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Helmer vs. Holmes: Joker

Alex Helmer and Alex Holmes

November 24, 2019

Alex Helmer: Rating: 10/10 Unlike many comic-book movie enthusiasts who were somewhat skeptical about the idea of a standalone Joker movie, I was always on board. With director of “The Hangover” series Todd Phillips at the helm, and one of the decade’s most talented actors, Joaquin Phoeni...

November Albums of the Month

November Albums of the Month

Anna Arnsberger, Maren Dunn, Chau Nguyen, Alex Metzger, and Sadie Wyatt

November 24, 2019

"Cheap Queen" by King Princess Anna Arnsberger and Maren Dunn 9/10 The debut album of 20 year-old Mikaela Straus (better known as King Princess), “Cheap Queen,” has surpassed expectations. The pop record strays from the mainstream with a number of rich, unconventional tracks, relying on a blen...

‘Living Undocumented’ sheds light on the injustices of America’s immigration system

Alejandro Diaz-Lopez

November 23, 2019

“Living Undocumented,” a new series launched by Netflix, sheds light on the lives of undocumented families living in the United States under the Trump administration. Eight different families from Central America, Asia, and Africa share their stories on how they came to America. With current politi...

Student bands embrace love of music

Student bands embrace love of music

Chloe Fatsis

November 23, 2019

After school one day in October, juniors Vincent Kamani and Nadeem Elamine decided to head to the Tenley music store Middle C. They invited their friend, junior Jack Davis. In the atrium, they ran into sophomore Nevis Gatti, who also came along. “It was just so random,” Kamani said.  At the store,...

Play-by-play of theater’s Play in a Day

Play-by-play of theater's Play in a Day

Annette Leber, Ruby Mason

November 23, 2019

7:00 p.m., Saturday September 28: The blackbox theater is packed with students, parents, and faculty, all awaiting the collection of student-written plays created within the previous 24 hours.  3:25 p.m., Friday, September 27: The process begins with a series of workshops corresponding with the f...

Kacey Musgraves wows fans during “Oh, What a World: Tour II”

Kacey Musgraves wows fans during “Oh, What a World: Tour II

Chiara Purificato

November 18, 2019

After a 40-minute car ride jamming out to Kacey Musgrave songs in preparation, my friend and I arrived at Wolf trap. The concert started at 8:00, so we thought arriving at 7:30 would give us sufficient time to find a spot, but we were very wrong. It was packed, but we managed to squeeze ourselves in...

“The Goldfinch” is both terrible and excellent

Zara Hall and Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger

November 18, 2019

On Thursday September 19, just five days after the premiere of "The Goldfinch," based off of Donna Tartt’s pulitzer prize winning novel, there were exactly seven people watching it in the Georgetown AMC theater. One left about twenty minutes into the (two and a half hours long) film, an approach ...

Four students quit musical, alleging casting bias

Ayomi Wolff

October 14, 2019

Junior Nikki Keating, senior Aline Contreras, and two students who chose to remain anonymous resigned from this year’s fall musical, “Matilda,” because they believe the show was cast unfairly and didn’t make students of color feel comfortable.  “I didn’t see myself being in it,” sai...

‘Jitney’: fun in full wheel drive

‘Jitney’: fun in full wheel drive

Virginia Suardi and Ayomi Wolff

October 14, 2019

Putt-putt-sputter. Your car gives one last cough of the exhaust then sinks into its tires, dead. You have someplace to be with no ride. Perhaps a jitney is in order?  “Jitney,” by August Wilson, performed at Arena Stage, successfully maintains an entertaining plot line while also dealing with...

“It Chapter Two” exceeds expectations

“It Chapter Two” exceeds expectations

Anna Gustafson

October 14, 2019

*MINOR SPOILER ALERT* Comparing “It” and “It Chapter Two,” based on Stephen King’s novel, is next to impossible. As a horror movie enthusiast, the sequel exceeded my every expectation set by the first film.  Set during the late 80s in Derry, Maine, the original “It” follows seven kids...

Faculty Favorites: Does Italian Pizza Kitchen live up to its hype?

Faculty Favorites: Does Italian Pizza Kitchen live up to its hype?

Sophia Monroe

October 14, 2019

Lunch can be an exciting and interesting time for us students, filled with activities, conversations, and, most importantly, food. But, have you ever wondered where teachers choose to spend their time? Wilson English teacher Lisa Grymes often goes to Italian Pizza Kitchen in Van Ness to eat one of her f...

“Years and Years” goes by in the blink of an eye

Alex Holmes

October 14, 2019

Trump and Boris and Brexit, oh my! The world is a chaotic and scary place these days, and the HBO show “Years and Years” is here to heal your wounds and provide comfort. Just kidding. If you thought “Black Mirror” hit a little bit too close to home, this show is going to rock your world.  ...

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