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The Performing Arts Department presents “The Boy Friend”

The Performing Arts Department presents “The Boy Friend”

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-5

Every two years, the performing arts instructors from the choir, theater, dance and music departments at Los Altos combine their programs to craft a musical. Organizing such a project is no easy feat, but the result of this hard work comes in the form of a playful, heartwarming experience for viewers and acto...

Q&A: Life as a Mexican Immigrant

Q&A: Life as a Mexican Immigrant

Alex Wong

March 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-6

The only Mexican in AP Language and Composition seventh period, junior Esmeralda Nunez finds it difficult to participate in class. “I don't do my best,” Esmeralda said. “I don't participate even though I know the answer because I always ask, ‘What if I'm wrong?’ Most of those students...

The State of Indie: Things to Listen to and Expect

The State of Indie: Things to Listen to and Expect

Ross Avery, Staff Writer

March 7, 2017


Filed under Arts & Culture, Showcase, Web Exclusive

The music scene is constantly buzzing with new works from indie artists, some well-known and others just beginning to reach widespread acclaim. The styles of the musicians featured below span a wide range of styles, from garage-rock to R&B and beyond, but one fact remains constant: there is some...

Flipping Supreme

Flipping Supreme

Tinomuda Tugwete and Emily Meza-Perez

December 24, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4, Showcase

At just 15 years old, reseller Nathan Virrueta sells some items for 1000 percent of their original price. Capitalizing on the popularity of brands like Supreme and Jordans’ limited nature, he uses pop culture’s obsession with these limited items to make profit and fuel his own love for designer ...

Dancing “The Nutcracker”

Dancing “The Nutcracker”

Yalda Khodadad and Adrienne Mitchel

December 24, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

Noelle Hanson Grade: Sophomore Roles: Spanish and Mirliton School: Western Ballet Years of ballet: 8 Approx. hours of ballet per week: 19 Background: Gymnastics and soccer Dream Role: Sugar Plum Fairy “Ballet is a way to express myself because I’m not very good with word...

A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Akhil Jakatdar, Opinions Editor

December 24, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-4

On November 7, 2016, acclaimed singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen, most famous for his song “Hallelujah,” died in his sleep from cancer in his home in Los Angeles, California. He was 82 years old. Though he came from money, Cohen truly desired to live a Bohemian lifestyle. His desire to find n...

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...

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