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YA novel themes capture teenage angst – but leave some wondering if works exploit issues

Jayden Jones, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Entertainment

When Judy Blume published “Are You There, God, It’s Me Margaret” in 1970, the novel was the first to address the classic woes of teenage angst: stress, relationships, and finding themselves. Today, the novel remains one of the most popular young adult (YA) novels of all time. Published befo...

Dutch Bros vs Empresso Coffeehouse

Alisa Aistrup, Feature Editor

January 7, 2019


Filed under Entertainment

The hype surrounding Dutch Bros and Empresso Coffeehouse has led to more than just a few caffeinated debates: which coffeehouse reigns supreme? Dutch Bros, founded in 1992, prides themselves on their speedy customer service and positive service. They live up to their expectations, as I had less than...

Taylor Swift speaks out about her political stance

Gavin Cardoza, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Entertainment

Political activism has been in entertainment since the Civil Rights movements that lasted through the ‘50s and ‘60s. Most people hear the names of activists like Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks, but many celebrities have spread their political views and commentary since that time as well. Bob...

Diverse Cast, tech crew shine in ‘Pride’

Michael Thomas and Michael Thomas

January 7, 2019


Filed under Diversity, Entertainment

The cast takes a bow after their performance   For its fall 2018 production, Bear Creek High School Drama Department adapted Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice — although the novel was set in 1797, the play was based in the 1920s. It was, at times, uncomfortably unprofessional. Overall, howe...

BCHS choral department showcases their winter concert

Alisa Aistrup, Feature Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Online Only

On Dec. 4, 2018, Bear Creek’s Choral Department presented their Winter Concert, showcasing the hard work that the three choir classes (two beginning classes and one advanced class) have invested for the semester. The two beginning classes came together to form one “super choir,” performing the...

Other standing entertainment features

Other standing entertainment features

-- Cifuentes, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Online Only

Film:8th Grade “The comedian Bo Burnham-turned-filmmaker has the wisdom to know that eighth grade isn't a stage – it's a state of mind most us never entirely grow out of,” Peter Travers (American film critic and journalist) said in a “Rolling Stone” article. Kayla Day is an eighth grader in her final week of middle school in White Plains, New York. She posts motivational videos on YouTube about confidence and self-image that get almost no views as she struggling to make friends at school, winning the “Most Quiet” award from her classmates. Mark, her single father, struggles to connect with her and break her from her reliance on social media. Eighth Grade masterfully captures the emotional horror of being a Generation Z student, grossing $252,284 in 6 first weekend. The movie is light-hearted and relatable in all. Its per-screen average of $10.1 million is the best of 2018 thus far.     Album: Sweetener After years of searching, Ariana Grande has found her true voice. Sweetener is an exemplary pop album, radiating with bliss and joy and newfound love Singer Ariana Grande’s rising comeback created much hype for her newly released album Sweetener which was released on August 17, 2018, through Republic Records, and features guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott. Her lead single "No Tears Left to Cry” was released on April 20, 2018, and debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The album is receiving much attention due to her four-month hiatus shortly after the Manchester bombing at her live concert that took place on May 22, 2017. On the final track of Sweetener, Grande added 40 seconds so that its duration is exactly 5:22- the date of the Manchester bombing. Since she first began her singing career in 2012, Ariana Grande has become much stronger and developed in her music career.   Novel: Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda Simon Spier is a gay closeted 16-year-old junior and a musical theater student. Unknown to everyone, including his family and friends, Spier has been emailing someone named "Blue” using the pseudonym "Jacques," meaning “Simon” in French, as the two get closer. However, Simon is blackmailed, his secret threatened to be released if he doesn't play wingman for Martin, who is interested in one of Simon’s friends. With, his sexual orientation and the privacy of his lover has been put into jeopardy. Spier must find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he is pushed out and before he loses Blue, who gets closer to revealing himself every day. Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda is a funny, heartfelt, and truly touching teen romance that could easily become a modern classic for today's generation.     Video Game: Assassin's Creed Odyssey (2018) Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft Quebec and published by Ubisoft. It is the eleventh major installment, and twentieth overall, in the Assassin's Creed series and the successor to 2017's Assassin's Creed Origins. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey tows an intriguing yet similar line, eager to showcase a gallery of fascinating locations and relics while providing players with enough tools to slaughter thousands, and it’s even leaning into its more fantastical elements this time around....

Much more than Nothing

Gavin Cardoza, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Entertainment, Reviews

Their name may seem a little unorthodox at first, and their style of slow and loud melodies may be different from much of the music heard today, but start-up band Nothing is more than what their name implies. The band’s genre, shoegazing (or shoegaze) is a subgenre of indie rock that emerged in the...

Emo Rap – a new spin on dark and grim topics

Emo Rap – a new spin on dark and grim topics

Jayden Jones, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Music has always been a medium to convey social injustice, heartache, the allure of drugs and alcohol, and the dark subjects in life. But a new genre ― known as Emo Rap ― adds a new layer on a much deeper level to the already popular hip-hop genre. Emo rap flips the rap genre on its head with more...

“Crazy, Rich Asians” rises above stereotypes

“Crazy, Rich Asians” rises above stereotypes

Devyn Inong, Infographics Editor

November 9, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

From bookstore to the cinema, the feature-film “Crazy, Rich Asians” breaks Asian stereotypes while paving a new path for aspiring Asian-Americans hoping to make it big on Hollywood screens. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the two-hour movie is sure to take audiences on an emotional roller coaster as they ...

The Battle of the Smoothies: Nektar vs. Jamba Juice

Kalani Williams, Staff Writer

November 9, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews

Jamba Juice is frequently the go-to for teenagers wanting smoothies. Since the business opened in Stockton in 1990, multiple smoothie joints have opened and tried to compete but they have ultimately failed. But Nekter, located in Lincoln Center, has been grabbing the attention of the teenage demogra...

Hogwarts fans await their letters

Giancarlo Lizzaraga, Columnist

May 29, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Genuine Gian, Showcase

The long-awaited Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery application is finally released and fans of J.K. Rowling’s magical franchise, including myself, are ecstatic. Hogwarts Mystery is a role-playing game set in the famous wizarding school of Hogwarts a few years before the series’s titular character,...

Aspiring filmmaker’s script to be shot in Stockton

Aspiring filmmaker’s script to be shot in Stockton

Serra Raquel, Entertainment Editor

May 29, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Participation in theatre is a popular activity at Bear Creek, but most students don’t pursue it — on stage or the big screen — as a career. Bear Creek alumnus Dalin Nelson, who currently attends Columbia College Chicago as a film major, hopes to follow his dreams of becoming a filmmaker. “The...

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