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Dancers aim to present ‘Grimm’ interpretation of fairytales in annual show

Executive Board Member Kelsey Thompson '20 rehearses for this year's Night of Dance,

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

October 4, 2019

In past years, Archer's Night of Dance has transported audiences to other planets, different decades and even dystopian futures. The 2020 show, titled "Mirage," asks viewers to revisit a world they are likely familiar with: children's stories. "What we want to do is investigate the impact of morals...

Junior Kelsey Thompson combines passion for baking with work at Cookie Good in Santa Monica

A box of a dozen cookies from Cookie Good, the bakery in Santa Monica where junior Kelsey Thompson works. Thompson

June 7, 2019

From cake to bread to cookies, junior Kelsey Thompson is always baking. She brought her passion from her own kitchen into the real world two years ago, when she began her job at Cookie Good, a small, family-run bakery in Santa Monica, California. When Thompson started working at Cookie Good in October 2017, sh...

Festival of Dance highlights student-created choreography, dance talent

Students dance to Childish Gambino's

By Amelia Stone, Staff Writer

June 7, 2019

The sun was shining as the students and faculty sat down to watch Archer's annual Festival of Dance on May 3 in the courtyard. The festival showcased dances by student choreographers in both middle and high school. Sophomore member of Dance Company II Mackenzie Turner explained that each student in...

Madison Dea, Megan Escobar take ‘a detour through the mind’ in collaborative senior art show

Photographs of fellow seniors by Madison Dea with paint-designs by Megan Escobar hang on the wall in the Eastern Star Gallery on May 16 for Escobar and Dae's senior art show entitled

By Lola Lamberg and Celeste Ramirez

June 2, 2019

The Eastern Star Gallery was filled with students, faculty and family for Megan Escobar and Madison Dea’s collaborative senior art show on May 16. Kehlani played in the background and videos of the sea and Escobar playing with paint were projected on the ceilings. Visitors looked at the various portraits...

Fire and Film: Ceramicist Sandy Frank, photographer Olivia Woolf present senior art shows

Sandy Frank's ceramics sit on a pedestal, while Olivia Woolf's photographs hang on the wall. Though their art shows were separate, both seniors' shows discussed leaving home and entering a new chapter in their lives.

By Rio Hundley and Chloe Richards

May 31, 2019

Two artists, two disciplines, two narratives, one space. The Eastern Star hosted two senior shows on May 7: Sandy Frank's "Home Sweet Home" and Olivia Woolf's "Nostalgia." Frank focused her art show on how her dogs make her feel "love, support, happiness and more." Her show consisted of a series of...

‘I just loved every moment’: Middle school performs ‘School of Rock’

Archer middle school performed

By Ella Frey, News and Features

May 30, 2019

In 2003, "School of Rock" debuted, making approximately 131.3 million dollars in the box office. Following its success, the movie was crafted into a play on Broadway and other production companies. On May 11 and 12, middle schoolers performed their own rendition of "School of Rock" at the American Jewish University [AJU]. Accordin...

Veganism impacts American, Angeleno culture

Chickpea tikka masala with red quinoa is a plant-based meal.

By Liz Haltrecht

May 30, 2019

Fifty thousand. This is the number of fast food chains in America. According to a study conducted by National Center for Health Statistics between 2013 and 2016, 36.6% of adults consumed fast food on a given day. According to the Huffington Post, Americans consume 50 billion burgers a year. However,...

‘Pillars of Salt’ highlights ‘modern, contemporary’ literature

Juliet Youssef '19, Josie Gordon '20 and Madis Kennedy '21 pose with some of the many stuffed animals in the creative writing class. The class biannually contributes to and curates a literary magazine, Pillars of Salt.

By Nicki Rosenberg and Molly Goldberg

May 24, 2019

The creative writing elective entails more than just writing poetry and short stories. The students' collective creative process often includes lying on the floor, crying and a lot of vulnerability, junior Maddie Fenster said. The class curates and edits "Pillars of Salt," Archer's literary magazine....

Spring Sing: Orchestra, choir, a cappella concert showcases artistry

Upper school choir performs  for the upper school during a Wednesday assembly. In the preview, they performed two songs:

By Liz Haltrecht, Culture Editor

May 23, 2019

With the arrival of spring, students, faculty and parents came together to watch students sing and play instruments in this year's spring concert on April 24 and 25. The performance featured middle school and upper school choir, a cappella and orchestra. Senior Emma Golden, a member of both a cappella...

Review: Billie Eilish’s ‘WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’ is a dream come true

Billie Eilish's album,

By Emma London, Staff Writer

May 20, 2019

Two years since the release of her EP “dont smile at me,” Billie Eilish burst back into the music scene with “WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”, Invisalign and all. The album was released on March 29 and quickly claimed the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Not only did it sell 1...

Review: Grand Central Market offers delicious food, unique experience

Visitors of Downtown Los Angeles' Grand Central Market check out restaurants. The market is home to more than 30 restaurants and different shops.

By Amelia Stone, Staff Writer

May 15, 2019

Crowded space, long lines and loud noises do not seem like the ideal setup for a meal, but these are three of the things I love most about Downtown’s Grand Central Market. When I first went to the market, I was ready to experience something new. Upon arrival, my expectations were blown away. I thoro...

Senior tech crew members say goodbye to their ‘powerhouse techies’

Seniors Madison Tyler and Megan Escobar collaborate during a free period. Escobar and Tyler have been working together as a part of the student tech crew for various Archer productions since their freshman years.

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

May 12, 2019

When audience members take their seats at the Miles Playhouse for an Archer production, they watch the actors get on stage, the sets move and the lights change, but what they do not see is what goes on behind the curtains — the work of the tech crew. This year's upper school play "Blue Stockings"...

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