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Teen Pulse

  • ‘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
  • Word on the Street 01-20-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What is your opinion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 01-20-13

    • Monday: AC closed
    • Tuesday: Lego contest
    • Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Bingo
    • Friday: Indoor games

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.
    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Fashion Maven: What's trending in the fashion world

    The weather is still cold enough that someone would have to pay about $1 billion to make you stop wearing cuddly sweaters, warm pea coats and toasty boots, but believe it or not, spring is heading our way and in the fashion world, it has already arrived.
    Designers recently wrapped up most of their spring runway shows and I’ve combed through some of their looks to bring you the top trends of the coming season before anyone else does.
    What’s my reason for such an early start? During, after and even before the spring runway shows, clothing stores and less prominent designers take the extravagant looks they see marching down the runways and “humanize” them.
    These consumer-friendly products, which are based on — but are less flamboyant than — the exotic creations seen during the fashion shows, are then sent to your favorite stores, all before spring even turns the corner.
    That means that right now, the newest spring trends are already in stores and if you want to get the cream of the crop, shopping for the next season now is much smarter than waiting until the flowers start sprouting in the spring.
    So let’s cut to the chase. Here’s a list of next season’s trends and essential pieces.