First Choir Concert of the Year a Success

On a breezy Sunday afternoon, the voices of Providence Academy’s choir could be heard echoing off the large stone arches in Holy Family Catholic Church.

Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church
On November 3, the Academy Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Middle School Choir had their first concert of the year. The performance, named the Sacred Concert, was held at Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park. The date of the Sacred Concert, an annual concert that the Academy Chorale sings, was changed from the last concert the choir sings in the spring, to the first concert of the year in the fall.
But before the Academy Chorale took the stage, the Middle School Chorus, led by PA choir director Mr. Richard Carrillo,  sang Cantate Domini;  Non Nobis, Domine; and Hava Hallelujah.
The Middle School Choir
The Middle School Choir
This year, the Sacred Concert featured songs from Ancient texts. Highlights include Jauchzet dem Herrn by Felix Mendelssohn, which included a soli section sang by members of the Chamber Choir, a small group of students from the Academy Chorale.
The concert was well attended so that the majority of the Church was full of friends and family, including alumni.
DSC01119Faith Bartsch ’15, a senior member of the choir, commented after the concert on how it went from their perspective, “I thought it went fantastic. It is so fun to sing with my choir; everyone sounds so good. Mr. Carrillo has done so much with us this year, and it has definitely  paid off.”
Mr. Carrillo had a similar experience, saying “I was extremely pleased. I thought they did really well.”
The positive  reception extended past the performers as well. Father Joseph Johnson, a spectator and the parish priest, gave a similar testimony: ” I think it went very beautifully. It was obvious the students liked the music that they sung. And it is great that the sacred music program allows them to be exposed to so many great pieces.”
The Academy Chorale
The Academy Chorale


Austin Duncan: sophomore YouTube sensation

A clip from Austin Duncan's Radioactive parody video.
A clip from Austin Duncan’s video parodying the Imagine Dragon song Radioactive.

Austin Duncan ’16 has been filming and writing scripts for random videos to entertain his family since he was a five-year-old. However, he didn’t start his official YouTube channel, [Austin Swim], until he was 14.

Duncan’s cousin has even joined him in some of the videos, adding to the humor. One of Duncan’s videos, featuring his cousin, has over 8000 views.

Duncan says he has always been interested in creating arts and entertainment multimedia, and he is very serious about the future of his YouTube channel.

He has a part onstage of the school play, The Imaginary Invalid, which he will be performing in on November 8 and 9. He is known throughout the PA Sophomore class for his channel, and everyone talks about his videos and anticipates watching the new ones.
How long does it usually take to make a video?
“For the music video parodies, it usually takes a day to record the music and to film the video and usually another full day of editing afterwards. The longer videos can take up to three days to film and even longer to edit.”
Why do you make videos?
“I really like to make people laugh. If I can make someone’s day a little better by one of my videos, then I’m happy.”
How do you come up with ideas?
“I try to look at pop culture from a comedic point of view, and when I come up with something that makes me laugh, I start writing. If I can write something that makes my friends and I laugh, I start filming.”
Which video was the most fun to make? Why? 
“The most fun video I’ve ever made would have to be “Ties to a Killer: The Worst Action Movie Ever” because I had a hilarious time filming it with my cousin. I’ve realized the more fun I have filming, the better the video.”
Here are a few more of Duncan’s creations:

As weather changes, TV offers much needed distraction

With the shorter days and changing weather, TV shows are just what we need to keep our mind off the cold. Here are just a few great shows that you can find on Netflix, Hulu or other on-demand services.

The Walking Dead, a hit horror drama TV series, is coming back to AMC on October 13. Based off of the comic The Walking Dead, this show is about a zombie outbreak. The main character, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), wakes up from a coma, to find himself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Not knowing where his family is, he embarks to find them and finds himself facing many challenges along the way.  Season four picks up  months later, after a battle with the governor of the town of Woodbury. The group searches for a new camp, after theirs is beginning to be overrun by zombies. However, there is still a threat, as the Governor is still sneaking around.

Another popular TV show, How I Met Your Mother, will be returning to CBS on January 14. This American sitcom will be coming to an end after following the show’s ninth season. The TV comedy describes the story of how Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) tells his children how he met their mother. How I Met Your Mother takes place in Manhattan, following Ted and his group of friends who find interesting ways to have fun. Known for the show’s humor, How I Met Your Mother has been nominated for twenty-four Emmy Awards, winning seven of them. Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the role of Barney Stinson, won an award at The People’s Choice Awards, taking home the award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor.

AMC’s hit TV show Breaking Bad recently came to an end with its final episode, titled “Felina,” which can be anagrammed to spell “finale”, or broken up into the three individual elements: Fe (Iron), Li (Lithium), and Na (Sodium). These three elements stand for “Blood, Meth, Tears.” The show is about Chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston), who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. As a result, he decides to cook crystal meth with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in order to provide his family with a secure financial future. The series lasted five seasons and has won numerous awards from Emmys to Golden Globes.

“Breaking Bad remains a powerful parable of irreparable moral rot, once again finding grim metaphorical resonance in Walt’s recurring cancer,” TV Guide’s Matt Roush said. “No matter how you look at it, things appear to be breaking bad for TV’s most lethal anti-hero. Bad for him, good for us.”

Nick Perinovic contributed to the writing of this story.

Review: Cheap Eats at Mickey’s Dining Car in St. Paul

The view of Mickey's Dining Car from 7th Street.
The view of Mickey’s Dining Car from 7th Street. (Photo by Rachael Onserio)

A St. Paul staple, Mickey’s Dining Car lives up to its ‘greasy spoon’ reputation. Complete with neon lights and hurried servers, Mickey’s is a truly singular experience.

Upon entering, expect to be greeted by sizzling oil, hurried servers, and a fully seated bar rather than a host with pagers. Diners either seat themselves at the alcohol-free bar, or in one of four booths.

The restaurant holds 36 comfortably, an impressive feat considering it appeared to be manned by three people. Mickey’s could, however, benefit from more staffing as the floors were literally squishy (with mud and other unidentifiable substances).

The menu features a plethora of classic American dishes – almost all of which are under $10. Breakfast all day is the hallmark of a Mickey’s regular. “The Classic” is the second most popular dish featuring “Mickey’s Cheeseburger with a few hashbrowns & a little mulligan stew.”

As advertised, the burgers are classic. Juicy and flavorful rather than inventive or unique; good at being what they’re supposed to be – burgers. The hashbrowns appear crispy but further penetration reveals their soft, decidedly un-crispy essence. The mulligan stew appears to be flavored by little more than salt and pepper.

Whatever you choose, rest assured it will be saturated with butter and oil. This makes for pleasantly crispy fries but mini grease puddles from hash browns and burgers.

If you don’t mind the calories or the 30 minute seating limit, then give Mickey’s a ride. Free parking, jukeboxes, and neon lights welcome you to an experience all on its own.