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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...

Eastern Star Gallery holds first off campus exhibition, ‘The mecca, California’

Eastern Star Gallery holds first off campus exhibition, ‘The mecca, California’

By Molly Goldberg, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

From Brentwood to East Hollywood, The Eastern Star Gallery created an art installation showcasing the beauty, inspiration and people that make California what it is.  On Saturday, Mar. 15, The Eastern Star Gallery held their first off campus exhibition, "The Mecca, California." According to the ...

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...

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: 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...

Cellist Brian Thornton performs for, ‘inspires’ students

Cellist Brian Thornton performs for, ‘inspires’ students

By Gracie Marx, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE, MULTIMEDIA

A soft whisper filled the Rose Room as students filed in, awaiting the solo concert performance by cellist Brian Thornton. Thornton, a cellist with the Cleveland Orchestra, performed and gave a master class on Feb. 13.  He performed and discussed the impact of female musicians on the music industry. Thornton discussed sexism and shared h...

Music students ‘put a spin’ on annual Winter Concert

Music students ‘put a spin’ on annual Winter Concert

By Kamryn Bellamy, Staff Writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

Harmonious tunes were heard within the walls of Archer when choir and orchestra students held their annual Winter Concert. After previewing a segment of their performance during Community Connections last month, the groups were ready to hit the stage for the actual show, which took place on Jan. 19 in...

Review: Lil Uzi Vert performs short, entertaining concert

Review: Lil Uzi Vert performs short, entertaining concert

By Allie Worchell, Staff Writer

February 10, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

Huddled together, 5,000 people stood staring up at the stage. Streaks of red, yellow and blue zoomed around the Shrine Expo Hall. Fans waited a long time because Lil Uzi Vert, on his 16*29 tour, arrived to his own concert 45 minutes late.   However, this delay didn’t stop the crowds from leaving, ...

Review: “The End of the F***ing World” is F***ing Fantastic

Review: “The End of the F***ing World” is F***ing Fantastic

By Alexandra Chang, Managing Editor/Culture Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CULTURE

First off, I should say up front that this is not a show for middle school readers. I'd definitely recommend waiting a few years to binge watch it either as a junior or senior.  Two teenagers run away together. One is an aspiring serial killer, and the other, a self-destructive girl. Sounds like...

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