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How to Photograph the Family Dog

Anisha Desai, Senior Writer
December 24, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

“You have to be patient and stay very calm,” animal photographer Heather Lussier says. “I think with the animals as well as with kids, they [feel] that on a subtle level, so then they are a little more relaxed.” After working as a Certified Professional Photographer for over 25 years and even op...

The Enduring Success of Pokemon

The Enduring Success of Pokemon

Booker Martin and Alex Luna
December 24, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

This October marked Pokémon’s 20th anniversary, and it’s impressive that Pokémon is arguably more relevant than ever. The newest entries, “Sun” and “Moon,” quickly became the fastest-selling Nintendo titles ever to grace North American markets. Pokémon Go, a spinoff mobile game that was ...

Bringing Books to the Big Screen

Bringing Books to the Big Screen

Justin Yu and Priya Dixit
December 24, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

From treasured classics to trending young adult novels, successful books inevitably receive the Hollywood treatment. “Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” “The Hunger Games,” “Percy Jackson” — the list is endless. The dedicated book lover would like to imagine that producers and scre...

A Christmas Story

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer
December 24, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

This is the story of a high school sophomore who lived in California among palm trees and Trader Joe’s and 80 degree winters. She was also surrounded by a very concerning drought, which made things difficult when it came to building snowmen ,or even having snow at all. Manufactured snow for ski resor...

Impressions of the “Gilmore Girls” sequel

Impressions of the “Gilmore Girls” sequel

Hanna Khosravi and Sana Khader
December 24, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

Warning: Spoilers follow.   On November 25, millions of fans returned to the famous fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a place overrun with crazy neighbors and antique stores. “Gilmore Girls,” written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, is back as a four-part Netflix...

“Joanne” Review: Flawed, but Genuine

“Joanne” Review: Flawed, but Genuine

Bobak Afshari, Videographer
December 8, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

★★★★☆ Lady Gaga, born with the name Stefani Joanne Germanotta, has defined most of her career as being a “pop diva.” Her outfits are over the top, and her songs are instant hits and commonly make number 1 on many charts. But her approach to her recent album entitled “Joanne” is much...

Junior Publishes Book on the Growth Mindset

Junior Publishes Book on the Growth Mindset

Yolanda Spura, Staff Writer
November 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

When Los Altos junior Nadia Ghaffari launched her organization TeenzTalk in April of this year, her focus was to teach and empower teens to have a growth mindset through connecting teens with a global community of peers and enabling them to share their experiences, struggles, and insights through stories...

The Power in Political Music

The Power in Political Music

Nathan Godderis, Staff Writer
November 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

Recently, Bob Dylan, one of the most influential names in music, won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his achievements in literature, songwriting  and storytelling. Dylan’s music was powerful not simply because many enjoyed his unique style, but because he rallied people behind a greater cause, ...

Art that takes us out of our comfort zone

Art that takes us out of our comfort zone

November 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars" by Hanna Khosravi I first heard “Between the Bars” by one of my favorite musicians, Elliott Smith, my sophomore year of high school, and I was quickly startled by my introduction into a rich underworld of music I hadn’t heard much of before. I would say Ell...

When filmmakers let technology become more than a tool

When filmmakers let technology become more than a tool

Maddie Chu and Yolanda Spura
November 27, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3

The earliest movies were grainy, black and white and under a minute long. As film became less of a novelty and evolved into a full-scale industry, movies began to incorporate the usage of more advanced technologies such as rotating cameras, special effects, animation, color and sound. Horror as a ge...

The music scene at Red Rock

The music scene at Red Rock

Miranda Li, Javin Pombra, and Booker Martin
November 27, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-3, Showcase

Within Red Rock’s warm ruby walls, productivity and coffee are accompanied by music and burbling chitchat. Perched humbly on a bustling corner of Castro Street in downtown Mountain View, Red Rock Cafe is a gateway to far more than freshly brewed coffee. The cafe fosters creativity and expression with ...

Art Students Create Visual Journals for Mindfulness

Art Students Create Visual Journals for Mindfulness

Justin Yu, Staff Writer
November 10, 2016
Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

“Forgiveness” is the key word of the day, and students in art teacher Christine An’s class begin to craft their wildly different interpretations of that one main idea. Only the sound of pencil strokes and brushes on paper interrupts the silence in the room as they sketch intently into their art ...

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