Open Fifth Brings Jazz Flavor to the Pub

“Music can noble hints impart, engender fury, kindle love, with unsuspected eloquence can move, and manage all the man with secret art,” said Joseph Addison. Music, to anyone, is a language; it communicates a combination of emotion and thought more than words can describe. Through its concentrations on stylistic genres, any person can hear the artist’s message. These passionate notes inspire, direct and create lifestyles for up-and-coming bands, like UC Irvine’s jazz ensemble Open Fifth, who performed at the Anthill Pub last Thursday.

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Artists Inspired By the Mind

While you’re still trying to figure out your class schedule for this quarter, UC Irvine’s arts department began this year prepared with a slew of fresh showcases from local, talented artists. Both running from Jan. 8 until Feb. 7, Kenny Berger’s “A Just Noticeable Difference” premiered last week along with Steve Fagin’s “The Surfing Memory Syndrome.”

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KUCI: The Underground Alternative

“We are the last bastion against crappy, sound-alike radio in Orange County,” says its philosophy on the KUCI website. “We are the voice of freedom for all the independent music that gets snubbed by the major labels. We are the defenders of the faith for those who choose to express a different opinion. We are corporate rock’s worst nightmare. We are KUCI.”

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Vote No on Proposition 5

Imagine this: You have just been arrested for drug possession by a police officer. You are surprised, scared out of your mind, afraid of receiving a long sentence and are running out of options. Proposition 5 wants to give you two solutions: rehab in exchange for prison or a shortened sentence based on a new set of criteria for punishment. Sounds nice, right? Wrong. In accordance with Proposition 36, Proposition 5 will continue to allocate spending on rehab programs for convicted drug users. According to a UCLA study done on Proposition 36, many of the drug users on parole either have never showed up for treatment or failed to finish their programs. Almost $460 million a year would be set aside for these already faulty programs with Proposition 5, and with California’s increasing deficit and the nation’s unstable economic standing, this is not the best investment.

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