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The watercolor piece painted by AP Art Studio student and senior Gina Cardini is named “A Series of Events” and is inspired by her grandfather’s daily life. Cardini said she always had a fascination for the older generation, and she wanted to portray a scene that is easy to understand. “As artists, we would be extremely honored if even one person came to look at our art pieces, but personally as a human being, these times have been very difficult and I think everyone needs a distraction every once in a while,” Cardini said. “This is really going to be the perfect time to escape the real world and look at bright colors and be amazed by the different shades and talents of such wonderful artists.”

Virtual Gallery Shines Light on Visual Artists

Bia Shok, Features Editor
February 22, 2021

Typically, students visiting the annual art gallery would look at various pieces installed according to course and grade in the Learning Commons. This year, students will be scrolling through a website...

For those on a gluten-free diet, this crispy breaded shrimp from China Moon Restaurant is an excellent choice. With a light, starchy breading over a flavorful mini salad, this shrimp dish is popular for good reason. Although China Moon Restaurant does not offer delivery options, it is well worth the trip for takeout considering the array of gluten-free options and the many precautions they take to avoid gluten contamination.

Quarantine-Style Lunar New Year Calls for Home-Style Restaurant Food

Cara Chan, Dheeksha Bhima Reddy, and Naila Talib
February 19, 2021

Lunar New Year, commonly known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, marks the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar. 2021 is the Year of the Ox.  This traditionally 15-day holiday is...

New Performance Group Brings Fresh Pop and Rock

Clara Ferreira Lopes and Haruka Noda
February 19, 2021

Contemporary and Pop Performance Ensemble is a new music elective class that focuses on rock and pop music. Music teacher Kyle Traska instructs this advanced, audition-based class with four members who...

Even through strict limitations and precautions, choir makes the most out of Valentine’s Day, spreading love and friendship through music. “I think that sending out music virtually is a way that we keep our audience engaged and that we continue to be a team or an ensemble that promotes hope,” choir director Adrian Rangel-Sanchez said. “And that promotes positivity through the challenging times that we're in.”

Choir Spreads Music and Love with Virtual Valentine’s Grams

Celine Lee and Elizabeth Bank
February 18, 2021

Choir members held a fundraising event from Feb. 1-12 that allowed students and teachers to purchase and send a personalized Valentine's Day video gram of a choir member singing. Choir raised $1,630...

Romantic comedies are a favorite among many because of their charm, humor, escape from reality and, of course, love. From the scenes that make you swoon to the ones that make you chuckle, romantic movies are a definite go-to for Valentine’s Day.

For the Singles or the Takens: Top 5 Rom-Coms of All Time

Haruka Noda and Kayla Moshayedi
February 17, 2021

During this time of the year, boyfriends and girlfriends are struggling to plan the perfect day with romantic dinners or cute picnic dates. Or, singles might just be trying to get into the mood of Valentines...

Another contribution to the musical on TikTok was the creation of the “fake playbill

‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical’ Reinvents Theatre

Clara Ferreira Lopes and Zara Shirwany
February 9, 2021

There are countless ways a theatrical production can come to fruition, but online musicals might be the new trend. In the last few months of 2020, TikTok creators, as well as professional actors and technicians,...

“Chemtrails Over The Country Club” has received over 9 million views on YouTube, surpassing her last single, “Let Me Love You Like a Woman,” which has 3 million views.

Lana Del Rey Shares New Hit Single After Delaying Album Release

Ava Caleca and Kayla Moshayedi
February 5, 2021

Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey released her first single of 2021 on Jan 11., “Chemtrails Over The Country Club,” that has introduced a new era and theme revolving around her seventh studio album, which...

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ Is on the Road to Success

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ Is on the Road to Success

Claudia Lin, Co-News Editor
February 4, 2021

Entering the new year, many people held low expectations of what January would entail, yet nobody could have predicted the production of 2021’s official heartbreak anthem, “Drivers License,” let...

The cast of Cinderella practice their lines during after school rehearsals while sharing a fun moment. Despite the long and oftentimes stressful hours, the actors work together and stay committed to perfect their performance.

How Theater Students Build a Musical

Haruka Noda, Social Media and Marketing Team
February 2, 2021

The school musical is the center of conversations among students in the spring, and creating it is no easy process. Producing a musical is a nearly yearlong development that starts immediately after the...

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Season Three of Netflix’s ‘Cobra Kai’ Honors Original ‘Karate Kid’ Films

Emma Haag and Kayla Moshayedi
January 29, 2021

*This article may contain spoilers.  The long-awaited third season of the Netflix Original series “Cobra Kai,” a show that continues the story of the original “Karate Kid” films, released on...

The deal between HBO Max and Warner Bros. allows movie watchers to enjoy films such as “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Dune” and “The Matrix 4” either in theaters or at home by streaming on HBO Max for one month.

HBO Max-Warner Bros. 2021 Deal Surprises Movie Chains

Aadi Mehta, Staff Writer
January 27, 2021

In response to the ongoing pandemic and its impact on theaters nationwide, entertainment giant Warner Bros. made a game-changing deal in early December 2020 with newly-launched streaming service HBO Max.  The...

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