Review: Solange’s new album is like a warm, breezy daydream

By Connor Busby, Pearl Staff A plain foam mattress pad – the concept of a bed reduced to its bare bones. It is just this kind of simple cushion upon which I lay, closing my eyes and listening to Solange’s new album, When I Get Home (WIGH), for the first time. A very fitting location … Continue reading Review: Solange’s new album is like a warm, breezy daydream

Review: “Captain Marvel” charms, but falls short of greatness

By Skyler Wolf, Pearl Reporter Captain Marvel is undeniably placed in an awkward spot within the Marvel movie slot. Off the wave of Avengers: Infinity War— which was insanely popular among critics and audiences alike, earning nearly $665 million in the box office—and released just a month before the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, Brie Larson’s … Continue reading Review: “Captain Marvel” charms, but falls short of greatness

“I had goosebumps”: Review of Sir Andras Schiff’s piano performance at the PAC

By Michael Giles, Guest Reviewer From one of the most classically polished backgrounds, I was able to attend one of the most incredibly performed piano concert at Soka's Performing Arts Center. Sir Andras Schiff is a 65-year-old Hungarian who speaks with a thick accent, and was trained in classical piano in Britain. He has won … Continue reading “I had goosebumps”: Review of Sir Andras Schiff’s piano performance at the PAC

Local woman protests against Aliso Viejo city council partisanship

By Julian Nazar Following the November midterm elections, the Aliso Viejo City Council convened on November 9 for its bi-monthly meeting. At this meeting, similar to others, both local individuals and businesses were recognized for their outstanding service to the community. In this case, Kaylin Maddox, a graduate from St. Mary’s School, was awarded a … Continue reading Local woman protests against Aliso Viejo city council partisanship

Art and Education, an Interview with the New Performing Arts Center Director

By Skyler Wolf  Renee Bodie has recently taken the position of Director of the Performing Arts Center after Soka’s founding PAC director, David Palmer, retired last year. Bodie formerly directed the Levitt Pavilion, where she programmed and produced hundreds of shows, and helped the Pavilion win the “Best Live Music Venue” award multiple years in a row. Bodie hopes to enrich the education of Soka by … Continue reading Art and Education, an Interview with the New Performing Arts Center Director

The Two Sides of Acapulco

By Sergio Morales   Fresh, arid air engulfed me as I exited the noisy bus terminal for the harsh sunlight of my home city. Papagayo Park's flourishing greenery loomed in the distance, drowned out only by voluminous crowds of tourists flanked by an unceasing flow of traffic. Upon entering a taxi, my parents and I zipped down Acapulco’s coastal avenue … Continue reading The Two Sides of Acapulco