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Review: Dear Evan Hansen brings hope, emotion to listeners

A promotional poster for the musical

By Rio Hundley, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019

"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’

Malorie Hayes, played by Sandra Bullock, holds two children in her arms while wearing a blindfold. Bird Box is set in an apocalyptic world where a monster drives all who see it to kill themselves.

By Emma London, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019

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?...

Billie Eilish’s music, persona ‘inspiring’ for students

Billie Eilish performs at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on March 9, 2018. Eilish often sings while playing the ukulele.

By Thea Leimone, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019

Twelve million Instagram followers. Eighteen songs. Six songs on Billboard's Top 100. This is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell, a 16-year-old singer and songwriter. Eilish is 'breaking stereotypes' of the archetypal teen singer and redefining pop music as Gen Z's next big thing. The Oracle sat down with Archer students to hear about their react...

Review: ‘Bandersnatch’ snatches viewers’ attention with new user-focused technology

Viewers are given the option to choose whether aspiring game designer Stefan listens to

By Liz Haltrecht, Culture Editor

January 28, 2019

It's 1984: the year of shoulder pads, neon colors, video games and the setting of Netflix's new film, "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch." The film, written by Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade, follows Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead), a British teen who has designed an interactive game called Bandersn...

Rain, rain, go away: TV shows for a gloomy winter day 

Just a few of the many options available on Netflix. Most of the Netflix originals that Netflix has produced this year are very binge-worthy.

By Liz Haltrecht, Culture Editor

January 28, 2019

With the rainy season upon us, it's time to sit back, relax, light a few candles, grab some popcorn and watch a binge-worthy show nestled in bed. Here are my top recommendations guaranteed to make the best of a rainy day. "You" This Netflix original thriller will keep you on your toes and showcases an eerie...

Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is royal tribute to Queen

Queen's performance at Liv Aid, one of the most historical moments in rock and roll history.

By Molly Goldberg, Sports Editor

January 21, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody: we all know the song, but not the story. The musical biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" is determined to change that. Full of rock and roll as well as heart and soul, movie chronicles the story and music of British rock band Queen and the life of eccentric lead singer Freddie Merc...

‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ showcases comedy, ‘heartfelt’ moments

Spelling bee contestant Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, played by Willow Stein '22, prepares to compete. Upper school musical students performed

By Allie Worchell, Multimedia Editor

January 11, 2019

If you can’t spell "syzygy," then you can’t participate in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," this year's upper school musical. From Friday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 9, actors performed the production at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica. The musical comedy follows six elementary ...

Review: Bienvenidos a “Elite” — teen drama pushes boundaries

Ella Frey '19 and Allie Worchell '20 sit in the Archer garden while watching

By Allie Worchell and Ella Frey

January 8, 2019

While this show is a realistic example of life for many teenagers around the world, it does feature substance abuse, drugs, and sex; therefore, it should be watched by students 15 and up.  Blood. A dead body. Police officers and cameras. All within the first five minutes of "Elite", Netflix's newest teen d...

Review: Sasha Sloan’s ‘Loser’ breaks stigma around discussing mental health

Sasha Sloan hides under the covers of her bed for the album cover of 'Loser.' Sloan's music provides an honest, relatable voice for struggling individuals.

By Emma London, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019

Growing up in a society that has the tendency to sweep mental health issues under the rug, Sasha Sloan’s extended player [EP] "Loser" is a refreshing reminder that we are not alone in our sadness. Sloan’s rise to fame is admittedly a rather strange one. In 2014, an image of her family home with the wo...

Snapshots of teen life: Los Angeles photography show exhibits storytelling, social justice

The Getty Museum's

By Amelia Stone, Staff Writer

December 19, 2018

Social justice. Voice. Stories. These are all words the Getty Center uses to describe its new exhibit, titled LA #Unshuttered: Teens Reframing Life in Los Angeles. LA #Unshuttered exhibits the work of 23 teen photographers from Los Angeles. Snapshots line the walls, with each photo representi...

‘Beautiful little connections’: Archer revives faculty, staff art show

Art inside the Faculty and Staff art show in the Eastern Star Gallery. The exhibit featured everything from ceramics and paintings to poems and printed fabrics.

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018

The Arts Department presented the Archer faculty and staff exhibit at the Eastern Star Gallery from September through October of this year. Mediums ranged from photography and painting to poems and ceramic pieces.  This is not the first faculty and staff show the Eastern Star Gallery has hosted. ...

Buzzing, buzzy, singing bees: Upper school musical cast gives preview of ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

The musical cast sings a song to the upper school in the Dining Hall. The show will make its debut Dec. 8.

By Lola Lamberg, Chloe Richards, and Thea Leimone

November 29, 2018

Instead of the usual announcements and community connections that make up the weekly upper school meetings, this Wednesday morning's meeting was filled with singing and acting. Cast members from the upcoming upper school musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” gave grades nine through 12 a preview of the production. The musical is a com...

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