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Foxcatcher: Wrestling with ambitions

Foxcatcher: Wrestling with ambitions

Anthony Vezza, Staff Film Critic

December 22, 2014

Based on the shocking true story, "Foxcatcher" tells the story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), who despite winning a gold medal, feels overshadowed by his older brother (Mark Ruffalo) and takes matters into his own hands to overcome this feeling. In his frustration, Mark frantically...

Outside In to host “Lit Out Loud” coffeehouse event

Outside In to host “Lit Out Loud” coffeehouse event

December 4, 2014

The PV Literary and Arts Magazine, Outside In, is holding its fifth-annual Lit Out Loud coffeehouse event this coming Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. in the PV cafeteria. The cover charge is $5 and includes food and drinks. Proceeds benefits the Lit Mag. Every year, this event showcases student writing,...

Open written/visual art submissions

December 4, 2014

Last month, an opportunity was offered for students to submit their work set in or with themes surrounding Pascack Valley, and Anna Blair’s poem, “I am Here, I am Queer,” was chosen to be displayed. Thank you to everyone who submitted this November. This month, open submissions will be accepted,...

I Am Here and I Am Queer

Anna Blair

December 4, 2014

I am here And I sit slumped in the uncomfortable chairs And I recline in the few comfortable chairs And I fall asleep when the lights go off, regardless of the chair And I am queer.   I am here And I eat lunch in a hallway And I laugh with my friends And I hastily do my ma...

“The Dining Room” set for this weekend

“The Dining Room” set for this weekend

November 18, 2014

PV Theatre will offer up its fall drama, "The Dining Room," this Thursday, Nov 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov 22, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Friday performance has been canceled due to the home football game. Tickets for students are only $5 and can be purchased online or at the door through the PV...

Cover to Cover sets next meeting

Cover to Cover sets next meeting

November 14, 2014

Cover to Cover, the PV Student Book Club, has set its next meeting for Tuesday, Nov. 25 during lunch in Room 209. The book discussion will center around "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein. Bring a lunch, and dessert will be provided. For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”: Unexpected, indeed

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”:  Unexpected, indeed

Anthony Vezza, Staff Film Critic

November 9, 2014

About 25 years ago, Michael Keaton made a name for himself by donning a bat-suit in Tim Burton’s, Batman. He soared high above the skies and was praised by many for portraying the popular superhero. However, fame does have its imperfections, and that’s the ride "Birdman" takes us on. In Birdman ...

Talent show to benefit PV Choir

Talent show to benefit PV Choir

October 26, 2014

PV singers, instrumentalists, actors and dancers will take to the stage this Thursday as PV choir will present its Talent Show in the PV auditorium. All proceeds will benefit PV choirs in their future endeavors, including the award-winning Chamber Choir's upcoming International Competition in Dublin,...

Fury: A realistic and brutal look at the last days of World War II

Fury: A realistic and brutal look at the last days of World War II

Anthony Vezza, Staff Film Critic

October 26, 2014

No war film should ever be taken lightly. There’s always something new to offer in the midst of the carnage and chaos. Classic war films such as "Apocalypse Now" and "Platoon" have shown the psychological impact and the loss of innocence that comes from war. Other films such as "Black Hawk Down" and...

Cafeteria transformed into coffeehouse to benefit PV Choir

Cafeteria transformed into coffeehouse to benefit PV Choir

Molly Henry, Staff Writer

October 20, 2014

Gone were the usual connected table and chair units, replaced with audience seating and actual tables and chairs. The florescent lights were off, the room lit by lamps and electric candles. Under the performers’ microphones was a beautiful rug, and behind them hung a cloth decorated with an ethnic...

Creative Writing Opportunity

Creative Writing Opportunity

C. Leppert, Arts Editor

October 15, 2014

The Smoke Signal is excited to announce the launch of its creative writing initiative. About once per month, we’ll be accepting open submissions for new student art, both visual and literary, to be published on the website. We’ll be working to create a showcase of student talent throughout the year. For...

“Gone Girl” a David Fincher gem

“Gone Girl” a David Fincher gem

Anthony Vezza, Staff Film Critic

October 8, 2014

Directed by David Fincher and based on the book by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl follows Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), as his life is turned upside down from the media circus involving the disappearance of his wife (Rosamund Pike). Eventually, the spotlight is turned on Nick when it’s questioned if he was i...

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