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Homegrown: Aryan Seyedin

Until three years ago, Aryan Seyedin (12) regularly worked with multiple media, from ink to oil paint. Then, Seyedin "just decided to try" spray painting. He has since specialized in the relatively unusual art form. "I chose spray painting because it makes you get into your work more," Seyedin said. "You have to move around to paint well, but with traditional mediums you are just sitting around in front of an easel." Seyedin still works in traditional medias on occasional, as practicing other art forms "helps [him] in [his] spray painting as well." However, Seyedin prefers spray painting because, in addition to being more physical...
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Beats and Roots

Consider this: Eventually, Justin Bieber’s fans will get over him. Boy bands like ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys reached their peaks in the ‘90s and then disappeared. Their hits got old, and their fans — mostly adolescent girls — grew up. The Jonas Brothers followed a similar path, rising and falling quickly. Bieber’s "Baby" came out at the beginning of 2010. After a few more singles and a movie, Bieber is still kicking.That he has managed to stay relevant for two and a half years is an impressing feat in itself. Perhaps he has managed to stay in the spotlight by making splashes in the world of hip-hop. When Bieber featured Busta ...
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Falcon Eats: Spices Thai Café

At first glance, Spices Thai Café might not seem like the most appealing restaurant, but it presents a much more delectable experience then one might assume. Don’t be fooled by its modest, outward appearance, for this eatery is sure to exceed expectations. Patrons are immediately immersed in Thai culture upon entering. The restaurant may not be fancy, but it features plenty of Thai paintings along the walls, and the tables are simply decorated with clean, white tablecloths and sparkling utensils. After overcoming the language barrier that separated my party and the waiter, we finally placed our order. We ordered a sweet-and-sour s...
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The perks of being Logan Lerman

How did you prepare to play Charlie? There was a lot of prep for this role. The key was isolating myself, just with the material and figuring it out. Just getting in the mind of such a sweet, naïve, genuine guy took some preparation. I really connected with the character. A lot of people actually thought the characters and themes were remniscent of John Hughes films.   Did you read the book? Do you feel like the film encaptured the novel well? I read the book, and I feel like the movie was structured very well. Obviously more ground could have been covered, but then it would have been a really freaking long movie. ...
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‘Pitch Perfect’ is slightly off-key

For a movie about breaking out of the mold and trying new things, "Pitch Perfect" is surprisingly unoriginal. Although the movie starts with a plot direction that surprises the audience, that is the first and last creative element in the script. What the audience should expect, instead of a unique storyline, is an abundance of entertaining singing and witty comedy. The film opens with an introduction to the Bellas, an all-girl a cappella group joined by protagonist Beca (Anna Kendrick).Uninterested in anything but remixing music, Beca wants to drop out of college and move to Los Angeles to start a career in music production. Her d...
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‘Won’t Back Down’ carries an empowering message

Just in time for the Chicago teachers’ strike, "Won’t Back Down" features a determined mother and teachers pushing to turn around a failing school. Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyllenhaal) realizes that her dyslexic child Malia (Emily Alyn Lind) is not getting the reading help she needs at Adams Elementary, but she cannot afford to move her daughter to a better school. Jamie discovers the Parent Trigger law, which states that if enough parents and teachers sign a petition, the school’s principal can be fired or the school can be turned into a charter school. Jamie convinces a successful teacher at Adams, Nona Alberts (Viola Davis), to...
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Homegown: TPHS Artist Megan Lenehan breaks out of her family’s engineering mold

Practice makes perfect. That is what Megan Lenehan (11) tells herself when she is on the brink of creating a unique piece of art. "You have to [draw] consistently otherwise [the talent] is just going to go away." Lenehan said. Lenehan said that making art relaxes her and allows her to be creative in her own way. But her parents did not initially approve because they felt art was not a practical field, despite the fact that her mother had wanted to attend art school when she was a young girl in South Korea, . However, Lenehan researched art schools and general information about the field and was able to show her parents that it off...
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Pink- The Truth About Love

After hearing "Truth, the truth/The truth about love is" repeated a total of 13 consecutive times during Pink’s title track on her new album, one might hope a sufficiently insightful epithet would be provided to make the redundancy worthwhile. However, the song ends seconds later, with no truth revealed whatsoever. Thankfully, Pink compensates with songs like the opening track "Are We All We Are?" Despite the intro’s chaotic beats, about halfway through, the anguished lyrics are not only relatable, but oddly empowering. This track is followed by the juvenile, yet catchy "Blow Me One Last Kiss," the quintessential guilty pleasure s...
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Pannikin Coffee and Tea serves as a cozy retreat

On Highway 101 in Leucadia is a big yellow barn, converted into a beautifully rustic yet somewhat modern coffee house. Pannikin Coffee and Tea has been serving coffee, espresso, tea and numerous other delicious breakfast items since 1968. On a typical Saturday morning, the line will extend to the sidewalk, but the coffee house is prepared with large umbrellas to shield waiting customers from the sun. Bikes, dogs, and people fill the lounge, talking amicably in a way that made me think of home. The line is long, but the six cashiers move from behind the counter to help place orders as fast as possible. The staff is friendly and happ...
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The Killers- Battle Born

After a nearly two-year hiatus, The Killers came together in Oct. 2011 to work on their fourth studio album, Battle Born, released Sept. 17. The album seems to be part of the band’s transition toward slower tempos and melodies, hints of which were featured in their previous album, Day & Age. The Killers took their new style too far in Battle Born. Most songs have an aimless, wandering quality antithetical to the purposeful, rhythmic and confident songs that first brought the band to fame. The first three songs on the album, "Flesh and Bone," "Runaways," and "The Way It Was" at least maintain some sense of direction. "Flesh and ...