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“Kleptocracy” brings post-USSR Russia to life on stage

“Kleptocracy” brings post-USSR Russia to life on stage

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts

Russia: previously known for its communist state, the USSR; recently known for involvement in email scandals with the American government; currently in the D.C. theater scene in the form of a play. D.C’s Arena Stage’s “Kleptocracy” follows Mikhail Khodorkovsky (Max Woertendyke) in his rise...

Travis Scott’s psychedelic music captures fans

Travis Scott’s psychedelic music captures fans

By Kathy Hu, Advertising & Subscritions Manager

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Music

Travis Scott has quickly become a household name for anyone who knows music. Scott’s third album “Astroworld” came out shortly before the school year started, but its popularity continues to grow, especially with the announcement of his second nationwide tour in less than three months. His first...

“Aquaman” is predictable, does not exceed expectations

“Aquaman” is predictable, does not exceed expectations

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

A legend turned into film? Check. Discovering the lost world of Atlantis? Check. Nice battle scenes and sarcastic humor? Check. And a guy who looks a lot like Steven Adams? Check. The story of the legendary protector of the deep hit theaters Dec. 21. “Aquaman” documents the journey of the half-human...

Q & A with Bob Levey: author of “Larry Felder, Candidate”

Q & A with Bob Levey: author of “Larry Felder, Candidate”

By Joe Raab, Sports Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Books

Bob Levey is a former columnist for the Washington Post. Recently, he ventured into the world of novel writing with his book, “Larry Felder, Candidate.” I got the chance to have a question and answer session with Levey about his new book, what inspired him and how writing a book differs from writing...

Student Art Spotlight: Byron Tam

Student Art Spotlight: Byron Tam

By Sapna David, Assistant Arts Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts

WCHS students often complain about the difficulties of balancing such a hectic workload consisting of various APs, honors classes and extracurriculars. For senior Byron Tam, balancing his two passions for art—singing and drawing—helps him ease the stress. Tam’s fascination with pen and paper...

LIKE documentary highlights dangers of social media

LIKE documentary highlights dangers of social media

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 23, 2019


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Social media is here to stay, and that’s a fact. How we use it, however, is constantly changing. The IndieFlix Original documentary LIKE, released Oct. 2018, highlights these modern effects of social media and technology on our generation and future generations. The 48 minute documentary cover...

Anything Goes is a big hit on Arena Stage

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts, Online Exclusives

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting when I first went to see Anything Goes, though I can honestly say that what I watched was a hundred times better than anything I could’ve imagined. Anything Goes is a musical (originally from Broadway) that is being performed at Arena Stage in D.C. from Nov...

WCHS Jazz Ensemble hosts annual concert for good cause

WCHS Jazz Ensemble hosts annual concert for good cause

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

January 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Friday Dec. 14, The WCHS Jazz Ensemble hosted their annual Jazz Coffeehouse in the band room. To accompany the music, they provided snacks and refreshments outside. The jazz performance was broken up into two sets, each consisting of four songs, with a brief intermission in between. Senior Tim Ducke...

Stage crew dedicates hard work to school productions

Stage crew dedicates hard work to school productions

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

December 21, 2018


Filed under Arts, News, School, Top Stories

School plays, they’re full of hard work, dedication, music and performances put on by students who have a passion for theatre. It requires countless hours of memorizing lines and practicing. But what do people say about the stage crew? Stage crew has to stay after school really late, to the point wh...

“The Grinch” steals Christmas and the hearts of viewers

“The Grinch” steals Christmas and the hearts of viewers

By Joe Raab, Sports Editor

December 21, 2018


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Holiday season is rolling around, and that means three things: lots of cookies, hot chocolate and holiday movies such as “Elf,” “Santa Claus” and, of course, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” This year, a remake of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” came out Nov. 9, just in time for...

The shoe fits: “Cinderella” exceeds expectations

The shoe fits: “Cinderella” exceeds expectations

By Bryan Fletcher, Production Manager

December 21, 2018


Filed under Arts

This year, the WCHS drama department has put on the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version of the classic “Cinderella,” and it has already proved to be one of their most spectacular productions to date. Between the talented cast of actors, beautiful stage sets and entertaining performances, this show...

“Creed II” fights its way to the top as successor to “Creed”

“Creed II” fights its way to the top as successor to “Creed”

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor

December 21, 2018


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

“Creed II” delivers a smashing hit as the seventh installment in the “Rocky” franchise. Directed by Steven Caple Jr., “Creed II” picks up right where “Creed” left off, following the life of boxer Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan). At the start of the film, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren)...

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