Category: Entertainment

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“Humanz”

After a seven-year hiatus, Gorillaz has finally returned with their long awaited fifth studio album “Humanz,” which is scheduled for release today. The band, which is comprised of four fictional characters, 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs, first achieved  international recognition for their experimental style in tracks like “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good Inc.” over a decade ago. They’ve been quite busy over the past half year: launching their own music festival, Demon Dayz, in reference to their earlier album by the same name, which is set to take place this June in Eng...
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Coachella: 5 Things Instagram Never Told Me

After five years of daydreaming, constantly begging my parents to let me go my senior year and imagining myself jamming out to my favorite indie bands, I finally went to Coachella. The months leading up to the weekend were some of the most excruciating months of my life; as a frequent concert-goer, I was very excited to spend a whole three days with my best friends at what is perhaps one of the most glorified music festivals in the world. Even though I had a wonderful experience overall and will definitely be returning in a few years, there were a lot of problems I encountered over the weekend that I had wished the cli...
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Beauty and the Beast

A motherly teapot. A singing candlestick. A beastly prince, an independent heroine and a touch of romance. The original 1991 animated version was a magical classic, but to see the story literally come to life was a completely different experience. In a grand two hours and 19 minutes, the new, live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” was just beautiful. The overall storyline is basically the same, thankfully. Belle (Emma Watson), an independent bookworm, actively avoids the  romantic pursuits of Gaston (Luke Evans), who is bolstered by his friend LeFou (Josh Gad). After her father Maurice (Kevin Kl...
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Dolce at the Highlands

Italian food has always been one of my favorites, so, when I was offered the chance to review Dolce at the Highlands, I was excited to say the least. Given its location within the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch and its proximity to the massive Crunch Fitness parking lot, neither restaurant access nor parking was an issue. From the exterior, which had a number of tables with umbrellas, to the elegantly decorated interior, I was immediately impressed with what I saw. Visually, the Gnocchi ($19) was the least appealing of the three items, but what it lacked in that aspect, it more than made up for in taste....
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Cinderella

A dream is a wish the heart makes and it is one that can possibly come true with the help of a Fairy Godmother, a pumpkin and some woodland creatures, just as it did in both the 2015 and original 1950 versions of “Cinderella.” Both versions of “Cinderella” tell a similar storyline, but the newer version adds a few changes of its own.  In the 2015 adaptation of “Cinderella,” director Kenneth Branagh brings a twist to the classic fairy tale through impeccable costume design and detailed sets. Branagh elevates Charles Perraults’, the writer of the 1950 rendition, original sto...
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Beyond the Ordinary

The artwork of five TPHS art students — Jeanette Ju (11), Connie Chen (12), Emma Cecil (12), Rebecca Shin (10) and Alice Yang (10) — was selected to be a part of the Young Art 2017: Beyond the Ordinary presentation at the San Diego Museum of Art and is on exhibit from April 15 to May 28. Art teacher Jennifer Doerrer encouraged some of her students to submit to Young Art after receiving information about the exhibit at the beginning of January. Teachers are permitted up to five student submissions that follow this year’s theme of creating “unique interpretations of the classic still life” i...
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Westroot Tavern

Don’t be thrown by its location next to a gym; the food at Westroot Tavern is anything but a light pre-workout meal. While I never usually splurge on meals absent a special occasion, the unexpectedly large portions and wide variety of foods offered at Westroot Tavern easily compensate for the high prices. Despite being a Saturday afternoon, the restaurant was largely vacant when my friends and I arrived, so we were quickly encouraged to seat ourselves by a server. After perusing the extensive menu for several minutes, we finally decided on two Share Plates, the Mac & Cheese ($14) and the Chinese Five Spice &a...
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Crudo

Crudo, a Mediterranean-Japanese fusion restaurant with an Italian name, is not as disparate as it may seem. The head chef, Pascal Lorange, is nationally renowned as the executive chef of the Fig & Olive Restaurants and has served various celebrities, like singer Julio Iglesias and Barack Obama. So naturally, he merits a certain level of culinary credit. Crudo was slightly more formal than casual and the all white decor contributed to the sophisticated ambiance of the restaurant. I was confused about the choice of strange music that was playing throughout the meal and the mood lighting progressively got w...
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Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

Tactfully combining countless interviews from close acquaintances, authentic home movie footage and informative clips about legislation, “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” is an intimate portrayal of the life and legacy of Matt Shepard following his murder in 1998. The film begins with shots of Shepard’s hometown and a brief explanation of the circumstances surrounding his death: Shepard, an openly gay university student, was beaten to death by two fellow students during his first year at the University of Wyoming, an offense later ruled a hate crime because Shepard was gay. The documentary soon shift...
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My Beautiful Broken Brain

Imagine: it’s a day no different than any other day. You are sleeping after a long day of working at an advertising agency. But your tranquility is short-lived because your head is suddenly racked with excruciating pain. Your mind meanders in and out of consciousness, and you head outside to seek help but instead stumble into an unknown hotel. In the hotel, all mental and physical equilibrium is lost when your knees buckle beneath you, and everything goes pitch-black. This experience is all too familiar to Lotje Sodderland, whose stroke was caused by a nearly-fatal brain hemorrhage — a bleeding inside of the brain c...