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Amidst Pandemic Fear, Drive-Ins Make An Unexpected Return

Nicolas Valayannopoulos-Akrivou, Arts & Entertainment Editor

June 17, 2020

Drive-in movie theaters are generally associated with the mid-20th century, a time before the invention of cable TV, color television, VCRs, and video rental. But, are these “archaic” movie theaters still a memory of the past, or is their reappearance a reflection of our future, bringing people together while keeping a safe distance? A drive-in theater is a type of...

Never Have I Ever: Highly Watchable, Not That Original

Never Have I Ever: Highly Watchable, Not That Original

June 17, 2020

Never Have I Ever, the new Netflix series released at the tail end of April, tells a predictable, yet funny and entertaining story. The show was create...

COVID-19 Sheds Light On Food Disparity

COVID-19 Sheds Light On Food Disparity

June 17, 2020

The tolls that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on our global infrastructure are myriad, and it is difficult to comprehend the idea that nearly every aspe...

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Rainbow Sprinkles and the Science Behind Sugar

June 16, 2020

Sugar is an extremely important and seemingly simple ingredient used in almost all sweets and pastries. Part of the reason why it’s so easy to use is th...

The Future of Film in a Post COVID-19 World

The Future of Film in a Post COVID-19 World

June 16, 2020

Since their invention, movies have served as a source of relief to viewers, providing a mental break from their lives. During this coronavirus pandemic,...

Michael Jordan Documentary

Michael Jordan Documentary “The Last Dance” Is a Slam Dunk

June 16, 2020

Rating: 4.5/5 Falcons After the 2016 NBA Finals in which LeBron James miraculously willed the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 3-1 comeback against the seemi...

Vanilla Scones (Turned Strawberry Shortcake)

Vanilla Scones (Turned Strawberry Shortcake)

June 16, 2020

This recipe is perfect for when you are in the mood for a simple vanilla scone, and by whipping some extra heavy cream and chopping strawberries, this can be easily dressed up into my favorite summertime dessert: strawberry shortcake. These scones are best served warm, but you can keep them in a tightly sealed container for up to 3 days (they will still be delicious). Note: this recipe is most easily executed using a food processor, but if you do not have access to one, feel free to use a pastry cutter/whisk and follow the recipe as normal, being careful to watch for the designated textures.

The Separation of Streaming Services Leads to Quality Over Quantity

The Separation of Streaming Services Leads to Quality Over Quantity

June 16, 2020

It wasn’t until just the other night that I realized how monolithic streaming has become in all facets of entertainment. As I sat in my chair reflecting on the long gone days of movie theaters, I had the urge to watch the first movie that caught my eye. Starting with Netflix, I spent a good ten minutes scrolling through their selection of films, half of which were cheap ‘originals’, the other half seemingly picked from the Walmart bargain bin. Moving onto Hulu, renowned for their market cornering of great TV,  just not for movies, I was unsurprisingly disappointed with their selection in much the same way. Finally, after scouring the new face in town; HBO Max, I resigned to another evening of watching two guys building pools in the ground. There’s two possible conclusions to be drawn from this daily ritual: that I might be the pickiest customer on these sites, or that despite the numerous services and their individual libraries of content, their business is in quantity over quality, and harbor the bare minimum of tried and tested classics for the purpose of drawing in subscriptions. Seeing as I can be entertained by a pair of mute men with spades beating up the ground, I believe in the latter.

