Portola Pilot

Naan & Kabob: From Unbeatable to Uneatable

Naan & Kabob: From Unbeatable to Uneatable

Manan Mendiratta, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2019

Described as a “casual Persian storefront cafe” by Google, Naan & Kabob has built a reputation over the years of serving delicious halal food that stays true to Persian culture. However, a recent change in ownership has tarnished its reputation and caused loyal customers to question the authe...

‘Old Town Road’s’ Rise and Fall on the Charts

‘Old Town Road’s’ Rise and Fall on the Charts

Aaron Sha and Nicholas Hung

April 23, 2019

Rising American rapper, singer and songwriter Montero Lamar Hill, also known as Lil Nas X, released his hit single “Old Town Road,” in December 2018. The genre-bending song quickly became a national sensation due to its exposure on social media apps such as Instagram and TikTok. “Old Town Road...

Listening to Ben Platt Will Become Your New ‘Bad Habit’

Listening to Ben Platt Will Become Your New ‘Bad Habit’

Simrat Singh, Sports Editor

April 23, 2019

After starring in the hit Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” as the titular character, Ben Platt released his long-awaited debut album “Sing to Me Instead” on March 29. The album has reached 18th on the Billboard 200, an impressive feat for a debut album with no featured artists. Platt f...

Bringing Harmony and Unity Through Music

Bringing Harmony and Unity Through Music

Junhee Ryu, Business Manager

April 12, 2019

From reading basic notes on a page to reading a full sheet of music, children establish a deep relationship with volunteers as they learn how to play their instruments and appreciate music in only a couple of months. Love in Music is a nonprofit organization established in 2007 with the objective to ...

‘The Addams Family’ is Another Stunner For the Drama Department

‘The Addams Family’ is Another Stunner For the Drama Department

Shawyan Rooein, Backpage Editor

March 29, 2019

“When you’re an Addams,” you pull off one of the best performances in Portola history. “The Addams Family” was a brilliant show that captivated viewers from the very first scene. Its combination of well-rehearsed musical numbers and amazing vocals created a remarkable show. One of the main facto...

Fine Arts Week Blooms Across Campus

Nicholas Hung, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019

Jam-packed with performances and events, Fine Arts Week, from March 18-22, emerged as another exciting showcase of the arts and a testament to the visual and performing arts department's growth. Kicking off with lunch performances by Dance Company, Dance 3 and Portola Singers, the week ended with a ...

A Marvel-ous Superhero Origin Story

A Marvel-ous Superhero Origin Story

Jordan Lee and Shawyan Rooein

March 22, 2019

From Aussie aliens to intense space battles, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” goes above and beyond the typical superhero storyline. Following the end credits scene from “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel fans have excitedly anticipated the introduction of possibly the most overpowered superhero ...

Artists Gogh for the Prize

Artists Gogh for the Prize

Julia Kim, Co-Editor-In-Chief

March 19, 2019

Requiring every ounce of concentration for each articulate stroke, it is no easy feat to produce a piece demonstrating artistic talent, meaning and enduring relevance. For several students who have qualified as nominees for Orange County Register’s Artist of the Year award, their works serve as a t...

Let’s Get This Bread: A Fully-Baked Review of the Best Asian Bakery Items

Let’s Get This Bread: A Fully-Baked Review of the Best Asian Bakery Items

Jordan Lee and Shawyan Rooein

March 13, 2019

From pork-filled buns to creamy sugar pastries, Asian bakeries deliver a unique flavor to enthusiastic food connoisseurs. However, there are varieties of bakery items to choose from at an asian bakery, and it can be hard to pick out just one! For both experienced bread eaters and those new to this gl...

Scouting for the Best Girl Scout Cookies

Scouting for the Best Girl Scout Cookies

Jordan Lee and Shawyan Rooein

March 7, 2019

Girl Scout cookies are some of the most coveted sweets in America, and their vast variety make them delicacies that leave indulgers craving more. Every spring, young scouts around the country sell cookies to build goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics skil...

‘The Addams Family’ is ‘Just Around the Corner’

‘The Addams Family’ is ‘Just Around the Corner’

Maryam Shama, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2019

The stage is filled with dancers perfecting each step, singers rehearsing songs, actors reciting lines and musicians melodiously harmonizing in preparation for “The Addams Family” production on Mar. 14-16. Throughout February, performers rehearsed in three separate groups to focus on details in e...

Lego Movie Sequel Builds Up its Creativity

Lego Movie Sequel Builds Up its Creativity

Ali Elmalky, Staff Writer

March 5, 2019

Films are centered in creativity. Animators and filmographers strive to amaze and dazzle their viewers with the most intricate visual displays. This has become a tougher task to achieve as technology has rapidly advanced, setting the bar for visual work at new heights. This is why viewers were pl...

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