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Bob Irelan: Bands

Bob Irelan: Bands

November 25, 2014


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Physics teacher Bob Irelan is interviewed about his favorite bands. Irelan is very passionate about listening to his tunes. 1. The Clash “The Clash, having been prompted by their manager Bernie Rhodes to ‘write about what affects you,’ did just that. The world they saw around themselves was...

Jingle Ball makes its return to DC

Jingle Ball makes its return to DC

Katie Vinson, Web Editor

November 25, 2014


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In a few weeks, almost 20,000 people will groove to the beat of Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass.” They will sing along to summer anthem, “Fancy” and sway to the beat of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap.” All of these artists and more will perform at Jingle Ball, an annual mega-concert held...

‘1984’ Review and Reflection

‘1984’ Review and Reflection

Jake Gold, Staff Writer

November 25, 2014


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Overpowered, extremely all-knowing government. Corrupted, militaristic police force. Brainwashing. Overwhelming poverty. Strict social and economic hierarchy. These phrases probably evoked ideas of recent dystopian novels—The Hunger Games, Matched, Divergent; however, the themes have been relevant...

We are never getting back together: Taylor Swift breaks up with Spotify

We are never getting back together: Taylor Swift breaks up with Spotify

Sara Kim, Managing Editor

November 17, 2014


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On Monday, Nov. 3, Spotify removed all of Taylor Swift’s songs upon her request. In an interview with Yahoo Music, she stated that as the music industry is changing, free streaming services, such as Spotify, seem like “a grand experiment,” and she doesn’t agree with “perpetuating the perception...

‘Interstellar’ Review: A Space Odyssey

‘Interstellar’ Review: A Space Odyssey

Josh Wartel, Editor-In-Chief

November 13, 2014


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Since people first gazed up into the night sky, they have attached to the stars—and to the moon and to the universe—a feeling that defies simple understanding: love. After watching the 1969 moon landing, E.B. White famously wrote that “[the moon] still guards the lovers who kiss under no banner...

LBT gears up for Cappies production of ‘1984’

LBT gears up for Cappies production of ‘1984’

Jake Gold, Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


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In the midst of recent government security scandals, Lake Braddock Theatre could not have chosen to present George Orwell’s 1984 at a better time. 1984 presents a dystopian world where the government is completely omniscient and all-powerful, with the majority of the population completely unaware of its ac...

Famous for Another Day

Famous for Another Day

Josh Wartel, Editor-in-Chief

November 8, 2014


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Midway through Birdman, a new, dark comedy directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Sam Thomson (played by Emma Stone) sits on the edge of a roof. As she watches another New York City night pass by, Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) deadpans to her. “I don’t think it’s high enough,” he says. Later, a...

Movies to watch

Movies to watch

Daniel Jarris, Staff Writer

November 7, 2014


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‘The Theory of Everything’ Since he is often referred to as the smartest man alive, Stephen Hawking’s personal life is usually overshadowed by his genius. In this biopic, director James Marsh, who brought us previous films such as Man on Wire, looks to illuminate a part of Hawking’s life that people...

Disney comes to LB

Disney comes to LB

Jake Gold, Staff Writer

November 7, 2014


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On Oct. 18, a horde of young Cinderellas, Belles and Elsas descended upon the Little Theatre to view the LB Chorus’ Children’s Concert. The children’s concert, often dubbed the Disney concert, is a choral arrangement of songs from Disney musicals such as Mulan or Snow White. This year, there was...

Gary Holtzman: Books

Gary Holtzman: Books

November 7, 2014


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History teacher Gary Holtzman is interviewed about his favorite fiction and non-fiction books. Holtzman founded the Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Group at LB. 1. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlan “Starship Troopers is a book set in the future about a young man who becomes a soldier in a society in which any...

Beyond FCPS, area counties try new tech

Bunyamin Sevim, Staff Writer

November 7, 2014


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As it becomes increasingly common for students to do almost all of their homework, and a good portion of their class work, online and on computers, schools across the nation and in Fairfax County are pushing forward new rules and initiatives to upgrade technology. Many schools have signed contracts...

Unplugged moves into 2nd decade

Unplugged moves into 2nd decade

Jake Gold, Staff Writer

November 7, 2014


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On June 10, 1994, 30 performers from three schools came together in the Little Theatre to perform 13 acoustic songs under the direction of theater director R.L. Mirabal. It was dubbed Unplugged. On Oct. 10, 2014—20 years later—LBT’s Unplugged was still going strong. For many student-musicians...