The Boiling Point

Another first for Covid school: Art kits for everyone who’s taking art

SUPPLIES: Sophomore Benjamin Gamson attended art class on Zoom Sept. 22 with materials provided by the Art department. When in-person classes were cancelled in March, art supplies were at school and teachers had to find ways to teach without them.

By Elliot Serure, 10th Grade

September 25, 2020

When school started on Aug. 26,  Shalhevet’s art students grabbed brand-new plastic mesh packages they’d picked up from school, opened their sketchbooks, and set themselves up for art class online.  Zoom screen and blank page in front of them, they would soon touch pen to paper and bring...

In annual spring One-Acts, pandemic reshapes the platform — and some of the plots

ADAPTED: For Yishai Thau's play 'Speak Now,' about a graduation party, a professional videographer created an animated screen using photos of the actors.  From left, Hannah Poltorak, Talya Kukurudz and Neima Fax played graduating seniors.

By Bayley Sandler, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

When the Shalhevet Drama’s spring production was almost in tech week -- its final week of rehearsals before the live show -- COVID-19 came to Los Angeles. The students began to wonder if the show would still go on.  Drama teacher Ms. Emily Chase began looking for ways everyone could still see it th...

Crossover event brings art fans to concert and music fans to student art show

POP-UP: Student art at Shalhevet is displayed on the walls in the circular stairway and on bulletin boards around school for everyday visibility. But the art show displayed the student artwork on racks in room 304.

By Jolie Wineburgh, Arts and Culture Editor 

February 25, 2020

The familiar smell of latkes swirled through the air as guests were welcomed into an evening of collaboration between Shalhevet’s choir and Visual Arts department Dec. 18. The two-in-one event -- a student art show at 4:45 p.m. and the Choirhawks’ “Back from the Bay” Hanukkah concert at 5:45...

LIVE BLOG: The Oscars with Zach Helfand and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

EVENT: The Oscars are hosted this year at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Zach Helfand

February 9, 2020

This page is being updated throughout the Oscars awards ceremony by Opinion Editor Zach Helfand and Editor-in-Chief Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks. Click here to read short reviews of the eight movies nominated in the Best Picture category of this year’s Academy Awards. ...

The Nine: Short reviews of the 2020 Best Picture nominees

TOGETHER: These year's Best Picture nominees are (left to right) Little Women, 1917, Ford v Ferrari, Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Molly Litvak, Zach Helfand, Nicholas Fields, and Jolie Wineburgh

February 9, 2020

Below are short reviews of all nine movies nominated in the Best Picture category of this year’s Academy Awards, by Boiling Point editors. Winners will be announced this Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood at an awards show that will, like last year uncharacteristically have no one...

New play explores trauma’s impact across generations and cultures

DIFFERENT: Three decades after Rebecca arrives in the US, her friends and family from different backgrounds gather to light the menorah on the third night of Hanukkah in ‘Eight Nights,’ at the Antaeus Theater last month.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Editor-in-Chief

January 8, 2020

The Holocaust is arguably the most common subject and setting of Jewish art. Eight Nights, written by Jennifer Maisel and directed by Shalhevet’s own theater teacher Ms. Emily Chase, is firmly a play which deals with the subject of the Holocaust, but is it not merely another piece of Jewish Holocau...

Murder mystery ‘The Real Inspector Hound’ uses satire to show the real value of theater

MYSTERY: The cast of Shalhevet Drama's fall mainstage sought a murderer while making larger points about the dramatic and journalistic arts.  Clockwise from far left, Lehava Segal, Hannah Poltorak, Rebecca Cohen, Zach Rub, Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks, Ariel Urman, Zoe Ritz and Neima Fax.

By Yishai Thau, Staff Writer

January 2, 2020

In a good thriller mystery, you expect to hear gasps at the climax of the story. That one moment of pure surprise is so revered in mystery storytelling that artists try over and over again to recreate it in books, movies, television, plays -- most of the time to no avail. Rarely is a director ever able ...

Jojo Rabbit: Sparks of love in a world of hate

FRIEND: Waititi portrays Jojo’s imaginary version of Adolf Hitler, a father figure to Jojo, whose own father went missing.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Editor-in-Chief

December 15, 2019

After sitting through an opening scene featuring at least 10 “Heil Hitler”’s, few would expect a film that evokes uncontrollable laughter and tears. Yet in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, that is just what an audience member will take part in. One of the more bizarre premises in recent movie ...

NEW LACMA: Designing the shape of the future

NEIGHBORHOOD:   The new LACMA building, as shown above in an architect's illustration, will be built near two other bold projects -- the Petersen Automotive Museum, seen at bottom right with its zig-zag curves, and the future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures with its giant domed sphere, designed by Renzo Piano and set to open next year two blocks north of school.  LACMA will retain its two newest buildings, located just next to the new Academy building. Fairfax Avenue is at the bottom of the picture.

By Jolie Wineburgh and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

November 7, 2019

Just two blocks north and one block east of Shalhevet, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is about to begin a four-year, $650-million process that starts with the demolition of four e buildings and culminates in the opening of a brand-new, single building stretched out on a much larger site....

REVIEW: Making violence funny in Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

REVIEW: Making violence funny in Tarantino’s 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

By Molly Litvak, Community Editor

October 13, 2019

Comic relief is a popular way of alleviating pain or lightening the intensity of violence in films. But generating laughter while displaying gruesome and violent scenes is hard to achieve, especially while aiming to maintain a well-written script. Quentin Tarantino’s newest masterpiece makes this...

Roen is back!

INFLUENCE: Art teacher Roen Salem, back at her desk in the 3rd-floor art room this year, has taught at Shalhevet since it first opened in 1992.

By Sam Rubanowitz, Outside News Editor

September 15, 2019

To the theme song of the Chicago Bulls, Mrs. Roen Salem walked among the Shalhevet staff to the front of the gym Aug. 28, welcomed by clapping and cheering students. It was the first day of the school year, when veteran teachers, new teachers, and other staff march through up the center aisle to loud mus...

‘Shazam’ spins a superhero fantasy into an appreciation of chosen families

WOW: Freddy Freeman, played by Jack Dylan Glazer, is amazed by Billy Batson’s transformation from boy to superhero.

By Yishai Thau, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Kids feel less important than adults. Kids are shorter, not as strong, and not as powerful. If a kid were suddenly given all the size, strength and power of an adult, what would happen?   What if a child had the size and strength of an adult, but not the mind? To take that a step further, what...

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