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Seidler International Film Festival brings culture to campus

For the Department of Language and Literature, bringing liberal arts education to FGCU’s campus and preparing students to be global citizens of the world is their mission. The Department of Language and Literature has been organizing film festivals for the past six years. This year, it’s announced the first Seidler International Film Festival. “Organizing film festivals screening movies in French, Spanish and German takes learning out of the classroom and thus encourages intercultural knowledge through experiential learning,” said Delphine Gras, of FGCU’s Department of Language and Literature. “A free event open to all, this event also seeks to foster...

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Haute highlights: Couture Fashion Week in review

This January, designers and models gathered to showcase the world’s most extravagant designs down the Paris runways for Haute Couture Fashion Week. “Haute couture” describes the epitome of style. The words are protected by law in France and defined by the Paris Chamber of Commerce, allowing only the most elite names in fashion to call themselves a couture house. Notable among those designers are Dior, Valentino, Elie Saab and Chanel, whose collections did more than meet expectations; they left high-heel footprints in them. Each fashion house produced works that suggest art and fashion aren’t just interconnected but one in...

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Migos releases second studio album, ‘Culture’

If you haven’t heard “Pipe It Up,” “Versace” or “Bad and Boujee,” you have to get out more. Migos’ album “Culture” dropped on Jan. 27, to much anticipation after “Bad and Boujee” reached No. 1 on U.S. Billboard charts. Which may have prompted Donald Glover to refer to Migos as this generation’s “Beatles” after accepting a Golden Globe for hit series “Atlanta” — named after the city Migos hails from. “Culture” is exactly what you’d expect if you’re familiar with high-energy beats and hard-hitting, fast lyrics about money, fame and utter extravagance — and it delights. Though the crew...

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Life In Color celebrates a decade of paint

Life in Color is celebrating their 10th anniversary in a city that shares the festivals love of eccentricity, culture and, of course, paint: Wynwood, Miami. Since LIC Miami changed from a small-but-savage paint party experience to a full on EDM festival, they’ve upgraded to multiple large stages, world-renowned DJ’s, special effects elements, like light shows and fireworks and the infamous paint that erupts from the stages, completely soaking the crowd in a sea of neon. Now that all of those factors have established LIC as a staple EDM event in Florida, as well as in the country and in...

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Up-and-coming DJ Illenium to perform at LIC Miami

Illenium, who also goes by his given name, Nick Miller, is a DJ on the rise and has been turning heads in the electronic dance community with melodious beats and sets that take you on an emotional journey, making the listener want to cry one moment and then dance the next. His nearest performance, Life In Color Miami, is sure to provide a set that’s no different. “I’m hoping to bring a good balance of melodic, ‘feelsy’ music and tunes for people to just rage out to,” Miller said. “I love getting ‘feelsy’ but also loving seeing the crowd...

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FGCU Programming Board to host Open Mic Night and Casino Night events

Programming Board is kicking off the spring semester with an Open Mic Night on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Veteran’s Pavilion. The event gives FGCU students and guests a chance to show off their hidden singing talents, or just to support their friends who will be performing — or laugh with the ones who are doing so jokingly. Their second event of the semester will be Casino Night. The gambling-type event will be in the Cohen Center Ballroom on Jan. 26 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Activities include poker, blackjack, roulette, bingo,...

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‘La La Land’ resurrects the Hollywood musical

“La La Land,” the critically acclaimed musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling premiered on Christmas to much-deserved raves, earning an 8.9 out of 10 on IMDB and a 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie proved to be the Hollywood musical America didn’t know it needed, with a catchy soundtrack featuring John Legend, and acting by Stone and Gosling that proves they are masters of their craft. Even the most cynical moviegoer has something to gain from seeing this movie, as it doesn’t sacrifice sharp, witty dialect to make room for the singing. Rather, both intermingle together to...

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‘No one is nobody’

Sam.Sun, the 22-year-old musician, radiates vitality when he talks about music, a great love in his life since he was a little boy. “I was always surrounded by music when I was young,” Sam.Sun said. “My family members were all very musically inclined. My cousin would play the piano and just fill the room with beautiful sonnets.” For Sam.Sun, that’s when the curiosity began to spark. As he grew older and his schedule began to fill with extracurricular activities, music always stayed in the picture, with a heavy focus on chorus and band. Though music was weaved into the...

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‘Starboy’ impresses fans as The Weeknd reinvents image with new album

The Weeknd’s third studio album “Starboy” did not disappoint fans, boasting a premiere date that broke Spotify’s record for most streams of a single artist’s album in a day. The album features a generous 18 songs, providing a mix of upbeat hits like “Starboy” and “Party Monster” and dreamier slow jams with beautiful vocal riffs that are the classic style of The Weeknd. The album has more A-list features than any of his previous works — with Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey and Future each on separate tracks. The Weeknd, born as Abel Tesfaye, explores similar sounds...

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Best Cyber Monday deals

Cyber Monday is the best. You get to enjoy the mass deals without leaving the sanctity of your home and entering the hellish mess of Black Friday shoppers. However, Cyber Monday has its problems too. Somehow it’s much easier to empty your bank account through the safety of a computer screen, where you don’t have to actually swipe a card or empty the contents of your wallet. Here’s a list of things worth throwing money at on Cyber Monday. Fashion Levi’s: Levi’s is offering their high quality jeans for a low price with an extra 30percent off Black Friday...

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