The Boiling Point

Lady Gaga: Uplifting the ‘little monsters’ in all of us

Eden Braunstin, 9th Grade

June 4, 2011

Lady Gaga, or Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is the queen of controversy, wacky outfits, and catchy songs.  But she has an underlying message in everything she does: Be yourself, and flaunt it. Many students at Shalhevet oppose Lady Gaga, saying she’s a man, or just a rip-off of Madonna.  But few actually take the time to acquaint themselves with Lady Gaga’s philosophy. ...

Out and about: An inside look at this year’s Renaissance Faire, where modern meets medieval

Eden Braunstein, 9th Grade

June 3, 2011

From 10am until 7pm, the Renaissance Fair is a place of pleasure and happiness. From the moment I walked through the doors of the Santa Fe Dam Recreation area, I felt enjoyably stuck between the present and the past.  It was rather amusing to watch the employees scan tickets with high tech gizmos while dressed in medieval period clothes. They quickly finish, and you then gr...

Girls’ Chorus: New singers, more songs, no boys

Girls’ Chorus: New singers, more songs, no boys

June 3, 2011

Ever since choir president Ariella Benji announced at Town Hall that the energetic singing group was in grave danger of being cancelled unless drastic...

After five years, a new album of passion and intensity

Bailey Bieda and Elie Hess, 10th Grade

June 3, 2011

After years of what seemed like a complete disappearance, The Strokes recently released their most complex and varied album yet, Angles. We generally liked the album and found it worth the five-year wait, but among critics reviews were mixed. For us, this collection is a happy surprise -- we had expected their usual light and young style, with simple vocals, light drums an...

Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball:” Scream-talk-talk…yawn

Jacob Ellenhorn, Arts Editor

June 3, 2011

I finally was able to see Lady Gaga in concert, so okay I wasn’t actually in the first row. Nor was I at the back of the stadium – rather, I was sitting at a safe and comfortable distance of 2,466 miles, on my green couch at home for Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” concert special  on HBO May 7.  Like everything she does, it was a grandiose combination of dramatic flair...

The Beatles: True genius or hype?

Jacob Ellenhorn, Arts Editor

April 20, 2011

I am not a fan of the Beatles or their music.  It’s not like I haven’t tried to like them.  Believe me, I tried, my parents tried, and even my grandfather tried to fashion me into a Beatles fan.  But these same people tried to feed me cholent and herring on a weekly basis, and I never developed a taste for those things either.  From my perspective, I can’t understand...

Liz Taylor: Lackluster acting, but very beautiful

Jacob Ellenhorn, Arts Editor

April 18, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor was not a stellar actress.  Now that my opinion of her acting skills has been offered, I feel sufficiently unburdened to explore the reasons she was legendary.  I am not the only one who feels that Ms. Taylor was an underwhelming actress.  In 1941 the head of Universal Studios decided not to renew her contract with the studio because “. . . she can’t...

Student One-Acts: Wayward wallets, teen angst, and some magic

Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn, Staff Writer

April 18, 2011

Much anticipated, this year’s One-Acts were once again a showcase of quality writing, directing, and acting.  Using the unlikely vehicle of a wallet to marry universal themes such as love and questioning God’s wisdom, the five student-written plays ranged over a variety of teenage issues, from the intrusion of electronic technology to the value of high school love. The...

Despite laughs, Sandler’s genre is becoming obsolete

Zev Hurwitz, Editor-In-Chief

March 14, 2011

After a while, they all start to sound exactly the same and the low expectations heading into the theater are usually met – Adam Sandler’s movies, that is. The latest disappointment of the 44-year-old actor’s career is Just Go with It, a romantic comedy sprinkled with Sandler’s trademark goofiness. When the movie begins, almost immediately we are introduced to the l...

REGGAE: The latest Jewish sound is Rasta

Leona Fallas, Senior Staff Writer

March 11, 2011

When I think of Jewish music, I think of Uncle Moishy, or the niggunim my family sings at the Shabbat table. But there’s a new category that I think makes the cut: reggae music by a bonafide reggae musician who happens to be Jewish. Elan Atais, a Jewish reggae singer born and raised in Los Angeles, blends the spiritual and ethical teachings of Judaism with the reggae a...

AP Art: Designed to make you think

Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn and Zev Hurwitz, Staff Writer and Editor-In-Chief

March 11, 2011

Hanging right outside of the art room, Micha Zana’s latest work is at once complex and frustrating in its simplicity.  A group of kitchen utensils is nailed to a simple plywood canvas, and painted.  The entire composition leaves you wondering what exactly attracted you to the piece. “Figure it out,” said Micha, breezing by it during a free period last week.  “It’s...

Debbie Friedman’s music lives on

Tamar Willis, Staff Writer

March 11, 2011

Though her name might not be familiar, her tunes and songs are. Debbie Friedman, the renowned Jewish American composer, singer and recording artist, passed away Jan. 9, and students began learning who she was. Best known for setting Jewish prayers and teachings to contemporary folk-style music accompanied by guitar, Ms. Friedman’s music is loved by many. Conservative,...