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.

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.

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