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February Albums of the Month

February Albums of the Month

Ryan Thomas, Alex Metzger, and Natalia Thomas

February 26, 2019

“Members Only Vol. 4” by XXXTENTACION Ryan Thomas Rating: 9/10 In this crazy, fast-paced world, there’s always one thing we can count on to remain constant: the quality of Members Only albums. Originally a duo consisting of rappers XXXTENTACION and Ski Mask the Slump God, the duo droppe...

Panic! At the Capital One Arena: a dual perspective

Panic! At the Capital One Arena: a dual perspective

Alex Metzger and Nate Belman

February 23, 2019

The lights dim as the countdown ends, a crowd springing to life as people around us blast to their feet. The band and an accompanying orchestra rise from a platform below the arena to the top of the stage, playing an increasingly powerful tune as they are propelled upwards. The lights on the stage go dark...

Oscar favourites: 2019 picks and predictions

Oscar favourites: 2019 picks and predictions

Alex Holmes

February 18, 2019

This February, we’ve had the Super Bowl (too many touchdowns to count), and the Grammys. Now, it's time for my personal favorite TV event of the year (besides “Game of Thrones,” of course): the Oscars. The 91st Academy Awards take place Sunday, February 24th, at 8 p.m. There were plenty of snu...

The third installment of Shyamalan’s trilogy cracks under pressure

The third installment of Shyamalan’s trilogy cracks under pressure

Alexander Helmer

February 10, 2019

It’s hard not to go into "Glass" without a sense of excitement, anxiously awaiting the lights to dim as the AMC A-List members are thanked. Most of this is due to the fact that "Glass" had been one of the most anticipated films in 2019, for me and many others. This is most explicitly exemplified by...

Wilson Cribs: Episode 1 – Mr. Walters’ Classroom

Mabel Malhotra and Noah Gross

February 6, 2019

Ever wonder why your art teacher's classroom has computers in it or why their tables are set up the way they are? Maybe you're curious about the little knick-knacks on their desk or the perks of their classroom's location? Well, stop questioning and watch the first ever episode of Wilson Cribs, The Beacon's...

“Sharp Objects” reveals where women keep their pain

“Sharp Objects” reveals where women keep their pain

Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger

January 27, 2019

In Gillian Flynn's debut novel, evil, as well as the stifling places where the midwest and the south intersect, is more clearly showcased than perhaps ever before. Camille Preaker, a thirty-something journalist, returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate a series of disturbing murders;...

Top 10 Movies of 2018

Alex Holmes

January 27, 2019

The Oscar nominations are out, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” is in. The race is on to see which movie will be crowned Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards, taking place on February 24th. With 2018 being an excellent year for film, the Academy is bound to leave out many deserving films, even if they d...

I tried Mochi Balls so you don’t have to

I tried Mochi Balls so you don’t have to

Ethan Leifman

January 27, 2019

Ben and Jerry’s seems to constantly be coming up with wackier flavors; the potato chip filled Tonight Dough was one of my favorite flavors until it vanished from Whole Foods. But sometimes, ice cream can go a little too far. Example A: mochi balls. Though traditional mochi (a rice-based dessert) is widely eaten ...

Let’s go-go and learn about the history of DC music

Let’s go-go and learn about the history of DC music

Chloe Nguyen

January 27, 2019

Tracing back to its roots, DC has a reputation of cultivating its own genres, including go-go. The city’s vibrant music scene has shaped DC culture and helps to explain who we are as Washingtonians. Much of DC’s musical history is centered on and around the area of U Street in Northwest, once know...

From eBay to Eastern Market: my fashion experience

From eBay to Eastern Market: my fashion experience

Madison VanEyken

January 27, 2019

I’m 10 years old and I’m a successful vendor at a local community flea market, where I just made $98. My grandmother rented me a table where I’m selling my old books, toys, and sneakers. At that point, I realized there is money to be made by selling my almost new and gently used items to member...

Artists experience atypical application process

Maya Wilson and Ava Ahmann

January 27, 2019

Senior Simon Rosenthal grew up drawing with his aunt, a graphic designer. His grandpa taught him about facial proportions. In eighth grade, he transitioned from sketching to painting canvases. This year, Rosenthal joined the cohort of Wilson students who apply to art school, and he was not disappointed. Ne...

Wilson theater embraces change, ends Shakespeare tradition with ‘Any Number Can Die’

Wilson theater embraces change, ends Shakespeare tradition with ‘Any Number Can Die’

Annette Leber and Ruby Mason

January 27, 2019

Usually, around this time of year, Wilson actors are practicing their to-be-or-not-to-bes in preparation for auditions for the annual spring Shakespeare play. But not this year. If you walk into the Black Box, you’re more likely to see actors telling jokes and playing tag. This is all part of the pr...

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