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Author Archive: Nick DeCicco

‘Mad Men’ credits theory misses mark

As the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men” kicks off Sunday, the program will begin with its animated credits sequence. Set to RJD2’s “A Beautiful Mine,” a faceless man, who could be a doppelganger to lead character Jon Hamm’s Don Draper, plummets from a building as the facades of nearby structures show advertising. It’s a […]

Service members with county ties complete training

Army Reserve Pvt. Austin S. Miller graduated from basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Mo. Miller is the son of Sharen Crum of Vallejo. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael D. Nelson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Nelson is a 2007 graduate of Armijo High […]

Age limits views on teen singer Lorde

New Zealand-born pop singer Lorde has a way of transcending age. The 17-year-old blasted up the charts and won a Grammy for her debut single, “Royals,” a clever treatise on rejecting mainstream riches and culture. Yet, when people talk about the Kiwi singer, there’s often this vaguely condescending, ageist remark thrown in: “For her age.” […]

Airman with local connections finish basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Cornelius Grant graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Grant is the son of Sonia and John Grant of Vacaville. He is a 2013 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Anthony L. Rubero graduated from basic military training at Joint […]

Gaye demolished barriers for Motown, music

When we lose artists at a young age, we feel cheated. We grieve both for the person as well as, in some selfish way, for ourselves. Without a personal connection to the person, we grieve the loss of future work. In the case of Marvin Gaye, the legendary Motown singer, it was the shocking sadness […]

Airmen with local ties complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Trevor J. Clark graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is the son of Teresa and Steve Clark of Vacaville. The airman is a 2012 graduate of Vacaville High School. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Keisha R. Pereda graduated from basic military training […]

New life breathes into ‘Walking Dead’

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has turned a corner this season and it’s for the better. (Spoilers follow.) While last fall’s eight-episode chunk of the show’s fourth year felt like it was repairing the damage from a conflict that never came the previous season, this year’s latter half has dropped some of the program’s best episodes. […]

Airmen from country graduate basic training

Air Force Airman Kasey K. Burke graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Burke is a 2011 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Christopher T. Evans graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Evans is the son of Rodney […]

BottleRock festival announces headliners

FAIRFIELD — Reunited Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast, English rockers The Cure and North Carolina-born country star Eric Church were announced Friday as headliners for the second BottleRock Napa Music Festival. The festival is under new management after the 2013 installment’s debt ballooned to as much as $8 million, according to Pollstar, a concert industry trade […]

‘Parks and Rec’ mulls merits of modern men

For a show with a woman as its protagonist, NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” has a lot to say about being a modern man. The sitcom, which began life as a spinoff of “The Office,” has survived six seasons and seems poised for a seventh. The show has battled low ratings and annual questions about renewal […]

Airman from Solano County graduate basic training

Air Force Airman Shaylin D. Barber graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Barber is the daughter of Cynthia and Rodney Smith of Fairfield. She is a 2013 graduate of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class David M. Francis graduated from basic military training […]

Airmen with counties ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Kylie B. Fore graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Fore is the daughter of Rachel and Aaron Carrillo of Vacaville. She is a 2012 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Orlando U. Igno graduated from basic military training at Joint Base […]

Vikings beat Casa Roble, move to semis against Falcons

FAIRFIELD — The phrase “déjà vu” is French for “already seen.” Many could forgive Vanden High boys basketball fans for thinking that after Friday’s 62-57 victory against Casa Roble in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinals at Jim Boyd Gym. The flow and tempo mirrored Wednesday’s come-from-behind defeat of visiting Patterson, although Friday night’s victory […]

Remembering Bill Hicks, contemplating stand-up comedy as catharsis

Wednesday marked 20 years since comedian Bill Hicks died from pancreatic cancer at 32. While he’s not as popular as other deceased legends such as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor or George Carlin, he deserves the same respect for his acerbic commentary on social issues, religion, philosophy, politics and more. He commanded a stage and, after […]

