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Tom Strini
Writer, speaker, teacher, mentor, consultant
Writer, speaker, teacher, mentor, consultant


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Critical Readings No. 7
To become good critics, we must read good criticism. Each week, we'll share the best we've read. The Corvallis Review Staff recommends: Tom Sietsema is a food critic for the Washington Post . Before that he launched and worked for The Seattle P...

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Notes from the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival
I wrote most of the program notes for the current Chintimini music fest in Corvallis. Interesting music and interesting stories behind it. by Tom Strini I know, I know. I   should have posted this last week, before the festival opened. Now, just two concert...

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Little Gallery Tucked Away in Kidder Hall
Betty LaDuke's "Bountiful Harvest & Border Crossings" graces the Little Gallery. by Nissa Johnson (Madison Bauer, editor) Helen Wilhelm, curator. Image by Nissa Johnson. Deep within the corridors of Kidder Hall at Oregon State University rests a little-know...

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Donald Glover Announces The End of Childish Gambino
Donald Glover officially retires his alter-ego, Childish Gambino, after releasing 2017 album "Awaken, My love."  by Shelby Shepard (Kaya Reed, editor) At this point, it would be difficult to argue that Donald Glover can't do it all. found on F...

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Sex and Cannibalism from Katy Perry's "Bon Appétit" Music Video
Katy Perry releases an edgy and provocative video for her recently released album’s second single. by Jane Schumacher (Natalie Anderson, editor) Katy Perry’s new music video for her single, “Bon Appétit,” is as odd and mildly disturbing as she likely meant ...

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Album Review: "RELAXER" by Alt-J
Alt-J attempts to reinvent their sound in their June 2017 album. by Madison Bauer (Nissa Johnson, editor) Alt-J ’s newest alt-rock album, RELAXER , is a hybrid of the gentle sounds we expect from the band and noisy outbursts completely new to Alt-J. Half of...

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"Dead Men Tell No Tales" -- in the Pirates of the Caribbean
Dead men should tell no tales. by Nicholas Braun (editor Lauren LaGrande) Dead Men Tell No Tales  is a film that tries hard to stay relevant without developing anything substantial for the plot. Official Movie Poster The latest installment of the Pirates of...

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BFA Students use vibrant color to discuss social issues
Johnny Beaver and Maddy Corbin showcase colorful works. by Madeline Frisk (Sarah Johnson, editor) Photo courtesy of   Oregon State Art . Johnny Beaver and Maddy Corbin, seniors in the Bachelors of Fine Arts program at Oregon State, were selected as College ...

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Teary-Eyed Film Fantasy: "A Dog's Purpose"
Lasse Hallstrom's tale of a dog's reincarnations is so cute it's almost creepy.  by Allyson Gronholm (Julia Peterson, editor) Photo from IMDb "What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason?" asks the protagonist of A Dog's Purpose . Voice actor Josh...

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70 Degrees South: To the Ends of the Earth
“Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South” showcases the struggles of Antarctic researchers. by Kaya Reed (Shelby Shepard, editor) At the bottom of the Earth, scientists are facing down the impending threat of climate change. The 2015 documentary film Antarctic Edg...
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