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Teen Pulse

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 02-03-13

    • Tuesday: Crayon hearts
    • Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Chinese New Year lanterns
    • Friday: Kids choice board games
    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.

  • Andrew and Mousie 02-03-13
  • Be flat out fashionable

    Every day I see teens hurrying to meetings, booking it to class or legging it down the street to catch their buses.
    With so much to do and so little time on our hands, we’ve got to get around fast. Despite that fact, some of us still want to wear our trendy new heels.
    We all know that getting around in a hurry is not going to happen in wedges or stilettos, but fashionistas would argue that to accessorize the majority of their outfits, tennis shoes just won’t do.
    Additionally, some people — even the most devout fashion queens — shy away from high heels.
    After all, this type of shoe is not healthy for your feet, especially if worn often, and finding a truly comfortable heel is, while doable, a daunting and arduous task.
    The shoe that can best keep our feet comfortable and fashionable is the flat.
    Wedged sneakers and heeled boots are strutting down the runway as some of the trendiest footwear for this season and next, but flats aren’t far behind. In fact, they may soon outrun stilettos.
    One of my favorite flats —and one that is massively trendy right — now is the penny loafer flat.

  • ‘Rock of Ages’ turned into the walk of ages

    Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque has become a venue in which some popular touring Broadway musicals come to perform, providing people of New Mexico with some great artistic performances.
    The musicals that visited the Duke City in the past, such as “Les Miserables” and “The Lion King,” were never disappointing. Then a tragedy occurred when the musical, “Rock of Ages” was presented.
    “Rock of Ages” isn’t what one would consider a classic musical. Instead of having original songs like a Broadway performance usually does, the songs in “Rock of Ages” are covers of some famous 80’s rock songs, such as Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” and Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.” The expectations are high because the songs are well known.
    The musical had the potential of being extremely entertaining. The story was a romantic parody, the interactions between couples were exaggerated and all the characters were falling in love with any person they laid eyes on. Being set in 1987 Hollywood, “Rock of Ages” does manage to capture the 1980’s rock and roll era through its sets, costumes, makeup and props.
    The men wore jeans with ripped up band shirts, had long hair, wore makeup and sported many tattoos.

  • Andrew and Mousie 01-27-13
  • Word on the Street 01-27-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Robert Naffziger asked students, “What is your favorite book and why?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 01-27-13

    • Monday: Twister challen
    • Tuesday: Sand art
    • Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Paper crafts
    • Friday: Birthday board
    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.

  • Khalifa puts forth a solid effort with ‘O.N.I.F.C.’

    “Rollin’ down the street, smokin’ indo …” Some may know these lyrics from California rapper Snoop Dogg’s 1993 “Gin and Juice.” Almost 20 years have passed since this song was on regular rotation at radio stations. But while styles and sounds may have changed, some things have not.
    Songs dealing with drug use, violence and partying are alive and well in the younger rap generation. Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, aka Cameron Jibril Thomaz, is one of those artists keeping the party scene alive in his music.
    With the release of his fourth studio album “O.N.I.F.C.” (Only Ni**a In First Class) on Dec. 4, 2012, the 25-year-old rapper proves that rap can be as dominant as it was in the ’90s  and it doesn’t necessarily have to be West Coast rap.
    Debuting at number two on the Billboard 200, and selling 148,000 copies in its first week, “O.N.I.F.C.” was a force to be reckoned with.
    Throughout December, you couldn’t turn the radio on without hearing Khalifa’s “Work Hard, Play Hard.”
    With it’s catchy chorus and Khalifa’s machine-gun type flow, “Work Hard, Play Hard” is an irresistible jam that is likely to get stuck in just about anyone’s head.

  • Program bridges generation gap

    About a dozen students met in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater with a group of senior citizens for Cookies and Conversation recently.
    The monthly event takes place during students’ lunch hour and promotes conversation between the elderly and the young, accompanied by an assortment of cookies and free lunch.
    The atmosphere is ideal for talking about any subject. At the Jan. 14 meeting, topics ranged from New Year’s resolutions to community service and college degrees.
    For part of the get-together, two senior citizens, Don Casperson and Morrie Pongratz, took a trip back in time and shared some of their teenage experiences.
    Despite the age difference, both Casperson and Pongratz talked about subjects that today’s teens can relate to: music and high school.
    Casperson said he participated in many clubs and was part of the yearbook staff.
    He also recalled his love for music. “I was musically inclined. I played the trumpet and I was in band.” His favorite group was the Beatles.
    Pongratz noted that in his teenage years, Elvis Presley was popular. “The Beatles had not hit until I was in college, so it was Elvis Presley. Rock ‘n roll was just getting started,” he said.

  • Andrew and Mousie 01-20-13