In this week’s Bites with Beca, Beca Welty writes, “By the time we were rolling ourselves out the front door, Maria’s was bustling with energy with every table occupied and a line queuing near the entrance. It seemed Sturgis already knew what we had only just discovered — Maria’s Mexican Restaurant is a true gem in the crown of Mexican restaurants in the community, and we will absolutely be back soon…sunny day or not.”
Welcome to Screen Tea Podcast! WARNING, WARNING, THIS EPISODE IS FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH SPOILERS for every M. Night Shyamalan movie ever made, including the film your hosts are actually covering, Knock at the Cabin!
Watershed Voice columnist Aundrea Sayrie writes, “There is disappointment in finding oneself in a discriminatory situation. The event itself can leave you reeling, but what gets me every time, are the nice White people. The witnesses who do nothing. The ones that just stand there with all that privilege and watch. Complicit.”
Alek and Doug welcome poet, community activist, voice actor, author, and Watershed Voice columnist and board member Aundrea Sayrie. The long awaited interview with one of Watershed’s founding members doesn’t disappoint as Aundrea talks the origin story of Three Rivers Open Mic, her Black History Month series on WSV and why she decided to change the format this year, her ongoing health concerns and how they have changed her outlook on life, and an upcoming book she’s written about professional voice acting.
Watershed Voice columnist Charles Thomas writes about the importance of deliberate practice when attempting to develop expertise.
Ana Luis and Malachi A+scribe talk with Ben Tapper, podcast host of “What would it take?” and “Invisible Truths.” Together, they set the stage for conversation about the ever-growing debate on Critical Race Theory’s existence at the intersection of Christianity and Black community.
#MomLife columnist Steph Hightree writes, “I love being a mother and a wife. I am happy to take care of my family. But I am also going to learn how to say no more often to allow for some me time.”
“A Retrospective of 22 Years at the Oaks,” a collection of artworks by Professor Michael Northrop, is now on display in the Flora Kirsch-Beck Art Gallery on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College.
Welcome to Screen Tea Podcast! For their Halloween episode, your hosts have chosen to cover one of the only decent spooky movie sequels made in recent history: Adam Wingard’s 2016 sequel to the Blair Witch Project: Blair Witch!
Watershed Voice’s Aundrea Sayrie says while reimagining Ariel is a step in the right direction, she has reservations about the upcoming live action adaption.
Alek and Doug return from yet another involuntary hiatus to chat with Rock Island, Illinois native and Creative Aubrey “Aubs.” Barnes. The trio talks about Aubrey’s latest published work “it is Written. it is Good.”, their hip-hop and rap influences, mental health, education, open mics, rap battles, and antiracism.
Topics for this week’s episode of NerdPop Radio include:
Mandalorian season 4
New Pokémon trailer
What Pokémon games are you familiar with?
Drew’s board games
Were you disappointed when Grogu chose Mando over Luke?
Post Malone album
What would be your Vecna song?
Does Facebook have an end date?
Fast food or junk food?
Umbrella academy season 3
The Boys season 3
Morbius returns to theaters
Listen to the debut episode of NerdPop Radio, a pop-culture talk show with a heavy dose of nerdom, featuring Michael “Hogey” Hogoboom, Levi Nerad, and Madalyn Williams.
WSV’s Nancy Boyd writes, “I find that life surely does not give us any promises that all will be easy, good or fair. Often these days we are so inundated with negativity, hatred and discord, that we may easily find ourselves buried underneath it all. I only know that for me, my faith is the only thing that is predictable, even though it does not come with a guarantee that life will go according to plan.”
In this week’s #MomLife, Steph Hightree laments over the burdens of motherhood in sickness and in health.
The Riviera Theatre is a staple of downtown Three Rivers, and so too is its longstanding tradition of screening live action, animated, and documentary Oscar Shorts. After a short hiatus due to the pandemic, the series will return tonight beginning at 6 p.m.
WSV’s Aundrea Sayrie writes, “Worthy causes have always required allies. Thankfully the work of past generations has not been in vain because inhumane and cruel social constructs have been eradicated but the fact remains there is still need for progress on many fronts. There is still a need for advocacy and activism. This is because although the month of February is coming to a close, Black history, Black joy, Black exploitation, Black pain, and racism isn’t over.”
Content Warning: The following contains unsettling and graphic details concerning the life of Sarah Baartman. Baartman was sold into slavery, and put on exhibit as a “freakshow attraction” due to her naturally curvaceous body. She endured unimaginable cruelty as she was sexually exploited for others’ profit. This piece is intended to educate and bring a broader awareness of racist colonial exploitation, and the dehumanization of Black people. Reader discretion is advised.