The Boiling Point

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 e...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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 goofines...

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 Ange...

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...

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...

2010 was a breakthrough year for Indie bands

Ellie Hess and Bailey Bieda, 10th Grade

March 11, 2011

The year 2010 was a breakthrough year for the genre known as independent rock -- “indie” for short.  An Indie band won Album of the Year, an award usually reserved for big-name artists like U2 and Taylor Swift, backed by big record labels. Several bands have been on the Top 100 lists, a list dominated...

Live blog of the Academy Awards

Live blog of the Academy Awards

Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn, Staff Writer

February 27, 2011

Staff writer Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn is posting live updates from the Oscar ceremonies this evening.  Click here for all the color as only Hannah-Leeba can describe it. Good Night Everybody! Tune in on March 30th 2011 for the Emmys! 8:39 p.m. They had to fly out a choir from Staten Island? Seriousl...

‘Metamorphoses’ tells mythical tales with a twist

‘Metamorphoses’ tells mythical tales with a twist

Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn, Staff Writer

December 31, 2010

The gods and goddesses of Metamorphoses have descended upon Shalhevet.  Running Dec. 16 through Dec. 23, the show was perhaps an unusual choice for a high school production; it has no real story line but is rather a series of sketches taken from Ovid’s epic poem of the same title.  The abstract nature o...

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