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Commentary: Country boy, I love you

Commentary: Country boy, I love you

By Cat Oriel, News & Features Editor

April 18, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE, VOICES

If you haven’t heard about Mason Ramsey — also known as “Yodeling Walmart Kid,” also known as “Lil’ Hank Williams” — you must be living under a rock. Ramsey is the 11-year-old boy that has captured our hearts after a video of him covering Hank Williams Sr.’s “Lovesick Blues” in ...

Drama Queens perform first full-length play, “Almost, Maine,” at Magicopolis Theater

Drama Queens perform first full-length play, “Almost, Maine,” at Magicopolis Theater

By Maya Wernick, Voices Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE, MULTIMEDIA

Los Angeles is over 3,000 miles from Maine, but on Apr. 12 at the Magicopolis Theater in Santa Monica, the Drama Queens transported their audience to the rural town of Almost, Maine. The Drama Queens, who are all members of the Advanced Study in Theater class, usually perform several unrelated sce...

Review: Dominique Ansel expands to the west coast, offers full-service restaurant

Review: Dominique Ansel expands to the west coast, offers full-service restaurant

By Alexandra Chang, Managing Editor/Culture Editor

April 12, 2018


Filed under CULTURE, FOOD

If you’ve heard of a cronut, chances are, you’ve also heard of Dominique Ansel. The famed French pastry chef owns an eponymous bakery in New York City, and he recently opened a second location at The Grove in Los Angeles. Rather than simply being a bakery, however, Dominique Ansel’s location...

Saskia Wong-Smith debuts senior show, “Don’t Be a Chicken”

Saskia Wong-Smith debuts senior show, “Don’t Be a Chicken”

By Ella Frey, Sports Editor

April 11, 2018


Filed under CULTURE

"Cuz I'm slim shady, yes I'm the real shady" While Eminem will always be the "real slim shady," Archer senior Saskia Wong-Smith has embraced his bravery and "slim shady" mentality to create her art show. Filled with M&M's and Eminem songs, Wong-Smith '18 opened her exhibit on Apr. 10 in t...

Alexa Kretchmer showcases photography in first senior show of 2018

Alexa Kretchmer showcases photography in first senior show of 2018

By Cybele Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

Annual senior art shows are one of many springtime traditions that celebrate the end of the year and honor senior achievements before graduation. This year's first show, which ran from Mar. 20 to 23 in the upstairs gallery, showcased the photography of Alexa Kretchmer '18. Kretchmer, who has been...

Lena Jones’ ‘Black Salt’ showcases ‘brilliance’ of people of color

Lena Jones’ ‘Black Salt’ showcases ‘brilliance’ of people of color

By Molly Goldberg, Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

"You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world." - Matthew 5:13-16 These are words from The Bible that inspire Lena Jones '20 every day and influenced her to create a social media project called Black Salt.  "Black Salt is an ongoing project of mine that is dedicated to showca...

Archer girls perform ‘Peter and the Starcatcher,’ embrace idea of community

Archer girls perform ‘Peter and the Starcatcher,’ embrace idea of community

By Gracie Marx, Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

Pirates, mermaids and sailors were just a few of the characters that filled the stage as Archer girls performed their production of "Peter and Starcatcher." On Mar. 10 and 11 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica, upper school students participated in the production of "Peter and the Starcatcher," which serves...

“Illumination” highlights experiences of growing up

“Illumination” highlights experiences of growing up

By Nicki Rosenberg, Staff Writer

March 3, 2018


Filed under CULTURE, MULTIMEDIA

“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it,” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in "The Little Prince." This year's Night of Dance took place at American Jewish University on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. The show, entitled "Illumination," was inspired by the 1943 novella "The Litt...

Review: ‘Do it for the Culture’ — Migos stays on top with new album “Culture II”

Review: ‘Do it for the Culture’ — Migos stays on top with new album “Culture II”

By Kamryn Bellamy, Staff Writer

March 3, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

It’s no secret that Migos has become the rap group to listen to over the course of the past year. The trio, consisting of rappers Offset, Takeoff and Quavo have had multiple singles since their debut in 2013, many of which generated buzz amongst "trap" fans. Some of these songs include “Versace,...

Review: Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya” is on anything but thin ice

Review: Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya” is on anything but thin ice

By Molly Goldberg, Staff Writer

February 26, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

Based on the real drama that is Tonya Harding's life, the Academy Award nominated "I, Tonya” is a compelling film that tells the story of the now-retired figure skater and her fall from grace after the 1994 attack on her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, which Harding’s ex-husband orchestrated.  Directed ...

Review: Book “Rookie on Love” expertly explores the emotion we’re all curious about

Review: Book “Rookie on Love” expertly explores the emotion we’re all curious about

By Nicki Rosenberg, Staff Writer

February 25, 2018


Filed under BOOKS, CULTURE

Whether it's creating a world-famous fashion blog as a pre-teen or starring in a Broadway musical, Tavi Gevinson has done it all. In her latest venture, Gevinson has edited a book entitled "Rookie on Love," which everyone needs to be reading right now.  Released in 2018, the anthology consists of w...

Review: Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris” casts real-life heroes as themselves, surpasses expectations

Review: Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris” casts real-life heroes as themselves, surpasses expectations

By Alexandra Chang, Managing Editor/Culture Editor

February 25, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

Passengers headed from Amsterdam to Paris on Aug. 21, 2015, had no idea that Ayoub el-Khazzani, an alleged ISIS recruit, was planning to kill all of them. What they also didn't know was three selfless travelers would thwart this potentially massive terrorist attack and save everyone aboard. Directed by Clint E...

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