Arts & Culture

from the high school critics

May 8, 2020

Plate of orange sesame chicken from Golden Sun in Athens, GA. Photo by Tracy A. from Tripadvisor.

When picking a restaurant for my food review, I wondered what type of restaurant would be appealing to a student during quarantine. Burgers, tacos, and pasta all went through my head when thinking of possible dishes, yet none of them seemed especially appealing to an audience. Then it hit me: what if I did a restaurant that Athens...

April 9, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Athens Academy extracurricular activities, including sports and fine arts, were suspended or canceled beginning on March 13.

On March 12, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) director Robin Hynes advised all high schools to suspend spring sports activities until at least March 30. Athens Academy responded by suspending its spring sports activities the next day.

“The GHSA and Athens Acad...

February 22, 2020

At left: advertisement for Merlin by the BBC. 

A creative spin on the traditional Arthurian Legend, David Moore’s television series Merlin walks through the life of the famous sorcerer Merlin as a teenager, not the old and wise man he is often depicted as. Starring Colin Morgan, Eoin Macken, Bradley James, Angel Coulby, and Katie McGarth, Merlin aired on the BBC from 2008-2012 and is now available on Netflix and as well as Amaz...

November 8, 2019

It’s officially November! As we leave behind what is affectionately known as “spook season,” here are some handy (or should I say, “candy”) tips for next year’s Halloween. Athens Academy high school and middle school students were asked about their favorite neighborhoods to trick-or-treat in, and here are the top results!

1. The General Five Points Area

Friendly, walkable, and full of neighbors ready to give out candy! Winning b...

October 11, 2019

SPI host student with Costa Rican family (summer language immersion opportunity #2). Photo by Gabby Mattes.

Are you interested in improving your French or Spanish? Or learning a new language entirely? If so, you should consider participating in a language immersion program over the summer. Here are a variety of ways to improve your language comprehension through cultural and conversational immersion:

1. Concordia Language Villag...

February 4, 2019

The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013.

The Obliteration Room, 2002-present, in Queensland.

All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpins, 2016.

     I’m sure by now you have seen photos on social media of a dark room of twinkling lights, or perhaps a polka dotted living room, or maybe even a room full of red and white speckled mushrooms. If you still want to see what the hype is all about, the Infinity Mirror exhibit in Atlan...

December 6, 2018

Top: British rock band Queen, circa 1975. Clockwise from front, singer Freddie Mercury, drummer Roger Taylor, bassist John Deacon, and guitarist Brian May. Photo from

Bottom: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Photo from

Having seen this movie twice since its release on November 2, I will be singing Killer Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody for a while and endlessly searching for original albums on vinyl for m...

May 15, 2018

I’ve gotten into breadmaking this spring―it’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday, my kitchen smells amazing, and I have breakfast for the next week. With summer just around the corner, I thought I’d share a classic baguette recipe that you may enjoy trying if you find yourself with extra free time and nothing to do. Though I got the original recipe from King Arthur Flour, I’ve changed up the ingredient measurements a bit and added...

May 15, 2018

Stranger Things, the paranormal thriller produced by Netflix back in 2016, is currently being examined as an act of plagiarism. The hit show, taking place during the 1980’s, tells the story of a young boy, Will Byers, who mysteriously vanishes in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. His four friends are challenged with locating their missing friend and bringing him home from the mysterious location he vanished to, and they enco...

February 26, 2018

Bruno Mars, the Michael Jackson inspired pop artist of the twenty-first, had yet again another victory at the Grammy Awards this year. Mars won Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best R&B Songs, Best R&B Album, and Best R&B Performance. In other words, all 6 of the Grammys he was nominated for.

He also attended the awards ceremony to represent immigration, race, and the #MeToo movement. In total, M...

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