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Artificial Intelligence Redefined Musical and Artistic Pieces in 2018

Artificial Intelligence Redefined Musical and Artistic Pieces in 2018

Jane Zou, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019

Art needs no justification apart from the artists’ visions, but 2017 and 2018 made way for a new wave of entertainment in the music and art industries; these artists are artificial intelligence (AI) programmed to compose and paint just as well as human counterparts. AI startup companies Amper and Artificial In...

Mary Poppins Returns Review: Mary Poppins receives a slight upgrade 54 years later

Mary Poppins Returns Review: Mary Poppins receives a slight upgrade 54 years later

Benjamin Kim, Business Team

January 14, 2019

“Mary Poppins” is considered one the greatest movies ever, complete with futuristic special effects (for the time period) and astounding acting performances. The 2018 sequel, “Mary Poppins Returns,” has a high standard to meet. In its own way, the movie does. While the musical tracks in “Mary Poppins ...

‘Bumblebee’ Review: Low Budget, Best Performance?

‘Bumblebee’ Review: Low Budget, Best Performance?

Benjamin Kim and Ki Joon Lee

January 14, 2019

After the failure of “Transformers: The Last Knight,” Paramount Pictures attempted to save the “Transformers” universe with the sixth entry in the franchise: “Bumblebee.” The movie earned a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is nearly breaking $300 million at the box office worldwide. Pr...

Aquaman Review: DC’s first step in the right direction

Aquaman Review: DC’s first step in the right direction

Benjamin Kim, Business Team

January 11, 2019

With DC’s newest installment in the multi-film franchise, director James Wan’s “Aquaman” proves that the DC Extended Universe can stand on its own. After the box office failure of “Justice League,” many wondered if Warner Brothers would pull the plug on its grand vision for a Marvel-esque...

Marching Band Strikes up Two Jazz Bands for 2019

Marching Band Strikes up Two Jazz Bands for 2019

Nicholas Hung and William Hsieh

January 10, 2019

As marching band season ends after first quarter, this year Pride of Portola marching band students will transition into not one but two jazz ensembles for the 2018-19 school year. While both rehearse during first period, Jazz 2 is designed for students to improve basic techniques and skills before mo...

Moulding Creative Clay Crafts with Ceramics

Moulding Creative Clay Crafts with Ceramics

Junhee Ryu and Tiffany Wu

January 9, 2019

In Room 904, the distinctive scent of clay lingers in the air, providing a tell-tale aroma that encapsulates the Ceramics course offered to all students. With simply clay, water and glaze, dusty hands erect beautiful sculptures, which are then set in the kiln to be fired, glazed and re-fired. “Cer...

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

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

Annie Qiao and Tiffany Wu

January 9, 2019

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 perform...

First Animated Spider-Man Film Swings into Theaters

First Animated Spider-Man Film Swings into Theaters

Aaron Sha and Ki Joon Lee

December 21, 2018

A Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” hit theaters Dec. 14  amid high expectations from fans of Brooklyn’s masked superhero. Following a typical coming-of-age plotline, viewers watch protagonist Miles Morales discover his powers and become...

Performing Arts Prepares to Jingle All the Way at Winter Concert

Performing Arts Prepares to Jingle All the Way at Winter Concert

Ava Caleca, Social Media Specialist

December 18, 2018

Choir, guitar, orchestra and band are joining together to perform for the annual winter concert on Dec. 19 in the theater. Students in performing arts electives will create a full orchestra experience, and band and orchestra will provide background music for choir. “I’m really excited for the [songs] that...

Caroling Spreads the Holly, Jolly Christmas Spirit

Caroling Spreads the Holly, Jolly Christmas Spirit

Julia Kim, Co-Editor-In-Chief

December 18, 2018

In a mellifluous harmony of voices rings a familiar rhythm of festivity. As Portola Singers, the highest level of vocal students on campus, prepares for the holiday season, the talented vocalists have harmonized for almost two months to share their spirit with the community. Every day, in third peri...

“The Addams Family” Spring Musical Promises Morbid Hilarity

“The Addams Family” Spring Musical Promises Morbid Hilarity

Jenny Won, Business Team

December 14, 2018

Halloween morning, visual and performing arts teachers came to school dressed as various members of the infamous Addams family. This was more than merely a creative group costume; it was also the announcement of the “The Addams Family” as this year’s spring musical production. “Choosing the musical...

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