El Estoque

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

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 consideration of script, casting, animation and r...

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

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 agree to be an advisor...

Restaurant Roulette: XLB Kitchen

Restaurant Roulette: XLB Kitchen

Ishani Singh

March 22, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Food, Restaurant Roulette

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 of De Anza Blvd. We...

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...

Symphony of senses: how synesthetes experience the world differently

Symphony of senses: how synesthetes experience the world differently

Emily Xia

March 8, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

he sits on the cool wooden bench of the piano, her fingers grazing the smooth keys. She lifts her hands and begins to play. To her family members scattered throughout the house, the chorus of notes creates a flowing melody and lively tune. To her, it is much more. Colors and light fill her vision,...

Write for you: Reviews of various pens and highlighters

Write for you: Reviews of various pens and highlighters

Charlotte Chui

March 8, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine, Reviews

Stored in a container on the corner of a desk, tucked behind an ear or buried at the bottom of a backpack — stationery can spruce up chemistry notes or add a colorful pop to a daily planner. Here are some of the best stationery items, from pens to highlighters, to try out.    Price: $2.50 each o...

New in town

New in town

Jahan Razavi

March 7, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, From the magazine

he show never stops for MVHS drama students; even though they have just finished SNL performances, the department’s newest schedule has propelled them as the spring musical — “Urinetown” — is right around the corner. Despite drama teacher Sarah Capule’s maternity leave, the drama students are...

Testing the customizable makeup trend

Testing the customizable makeup trend

Charlotte Chui

March 4, 2018


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Lifestyle, Reviews

From lipsticks and foundations to shampoos and body scrubs, customizable makeup and skincare items are a trend sweeping across the beauty community. With the ability to tailor different aspects of a product to fit specific preferences, this trend appeals to various audiences. Finding Ferdinand is one co...