21st Century Art

21st Century Art

by Amy Manzinas

  Noah Wardrip-Fruin,Screen (2002-Present)
Noah Wardrip-Fruin,Screen (2002-Present)

               We all know of the artists who left their mark on history, such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Vincent Van Goh. However, today many 21st-century artists just seem to come and go. From impressionism to realism and cubism, we’ve come develop art with technology. Making art expand to different forms such digital and virtual art, animation, video games, computer graphics and etc.

                At the moment we seem to be part of a New Media Art Movement, which incorporates contemporary art practices.  This movement uses visual imagery to express and communicate effectively. An art expansion where it includes more interaction and activity in which creative analysis can take place. These developments affecting our culture, especially the millennials and their perspective. This form rapidly spreading, especially through photography and digital imaging and the internet. With help of the web and mass media, awareness of technology being incorporated with art has risen to become the new trend.

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room (2017-Present)


Inspiring many artists to regularly and freely mix media and forms to best fit their idea and purpose. As time proceeds, we continue to advance in our use of technology. Artists in the 21st century might use established approaches such as installation and performance but introduce new variations. For examples, artists such as Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Yayoi Kusama experiment with new methods and forms with technology to develop their own concept and idea.



by Madeline Gonzalez

1. Pumpkin Patches!

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 6- Oct. 30)
You can enjoy the petting zoos, pony rides, face painting, occasional celebrity sightings, and of course, the pumpkins!

Admission: Ticketed

Address: 10100 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City 90232

Pa’s Pumpkin Patch (Sept. 29- Oct. 31)
This patch offers a variety of pumpkins, a snack bar, pony rides, a petting zoo, games, and rides.

Admission: Free + Options

Address: 6701 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach 90803


 2. Halloween Fest!

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Sept. 29th- Oct 31st, night only)

Admission: $30-$50

Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Universal Halloween Horror Nights (Sept. 10- Nov 4th, 7pm-2am)

Admission: Prices vary on date and online purchase

Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

 Dark Night Harbor (Sep 28- Nov 1st, night only)

Admission: $20-$40

Address: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802


National Days to Remember

by Arlene Vazquez

October 4, National Taco Day:

Go to the nearest vender and satisfy your hunger with some delicious tacos.

October 8, National Fluffernutter Day:

Grab a sweet marshmallow and peanut butter sandwich and picnic out with friends.

October 12, National Gumbo Day:

Warm yourself up with some classic gumbo, a Louisiana style stew.

October 18, National Chocolate Cupcake Day:

Chocolate lovers, you’ll enjoy this day so much it’ll feel like your birthday all over again. Head to a bakery and purchase your cupcake.

October 29, National Cat Day:

Are you a cat person? Enough said, go spend some quality time with your favorite feline friends.

What is Spirit Week?

by Sarah Arjona

Spirit week helps us feel united. Each week has its own theme and each day its own sub-theme to look forward to. When we join together in dressing up for the day, we bond as a school and that’s what Spirit Week is all about. It’s a fun way to express our Rams’ pride!

October’s spirit week will revolve around the theme of (to be decided). It will be from October 2nd to October 6th. Please join us in celebrating our school spirit!

(Spirit week chart will be included when available)

Pogo the Clown

by Diana Ruiz

Clowns are supposed to be comical performers who service in physical comedy acts to make the audience laugh. However, with the new film remake of Stephen King’s IT and the new season of American-Horror Story: Cult, these clowns appear chilling and menacing. These clowns have exaggerated features and they wear makeup that dehumanizes them. It all started with a man named John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer.

Gacy worked at children’s parties, dressing up as a character named Pogo the Clown. He was active from 1972 to 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. Gacy was convicted of killing 33 people in 1980; all of his victims appeared to be young men and teenage boys. He would lure his victims to his Norwood Park ranch house, and ask them if they wanted to smoke or do odd jobs. Once inside, he would rape, torture, and strangle the young men to death. Gacy had buried 26 of his victims in the crawlspace beneath his home. The media dubbed him the “Killer Clown” during his trial because he dressed up as a clown based on his character, Pogo, to kill his victims. Gacy was found guilty on March 12, 1980 and sentenced to death. He was executed on May 10, 1994 by lethal injection.


Extreme Haunted House

by Brianny Martinez

At the McKamey Manor in San Diego, people pay to be kidnapped, bound, masked, held under water, and slapped over a 4-8 hour tour. You must even sign a waiver as proof of your consent prior to entering the manor. This haunted house is nothing like the horror attractions at Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights or Knott’s Scary Farm, here, the actors are allowed to become physical. Truly interactive, the experience has been described as a real-life horror movie because the visitors travel between four locations and the entire experience is filmed. The manor hosts a handful of guests each weekend challenging them to last the 8 hour tour; however, most people quit within the first 20 minutes.

