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Jake Schick pursues stand-up comedy in Brooklyn

Jake Schick pursues stand-up comedy in Brooklyn

By Mac Bechtol, St. John's School

January 28, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The house lights of Eastville Comedy Club, one of Brooklyn’s most popular venues, dim to signal the start of another performance. The audience sits around the stage, perched on wooden stools and snacking on peanuts from the bar, preparing for the next act. Jake Schick (’17) steps up to the mic and...

HippieFlip: La Salle Alums Pursue a Different Path to SoundCloud Success

HippieFlip: La Salle Alums Pursue a Different Path to SoundCloud Success

By Alex Vogt, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

January 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

“One thing you should know about HippieFlip is that we’re huge Blazers fans.” This started off an interview with La Salle graduates and members of the class of 2017, Quentin Carlson and Kyle Wright, who are both currently students at Mt. Hood Community College. Carlson and Wright are SoundCloud...

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ with magic, charm, wit of original

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ with magic, charm, wit of original

By Katelyn Spivey, Canyon High School

January 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

New and old faces gaze down the beloved street of kites and cherry blossoms. Under a lovely London sky, the whimsical world of Mary Poppins still exists, but the flowers haven’t bloomed, and a fog has fallen. The Banks family of Cherry Tree Lane is once again in trouble as Michael and his three children...

Back to the future: students adopt 90’s culture

Back to the future: students adopt 90’s culture

By Yei-Bin Andrews, Henry. W. Grady High School

January 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Bill Clinton had just been elected President of the United States. Nirvana dominated radios and CD players. The Internet was taking off in homes across the nation. Everyone wanted to be just like Rachel Green. The ‘90s ended with a bang as the year 2000 rolled in, creating a new generation of innovations,...

Leap year shaping the futures of emerging artists

Leap year shaping the futures of emerging artists

By Erin Davis, North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia

January 24, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

A Mecca of DIY and emerging visual artists lies within the heart of Atlanta; this flourishing and diverse metropolis serves as a catalyst for unprecedented creative expression. Through the years, Atlanta’s creative scene flourished into a melting pot of visual arts, infusing various art forms, cultures...

Atlanta’s Shakespeare Tavern offers something to sing about with A Christmas Carol

Atlanta’s Shakespeare Tavern offers something to sing about with A Christmas Carol

By Harrison Glaze, North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia

January 24, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

When Charles Dickens first wrote the short novella A Christmas Carol in 1843, it seems highly unlikely he expected its popularity to last long. Most likely, he intended it as a kind of Christmas gift to his devoted public, a one-off creation for the benefit of his readers; nonetheless, it soon took o...

Curtains open: de León puts passion on full display

Curtains open: de León puts passion on full display

By Andrés Bear, Coppell High School

January 23, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Sydney de León is a sophomore at Coppell High School and budding amateur in the world of theater. However, she is only an amateur by definition. Her name has been plastered on playbills left and right. Once a production wraps up, she quickly finds another to be involved in. De León actively ignores...

Triton’s Voice on Triton’s voices

Triton’s Voice on Triton’s voices

By Jeremy Duford, Triton High School

January 23, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Today’s news programs highlight the tensions and conflicts that engulf the world, but rarely emphasize the things that bring humanity together. One pass time, which a few Tritonians have experience with, that celebrates the bonds and similarities people share is music. Triton has had a history of...

20 Years of Professional Children’s Theater

20 Years of Professional Children’s Theater

By Sam Bell, Triton High School

January 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

For 20 years, Theater Workshop, led by Stacey April Fix, has brought professional children’s theater to the Newbury community. “Theater Workshop is an after school program that offers professional theater to grades two through twelve,” said Fix, the founder of Workshop Arts Inc, as well as the...

