El Estoque

A different stage: Students and staff participate in community theater

A different stage: Students and staff participate in community theater

Michelle Wong

April 11, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

[su_dropcap style="flat"]A[/su_dropcap]s the lights in the theater dimmed, the room, filled with dozens of MVHS Spanish students and many more members of the community, came to an eager silence. A man stood solo on the stage, paint across his face, and began speaking in Spanish to the crowd,...

In other words: what fanfiction means to authors and readers

In other words: what fanfiction means to authors and readers

Claire Yang

April 11, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]anfiction. The word in itself invokes a quiet sense of unease for some; already fangirls can be heard squealing in the distance, the unpleasant 18+ scenes emerging from the shadows. To many, fanfiction is a disgrace to the realm of creative expression. But to the rest, fanfiction is liberty...

Curtain call

Curtain call

ZaZu Lippert

April 5, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts, Theatre

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he lights fade to nothingness as I take one last look around. My head snaps forward. I shake out my hands. Breathe in, breathe out. I close my eyes, but open them again as anxiety, excitement and anticipation course through my veins. The music begins. I stop going through every d...

Blind Faith

Blind Faith

Andrea Perng

April 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, ENTERTAINMENT

When Donald Trump, former host of reality TV show "The Apprentice," ran for president, talk was rampant about how he had none of the military or political experience that he would need to serve the country effectively. That in itself should have been concerning, and a huge point against him becoming...

Urinetown: The perfect mix of satirical humor and music

Urinetown: The perfect mix of satirical humor and music

Akshara Majjiga

April 1, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Performing Arts

“It’s a privilege to pee.” And with that final note, the chorus of the cast behind her, senior Natalie Standridge — who plays Mrs. Pennywise — ended the song, “Privilege to Pee,” to thunderous applause and laughter. Then, they moved on to the next scene. As the last mainstage produc...

“Isle of Dogs” is pawsitively enjoyable

“Isle of Dogs” is pawsitively enjoyable

Michelle Wong

March 31, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Movies, Reviews

[su_dropcap style="flat" size="4"]D[/su_dropcap]etails, as in most Wes Anderson films, aren't ignored in "Isle of Dogs” — the Oscar-nominated director's whimsical second attempt at a feature-length stop motion film. The film features all elements needed for a great production, highlighting attentive c...

Conflicting dates for the Marquesas’ USA Dance Nationals and junior prom

Conflicting dates for the Marquesas’ USA Dance Nationals and junior prom

Ilena Peng

March 28, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

The Marquesas are preparing to compete at the USA Dance Nationals in Anaheim on March 30 and 31, which marks the end of their competition season. But as the juniors on the dance team get ready for championships, their friends are preparing for another event on March 31 — junior prom. “When I firs...

Innocent or not, it’s all in good fun

Innocent or not, it’s all in good fun

Sara Entezarmahdi

March 25, 2018


Filed under Culture, ENTERTAINMENT

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A look at MV Raas’ past year

A look at MV Raas’ past year

Chetana Ramaiyer

March 25, 2018


Filed under Briefs, ENTERTAINMENT

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ince the summer of 2017, the MV Raas captains have been working to choreograph routines for performances in the upcoming school year. Once the year began, they hit the ground running with workshops and tryouts. On top of that, they wanted to find any MVHS staff members who would ag...

Restaurant Roulette: XLB Kitchen

Restaurant Roulette: XLB Kitchen

Ishani Singh

March 22, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Food, Restaurant Roulette

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]wice a month, El Estoque goes to restaurants around the area and takes a chance by asking the waiter to suggest food for us to try. This week, we continued the alphabetical theme by going to XLB Kitchen in Cupertino. XLB Kitchen is a small Chinese restaurant tucked away off...

A Modified Culture

Sharjeel Rahman

March 9, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

Under the buzzing lamp posts of a deserted Target parking lot, a little before midnight, something unexpected happened. Owners of modified cars — everything from lowered Japanese models to classic American muscle cars — pulled up into the space and lined up their vehicles. Despite th...