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Band drums up audience at 2 winter concerts

Band drums up audience at 2 winter concerts

Eric Kellenberger

December 14, 2015


Filed under Arts, Student Life

For the first time ever, the concert band and wind ensemble performed two separate winter concerts. Both concerts were held in the Pavilion Dec. 8 and 9. “Everything has been on the rise. It’s been an increased level of participation and enthusiasm from the community and the students. These concerts...

AP art students create portfolios

AP art students create portfolios

Anastasia Greer

November 20, 2015


Filed under Arts, Showcase, Student Life, Uncategorized

Senior AP art students are preparing art portfolios to supplement their college applications. For a portfolio, the student must submit a number of pieces that represent his range of artistic ability. “The portfolio experience has been hectic and challenging, as I had to gather 10 strong piec...

Review: Minimalist indie—a musical revival on the rise

Review: Minimalist indie—a musical revival on the rise

Caitlin Takeda

November 20, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

“Coastal Grooves” by Blood Orange Some albums are supposed to be blasted through stereo speakers while cruising down PCH on a warm summer’s night — and “Coastal Grooves” (2011) by Blood Orange, solo project of Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion, Test Icicles), is no exception. The unrelenting bass lin...

Review: Poetic realism

Review: Poetic realism

Kimia Mohebi

November 20, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books

The words minimalist, pessimist and genius are three that come to mind when describing Charles Bukowski. His repertoire of iconic short stories and poems sparked a revolution of writing that redirects the typical focus on flowery, sappy romance towards a more realistic view of life. Bukowski created...

Review: Drama department at its best

Review: Drama department at its best

Rithik Kumar

October 16, 2015


Filed under Arts, Showcase, Student Life, Theater

In its first production of the school year, the Oak Park drama department took an innovative approach to the romantic comedy, “You Can’t Take It with You,” gaining acclaim for the overall success of the performance. An adaption of Frank Capra’s classic, the play dramatizes the nuances of a...

Band debuts at fall concert

Band debuts at fall concert

Grace Ye

October 16, 2015


Filed under Arts, News

The Oak Park band department held its first Fall Concert Wednesday, Oct. 14. The concert featured the jazz band, strings club and wind ensemble. In past years, due to the group’s size and lack of preparation, the band department’s only had winter and spring concerts. But this year, the musicians...

Review: The Land of the Wolves

Review: The Land of the Wolves

Nick Burt

October 16, 2015


Filed under Arts, Movies

In the barren desert landscape that occupies the border of the land of the free and Mexico lies a wall that holds countless stories of violence against a depredated people. As these refugees seek hope for a new life, there are those who combat the violence that stems from the thin wall of the border. And...

Review: A labyrinth of magic

Review: A labyrinth of magic

Kimia Mohebi

October 16, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books, Showcase

Gardens of ice and a vertical cloud maze are what a spectator at Le Cirque des Rêves would experience — if he were lucky enough for it to stop by his city for an evening; it definitely had me wanting to learn how to cross a tightrope. “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern takes place in the...

Review: Netflix original thwarts conventions

Review: Netflix original thwarts conventions

Rachel Pham

October 16, 2015


Filed under Arts, Television

“Orange is the New Black,” one of Netflix’s breakout originals, has been a game changer for television shows everywhere — and not just because a bunch of ladies in jail have some “fun” times together. The show’s humanization of prisoners and progressive portrayal of gender, race, body types...

Oak Park hosts first community book club

Oak Park hosts first community book club

Nicole Schwartz

October 16, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books, News

Approximately 25 members of the community, ranging from elementary school students to adults, gathered to discuss "Wonder" by R.J Palacio in Oak Park's first community book club held in the Pavilion Oct. 6. The idea for a community book club was originally introduced when English teacher Kathy Bowman...

Review: Novel of uncensored truth

Review: Novel of uncensored truth

Kimia Mohebi

September 29, 2015


Filed under Arts, Books

With a loud neon-green book jacket and a recent film adaption, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews was demanding me to read it. It seemed interesting enough, and was a clear contributor to the stacks of famous contemporary works consumed by the young adult world. But as I read it,...

Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ leaves a lasting impact

Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ leaves a lasting impact

Lauren Bernstein

September 29, 2015


Filed under Arts, Movies

“Straight Outta Compton” is an edgy, eye-opening and compelling story of one rap group’s rise to fame amid the struggle of racial issues and police brutality that inspire them to go further. Although the movie includes vulgar language and lyrics, drug deals and excessive confrontations between...