AMBUSH! Arts & Culture
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
― Émile Zola
Movie Review: Alien Covenant
by Rocco Addington '20
The movie also has some beautiful yet horrifying symbolism. As amazing as the symbolism is, it’s still a horror movie, though there are some silly moments the film makers tried to play off as scary. I don’t see the film as scary more than grim. Just to be clear, this movie is not for the faint of heart. Towards the end you’ll start to get the real tone and message of the movie (only when you have gotten past the part where this is supposed to be a horror movie) and you’ll actually start to enjoy the movie… That is if you can ignore the minor plot holes to enjoy all the gore, symbolism, horror and stunning visuals. The main problem in this film lies in the pacing and predictable “horror movie traps.”
Drama Club's Radical Raffle!
by Sage Addington '18
Drama Club is holding a fundraiser that all students and staff are encouraged to participate in. The club is wanting to go on a trip in February so they are going all out with this back to school raffle. The prize basket will include school supplies such as colored pencils, glue sticks, and best of all… A LAPTOP! That’s right, there will be a small laptop in the prize basket for the winner of the raffle. Raffle tickets will go on sale September 7th and last till September 21st. Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased in B-110 from Ms. Edelson.
Restaurant Review: Frybread Pudding at Chei's Grill
by Christina Maldonado '19
I looked upon what was given to me, it was an evenly cut rectangular shape with a delightful cloud of vanilla ice cream on top. The flavors began to create a large combination with tasteful and produce well constructed dessert. The frybread was not greasy, but brought out tasteful flavors with the dried cranberries and cinnamon, but the milk and ice cream gave it an extra moist texture. I would rate this dessert a 4 out of 5 paws; in my opinion, the title was slightly misleading, when I think of pudding, I naturally think of something creamy, but pudding can also be defined as a sweet or savory steamed dish made with flour. I was informed that this dish is steamed, and made out of flour(the fry bread) so it would be considered pudding. Also, I was told that there were chocolate chips in the dessert, so I was expecting a powerful hit of chocolate, but I was still satisfied with the results. If you want to try an unforeseen dessert, I highly recommend that you reach your sufficient dessert needs at Cheii’s Restaurant.
Fry bread Pudding Recipe:
1 tray of fresh eggs
4 cups of milk
2 cups of sugar
1/4th cup of cinnamon
1 cup of chocolate chip
1 cup of dry cranberries
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
5 frybread (½ inch dice)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl to mix and whisk, then pour ingredients into a pan, and steam for 30 minutes. When it is done, place it in the oven for 10 minutes until brown. (The dessert is not cooked individually but as a batch).
The Beats in Band: Interview with Jacob Ashley-Martinez
by Danica Daniels '20
Are there things you’ve wondered about band? Do you ever wonder what type of music they play? Well I sat down to do a virtual interview with one of the section leaders, Jacob Ashley-Martinez.
Currently, the only events band has are the home football games, but they do have contests coming up later on in the season. As for the music, the two main songs that they are focusing on are “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce, “Smells like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, and they also play “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, and “Thrift Shop” by Maclemore. The song that has been the most difficult for the band is the Na Na song, but they continue to work and improve on it. When asked how the band is doing performance wise Jacob stated, ‘’I am very proud to say that we as a band have improved within this school year. From last year to now we have made very good progress with our playing and we have been told of our improvement by the school’s staff.” In Jacob’s opinion the band is okay where it is at and the only thing he would want to change is having the entire band practice together instead of just the drum line.
As for Martinez, his role as a section leader for the drum line is to keep the section in check and practice their music so they can memorize it. He chose the drums because he’s always liked them since he was little. Martinez is proud that he made the decision to be apart of the band for the memories it will give him and says he is happy that he fulfilled his dreams of being a drummer. Although he has a busy future planned for himself, Jacob still hopes to play the drums in the future.
Good luck to Jacob and the rest of the band in the rest of their season!!
Artist Appreciation: Angelena Benally
by Derek Curley '19
Question: What art do you primarily work on?
Benally: I primarily work on cartoons and realistic drawings. I love cartoons as well as realistic drawing because I want to show my creativity in them to others.
Question: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from?
Benally: I as a cartoonist get my inspiration and ideas from movies, games and the things I love. Those things are where I get my inspiration from as well as my imagination.
Question: What is your backstory of becoming an artist?
Benally: It was when knowing that my family are all artistic that I wanted to be the same. Also when I was young I loved to watch cartoons and games it’s what I wanted to draw As for my personal favorite cartoon, it would be Courage the Cowardly Dog which inspired me to draw.
Question: Would you say that your personality is reflected in your work?
Benally: Yes, I do think that my personality does reflect in my work because I have a funny and happy personality. I was shy at expressing my feelings to people until I started drawing and it reflected my personality to people who admired my work.
In my short interview with Benally, I have learned many new things about her. I have learned that she gets her inspiration from many different things. I learned that her favorite show would have to be Courage the Cowardly Dog and that her happy personality shows in her work. One big thing I learned about Benally is that she shows her emotions and puts in a lot of work in her drawings. So for this weeks artist appreciation, I have proudly presented Angelena Benally, a Gallup High School freshman and proud part of the class of 2021.
Equity, Discouragement in Drama
by Sage Addington '18
It’s a common stereotype that drama club is brushed a side, but stereotypes exist for a reason. With the new school year here, there’s been a few noticeable differences around the school. Locks on bathroom doors have been installed and so have hand sanitizer dispensers in each classroom, but that’s not all. Classes such as weight lifting have gotten upgrades and Culinary has been promised new stoves, but what about Drama?
While talking to drama director Nona Edelson, Edelson said, “We’re like the step-children,” implying that athletes are the biological children.
“We’re a group of artists who aren’t valued. We aren’t valued school wide.”
Why such the strong claim? As far as getting new equipment or repairs to the auditorium, it’s basically been a solid “maybe.” In May Edelson was asked if any repairs were needed in the school’s auditorium and she replied that the stage curtain is torn, the sound system is antiquated, and the stage lights need to be worked on. In the final month of the 2016-17 school year, the stage lights were put at risk when a leak developed in the ceiling right beside them.
This year the curtain is still torn, the sound system is still antiquated, and it’s unknown if the leak around the stage lights was ever fixed. Along with having to wait for repairs and updates the the auditorium, Edelson commented that
“We [the drama club] did not have one single administrator come to our play. You should support all programs in the school.”
Besides not being promised any repairs, drama hasn’t seen a single administrator at one of their plays in two years.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we at Ambush! asked the readers if they missed school August 21st due to the solar eclipse and 75% of poll takers said they did, while 25% said they didn't. When asking the reason as to why poll takers missed school on the 21st 50% of Ambush! poll takers said it was for their cultural beliefs, 17% said they wanted to observe traditions, and the remaining 33% just wanted to miss school.