Local high school graduates deploy, complete training

Air Force Airman Renz A. Cruz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Cruz is the son of Anna and Lito Sajonas of Fairfield. He is a 2013 graduate of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. Marine Pfc. Jesus D. Manniquez III recently deployed to Afghanistan. He is the son […]

Airman with county ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Lizette D. Mattis graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Mattis is the daughter of Gina and William Mattis of Benicia. She is a 2013 graduate of Benicia High School. Air Force Airman Amhad T. Taylor graduated from basic military training at Joint Base […]

Local graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Tynisha A. Spencer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Spencer is the daughter of Marvin Spencer of Fairfield and granddaughter of Juanita Spencer of Vacaville. She is a 2012 graduate of Fairfield High School. Army Pvt. Daniel C. Younger has graduated from the basic infantry […]

Hoffman, Bangs share similarity beyond screen

There’s cruel perfection that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died at age 46 Sunday in New York, once played Lester Bangs, a rock music critic who died in April 1982, on the big screen. There’s a sliver of pain that comes with the appropriateness of their similarities – both men who enjoyed Van Morrison and […]

February 07, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Fairfield, Vacaville graduates finish military training

Air Force Reserve Airman Lorenzo C. Aromin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Aromin is the son of Joven and Ma Elena Aromin of Fairfield. He is a 2013 graduate of Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville. Army National Guard Pvt. Sean T. Bonifacio graduated from basic military training […]

Green Day ages, but 20-year-old ‘Dookie’ stays timeless

Looks like a lot of people had time to listen to Billie Joe Armstrong whine. Saturday marks 20 years since the release of Green Day’s “Dookie,” not just a seminal release in pop punk history, but one of its definitive efforts. It has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. While the fact Green Day […]

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman Cory S. Martinez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Martinez is the son of Albert and Yolanda Martinez of Vacaville. He is a 2012 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Dana N. Meyer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base […]

Lamar, hip-hop deserve Grammy’s top prize

The Grammy Awards have long overlooked hip-hop when it comes to its most coveted prize, album of the year. That could and should change at Sunday’s 56th Grammy Awards when two rap albums, Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist,” are among the five nominees for top record. Between […]

Airman from county finish basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Matthew D. Gregory graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Gregory is the son of Michael Gregory of Vallejo. He is a 2000 graduate of Hogan High School in Vallejo. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Lisa L. Maxwell graduated from basic military training at […]

Complex male character part of intrigue of ‘Girls’

HBO’s “Girls,” the much-talked-about dramedy from Lena Dunham, returned Sunday night to start its 12-episode third season. The show focuses on the lives of four 20-something women in Brooklyn and their struggles to find themselves, their careers and their futures. Since its quartet of leading ladies is the chief focus, it’s easy to overlook one […]

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jose M. Abarca Araujo graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is a 2002 graduate of Rio Vista High School. Air Force Airman Razal J. Barton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Barton is the […]

Airmen with Solano ties finish basic training

Air Force Airman Stephanie M. Bonilla graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Bonilla is the daughter of Debra Smith and stepdaughter of Shannon Smith, both of Fairfield. She is a 2012 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Jeryl T. Dispo graduated from basic military […]

Finding ‘happy’ way to celebrate 32

Today, I turn 32. I’m not really sure how to celebrate in pop culture fashion because as a number and an age, 32 is dull. It’s an inconsequential age. It doesn’t have its number in the rafters with the famous birthdays, such as 18, 21 or 40. It’s one more than the amount of flavors […]

Solano County graduates finish basic training

Air Force Airman Artemus D. Macayan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Macayan is the son of Artemio and Marilou Macayan of Fairfield. He is a 2004 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Darin J. Rey graduated from basic military training […]

Our Music Year No. 365: Pantera, ‘Vulgar Display of Power’

Artist: Pantera Title: “Vulgar Display of Power” Year: 1992 Format: Digital (Spotify) Grade: B+ Our Music Year began with Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell,” so I thought it fitting to end with its successor, 1992′s “Vulgar Display of Power.” As the yelling at the end of “F—— Hostile” demonstrates, Texas’ Pantera kicks things up a notch […]

December 30, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

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