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British band Muse lights up local stage

By Justine Stayman

March 22, 2010


Filed under Arts

Muse might not be a household name in the US, but the internationally known British band summoned enthusiastic fans from CHS and all over the D.C. area to rock the Patriot Center in Virginia on March 1 and the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore on March 3.  As the Muse trio, which consists of drummer...

Revamped ‘Alice’ shines on the big screen

By Lauren Pires, Arts Editor

March 22, 2010


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Things are only impossible if you believe they are. And the easiest way to see this? Why, going down the rabbit hole of course. Alice in Wonderland (2010) is truly a cinematic masterpiece that manages to flirt with Lewis Carroll’s original books, while smashing all limits and preconceptions set by the belove...

‘Radium Girls’ depicts working class fight for rights

By Kalli Klusaritz, Archives Manager

March 22, 2010


Filed under Arts

This month the CHS drama department presented Radium Girls, the true story of a group of young factory workers in 1920s who are poisoned by radium-laced paint while painting dials on clocks. The heart-wrenching story, written by local playwright D. W. Gregory, spans several decades. It details the...

Sparks’ new novel matches success of past works

By Claudia Shannon, News Production Editor

March 22, 2010


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Being a teenager is one of life’s toughest trials. In the ten-year period, adolescents are introduced to betrayal, love, loss and the importance of family. It takes an incredibly well-crafted story to incorporate all of these themes into its characters, making them as real as they come and easily relatable...

Local Band Hotspur finds growing popularity

By Samantha Snowden, Staff Writer

March 1, 2010


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Pretty much everyone has, at some point in his or her life, dreamed of being a rock star. Most of those people have let go of these fantasies, but to some, rocking out is serious business. Joe Mach, Dave Trichter, Scott Robinson, Coop Cooper and Evan Anderson, also known as Hotspur, are a local talent...

‘From Paris with Love’ delivers explosive thrills

By Andy Rosenberg, Online Arts Editor

March 1, 2010


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

James Bond better watch out because there's a new face in town. Unlike the martini-sipping hero of yesteryear's spy movies, From Paris with Love centers around the less refined Charlie Wax (John Travolta, The Taking of Pelham 123) and his much smarter counterpart James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Miss...

‘White Collar’ is classy, sophisticated crime drama

By Amna Farooqi, Staff Writer

March 1, 2010


Filed under Arts

These days, it seems that all that’s on TV are either “reality” shows like Jersey Shore where you feel dumber after watching, or over-hyped dramas like Melrose Place, where you wonder why educated wealthy professionals keep turning to murder and prostitution to solve their problems. Have these people...

Ke$ha reveals her love of partying in debut album

By Kalli Klusaritz, Archive Manager

March 1, 2010


Filed under Arts, Music

Somewhere between the fast-paced pop of Lady GaGa and the shocking antics of Britney Spears, 22-year-old newcomer Ke$ha has managed not only to carve out a unique niche for herself as a hedonistic, superficial party girl but she makes this status so utterly appealing that doing nothing but having fun...

Reitman’s new film is a breath of fresh ‘Air’

By Sarah Reitzes, Staff Writer

March 1, 2010


Filed under Arts

Most people find comfort in the familiar; traveling is great, but there’s nothing like home. For Ryan Bingham, traveling is what is familiar to him, as he spends 322 days per year on business trips. He dreads the other 43 days he has to spend in Omaha, NE, in an apartment too barren for anyone to call...

New faces show promising future for hip-hop

By Ryan Schlesinger, Editor-in-Chief

March 1, 2010


Filed under Arts

Mainstream hip-hop is in shambles. If you look at the most purchased hip-hop/rap songs list on iTunes, “Tie Me Down” by the skinny-jean wearing New Boyz cracks the top 10. ‘Nuff said. The faces of the genre have all been huge disappointments as of late. Jay-Z’s last album was arguably his...

J.D. Salinger’s legacy lives on in ‘Catcher in the Rye’

By Lauren Pires, Arts Editor

March 1, 2010


Filed under Arts, Books

He knew us best and he managed to capture the unique stage of “teenagerdom” in a crude, colloquial prose that has never been matched. The literary world lost a prized member as J.D. Salinger passed away at the age of 91 On Jan. 27. “I love that [Salinger] was so cynical,” junior Ashton...

‘Miss Saigon’ is both artistic and financial

By Lauren Pires, Arts Editor Christina Zhang

January 4, 2010


Filed under Arts

Unrequited love, forbidden romances and a war-struck country are the backdrop for the musical Miss Saigon. On Dec. 11 and 12, the CHS choral department, symphonic orchestra and select members of the wind ensemble collaborated on the production Miss Saigon, a musical about the love between an Americ...

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