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Festival of Dance highlights student-created choreography, dance talent

Festival of Dance highlights student-created choreography, dance talent

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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...

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

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

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....

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

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

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...

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

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

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"...

‘Blue Stockings’ showcases ‘complex’ characters, highlights realities of women in 1896

‘Blue Stockings’ showcases ‘complex’ characters, highlights realities of women in 1896

By Allie Worchell, Multimedia Editor

May 9, 2019

It is 1896. Very few women are enrolled at Girton College, an all-women's college in London. The suffrage movement is just emerging. And four women are fighting for education and self-determination. From March 8-10, the upper school performed the play "Blue Stockings" at The Miles Playhouse. Acco...

The best performances of Coachella 2019

The best performances of Coachella 2019

By Liz Haltrecht

May 6, 2019

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...

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

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

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

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]...

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