Opinion: Jenna Julien podcast brings fresh entertainment

Opinion: Jenna Julien podcast brings fresh entertainment

By Macy Fowler, Fossil Ridge High School

January 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Podcasts are not things high schoolers would typically listen to in the car or while they are working on homework, but the Jenna Julien Podcast is one of those exceptions. It is not all about boring topics; they keep their listeners captivated while discussing intriguing subjects and managing to kee...

Costumes and Crew: Behind The Scenes

Costumes and Crew: Behind The Scenes

By Nick Harvey, Oak Park High School

January 17, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance presents three drama productions every school year. The audience fills the Pavilion with laughter and cheer, especially at the end of the night when the whole cast comes out on stage for applause. But who is behind all of these productions? Throughout the years,...

Musical cast members start preparation for long time commitment

Musical cast members start preparation for long time commitment

By Kevin Shimizu, Carlmont High School

January 17, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The bell rings and students rush out of their classrooms. Some wait to get picked up by their parents, while some wait for their friends. Some drive themselves and some even walk home. However, this is not the case for the cast of Carlmont's annual musical. Rehearsals started for Carlmont's production...

Shining a Spotlight on Studio Music’s Student-Led Bands

Shining a Spotlight on Studio Music’s Student-Led Bands

By Annie Qiao and Tiffany Wu

January 17, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The steady pulse of the drum permeates the air, providing a solid background that accompanies the harmonic blend of the acoustic guitar, bass guitar and piano. A melodious voice layers onto these complex musical folds, adding color to each head-nodding, finger-snapping and easily recognizable performance. ...

‘Vice’: a different kind of movie

‘Vice’: a different kind of movie

By Xander Donahue, Lincoln High School

January 17, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Director Adam Mckay’s new film “Vice” is by far one of the most interesting, weirdest films of 2018. Christian Bale and co-stars Amy Adams and Steve Carell transport viewers to an eerily familiar world full of political scandals, lies and power-hungry leaders. “Vice” tells the “tr...

Senior takes first lead role

Senior takes first lead role

By Marta Hill, St. Louis Park High School

January 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

When senior Estelle Tronson first saw the cast list for the winter play, “The Amish Project,” she was surprised to find she had gotten a lead role. “I was really excited, because it is a named role and that is super awesome and exciting for me,” Tronson said. “The only other time I have...

NAHS painting reminds Harris of the big picture

NAHS painting reminds Harris of the big picture

By Kanz Bitar, Liberty High School

January 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

After listening to a sermon at his church about the importance of not getting wrapped up in little details, assistant principal Jason Harris reached out to the school’s chapter of National Art Honor Society and asked them to make him a painting of the book cover of Leaf By Niggle by J.R.R Tolkien ...

“Beautiful Boy” delivers predictable Oscar bait

“Beautiful Boy” delivers predictable Oscar bait

By Harry Westergaard, West High School

January 14, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

With awards season on the horizon, it’s time for the serious, Oscar bait dramas to start cropping up in cinemas. “Beautiful Boy” is an example of such a film and combines two distinct genres that are hard to get right, but juicy for awards season. On one hand, it’s the trite father-son drama,...

Transmedia shows become entertainment fad

Transmedia shows become entertainment fad

By Arianna Farner, Akins High School

January 14, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

Storylines updated in real time. Characters that interact with viewers. Content accessed solely on social media. The phenomenon of transmedia storytelling is a growing trend that focuses on interaction and realism like no other. In story-based entertainment, transmedia has taken the form of shows...

Student by day, Rockstar by night: Pare plans concert to kick off new album

Student by day, Rockstar by night: Pare plans concert to kick off new album

By Lily Weaver and Catie Jo Tansey

January 11, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

 Junior Nicholas Paré has his hard rock debut album, Memory, set to release on January 11.  He has been busy selling t-shirts and posting flyers to prepare for the upcoming release. Memory consists of eight tracks and one instrumental bonus track. The album has been in the works for the past ...