The theme of the haunted house changes every year and it is generally inspired by horror movies such as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Running year-round, the manor has even been described as the “world’s scariest”. You can watch the disturbing videos of people in the manor whimpering and begging for the terrorizing to stop on YouTube. These videos fuel the buzz surrounding the haunted house as there are apparently thousands of people on the waiting list. The half dozen actors of the McKamey Manor, who originally came as guests, decided to become the creators of your nightmare through sheer terror, force feeding you, shouting in your face, shutting you in small boxes and much more.

Most people who choose to experience the horrific manor, say they have sustained minor psychological damage. For example, some people say the manor gave them actual nightmares because they did not decide when to quit soon enough. Quitting at all can be a problem when you are bound, and forced to eat your own vomit. The manor generates fear, anxiety, and even revulsion. Though many people deem the manor sadistic and psychopathic, the owner of the establishment, Russ McKamey, claims it is merely a theatrical performance.

Japanese Urban Legends

by Samantha Perez

Hanako-san, is the Japanese Boogyman. Hanako was a petite, innocent young girl who was killed at a very young age. Seeking revenge, her now corrupted soul lingers and haunts the bathrooms of many schools across Japan. Many people to this day still speculate and debate the cause of her death. Some believe that she was murdered by a close parent or family member while other believe she was killed during an air raid of World War II. Nonetheless, in order to summon Hanako one must be in a bathroom, similar to the Bloody Mary ritual in the western hemisphere. The person is then supposed to head to the third stall and knock exactly three times. A soft, sinister voice will then whisper “I’m here.” If the player decides to enter the bathroom stall, then standing before him/her will be a small girl in a white shirt and red skirt.

The legend of Daruma-san also involves another unearthly being. Her story begins in a Japanese household. One night, a middle-aged woman by the name Daruma decided to shower. In a misfortune of events, she accidentally fell, and gauging out her eye, instantly killing her. Commonly known as the “Bath Game”, there is a ritual in order to summon Daruma-san. The basic steps are to be in a bathtub and wash your hair as you repeat the words “Daruma-san fell down” over and over with your eyes fully shut. It is believed that when the player wakes up in the morning, the game will officially begin with a ghostly figure following the player throughout the day. The game ends when the player yells the safe word releasing the spirit of Daruma-san will be gone. Are you foolish enough to summon Hanako-san or Daruma-san at your next sleep over party?

How Did Jim Morrison Die?

by Sofia Martinez

Jim Morrison was the lead singer of the band The Doors who originated in Los Angeles, California. They attracted the mood of American youth with their songs such as their first ever single “Break on Through”. Morrison died in his bathtub in Paris on July 3, 1971, at the age of 27. The official story is that his girlfriend Pamela found his body in the bathtub of their Paris apartment. A doctor was called and it was said that his cause of death was due to a heart attack caused by drugs and alcohol. Many people were not satisfied with this story especially Sam Bernett a man who claims that there is another story behind Morrison’s death. Sam Bernett managed a night club by the name of Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus and he has reasons to believe that the club was Morrison’s true place of death.

 Jim Morrison (left) and his girlfriend Pamela Courson (right)
Jim Morrison (left) and his girlfriend Pamela Courson (right)

This is Sam Bernett’s version of the story; Bernett states that Morrison was there to “score some heroin for Pamela”. He claims that the night of his death, Morrison came into the club seeming like he was there to meet someone. Two men walked in, suspected of being drug dealers, after Morrison conversed with them for a while he headed for the restroom to sample some of heroin by snorting it up his nose. Later, the body was discovered by Bernett with white foam around his mouth and blood around his nose. Bernett then goes on to say that the dealers wanted to make Morrison’s body disappear, but Bernett called the owner who made the decision to allow the dealers to take Morrison’s body back to his home. So the men rolled him in a blanket, carried him through the back stairs, took his body to the street, and put it into the backseat of the car. Then, two henchmen drove his body back to the apartment. They dumped his body in the bathtub, poured hot water to delay rigor mortis and disguise the time of death. Morrison’s death was, and still is, considered one of the greatest tragedies of rock ‘n’ roll. Could this story truly be the way Jim Morrison or did he truly die in the bath of a heart attack caused by drugs and alcohol?