“Rolling in the Deep” at the Wells Fargo Center

By Dave Mattera

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Adele performs at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

More than 19,000 fans filled Philly’s Wells Fargo Center Sept. 10, to attend the second of two sold-out nights performed by singer-songwriter Adele.

As fans cheered and smiled, the British vocalist burst into song, her vocals flooding the arena.

She performed all of her hits, including her first single, “Chasing Pavements,” to her latest number one hit, “Hello.”

“My music is pretty miserable…it’s all about me,” said Adele, showing the audience her tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. “I only have two songs that you can really dance to, so it makes my show better if you’re drunk.”

For more than two hours, Adele belted out lyrics to her 16 song set list to awestruck fans.

In the beginning of the night, predominately female fans, many of whom wore dresses and heels, dragged their significant others to their seats with anticipation to see one of the hottest concerts in 2016.

The curtain on stage featured Adele’s eyes with her cat-like eyeliner. Her set was unadorned except for a band wearing all black suits.

The lights dimmed, fans’ screams ricocheted off the walls, and the spotlight, enough to land a plane, beat down in the center of the arena.

Coming up through the stage wearing a sparkling black dress, her famous pout glued on her face, Adele stood, surrounded by applause.

“She is absolutely glowing,” said Amanda Fritz, a Brookhaven resident and longtime Adele fan. “I love her, she is so classy and elegant, and her voice is perfection.”

Adele kicked off her concert with “Hello,” and “Hometown Glory,” followed by “One and Only.”

The backdrop flashed images of Philly, including the Walt Whitman Bridge, City Hall, and LOVE Park.

After she performed “Rumor Has It,” Adele invited two teenage girls up on stage as thanks for their non-stop dancing during her show.

“You girls are dancing like lunatics,” Adele said. She then insisted the teenagers take selfies with her for Snapchat.

Her second set of songs included “Water Under the Bridge,” and “Skyfall,” then wrapped up with “Make You Feel My Love,” a Bob Dylan cover song.

“I go to a lot of concerts and I have to say that I’m in awe,” said Marlena Schaefer, a personal shopping assistant and self-proclaimed huge Adele fan. “For [a performer] who isn’t a dancer or has theatrics, the concert was very entertaining.”

In-between songs, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter cracked jokes and shared the background behind her lyrics.

“She sounds just as good live as she does on her records,” said “Dede,” 45, a resident from Ithaca, NY who preferred to use only a nickname. “It was worth every penny.”

Later, the concert finished up with some of Adele’s bigger hits like “Someone Like You,” and “Set Fire to the Rain.”

The concert closed with a two-song encore of her biggest hits “When We Were Young,” and “Rolling in the Deep.”

“It was absolutely phenomenal,” said Phyllis Hall, 57, a resident from Ithaca, NY. “She put on such a great show and she was so funny.”

Adele has 30 out of 107 shows remaining on her tour before she returns home to London.

Contact Dave Mattera at communitarian@mail.dccc.edu

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Adele shares a story with her audience between songs during her Sept. 10 concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Photo by Dave Mattera
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Fans try to catch pieces of confetti with messages from Adele written on them at the finale of her Sept. 10 concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Photo by Dave Mattera

‘Hands on a Hardbody’ wins over crowd

Friday, May 6, 2016
By Shannon Reardon
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“Last man with his hands on the truck, wins it,” said character Mike Ferris, played by DCCC student Clark Smith.

“Hands on a Hardbody,” a musical focusing on 10 individuals competing to take home a brand new truck, was performed by DCCC students and alumni on the Marple Campus April 12 to April 23.

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Aspiring hip-hop artist laments genre’s agenda

Friday, May 6, 2016

By Leah J. Mahoney

Special to The Communitarian

Spencer Parker, 22, spends most of his days nonchalantly accommodating mass consumers as a cashier at the Home Depot.

Parker is also known as ZeeRoh, a conscious hip hop artist struggling to make a name for himself, as a result of the mainstream hip-hop agenda.

Working at a home improvement store is a means of income for the hip hop artist who feels frustrated, he said, because his real passion cannot be pursued unless he changes his style and conforms to today’s “acceptable” hip hop mold.

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Not your average zombie apocalypse

Friday, May 6, 2016
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By Joshua Smith

Tracking through flooded, fungus- ridden buildings, dark and treacherous sewer lines, and dense, complex city elements, gamers experience no shortage of excitement and horror in 2014’s game of the year, “The Last of Us Remastered.”

“The Last of Us Remastered” is a refurbished edition of Sony Entertainment’s previous release, “The Last of Us,” originally for PlayStation 3, developed by Naughty Dog Studios.

Gamers follow the two main characters: Joel, a brawny, battle-hardened, middle- aged man, and his infinitely wise, adolescent sidekick, Ellie.

Joel and Ellie trek through a post- apocalyptic United States after a pandemic outbreak of the Cordyceps Brain Infection.

The Cordyceps Brain Infection is a fungal-based infection that results in the host becoming highly aggressive and attacking any uninfected human on sight. Of course, in true zombie folklore fashion, anyone who is bitten will contract the infection.

The main objective of our two characters is to find the elusive, anti- government group, The Fireflies.

Throughout their quest to find The Fireflies, Joel and Ellie encounter endless perils in which they must solve puzzles, silently evade infected zombies, and fight

gainst some of most horrifying creatures imaginable.

“The Last of Us Remastered” rings true with the survival aspect of the game. Since firearms are hard to come by, and ammunition even more so, gamers can be easily over powered, and the environment proves to be anything but tame.

Interesting concepts of the game include custom weapon crafting, character ability enhancements, and movie-like story development.

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“The Last of Us Remastered” also enthralls its players with a beautifully developed and highly detailed game environment. From the cracks in the pavement, to stains on the buildings, and every single leaf depicted on each tree, the game’s graphics could easily be mistaken for reality.

The controls in this game are an absolute joy to play and seem to be almost innate for the hands to perform.

Whether it’s the incredible storyline, the suspenseful gameplay, or the beautifully developed environment, “The Last of Us Remastered” is one of the best games I’ve played to date, and it continues to amaze players since its release.

Without a doubt, “The Last of Us Remastered” is a staple for zombie lovers and connoisseurs of epic games alike. This game is one for the collection and should

not be passed up. 


Acting career is not without challenges

Friday, May 6, 2016

By Kelly Witman

Special to The Communitarian

When Megan Farley was still studying theatre at Rutgers University in Camden, she thought life as an actor was going to be easy after college.

“I was sheltered in college,” Farley said. “It was a small theatre community. So I got all the parts I wanted.”

But Farley, 23, who graduated in 2015, has struggled to find acting jobs since.

Instead, she works full time as a substitute teacher in a pre-school and lives with her parents. “I am grateful that they don’t make me pay rent,” Farley added.

To make more money to pay for headshots, reels, and travel expenses to go on auditions, Farley thought about getting a second job. But the long hours of work would cut time for auditions.

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