Category: Entertainment

annie's

Annie’s Cafe and Diner

Located in a narrow plaza a few minutes off I-5 in Solana Beach, three umbrella-covered, black tables sit on a stone patio in front of the modest deli. After parking in the cramped parking lot and walking up to the shop, my first impression of Annie’s Cafe Deli was influenced by its dated furniture and decor, with off-white and green limonium floors and peeling white walls. To be honest, this first impression did not encourage high expectations.  After looking at the menu for a few minutes, I ordered the Thai Chicken Wrap ($6.99), the Tomcado ($7.25) sandwich  and the Solana Beach Cheesesteak ($6.99). A...
sandwichemporium

Sandwich Emporium

Walking into the Sandwhich Emporium was an experience in itself; without any electric lights above the tables, the only light in the entire room came from the windows, which only lined one side of the room. A small television mounted on the wall was playing random channels with advertisements at a distractingly high volume. The dingy and poorly lit environment accented the restaurant’s tables, which were all dark, wooden and slightly sticky, and the soda machine in the back of the room had flies buzzing around it, which I found really offputting and gross.  The shop’s overall environment was extremely sketchy and...
falcon

Fresh Off the Boat

Loud, obnoxious and quite literally explosive, PSY’s international hit song and music video, “Gangnam Style,” featured the Korean pop star running around South Korea, driving luxury cars, blowing up pedestrians and wreaking havoc. An overnight sensation, PSY’s music video became the first video to top 1 billion views on YouTube and earned him priceless mainstream media attention. Despite the the video’s catchy tune and signature catch phrase (“Oppa Gangnam Style”) unintentionally made the international hit the first venture into K-pop and similar Asian music styles for many Americans.&nbs...
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“Cataracts” Levi the Poet

While there is a deep message behind Levi the Poet’s words, the combination of many different factors overpowers his words and the meaning is easily lost. Right off the bat, Levi sounds as though he’s out of breath, and a few seconds later the background instrumentals pick up intensity and the anger in Levi’s voice becomes more prominent. However, the ability of his combination of music and voice to lead the listener between anger, fear, sadness and excitement is unique and makes listening to the tracks enjoyable. 4/5 stars. ...
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“Remember Year” Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan excels at making his poerty song-like with its interesting tempo and varying speed and intensity. His stories seem to be extremely personal but are told in a way that feels relatable. His voice harbors emotion and impact in every piece, especially on “To This Day.” Background instrumentals help convey Koyczan’s feelings to the listener and makes the album overall sound more professional and passionate. The well-produced album has deeply significant meaning and feeling behind each line. 5/5 stars. ...
falcon

Speaking From Experience

Self-expression is a driving force of the Spoken Word Club. When Robin Kong (‘17) began the Spoken Word Club in her sophomore year, she wanted to give students an opportunity to speak their minds through different forms of poetry. For students like co-President Eugene Park, however, Spoken Word is more than just a place to read poetry; it’s where he learned to overcome his fear of public speaking.  “[The Spoken Word Club] is an accepting environment where you can share ideas and express yourself without judgment,” Park said. Co-president Hannah Berman-Schneider (12) and other clu...
rubicon

Rubicon Deli

I had never heard of Rubicon Deli before, but with two other locations in San Diego, it seemed like many others had, which made me eager to taste their food at their location in La Jolla, only a few minutes away from Westfield UTC. After glancing at the menu, I realized I could choose from eight different types of bread and from half-sized and whole-sized sandwiches. I decided to order two half sandwiches and a salad, and the cashier who took my order was polite and helpful. She recommended the Dapper Dipper Half-Sandwich ($9.99), the Rich Boy Half-Sandwich ($8.99) and the Chicken Panzanella Salad ($11.99). I decided t...
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“Black Panther” Commentary

Since its debut in mid-February, “Black Panther” has received media acclaim for  featuring exclusively black culture, primarily black actors and strong black women’s roles, in addition to providing job opportunities for African-Americans in Hollywood. While it is not the first black superhero film ever to grace the big screen, it is arguably the one that has received the most attention — from both the press and the general public, as the highest-grossing film of 2018 and the 9th highest grossing film of all time. One reason is the widespread use of social media that was not as prominent a...
falcon

“Black Panther” Review

The Marvel franchise has no trouble spitting out high-grossing action movies, but “Black Panther” has proved itself truly memorable as both a film and a cultural phenomenon. It begins as a quintessential superhero movie, complete with a voice-over intro that details the history of Black Panther, an expositional flashback, and a fight scene less than 10 minutes into the film. But “Black Panther” brings a complexity that is refreshingly unique, as its characters battle not only each other but themselves as they struggle to create the future they want for the country of Wakanda and the world.  ...
lockwood

Lockwood Table Cafe

I usually spend my weekend mornings sleeping until noon to make up for the sleep I missed during the week, so when I was told I would be reviewing a brunch restaurant, I honestly wasn’t very excited.  After eating at Lockwood Table, however, I was pleasantly surprised. I met up with some friends at the restaurant and I was impressed before even looking at the menu. The quaint restaurant, located on Cedros Avenue, was trendy and relaxing. I sat at the table my friends had been patiently waiting for me at, and the waitress politely poked fun at me for being 20 minutes late (better late than never, right?), whi...