The Orange County and L.A. area is a breeding ground for independent music artists. One group to arise from the babble is Mind Monogram, a spacey alt rock quartet consisting of Edgar A. Ruiz, Christian Caro, Billy Azzurdia, and Bryam M. Mejia.
In 2014, Ruiz started recording a solo project with help from Caro. Quickly, the project became a full band as the other members were added.
With each member, an aspect of their whole style was added as they each brought their own influences. The influences include music from the 50s and 60s to modern indie and hip-hop. They focus on creating moods and atmosphere in their music, and have created a unique “vibe”.
They can be found on Spotify or Youtube, and their most recent song “11:11” is a great example of their entire style. “Chasing Rabbits” and “Insomniac” are also great examples of their chill sound.
When asked for advice on becoming a musician for a career, they responded, “follow your instincts and the rest will follow. Your sound will develop and everything will continue to progress. As for making a career of it, invest time in your craft to reach that goal. Stay creative throughout life and see where that leads you.”
Reporter: John Servin
On November 12, 2019, Disney released their own streaming service in the form of Disney Plus, which included all Disney-owned films and shows, ranging from the past and present day. With the release of Disney Plus, they created their own Original shows, including The Mandalorian.
The Mandolrian is a stand alone show from the Star Wars universe, about a bounty hunter named Mando, who belongs to a race called Mandalorians. He is seen as nothing more than a man that will do anything to make a profit, being considered as one of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy. As the series progresses, we begin to learn more about our protagonist and his character as a whole. We learn that Mando, is an orphan since his parents were killed when he was a child during the Clone Wars, and was taken in by the people of Mandalore. Although the Mandalorians have a reputation for being ruthless warriors, Mando shows his soft side a good amount within the show. As part of the Mandalorian religion, Mando can never take off his helmet that was welded for him. His mask is a metaphor as it is a persona. When he has his mask on, people only see him as a bounty hunter that does anything to make a score. Underneath it all, Mando has his own moral code, and overall is a caring person.
With only a few episodes under its belt, I would consider The Mandalorian the best television series within the Star Wars universe. The show is also rated highly within the Star Wars film installments. I personally put it with the ranks of the original trilogy, which are the best films in Star Wars. The Mandalorian is a very, very well produced show. The visual imagery and animations are incredible, and the cast is spectacular. Pedro Pascal, who plays Mando, is one of the only main recurring characters, and does an excellent job playing his part. Although The Mandolorian is a great show, the plot isn’t specifically explained or connected to the main Star Wars storyline. Overall, I would rate The Mandalorian a 9/10.
The Mandalorian is a highly praised show, and is a must-see for Star Wars fans or anyone who has or is planning to buy membership for Disney Plus.
Reporter: Andrew Camberos
ABC’s show, The Bachelor features returning contestant, 28 year old Peter Weber . Weber first received national attention after placing third on season fifteen of The Bachelorette. During the first promo released on November 25, 2019, ABC also released the air date which will be January 6, 2020. The promo, features a lot of crying and drama -even more than expected. Host, Chris Harrison said, “ This season there is going to be a lot more drama than the other past seasons on The Bachelor.” The ABC promo hints that Hannah Brown, the bachelorette of season fifteen might be back to give it a second chance. If this is the case, this might be the best season, but we’ll have to wait to find out until January 6, 2020 at 8:00 P.M.
Reporter: Amairani Sandoval
The Estancia Drama students will be presenting a show called “It’s A Wonderful Life” from December 5th through December 7th. The students are working very hard, despite the challenges they face while not having their drama teacher present.
Due to their teacher being gone for health reasons, the drama students were left to step up for their upcoming performance. Senior, Leah Thunstrom said, “Trying to figure out how to build a show from the ground up was extremely hard. I never realized how much work was done by Ms. M until she wasn’t here. Although it's super difficult, every person in the troupe has carried some extra weight and has been patient as we try to figure out how to create a show. I definitely learned a lot about Ms. Maranian through this and I’m honored to be doing this for her so she can get better.”
Throughout the process, many of the students gained a further respect for Ms. M and all the work she does. “Without Ms.M there to direct us, it gave me a deeper understanding of what she does and how difficult it can be,” said Megan James. They are also working together no matter their experience. “The heart of this show is really within the troupe, everyone has stepped up to put it together whether it’s their first show or their fifth,” said Senior, Sarah Reich, president of drama.
The students aren’t completely alone. They have the help of Mr. Williams, a social science teacher at Estancia. He helps the students’ guest director. The guest director is Tony Palermo, who adapted “It’s a Wonderful Life” into the radio-on-stage show the students are performing.
The show will open at the Barbara Van Holt Theater at 7 pm on December 5th, 6th, and 7th. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
Reporter: Viviana Arroyo