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Otter Ebert: Life

A sci-fi thriller for suspense junkies. Mankind is always out and about discovering new species on planet earth but discovering life in space is on another whole level. The film Life is more of a science fiction thriller than a horror movie. It stars a team of six international space astronauts (casting Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca…
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Otter Ebert: Beauty & the Beast

Belle 2.0: The Role Model I Wish I Had Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is filled with stunning designs, extravagant sets, grand music numbers, and still managed to fill plot holes from the original 1991 animated movie. With updated characters, Disney has managed to reignite the love for this story that I…
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Play Races Through Black History

A Race Through Time was a performance play that focused on the social commentary of what people of color go through, specifically African Americans. The performance was written for the audience to witness a time machine-like race through history. It was sponsored by Black Students United (BSU) and the Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) chapter of…
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Chief Eats: Lilify and Bright Coffee

The idea of combining an artisan shop with a hipster coffee joint paid off. Your faithful review has returned to coffee shops for this issue! The adorable facade of Lilify and Bright Coffee was on the chopping block this time. The creative idea of combining an artisan shop with a hipster coffee joint paid off;…
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Now That The Light is Fading

Review of Maggie Roger’s Debut Album Maggie Rogers became an internet sensation after the viral video of Pharrell William’s hearing her first single ‘Alaska’ at NYU Clive Davis Institute Masterclass. Her effortless originality and uniqueness was enough to impress Pharrell and leave without any critique. Maggie’s love of nature is prevalent throughout her five -track,…
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Otter Ebert: Big Little Lies

How many lies does it take to make a big one? When the wave of news hit the Monterey County about a new series being filmed, it was only right to see if the lies were true! The new HBO series, Big Little Lies, starring the famous Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene…
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Otter Ebert: Tapping into the President’s Office

An Otter Gag: President Ochoa Accuses Former CSUMB President of Wiretapping It all started early Saturday morning, when President of Cal State Monterey Bay Eduardo Ochoa shook the campus by making bold accusations via Twitter that former CSUMB President Dianne Harrison had his “wires tapped” during the 2012 CSU presidential campaign. Harrison, who is now…
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Chief Eats: Gusto, Seaside

Rarely does your reviewer venture into an establishment that requires nicer clothing than yoga pants and an old t-shirt. However, a dear friend decided to treat your reviewer to lunch at Gusto in Seaside, and it was such a lovely experience as to appear in this column. Gusto is not necessarily cheap for a student….
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Cooking in College

Cooking in college can be stressful, no doubt. If you are anything like me, you had never needed to cook before and for the first semester here the Dining Commons and the Otter Express were your best friends. But now it’s been a while and the food now all tastes the same. And let’s be…
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Otter Ebert: Children of Men & V for Vendetta

Looking at dystopias of the 2000s and the ties to the present When the travel ban photos were going viral on social media, I felt like I had seen it before. Artists all over the world have predicted this dystopian future. Filmmakers, musicians, painters, poets, writers, and photographers have always given voice to their political…
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You’re the one that I want!

Grease swings into CSUMB’s Music Department Shake, rattle, and roll to The World Theater as the Music and Performing Arts students present “Highlights” from the musical Grease. The musical is directed by Terrance Farrell and Carlos A. Tottress. “It’s Legendary!” says Tottress. Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy about two lovers in a…
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Q&A with Emily McMath of the Vagina Monologues

Q: Why did you decide to be a part of this production? A: I am an avid feminist, and being able to express that- my feminist views and issues in women’s lives within our society was an excellent choice for me to be apart of this production. It makes certain topics and issues that are…
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Chief Eats: Pavel’s Backerei, Pacific Grove

From the outside, Pavel’s Backerei does not look like, well, a bakery. It looks like a garden store. There are planter boxes bursting with succulents, giving such an impression. However, walk into the Pacific Grove establishment, and the aroma will immediately correct this. Rarely does your humble reviewer laugh with delight upon entering a bakery….
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Let’s Review: Ferdi’s, Seaside

Cajun cuisine made for the common Californian If you are sitting in a restaurant that has chili peppers on its drapes, you might get a hint that you are in for a spicy meal. Ferdi’s, located on Broadway in Seaside, is a great (and cheap) spicy taste of the cuisine from the bayou. “I make…
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Otter Ebert: Getting to space, falling in love, and revamping the psychological thriller

with co-authors Kimberly Haley, and Tori Johnson. Hidden Figures By Haley Mathis “Based on true events,” the solid black screen reads as the film begins. A story unfamiliar to most, Hidden Figures highlights three unknown heroes of the space race. Taking place in the 1960’s amidst the Civil Rights Movement, African-American women Katherine G. Johnson…
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Mending Monologues holds Auditions

Performance showcases the effects of rape culture across all genders By Kelly Galten kgalten@csumb.edu The third day of auditions for the 2017 prodction of “Mending Monologues” were held in the Student Center on Nov. 18. The show is normally held in March or April, however the date is still to be assigned. Christopher Siders, a long…
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Nocturnal Animals & Fantastic Beasts

By Kelly Finlay kfinlay@csumb.edu Psychological thriller meets existential ennui in Tom Ford’s eagerly anticipated second film, “Nocturnal Animals.” Starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, the R-rated movie examines the life of Susan (Adams), an L.A. art gallery owner in a sham marriage, as she revisits her past after an unexpected package from her ex-husband, Edward…
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Sharp Nine performs at World Theater

CSUMB band blends latin jazz with their own beats to create unique sound By Dylan Avnet davnet@csumb.edu Cal State Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) best kept secret might be the Music and Performing Arts Department’s (MPA) Sharp Nine. Named after a chord typically used in jazz harmony, Sharp Nine is a band that originated in Dr. Enrique…
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Meet Multimedia

By Dylan Avnet Hey everyone! My name is Dylan and I’m the Multimedia Manager here at the Otter Realm. I’d like to take the chance to tell you about some new things that are happening. We are committed to delivering up-to-date news as well as telling stories related to our community and campus. There are other…
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Otter Ebert: Peculiars and Marvels, Oh my!

By Myka Menard & Travis Mattos Doctor Strange Marvel Studios has developed a winning formula for their movies that has proven its success time and time again, and Doctor Strange – starring Benedict Cumberbatch – is no exception. The gravity of the lead character’s struggles, the humor, plot development, climax, and resolution are all on point….
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