quality freshness and an authentic atmosphere that won’t be met by just any seafood joint. The restaurant, located off of Bonita Beach Road, is tucked against the bay with a parking lot that’s frequently so packed, employees of the restaurant must park off-location to make room for its many customers. From the moment you enter the restaurant, the island vibe is clear in a way that leans toward classic...

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FGCU student wins Shrimp Queen award

Kelsey Collins, a Fort Myers native and FGCU freshman, has been watching the Shrimp Parade on Fort Myers every year since she was four years old. This past weekend, she was awarded 2017’s Shrimp Queen by the Fort Myers Lions Club, the organization who puts on a pageant every year, which gave her a $1,000 scholarship and many new friends. “Being a local and knowing so many other beach kids, it feels awesome,” Collins said. “All my friends on the island celebrated with me after, and it really made me feel so special because it’s the biggest parade of...

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Tim Miller to have artist residency at FGCU

FGCU’s Theatre Program in the Bower School of Music and the Arts has announced that it will be presenting an artist residency with internationally acclaimed performance artist, Tim Miller. Miller is an American performance artist and writer, whose works typically center around the gay rights movement and related issues. The residency will include a solo performance from Miller on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and a student-devised performance under Miller’s supervision from April 7 through 9 at FGCU’s TheatreLab. Additionally, a free, open-to-the-public welcome reception will be held for Miller on March 30 from 5 to 6 p.m. in...

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