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TV Shows Veering Towards Harsh, Controversial Topics

TV Shows Veering Towards Harsh, Controversial Topics

Laura Sneller, Opinions Editor
June 14, 2017
Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Top Stories

The newest trend in popular TV shows today can be summed up by one word: exposure. The most talked-about TV programs are those that expose the ugly truth of what we value in society; whether it be sexism, racism or our increasing dependence on technology. The rise in shows centered around human issues,...

Hirshhorn Draws Crowds, Media Attention

Hirshhorn Draws Crowds, Media Attention

Nora Holland, Arts Editor
June 14, 2017
Filed under Arts, Top Stories

CHS students on social media may have recently come across posts of mirrored rooms decorated with odd yet beautiful art including red and white blobs, twinkling lights and even glowing polka dot pumpkins. These unique works of art are part of an exhibit called Infinity Mirrors by the Japanese artist...

Netflix’s “Dear White People” Displays Important Messages

Netflix’s “Dear White People” Displays Important Messages

Megan Park, Photo Editor
June 14, 2017
Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Top Stories

Fierce and admirable are only a few words used to describe the new Netflix series “Dear White People.” With the show gaining much media attention and receiving outstanding reviews, it is well worth watching. “Dear White People” arrived Apr. 28 on Netflix. Based off the movie of the same title,...

Student Art Spotlight: Ethan Shrier

Student Art Spotlight: Ethan Shrier

Drew Ingall, Arts Editor
June 14, 2017
Filed under Arts, Music, Top Stories

What do Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Miles Davis and Barry Manilow all have in common? Not only are they legendary musicians, but they all went to the Juilliard School. And now, senior Ethan Shrier will join their impressive rank. Shrier will take his talents to New York next year, as he accepted the...

Wonder Woman Is a Sight to See

Wonder Woman Is a Sight to See

Manu Sundaresan, Circulation Manager
June 13, 2017
Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

When “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” came out, many fans were excited by the appearance of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). Throughout the movie, she aids Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) in their attempts to defeat Doomsday, a monster created with Kryptonian technology.   D...

Chance Concert Proves to be Unforgettable

Chance Concert Proves to be Unforgettable

Drew Ingall, Arts Editor
June 12, 2017
Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

  In one of hip hop artist Chance the Rapper’s most popular songs, he raps “You don’t want No Problem, want No Problem with me.” This was evident in his concert performance in Bristow, Virginia, where fans had pretty much “No Problem” with his performance.   On June 4, hip hop artist Chance the Rapper ...

Flash Season Three Falls Short of Expectations

Flash Season Three Falls Short of Expectations

Ben Dross, Staff Writer
June 5, 2017
Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Online Exclusives

Season three of The Flash struggled to find its identity at times, falling short of lofty expectations from seasons prior. However, it showed flashes of greatness, giving hope it can rebound in season four.   The Flash opted for a complete rewrite of its characters, by kicking off the season wit...

‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Balances Fun with Complexity

‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Balances Fun with Complexity

Ben Dross, Staff Writer
June 5, 2017
Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

DC Comic’s “Legends of Tomorrow” far surpassed expectations by embracing their weird and wild attitude in season two. “Legends of Tomorrow” is a spinoff of two superhero shows on The CW. It takes characters from Arrow and The Flash and brings them onto their own show centered around time...

‘Search for Everything’ Finds the Right Note

‘Search for Everything’ Finds the Right Note

Jake Herman, News Editor
June 5, 2017
Filed under Arts, Music

Nearly 16 years after he released his first studio album, John Mayer has yet again found success while managing to revolutionize his sound on his new album, “The Search for Everything.” In the newest album, his seventh altogether, Mayer moves away from the subtle, humble folk sounds of his previous...

“One Acts” Plays Promote Student Creativity

“One Acts” Plays Promote Student Creativity

Becky Wolfson, Online Arts Editor
June 5, 2017
Filed under Arts

Picture a fantastic theater production complete with detailed costumes, spot-on makeup and beautiful lighting. What would you say if you learned that the entire show was produced and directed completely by students? That’s exactly what CHS’ “One Acts” student-run play festival is, a night...

Senior Pursues Singing Career with New Single Release

Senior Pursues Singing Career with New Single Release

Julia Lescht, Online Opinions Editor
June 5, 2017
Filed under Arts, Music

Senior Eloise Lancsweert released her first single “First Love” to iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and Youtube on May 1. This upbeat pop song is from the point of view of someone who can’t seem to let go of a long lost love. “I’ve been working on this single since September 6,” Lancsweert said....

Trump Budget Threatens Arts Establishments

Trump Budget Threatens Arts Establishments

Nora Holland and Dani Miller, Arts and Opinions Editor
June 5, 2017
Filed under Arts

In March, President Trump released his proposed outline for the 2018 budget. Trump’s new budget includes spending cuts for many government programs such as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Trump has proposed a 52.3 billion dollar...