Chorus & Orchestra Attempts to Establish Choral Program

By Flynn Buxton-Walsh

In 1960, Berkeley High School was home to four different choirs, one of which was invited to perform at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics along with the BHS Band. Back then, Berkeley High students also enjoyed eight periods a day, with more time available for electives. “It was a special kind of experience,” recalled Christina Tworek, a class of 1960 alumna and member of the Aeolian and A Capella Choirs, the latter of which performed at Squaw with over two thousand other high school students. “Music brings you in touch with the vast cultures of the world in a very personal way.”

Spring Awakening's Lively Plot Provokes Excitement

By Roxy Rozo-Marsh

Spring Awakening, known for its provocative content, is a musical based on a German play written in 1891 that deals with themes such as homosexuality, incest, abortion, and suicide. It is not hard to see how initially, and for some time after, the play provoked negative reactions with the controversial themes it discusses. But, after seeing the show, I was convinced this was the perfect musical for Berkeley High School to undertake.

Careers of Both McCartney and Beatles End At Candlestick Park

By Evelyn Goessling

On August 14, Paul McCartney will play the last official Beatles concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The farewell show is part of McCartney’s Out There! tour, which is taking the band around the world to close out The Beatles’ and McCartney’s touring career.

New Iggy Azalea Album Decent, Lacks Personality

By Sarah Carlin

“I’m a fancy b*tch but I’m ratchet,” but doesn’t realize that while she can change her “ratchet persona” as she pleases, many black women do not share the same convenience, and are branded with the stigma of the word because of their poverty.

Chance the Rapper Shines at the Warfield

By Noah St. John

After the Chance the Rapper concert on Monday night, the Warfield was filled with people, but as it was on a weeknight, the overall energy was low. The audience would respond to the DJ’s petitions for us to be noisy with moments of energy, but our vigor would quickly subside back into quiet head-nodding. The event could have easily fallen into a slump.

Transcendence Challenges Traditional Concepts of Life and Death

By jack

An inescapable aspect of the human condition is that we must confront the specter of death and wonder if there is life after death. The concept of transcendence — achieving a state of being that overcomes the limitations of physical existence — lies at the core of various schools of religious thought and reflects our fascination with the idea that the soul can live on after the body dies. This concept has also fueled many science fiction stories, notably Frankenstein, as well as many other books and movies. The latest entry into this genre, Transcendence, hit movie theaters this past weekend.

Berkeley Home to Plethora of Vegan-Friendly Restaurants

By Leyla Farzaneh

Not so many years ago, vegetarian and vegan food entered eateries across America. While many restaurants reserve a small portion of their menus for those who choose not to consume animal products, Berkeley has many exclusively vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer Take TV by Storm in Broad City

By Louisa Mascuch

TV shows about female friendships have always been popular, but lately they’re also funny. Shows like Two Broke Girls, Girls, Whitney, and New Girl are out to prove that girls can write and perform comedy along with the best of the guys. With the addition of the new series Broad City to the rapidly-growing list of female comedies, it we can officially call it a movement.

True Detective Breaks Traditional Crime Drama Archetype

By Louisa Mascuch

HBO has recently released a new detective series, True Detective. I know what you’re thinking, but I guarantee you that True Detective is nothing like what you’re expecting it to be based on the title. Okay, yes, it’s about detectives — but other than that it’s nothing like the flashy, fast-paced, predictable criminal justice shows that have become so ubiquitous in the past few years. Created by Nic Pizzolatto, the series stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of detectives tasked with solving the the eerie, cult-related murder of a young woman.

Bloggers Make Internet Full of Valuable Fashion Advice

By Sarah Carlin

When one thinks of a fashion blog, what comes to mind? Some may think of the fashion blogosphere as mundane, with thousands of people huddled over their computer screens in their basement, living unremarkable lives. Perhaps others would think of a high-society elitist group that travels worldwide photographing stylish models and artists. In actuality, it is a surprisingly wonderful mix of the two, which is what makes the fashion blogging world so fascinating.

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