The Boiling Point

Drama Review: Confined to mere stage, a classic novel comes alive

Jacob Ellenhorn, Arts & Entertainment Editor

December 23, 2011

Pride and Prejudice, the latest Shalhevet production, is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel and a very ambitious undertaking for the drama department. The book itself is fairly lengthy and full of distinct characters arranged to highlight the mores of English landed gentry.  Plot and subplots are carefully revealed on every page. The play however, must confine...

Shalhevet Drama finds an unexpected mirror In ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Leila Miller, Editor-in-Chief

December 23, 2011

This story is a National Winner in the Features Story category of Quill and Scroll’s 2012 International Writing and Photo Contest, judged by the American Society of News Editors. Innuendos, fluttering eyelashes and sweetly spoken backhanded insults are familiar to all teenagers, even on a stage with actors dressed in 19th-century gowns and feathered bonnets. Shalhevet Drama’...

Muppets movie is latest chapter in a madcap love affair

Jacob Ellenhorn, Arts & Entertainment Editor

December 22, 2011

I am not such a curmudgeon that I would automatically reject what the Muppet movie offers: joy and laughter.  To deny that The Muppets is downright adorable would be like saying puppies and kittens are not cute.  While I was born critical, I love puppies and kittens, which means I also loved The Muppets. Basically, it takes a simple plot -- the Muppets must put on a show...

At LACMA, homage to a familiar aesthetic

Jacob Ellenhorn, Arts & Entertainment Editor

December 22, 2011

The great American tradition of consumerism known as Black Friday does not have to involve shopping. Instead, I took in the newest exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, titled Living in a Modern Way: California Design 1930 -1965.  It is a celebration of the great American mid-century economic boom, which manifested itself in fresh and modern approaches to home and...

Alumnus brings a capella expertise to choir

David Fletcher, Staff Writer, and Rachel Lester, Managing Editor

December 22, 2011

Eighteen people stood in a circle, singing their hearts out and listening to their different voices mesh into one. Forgetting everything from world suffering to the homework they had due, the stress of the day lifted as their combined sound grew louder, one voice compacted from the several Shalhevet HIgh School students who have a burning passion for singing. That was the...

Student creativity to highlight choir concert

Alexa Fishman, Staff Writer

December 21, 2011

On Dec. 21, the second night of Chanukah, the Shalhevet choir and band will be performing together at the Ninth Annual Chanukah Concert, which will be held in the Beit Midrash at 5 p.m. This will be the debut of the new band, as well as the first Choir concert of the year. For the band, organized and led by junior Kalil Eden, it will be the inaugural performance....

All in the family as Jewish reggae comes to L.A.

Leona Fallas, Senior Staff Writer

October 31, 2011

Matisyahu’s fans are usually combat-boot clad, Afro-sporting, tattoed rockers, and in fact, quite a few of them turned up to hear him perform in Los Angeles Sept. 18 at the Saban Theater. But the rest of the 1,400 ticketholders that night were proud members of the Orthodox Jewish bubble centered in Beverlywood: parents with toddlers, teens, rabbis and teachers from every...

New music group forms — just don’t call it a band

Leona Fallas, Senior Staff Writer

October 31, 2011

What do you get when you cross a toy piano, acoustic and electric guitars, a ukulele, a harmonica, and tambourines with some very creative teenagers? It’s a trick question: they don’t know what to call it either.  Just don’t call it a band. “I’m not in love with the word ‘band,’” said junior Kalil Eden, the founder and organizer of the group. “It evokes...

Fall TV Preview: Can stewardesses and bunnies replace real housewives and bromance?

By Jacob Ellenhorn, Arts Editor

October 3, 2011

Now that Entourage (HBO’s series about bromance and the entertainment biz) is over, you might find yourself wondering what to watch instead.  You have no idea how many weeks this writer has spent wondering the same thing.  The fall season lineup has been announced and there are three options that sound especially promising. This fall I’ll be watching two dramas with ret...

In death, new respect for Amy Winehouse

Eden Braunstein, Staff Writer

August 29, 2011

If you’re like me, before this summer you probably didn’t know much about Amy Winehouse, and you knew even less about her music. The only song of hers you knew was “Rehab,” in which she stubbornly rejects going into rehabilitation for her alcohol and drug addictions. Winehouse, who died in July at the age of 27, was raised in a Jewish home in London, and if you watched...

In death, new respect for Amy Winehouse

Eden Braunstein, Staff Writer

August 22, 2011

If you're like me, before this summer you probably didn't know much about Amy Winehouse, and you knew even less about her music. The only song of hers you knew was "Rehab," in which she stubbornly rejects going into rehabilitation for her alcohol and drug addictions. Winehouse, who died in July at the age of 27, was raised in a Jewish home in London, and if you watched the...

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. ...