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The Average Lifespan of a Boy Band

The Average Lifespan of a Boy Band

Emma Kwan and Daniela Gloster

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

A boy band performs on a stage, surrounded by thousands of fans, holding up posters and screaming the lyrics to one song after another. The majority of the crowd are teenage girls who have brought equally excited friends and unwilling parents to the concert, waiting hours to buy merchandise or VIP passes...

The Changing +Perspectives of My Korean Parents

The Changing +Perspectives of My Korean Parents

Madison Woo, Senior Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

Over the summer, I was sitting in the car with my dad. He turned to me, with his voice teetering on the edge of uncertainty, and asked me how I felt about two men kissing. I responded honestly: I saw no reason to make a huge deal out of it. My dad shook his head, not out of disgust but mild frustration,...

Timely and Timeless: Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Crucible”

Timely and Timeless: Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Crucible”

Priya Dixit, Senior Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

In the Puritan community of Salem in 1692, the inhabitants tore their town apart with paranoia-fueled accusations of witchcraft. In the larger United States in the 1950s, a similar phenomenon occurred as supposed communist sympathizers were made scapegoats, part of a phenomenon called McCarthyism. And...

Materialism by Millenials

Madison Woo, Noelle Hanson, and Francesca Fallow

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

VINYLS Although known for their high-tech gadgets that confuse anyone over the age of 35, millennials’ newest obsession is something even your grandmother can understand: vinyl. Created in 1940 and thought to have left the technology and music scene by the 90s, according to Forbes, millennials ha...

Harp Lends a Helping Hand

Harp Lends a Helping Hand

Yalda Khodadad, Features Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue 0

When imagining a harp, often times, we picture a Greek goddess, or maybe an angel, easily plucking the instrument while eating grapes and wearing fine robes. However, in the case of junior Brooke Bettinger, her journey toward playing this instrument has been less than graceful. From childhood, Brooke ...

Wonder Woman Fails Feminists

Wonder Woman Fails Feminists

Mayu Alten, Staff Writer

August 16, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue 0

Since her comic series debut in 1941, Wonder Woman has been the most well known female superhero in America and a necessary voice for women today. With highly anticipated movie release of “Wonder Woman” on June 2, Marvel broke box office records by reeling in a whopping $103.1 million on openin...

Ukelele Club Performs At Art In The Park

Ukelele Club Performs At Art In The Park

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer

June 5, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

On Saturday, May 20, Ukulele Club performed at Art in the Park, a community event hosted by Los Altos Rotary Club. Members played songs such as “Riptide” by Vance Joy and “Lava” from the eponymous Pixar short. The performance is the club’s second this year, following their debut at the Diversi...

Podcast: The Tuareg Rock Revolution

Podcast: The Tuareg Rock Revolution

May 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

Celebrate the launch of The Talon's SoundCloud page with Michael Sieffert's look at the evolution of the Tuareg nomads' unique brand of rock music. Transcript: At night in the small Malian town of Tessalit, the desert is anything but silent. Women wearing long robes and men in indigo dyed tagelmust headcoverings dance and clap to music. The music has a long and complex history, that stems from ...

Preview: Senior Films

Haley Ecker and Brian Huebner

May 24, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

Seniors in Ms. Herrera's Film Analysis class will present their final products on Thursday, May 25, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Eagle Theater. The Talon interviewed the directors of three films to learn more. Evan Marshall and Nathan Mesel “Hush” Seniors Evan Marshall and Nathan Mesel’s film, “Hush,” is a p...

Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino: All Style, No Substance

Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino: All Style, No Substance

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

April 26, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

Starbucks has long been known to offer seasonal drinks, creating products ranging from Peppermint Mocha to their legendary Pumpkin Spice Latte to draw in customers with the promise of exclusivity. But their obsession with creating unique and attention-catching themed drinks has led them to create more than a f...

Review: Sunnywich Cafe succeeds with the basics

Review: Sunnywich Cafe succeeds with the basics

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

March 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6, Showcase

Walking into Sunnywich Cafe, a newly opened sandwich and boba tea shop on Maude Avenue in Sunnyvale, you’re welcomed by a slightly cluttered, homey feeling. The interior decorating is sparse, with charming watercolors of Pokémon and a Maneki Neko, or Japanese waving cat, adorning the top of the pa...

Review: East Street Tacos’ Overpriced Fare

Review: East Street Tacos’ Overpriced Fare

Ross Avery, Staff Writer

March 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

Given the rising popularity of quick, casual street food, it’s not surprising that East Street Tacos, located in downtown Mountain View’s Castro Street, opened in January to take advantage of the trend. The fare is described as “comfort food,” delivering an upscale take on a sidewalk classic: str...

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