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5 facts about the 40 days of Lent

Traditionally, Catholics fast during the Lenten season in preparation for the sacrificial death of Jesus on Good Friday, “as a way to spiritually and psychologically prepare for that,” said Lara Medina, a Cal State Northridge professor who specializes in religion and social change. -- Record-Bee

Dueling Pianists

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Natsuko moved to Japan when she was two and half years old and started playing the piano at the Yamaha Music School when she was four. She began studying privately at age six with Naoko Sugai and Miyuki Kurosawa. Since coming to the U.S., she has performed extensively in solo recitals, concerti with orchestra, and as a collaborative pianist. Natsuko was a student of Shigeo Neriki at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to her studies with Mr. Neriki, she studied with Edward Francis and Francois Regnat at California State University Northridge. Currently, she maintains a private teaching studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. She has a strong background in classical music, but enjoys teaching other genres as well (church music, wedding songs, soundtrack, R&B, etc). Her teaching goal is to improve the lives of her students through the process of learning piano. Natsuko believes that studying of music has many benefits: building self-esteem and confidence; increasing discipline and focus; sharpening logical thinking; finding an outlet for expression; and enhancing collaboration with others. She is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and FWMTA (Fort Worth Music Teachers Association). Her teaching methods are highly recommended by every student who has studied with her. -- GIlmer Mirror - TX

Cage the Elephant Announce U.S. Acoustic Tour

The group revealed what inspired them to embark on the special tour, "After our recent acoustic performance at the Bridge School Benefit, we wanted to share this intimate experience with our fans and take it on the road. We plan to add in a string quartet to make it really cool." Live & Unpeeled, The Acoustic Tour Dates: 04/10 - Escondido, CA - California Center for the Arts 04/12 - Northridge, CA - Valley Performing Arts Center 04/14 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Fremont Theater 04/15 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre 04/22 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre 04/24 - Charlottesville, VA - Paramount 04/26 - Greensboro, NC - Carolina Theatre 04/28 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theater 04/30 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium -- AntiMusic

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: ARIZONA STAYS HOT IN FRISCO

After beating No. 14 Vanderbilt 6-4 on Friday, Cal State Northridge claimed the series upset with a 4-1 victory Saturday. The Matadors never trailed Saturday as they claimed their first ever series win against a Southeastern Conference opponent. -- Baseball America

Lobo women’s tennis loses at Northridge

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. —The New Mexico Lobos tennis team has dropped the doubles point in each of its matches season, but it never really factored into the final score. On Saturday, it did. -- Albuquerque Journal - NM

Allman, Coggins help Cal State-Fullerton beat CSUN 86-78

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Allman scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting, Tre' Coggins scored 21 with a career-best tying eight rebounds and Cal State Fullerton beat Cal State Northridge 86-78 in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday night. -- News OK

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