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The best performances of Coachella 2019

The best performances of Coachella 2019

By Liz Haltrecht

May 6, 2019


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE, SHOWCASE

Glitter, selfies for Instagram, scorching sun, a plethora of colorful, playful outfits and, of course, music: this is Coachella. I attended the festival during weekend one, which occurred from April 12 to April 14, and went to a variety of concerts. With over 200 unique artists playing the show on we...

Thespians participate in first-ever Young Playwrights in Action

Thespians participate in first-ever Young Playwrights in Action

By Allie Worchell, Multimedia Editor

April 30, 2019


Filed under CULTURE

The lights dimmed, the curtain opened and the Drama Queens entered the stage to perform monologues written by high schoolers around Los Angeles. On the night of April 16, Magicopolis Theater held the first ever Young Playwrights in Action, a showcase created by senior Shira Goldstein. Shira Gold...

Bea Freeman, Sarah Traenkle exhibit portraiture, ceramic work in senior shows

Bea Freeman, Sarah Traenkle exhibit portraiture, ceramic work in senior shows

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

April 25, 2019


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

Students and faculty gathered in The Eastern Star Gallery and the Zimmer Gallery to view the work of seniors Bea Freeman and Sarah Traenkle during lunch on April 18. The two artists celebrated the grand opening of their senior shows with food, laughter and conversation. Freeman's photography exhibit...

Goddess of Versatility: Sophomore Zahra Umoja dances into the lead

Goddess of Versatility: Sophomore Zahra Umoja dances into the lead

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE, SHOWCASE

At this year's annual Night of Dance, sophomore Zahra Umoja opened the Medusa-themed number by strutting down center stage in a snakeskin costume. Umoja performed six dances at this year's show, titled "Odyssey." Umoja, who is trained in various dance styles, has been dancing for six years, both at...

Grace Kerner sculpts her ‘Simple Love’ of ceramics in senior art show

Grace Kerner sculpts her ‘Simple Love’ of ceramics in senior art show

By Lola Lamberg and Ella Frey

April 14, 2019


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

The title of Archer senior Grace Kerner's April 11 senior show, "A Simple Love," was inspired by Kerner's passion for the art of ceramics. She has been working with clay for over 10 years. "I called [the show] 'A Simple Love' because I simply love ceramics," Kerner said. "I've been doing [ceramics]...

Review: Milk Bar creates unique, delicious treats

Review: Milk Bar creates unique, delicious treats

By Liz Haltrecht, Culture Editor

March 17, 2019


Filed under CULTURE, FOOD

Compost cookies, cake truffles, cereal milk ice cream, crack pie. These are just as delicious as they sound and can be found at Milk Bar, an innovative bakery empire that has spread across the continent. Founded by chef Christina Tosi, Milk Bar aims to reinvent the dessert and think outside the box...

Review: Not saying “thank u, next” to this album

Review: Not saying “thank u, next” to this album

By Liz Haltrecht

March 17, 2019


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE, MULTIMEDIA

When Ariana Grande released the album "Sweetener" in August of 2018 about her engagement to Pete Davidson, her fans had no idea that only six months later, Davidson and Grande would break off their engagement, and Grande would release "thank u, next, " an exploration of lost love. Grande is a world-famous pop star who began her career on Broadway at 15 years old in the musical "13."  She the...

Odyssey dance show ‘completely different’ from past performances

Odyssey dance show ‘completely different’ from past performances

By Liz Haltrecht and Ella Frey

March 16, 2019


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE, SHOWCASE

The lights dim. On a screen, Greek goddesses like Aphrodite and Nike flash in the background as Archer dancers take to the stage. From Feb. 21-23, students, parents and faculty gathered together at American Jewish University to watch this year's dance show, titled "Odyssey." "Odyssey" focused o...

Review: Maggie Rogers’ ‘Heard it in a Past Life’ explores journey of finding oneself

Review: Maggie Rogers’ ‘Heard it in a Past Life’ explores journey of finding oneself

By Amelia Stone, Staff Writer

March 3, 2019


Filed under CULTURE, SHOWCASE

Last year, I was sitting in a van on my way back from Arrow Week when my instructor plugged her phone into the auxiliary cord and started playing her expedition playlist. My friends and I were debriefing our trip when I heard the first lines of Maggie Rogers’ “Alaska.” “What is this?” I asked my...

“AFTERMATH” album showcases senior Stella Smyth’s musical, life journey

“AFTERMATH” album showcases senior Stella Smyth’s musical, life journey

By Liz Haltrecht, Culture Editor

March 3, 2019


Filed under CULTURE, MULTIMEDIA, SHOWCASE

Between meeting with Peer Support, working with the Honor Education Council and volunteering at Teen Line, senior Stella Smyth has made time to focus on her passion for music by self-producing a full musical album. Smyth's album, titled "AFTERMATH," is a collection of nine tracks. Her main inspiration came f...

Review: Dear Evan Hansen brings hope, emotion to listeners

Review: Dear Evan Hansen brings hope, emotion to listeners

By Rio Hundley, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


Filed under CULTURE

"Disappear," "For Forever" and "Words Fail" are all powerful phrases closely related to the teenage experience. However, they are also repeated in the lyrics of Broadway musical album "Dear Evan Hansen." The album is poignant without being preachy, comedic without being distasteful and impactful w...

Review: Take off your blindfold for ‘Bird Box’

Review: Take off your blindfold for ‘Bird Box’

By Emma London, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

When Bird Box first popped up in my suggested list on Netflix, I ignored it. I have never been one for horror movies, after all. However, the next day the film popped up on Instagram, then Twitter and even on Snapchat. What was this movie everyone was talking about, and what did a blindfold have to do with birds?...

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