Arts & Entertainment

Feature art No. 3, 2019-20 — Zentangle Method

By |2019-10-17T10:40:02-07:00October 17th, 2019|Art, Arts & Entertainment, Feature Art|

Line art by Mars Hou The Feather Featured Art series is chosen by art teacher Vickey Belmont from her classes and/or independent art students. Belmont picks the best work during current units and encourages students to participate in these occasional posts. Other students are encouraged to submit art pieces as well. Please contact the editors [...]

Hay Day takes virtual farming to the next level

By |2019-10-07T12:57:29-07:00October 7th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Gaming/Tech, Home Feature 1|

Hay Day starts off by providing a backstory telling the player how they came upon their new farm. The farm only consists of a farmhouse, barn, and silo all requiring a swipe of the player’s finger to fix up. A scarecrow by the name of Mr. Wicker guides the player through the beginning steps and introduces them to new things as they unlock them. 

Feature art No. 2, 2019-20 — Visual art sketchbooks

By |2019-10-17T09:46:17-07:00October 2nd, 2019|Art, Arts & Entertainment, Feature Art|

At the end of each month in our art class, we are required to turn in four visual journal entries to demonstrate our artistic practice throughout the month. As an Art 3 student, I have the choice whether or not to partake in the assignments of the class, so this journal really helps me to express myself without a short deadline. As I began this page of my journal, I thought about the topics I was writing about in my publications class, The Feather. I am currently tackling a project on student voice in world issues and the importance of that voice in public discussion.

Book review: Goodbye, Darkness

By |2019-09-23T13:31:48-07:00September 21st, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Books|

War memoir concludes powerful messages about love, courage and society On December 7, 1941, the United States was attacked by Imperial Japan at Pearl Harbor. Today, America idolizes the Greatest Generation, and rightly so. They grew up in a world scarred by WWI, tempered by the Great Depression, and as teenagers and college [...]

Feature art No. 1, 2019-20 — Art elements

By |2019-10-17T09:52:11-07:00September 10th, 2019|Art, Arts & Entertainment, Feature Art|

At the beginning of the year, art teacher Vickey Belmont asks her students to create a project that lets her know a little about them. Art II students are asked to draw 20 images that they feel describe themselves and their personality. In this first art project, the student are required to assimilate various elements of art and design.

‘Lover’ unveils story of transformation, contrasts previous album

By |2019-09-14T13:49:12-07:00September 5th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top 5|

Ten-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift wins over the hearts of her followers with timeless breakup songs and catchy tunes. In 2017, Swift revealed a new version of music with a darker, more adult-sound. Based on the fall of her reputation in the midst of celebrity feuds, Swift named the album Reputation. As said in an interview at Town Hall for SiriusXM, Swift used her character reinvention to sort and process her persona transformation, transitioning into a place to write Lover, her fresh new album. Lover released Aug. 23 and contains 18 songs, more than she’s ever placed in one album. The album embodies many lighthearted and more pop-themed sounds from her fourth album, Red. “I once believed life would be burning red but it’s golden," Swift said. This line from Daylight, a song from her 2019 album, shows Swift’s outlook on life since the Red era. 

Farm Fresh Bowls provides variety of healthy options

By |2019-10-09T09:12:42-07:00August 29th, 2019|Food, Home Feature 2, Opinions, Reviews|

Originating in Visalia, Central Valley restaurant Farm Fresh Bowls moved to Campus Pointe near Fresno State University, Aug. 2016. Located at the end of the popular college strip, Farm Fresh Bowls offers various healthy breakfast and lunch options. Their menu ranges from açaí bowls to salads and seasonal options.  The restaurant provides a spacious atmosphere but includes very limited seating. Finding a table is easy depending on the time of day and day of the week. Saturdays present more of a challenge to find seating, but weekdays have more available space.  

Indie-alternative band The Eagle and Child releases third studio album

By |2019-08-30T12:28:09-07:00August 27th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Home Feature 1, Music|

When I first heard The Eagle and Child, it was January 2018, at Hume Lake winter camp. I was impressed by the unique twist they placed on old hymns, larger than life stage presence and original songs that provided an anthem for the weekend.  I hadn’t followed the band closely since then, but my friend Alex Rurik was a strong advocate for them. He wore their merchandise constantly and consistently played them in the car. When this album released, several friends had high opinions and encouraged me to do a review. I decided I had to see what the hype was about.

The Battle of Polytopia shows creativity, strategy through simplicity

By |2019-08-14T22:57:40-07:00June 4th, 2019|Gaming/Tech, Home Feature 2, Reviews|

Consisting of strategy, empire building, epic battles, and a touch of humor, “The Battle of Polytopia” exhibits everything I expect from a great game. Created by Midjiwan game developers, Polytopia won the “Excellence in Gameplay” award from the International Mobile Gaming Awards in 2017. When starting a game, players select a tribe, number of tribes they face, and the level of difficulty to play on. Each tribe looks different, and starts with a different tech than the others. Each tech comes from the in-game tech tree. For example, the Bardur tribe starts with the “hunting” tech pre-unlocked, allowing them to convert animals within their territory into population to level up cities.