Red Band Society Exceeds Expectations

By Oliver Cazden

When I first learned about the Red Band Society, I thought, ‘Oh God, here comes another soap opera, a type of show FOX has certainly favored in the past, from Glee to Grey’s Anatomy.’ With that being said, I must admit that this show exceeded my expectations, and even with some slight flaws, it proved very enjoyable.
The show’s pilot aired on September 17, and took place in a Pediatrics ward in Los Angeles. In this ward, a group of patients pressed together under potentially life-threatening conditions become the most unlikely of friends.

Imm Adds to Berkeley's Pool of Thai Eateries

By Tom Battles

Imm Thai Street Food opened last month on University and Shattuck Avenue. The name comes from “Imm” a Thai word meaning “pleasantly full.”

The Boxtrolls Offers an Escape to Childhood

By Michael McCabe

In your teenage years when you start feeling more like a grown-up and less like a child, you become interested in adult aspects of life, which can be fun and exciting. But along with that growth comes pressure and stress and sometimes you feel like taking a step back into the carefree days of childhood. There are different ways to get that escape – you can visit the park and go on the swings, play old board games like Candyland, or maybe you go to a children's movie and just forget about the world for a couple of hours.

Pacific Film Archive Features Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick

By Maayan Ziv

Just a few blocks up from Berkeley High School, the Pacific Film Archive features one of America’s most influential and universally acclaimed filmmakers, Stanley Kubrick. Known for his peerless imagination, Kubrick is a novelty, even to Berkeley-ites.

Eyes Wide, a complete compilation of Stanley Kubrick’s work, was curated by Steve Seid and will be showing throughout October. The series includes thirteen films produced over forty-six years, all by Stanley Kubrick.

Peter Capaldi Stars in the New Season of Doctor Who

By John MacKay

More than 50 years after the first episode of Doctor Who aired on British television, the much loved sci-fi show about the adventures of a time traveling alien and his various companions is still going strong (besides that 16 year break in the middle). 50 years of space-and-time travels and galactic adventures have left this classic space odyssey with a loyal and dedicated cult following. Eight months after the end of season 7, an all-new season begins with an all-new Doctor.

The Giver's Uneven Acting Reedeemed by Striking Visual Effects

By Julian Shen-Berro

Out of the jumble of young adult bestsellers movie adaptations comes The Giver, a movie set in a seemingly utopian society of drab conformity. While the movie itself felt somewhat lacking, visuals and character chemistry managed to prevent a total failure.

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.

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