Author Profile: Zack Lesmeister

Author Profile: Zack Lesmeister

By Jackson Estwanick, Marquette High School

January 11, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Donning a white dress and knee high black boots with a purse to match, he walks on stage to perform. Cars pass in the window behind him as he positions his hands on his lower abdomen. He begins to read, and the crowd leans in to listen. They are listening to Zack Lesmeister, 2017 Youth Poet Laureate,...

FOODS UNKNOWN: A Glimpse Into the Seoul

FOODS UNKNOWN: A Glimpse Into the Seoul

By Katherine Gross, Downers Grove North High School

January 11, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Seoul Taco is a Mexican-Korean fusion restaurant in Chicago that serves up tacos, gogi bowls, and diversity-- something that drew senior Ciara Asonye to the restaurant right away. After all, a person’s most memorable meal is not always because of the food. I invited Asonye to be the first interviewee...

Tyler Grosvenor Wins National Photo Contest

Tyler Grosvenor Wins National Photo Contest

By Enrique Paz, Klein Cain High School

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Yearbook Photo Editor Wins 1st Place Yesterday on Nov. 15, Balfour Publishing posted their Fall 2018 Photo Shoot Contest results. Klein Cain Yearbook's very own Photo Editor, Tyler Grosvenor received first place in the Academic Activities category. Grosvenor had submitted his photograph, depicti...

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

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

By Emma London, The Archer School for Girls

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

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 w...

Birdbox Enters the Nest With Mixed Reviews

Birdbox Enters the Nest With Mixed Reviews

By Ashley Wilhelm, Ola High School

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Much anticipated suspense thriller “Birdbox” returns to the nest with a whopping 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and in this case, I’d have to agree with these overly picky movie critics. The film directed by Susanne Bier and based off the 2014 novel by Josh Malerman has been the love or hate movie...

Jess’ Book Nook: Violent Ends

Jess’ Book Nook: Violent Ends

By Jessica Sutton, Dallastown Area High School

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Since Columbine in 1998, school shootings have been taking a toll on American society. Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson and 17 additional contributing authors is a book about a traumatic school shooting taking place at fictional Middleborough High. Hutchinson and the others took a unique...

Jazz Band gets a full instrumentation

Jazz Band gets a full instrumentation

By Peyton Gaskill, Parkway West High School

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

For the first time since 2001, the Jazz Band has a full instrumentation. This means that the band has players for each instrument required for musical pieces written for large bands, including saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, bass, drums and a piano. “It’s really fun because we can do...

“Story to Light”: Faith and Media Seniors Produce Podcast Series

“Story to Light”: Faith and Media Seniors Produce Podcast Series

By Peyton Hedges, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

High school students are well aware that learning a new unit in class or reading an assigned book will almost always be accompanied by an essay, project, or test. For La Salle students, this is the routine in many of their courses, so that teachers can see the knowledge and understanding their students...

Glimmer of Hope: How a movement sparked from tragedy

Glimmer of Hope: How a movement sparked from tragedy

By Abigail Lindsay, Carlisle High School

January 9, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

On Feb 14, 2018, one of the worst school shootings in American history took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  While most people in Parkland mourned the loss of those who had died, a small group of students were frantically working together to create a movement that...

Summerville’s varsity cheerleaders in Halloween (2018)

Summerville’s varsity cheerleaders in Halloween (2018)

By Cailey Smith, Summerville High School

January 9, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

On October 19, 2018 the new “Halloween” movie was released and seemed heavily anticipated. Half of the Summerville High School varsity cheer squad was selected to be in the movie. The cheerleaders enjoyed every part about it especially dancing, cheering and meeting new people. The cheerleaders...

A Look into ‘Our Town’

A Look into ‘Our Town’

By Glory Trelfa, Triton High School

January 9, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

As Madi Butler walked onto the stage, saying hello to each family friend and relative that had passed on in the years before, the audience felt tears welling up in their eyes. They began to understand the message of the play as Butler looked back in time, disappointed at what she discovered. Th...

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