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‘Little Women’: a fresh literary adaption

‘Little Women’ was released to theaters on Dec. 25, so far grossing $60 million at the box office with a 95 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

January 16, 2020

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief Countless Little Women adaptions have made the big screen throughout the twentieth century. However, Greta Gerwig’s latest adaption brings an entirely new dimension to Lousia May Alcott’s famed novel, all the while adding a layer of modernity that makes such a timeles...

Sunflower Bean Debuts Shoegaze Album “Twentytwo in Blue”

Ellie Burr, Opinions Editor

April 30, 2018

Alt-rock sensations Sunflower Bean debuted their second full-length album on March 23. "Twentytwo in Blue" is a mellow yet melodic coming-of-age album for the rock trio. Having not released any new material since 2016, the band’s eagerness and musical energy are boundless in the creation and rele...

Riveting Review on Bellecour in Wayzata, MN

Bellecour is a new French restaurant in the space where Blue Point oyster bar used to be in downtown Wayzata.

Frankie Vochko, Features Editor

April 4, 2017

Tucked in the hustle and bustle of downtown Wayzata now lies a French inspired bistro and bakery, Bellecour. The restaurant is owned by James Beard Award winning chef Gavin Kaysen, who is also the mastermind behind popular Minneapolis restaurant Spoon and Stable. Kaysen was a contestant on The Next Ir...

Crisp and Green: Health Machine

The outside of the modernized healthy restaurant Crisp and Green on Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata.

Frankie Vochko, Features Editor

January 13, 2017

Opened recently, Crisp and Green is a healthy, counter service restaurant located at 755 E. Lake Street in downtown Wayzata. The restaurant offers a variety of salads, smoothies and soups, they even have a “build your own salad” option if you want to personalize your meal. Crisp and Green is...

“Post-it Plus” App Takes Post-it Notes to a Whole New Level

Nikki George, Visuals Editor

October 15, 2014

The "Post-it Plus" app for the iPhone takes physical Post-it notes to a whole new level of organization and accessibility.

Oscar roundup: what are they all about?

Madison Mills, A&E Editor

April 24, 2014

The 2014 Academy Awards occurred last month on Sunday, March 2 and the following is a short synopsis and review of each film that was nominated for the Best Picture Award. 12 Years A Slave Following the true tale of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man who was stolen from Washington...

Got talent? Orono does

The audience was able to vote on their favorite acts by texting in to the numbers found on the Orono's Got Talent program.

Makena Yunker, A&E Editor

March 21, 2014

On Fri. Mar. 14, Orono High School (OHS) hosted it’s annual “Orono’s Got Talent” competition. Taking place in the auditorium, the event allowed high school students competed for prizes. At the end of all of the acts, the audience voted and the top three acts were awarded. Starting off the ni...

Hell’s Kitchen: The cuisine is heavenly

January 30, 2013

The name definitely doesn't relate to the cooking, because the cuisine at Hell’s Kitchen is far from hell. When walking into Hell’s Kitchen, an individual will definitely get the feeling of the picture it is trying to paint. With blood red walls and pictures that make a person look away from...

“Venom” intrigues readers

November 27, 2012

Venom by Fiona Paul is eerie. A murder mystery set in magical Venice, Italy around the Renaissance era, Venom ties death, beauty and love into one potent concoction. From page one, I was under its spell, and the novel turned out to be one of my favorite books I have read so far this year. I have always...

Mill Valley Kitchen: new look on fresh food

Mill Valley Kitchen: new look on fresh food

November 27, 2012

Does northern-California inspired organic food sound good? Then there is no better place to find it but the Mill Valley Kitchen in Minneapolis. The restaurant is located right on the outskirts of Minneapolis at 3906 Excelsior Blvd. All of the food at the Mill Valley Kitchen is fresh and local, making it quite tasty. For every foo...

Taylor Swift’s new album colors the world “Red”

What’s heartbroken, relatable and red all over? Taylor Swift’s new album. 

Relationships with Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, and most recently Conor Kennedy have influenced her album. Taylor Swift is known for writing songs about ex-boyfriends. The twenty-two year old country singer has four albums under her cowgirl boots, but does her newest album, Red, live up to its expectations? Or, did Swift finally reach the end of her heartbreak writing days?
The first single released off of Red was “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” The song, being the perfect post-breakup anthem, skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it was released. 

Swift set the tone for her new album by releasing this track which incorporates a harmony of easy going guitar rifts and a sweet, pop beat. This slight change in style is present throughout the album as Swift continues to grow as an artist. Rumor has it that this song is inspired by actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Whether it is actually based off of him or not, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is relatable to anyone going through a break up. 

“I Knew You Were Trouble” describes the guy who is bad from the start. Swift wrote the lyrics, “I knew you were trouble when you walked in / So shame on me now / Flew me to places I’d never been / Now I’m lying on the cold hard ground,” to make up the strong chorus of the song. Bass and techno beats are embedded into “I Knew You Were Trouble”, setting the tone for that bad boy on any girl’s mind. 

The title song, “Red” is all about a guy that whirled a girl around an emotional roller coaster. “Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street / Faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ended so suddenly.  This line stands out, emphasizing a love that burns quickly before halting at a screeching stop; a love so innocent and powerful that just disappears. 

The verses, paired with a catchy tune, make for one of the strongest songs on the album. This song is definitely relatable to teen girls because it perfectly describes the guy who is difficult to get over.

Swift knows how to write a good love song, but she also know how to change it up. The song entitled, “22”, on her new album follows “Fifteen” from her second album, Fearless. “22” is a going out anthem about living life to the fullest, even though teens are young and will make mistakes. It’s about forgetting what happened during the day and just letting it all out. 

At the age of twenty-two, Swift describes exactly what her outlook on life is right now. “We’re happy free confused and lonely at the same time / It’s miserable and magical.” Songs like this balance out all of the breakup songs on her album.

Red is the continuation of Swift maturing as an artist. She begins to turly define herself in this album. Swift is headlining her own tour in 2013 and takes the stage in Minneapolis on Sept. 7 and 8. 

Even if the guys she writes about remain a mystery, one is solved: Red is the album to listen to.

November 27, 2012

What’s heartbroken, relatable and red all over? Taylor Swift’s new album. What’s heartbroken, relatable and red all over? Taylor Swift’s new album. Relationships with Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, and most recently Conor Kennedy have influenced her album. Taylor Swift is kno...

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