‘Brandy Hellville’ exposes true colors of teenage fashion brand

Brandy Melville — or according to the recent documentary, “Brandy Hellville” — is a popular clothing brand that has dominated teenage girls’ wardrobes since they opened their first U.S.

Our Monologues cast members finish the performance together.

Our Monologues perform student stories

The captivating 2024 production of Our Monologues featured 24 different performances. Throughout the student-run show’s two-and-a-half-hour run time, it blended a combination of spoken word, music, and dance to explore a wide array of themes including gender, identity, race, friendship, and growing up.

Zendaya, Mike Faist, and Josh O

Zendaya volleys between two best friends in smash-hit tennis drama: ‘Challengers’

“Challengers,” from Italian director Luca Guadagnino, is a drama-filled film that will have the audience wanting to pick up a tennis racket. The movie received mixed reviews, some hailing it as one of the best sports dramas of the decade, while others were left disappointed with the plot and directorial choices.

Taylor Swift new album shatters records with mixed reception

“The Tortured Poets Department” was released on midnight of Friday, April 19, 2024 Eastern Time by the seemingly omnipresent Taylor Swift. The original album contains 16 songs, while “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology” contains 31, adding an entire 15 songs, and bringing the runtime to two hours and two minutes.

Cultural adaptation in ‘The Sympathzier’ 

“The Sympathizer” is a new HBO series from Korean director Park Chan-Wook and Toronto director Don McKellar, based on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel of the same name.

Calder Corson speaks into the microphone on stage at the first annual Spelling Bee.

Leadership hosts Spelling Bee

Berkeley High School’s first annual Spelling Bee took place on Friday, April 12, 2024 in the Community Theater. It was hosted by the sophomore class leadership team, and offered a $100 cash prize to the victor.

Dev Patel’s debut film ‘Monkey Man’ has more than just action

Monkey Man’s existence defies all odds. Directed by, written by, and starring Dev Patel.Monkey Man is his directorial debut. The film was almost canceled several times due to everything from COVID-19 shutdowns, to budget concerns, to concerns about its political messaging.

SLAM Spoken Word Club hosts long-awaited poetry showcase

On Friday, April 12,  2024, the Berkeley High School Student Led Arts Movement  Spoken Word Club gathered for their first-ever Slam Poetry Showcase in the school library.

Period dramas offer audience escape from present-day woes

“Downton Abbey.” “Bridgerton.” “Peaky Blinders.” “Outlander.” “Reign.” Jane Austen adaptations such as “Pride and Prejudice,” “Sense and Sensibility” … the list goes on.

Student-made fashion hits the runway at BHS fashion show

Bursts of color, imagination, and applause filled the Ciel Creative Space in West Berkeley last Friday night as more than 50 models walked the runway at Berkeley High School’s Sustainable Fashion Show.

Marisol Marcucci holds up a necklace she made.

Female artists at BHS who do commissions

Many artists at Berkeley High School have found a way to turn their art into a commission-based form of income. Prints, jewelry, crochet, and digital art are all mediums in which students offer their services.

"Dune" sequel may be better than the first

Since the first novel’s publication in 1965, “Dune” has become legendary, seminal sci-fi. Renowned for its intricate and outlandish worldbuilding, the book is so dense with rich conceptual work that it was originally published serially as eight separate volumes, before being re-edited into the final product.  2021’s “Dune Part One” covers about half of Frank

Person showing their Nintendo switch and 3ds

Lack of equality in video games

The gaming industry has been around in some form since the end of the 1970s and has evolved greatly over the last 50 years or so. One of the biggest changes has been in gender participation.  The gaming industry has seen a rise in female gamers, reaching about 45 percent of gamers in the U.S.

Three people light up by a spotlight.

The need for gender-inclusive award categories in Hollywood

Since the first Academy Awards in 1929, the categories for leading or supporting actors have been separated by gender. In a typical year, men vie for the award of best actor, while a woman gets best actress.

The oscars award

2024 Academy Awards: Unexpected entrances and emotions

This year’s Oscars, held on Sunday, March 10, offered a refreshing dose of light-heartedness, humor, and genuine appreciation. Hosting the night’s event was Jimmy Kimmel, who balanced humor with a touch of snarkiness, complemented by heartfelt moments and witty banter.

Several cassette tapes and CDs rest on a table.

Viewers no longer own the movies they buy

Let’s say you want to purchase a movie in the early 2000s; you head to a Blockbuster store, buy a DVD, and proceed to head home. For the rest of your life, that DVD is your very own property.

BHS drama and stagecraft collaborate on dynamic production of

BHS drama and stagecraft collaborate on dynamic production of 'Urinetown'

The Berkeley High School Florence Schwimley Little Theater was filled with color, song, dance, and applause as the cast of Urinetown performed their second of five shows on Saturday, Feb.

Exhibition attendees admire AHA students’ work.

AHA Art Exhibition shows variety of styles 

Berkeley High School’s Arts and Humanities Academy’s Art Exhibition on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 showcased the AHA student body’s adeptness and dedication toward their craft.