Ten Album Recommendations For Your Quarantine Needs

Ten Album Recommendations For Your Quarantine Needs

May 30, 2020

Leak 04-13(Bait Ones) (2019) - Jai Paul. In the early 2010s, Jai Paul was a rising star on the underground internet music scene, despite having only released a few tracks (namely jasmine and BTSTU) to the public. Fans were desperate for new music, and in 2013, Paul’s computer was hacked, and all of his songs were released online. After the leak, Paul completely disappeared from the public eye for six years, until last year when he officially released the leaked tracks in the form of this album. These often incomplete songs are ear candy, fusing together elements of R&B, electronic music, pop, Bollywood, and UK Grime. The fact that the tracks are unfinished does not take away their potency. The record feels strangely intimate, perhaps because the tracks were stolen from Paul’s computer while he was still crafting them. Fav tracks: Crush (Unfinished), Str8 Outta Mumbai, Zion Wolf Theme (Unfinished), All Night (Unfinished). Konnichiwa (2016) - Skepta Skepta has cemented himself as one of the most prominent British rappers, and Konnichiwa certainly helped him attain this status. On this album, Skepta centers his sound around hard hitting beats, powerful bass, and raw talent. On this album, we see Skepta constantly fighting to prove himself, voicing his need to separate himself from others and get ahead. Skepta comes across as very self assured and egotistical, however, he seems to remain self aware despite this. Both of these qualities make the album a very engaging listen. And not to mention, the skits on this album are actually entertaining and often funny, a rarity for many other albums that attempt to do the same. Fav tracks: Konnichiwa, Crime Riddim, Man EL MAL QUERER (2018) - ROSALIA The songs of EL MAL QUERER are rooted in Spanish Flamenco music from ROSALIA’s home country, but there is much more to this album than Flamenco. The album blends together Flamenco with experimental hip hop, pop, latin and electronic music, while the Arab influences of traditional Spanish music are also apparent. Much of this audacious fusion of genres can be credited to Spanish musician and producer El Guincho, who played an important role in the creative direction of the album. As a classically trained vocalist, ROSALIA’s vocal agility shines through bold songs with a heavy emphasis on call and response. Each song on the album represents a chapter from the 13th century novel, Flamenca, thought to be the first modern novel. Need I say more? Check it out. Fav tracks: PIENSO EN TU MIRA, BAGDAD, DI MI NOMBRE Goon (2015) - Tobias Jesso Jr. Listening to Tobias Jesso Jr.’s debut album Goon was what inspired Adele to enlist him as a writer on her record breaking album 25, where he would collaborate on some of the album’s biggest hits. On Goon, Jesso Jr. pairs his brooding lyrics with 70s style songwriting. The songs on this album are stripped back, with the focus on Jesso Jr.’s writing and his undeniable knack for a classic melody. He recounts past loves and experiences in a way that feels simultaneously nostalgic, melodically fun, and delightful. Fav tracks: Can’t Stop Thinking About You, Without You, Bad Words When the pawn… (1999) - Fiona Apple Fiona Apple’s new album Fetch the Bolt Cutters is now being hailed by many as her best, but her sophomore album, When the pawn… may be the most suitable introduction to her incredible songwriting talent. Apple was heavily influenced by jazz, and while this is by no means a jazz record (the album is also heavily influenced by pop and rock), the melodic freedom and complexity of the genre are evident in this album. With the help of production from musical mastermind Jon Brion, the arrangements feel lively and often graceful. The lyrics on this album pack a serious emotional punch, with lines as volatile as they are poignant, like the scathing “you fondle my trigger then you blame my gun” on the track Limp. Many of the album’s highlights come in the second half, as Apple becomes more vulnerable in her poetry. This body of work clearly explains the intense fascination that surrounded Fiona Apple in the late 90s.

The World’s Best Granola

Willa Frank and Maya Goldstein

May 29, 2020

This granola is my mom’s own recipe. It was originally adapted from Stella Parks’ “Crisp Homemade Granola Recipe,” but the flavor is quite different. Over February break, my family and I were having breakfast in a cafe. My dad had ordered the granola, which was served with yogurt and pear. The granola was unmatched in its scrumptiousness! We asked the man who h...

Red Lentil Dal Recipe

Maya Goldstein, F&C Editor

May 29, 2020

Ingredients 3 cups red lentils 8 cups water 2 large tomatoes 2 tablespoons oil 1 large onion, chopped finely 5 cloves garlic, chopped finely 1 tsp crushed red pepper 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp garam masala 2 tsp cumin 1 ½ tsp ground mustard powder 1 ½ tsp salt 3 bay leaves 2 tsp turmeric Step 1: Cook the lentils Rinse the lentils until the water runs clear (or at least clearer than before) and pour in a large saucepan with the gallon of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Step 2: Blanch the tomatoes While the lentils are cooking, bring a pot of water to boil (large enough for the tomatoes to fit in). Score the peel of the tomatoes with a sharp knife in the shape of an “x.” Place the tomatoes in the boiling water, blanch for one minute. While the tomatoes are boiling, prepare a bowl of ice water. After the minute is up, place the tomatoes in the ice water and let cool. Once they have cooled, chop the tomatoes very finely. Set aside.  Step 3: Season the onions In a large saucepan, heat the oil and add the chopped onions. Cook for about 3 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and stir continuously. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the red pepper, chili powder, garam masala, cumin, and mustard powder and cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the bay leaves and turmeric and stir. 

Food Businesses Navigate Social Distancing Mandates with Support Cambridge Community

Azusa Lippit, Around School Editor

May 28, 2020

With social distancing guidelines in place for Cambridge, businesses selling food have continued to operate, though not without a fair amount of difficulty. Safely procuring food is one of the biggest concerns for Cantabridgians staying in their homes, and it is up to local businesses to take measures to protect their staff and customers. Richard S., a manager at Broadway Market, told the Register Forum, “We’ve had to come up with different options: online ordering, curbside pickup, and senior hours. We have the whole store protected with plexiglass, and everyone is wearing masks and gloves.”  Broadway Market, located next to CRLS, is normally filled by students and teachers throughout the school day, but with no school, that has changed. As far as the location goes, Broadway is incredibly fortunate; conveniently in the flow of traffic as students go to and from school, a significant portion of business comes from CRLS holding classes on campus. Businesses neighboring the school are particularly feeling  the absence of students. “Financially… we’re maintaining, let’s put it that way,” Richard S. continued. “We hope to get back to some semblance of normal, but hopefully [CRLS and Harvard students] will be back in school eventually, lunches will be back, and our revenues will change.”

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