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
Sage Addington Is Amazing: Op-Ed
Sage Addington is one talented person that deserves recognition for her many artistic and academic achievements. From her amazing art, to her beautiful poems here are just a few reasons that Sage Addington is one talented person.
My sister is pretty cool yet a total nerd. She’s always doing school. Always. She graduated on the 11th and is still coming to school for art projects. It’s like, get out of here already. Sage was in drama club for three years and acted in/painted/designed 4 sets. For two years my sister was the Arts & Culture Editor and Webmaster for Ambush! News. For the paper she designed two different Ambush! Shirts and printed them. Sage also came out with two editions of her art and literature magazine Ambush! Art; she made them herself. Sage designed one logo for her AP Language & Composition class in 2017 and two versions of the shirt were made. Sage was the Junior Class President and did stuff like organizing prom and the street painting during spirit week. My sister got into the ART 123 Gallery downtown in October for three tiny paintings (2.5 in x 2.5 in). This year Sage had an independent study with Ms. Sweetwyne where she completed two series..es. She made a bunch of sculptures, drawings, and prints. In March my sister got accepted into Cooper Union where Thomas Edison and Eva Hesse went.
Although Sage will be going out of state for school gallup will remember Sage as one of Gallup’s greatest and brightest.
Interpreting “This is America”
You may have seen or heard of a song or watched the video going around on social media platforms like Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. The song “This is America” sends a strong message to anyone watching it. The song is by Childish Gambino, an American rapper. Many people have interpreted the video in their own sense to what it means to them. The video has many details and clues that express problems about gun violence, African American culture, and violent events in the United States.
There are many points that this video is trying to be put out. Gun violence in the United States has been a major problem and is being shown in the video. In today's world, there have been many school shootings, church shootings, public event shootings and many more. This video from Childish Gambino shows many different things wrong in America today. He expresses many things, and includes many details in his video. He also shows juxtaposition between African American people and culture
A first detail is shown in the opening of the video when he, Childish Gambino, is playing Jim Crow. Jim Crow, or Jim Crow Laws, was a name that typically represented repressive laws and customs that restricted African American rights in the United States. A second detail that is noticed is stating that America may love guns more than its African American people. In the video, guns are used twice and in both times the guns are treated carefully while no respect is given or shown to the victims that were shot at. There is a scene that shows people dancing while in the background, there is an uproar of tumult and crime. In the scene, Gambino is represented as America, dancing and distracting people from the violence and real life issues. Another detail that is expressed is a contiguous problem between African American people and their culture that is shown with the dancing and violence. Kathleen Newman-Bremang, a writer and producer says, “To me, this is a commentary on the way White America consumes black art while turning a blind eye to the injustices upheld by the white supremacy”. In the middle of the video, there is also a hooded person riding a white horse which symbolizes the apocalypse. A choir group in the video is shown as being shot with a machine gun which could symbolize the different church shootings. Also, in the video from 2:44 to 3:01, the music and camera motion stop. The silence of the 17 seconds represents the shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School where 17 people were killed. In a line from Gambinos’ song, he says “this is a celly, that’s a tool”. In a scene from the video, there are kids on their cell phones alluding to the use of phones to live stream, record and photograph police shootings and brutality which reveals and documents the truth. The line quote could also remark to a jail cell, which is a tool used to unjustly keep people incarcerated. In the video, Gambino also starts to smoke which could represent the drugs in America. There is also a group of empty and old aged vehicles which alludes to the lack of improvement America. During the last few seconds of the video, Gambino and others are either running away or getting chased. Is he running away from police brutality? Is he running away from shooters? Is he running away from the violence and chaos that is America?
What is your interpretation of the video?
-Derek Curley ‘18
An Announcement Following The Next School Year
Hey Ambush! Readers,
My name is Derek Curley and I am an incoming senior at Gallup High. I have been a part of the Ambush team for about a year. I started working as a reporter and got the position of Associate Editor for the social media section. I am changing sections and becoming Associate Editor for the Arts and Culture section. I will be contributing and doing many things in my new section. You can look forward to things such as weekly interviews and stories on unfamiliar works of art throughout the world.
I hope you'll follow along with me and the Ambush! Team into the next school year.
-Derek Curley ‘18
Arts and Culture
Movie Review: Avengers Infinity War
by Rocco Addington '20
Avengers Infinity War is arguably the best installment in the Marvel’s Avengers franchise. This movie takes place right after the ending of Marvel's movie Thor Ragnarok. Through the movie you will witness the harrowing journey of the now split up Avengers and other superheroes like those in Guardians of the Galaxy and Dr. Strange. Watch as they team up to fight the mad Titan Thanos and prevent him from completing his powerful weapon: the Infinity Gauntlet.
Avengers Infinity War was not a let down by any means necessary. The movie delivers a fun yet serious movie that is sure to keep long time fans and newcomers jumping in their seats and wanting more after the credits roll. This movie was definitely a well deserved breath of fresh air for the somewhat repetitive superhero movie genre. If you haven’t watched any of Marvels previous movies I'm sorry to say that you'll be somewhat lost; there is a ton of characters ranging across all of Marvels 19 movies. That is not to say that you won't enjoy yourself, and as long as you're not totally oblivious to context clues you should have no problem finding out just what is going on
If you're like me, you would have been worried that the movie would be too funny and differ from the serious source material. Unlike Thor Ragnarok the humor was well integrated into the story; no joke feels out of place or fell flat. The movie knows the perfect time to be serious and the perfect time when not to. Throughout the movie I went from hysterical laughing, to being shocked, to straight sad. Avengers Infinity war is packed with comic book references and easter eggs. Being a comic fan, I really appreciate all the nods to comics from Bruce Banner crashing into Dr. Strange's sanctum sanctorum, to Iron Man's new Armor. I'm sure every comic fan will be searching to find every little clue they can get for the next Avengers movie.
Avengers Infinity War overall was a rollercoaster of emotion. The movie will have you laughing hysterically, then crying uncontrollably. This movie was so shocking it took me a week after I saw the movie to get ready to write this review. Avengers will have comic book fans jumping out of their seats when they see an iconic moment adapted to the big screen. Infinity War was a new light in an otherwise stale genre of movies. Personally after watching this movie I'm so excited for the future of the MCU and I definitely cannot wait for the next Avengers movie to come out.
Op-Ed: A Reflection of Set Design in Drama Club
by Sage Addington '18
Breaking News! (2017)
I did not design the sets for Breaking News! (2017), however, much like Steel Magnolias, Bengal Drama had little to no budget. On less than $100 the set designers---being former club director Ms. Edelson and the cast of the play---had to get very creative. The stage crew really pulled the show together using cardboard and acrylic paint as removable sets. The production Breaking News! was a sort of a fundraiser for the club. The set included a black background wall with metal rectangles as televisions where the news team would speak, and a white wall with a red Channel 8 logo. Despite the odds, Drama Club sincerely tried with the few supplies and managed to make a not-so-shabby set.
Many new faces have just joined the drama club and unfortunately I don’t have the last names or remember every backstage member that has helped through the years, but I would like to thank members of my class that have held consistent stage crew positions. Edin Lewis (‘18) and Nicole Pablo (‘18) have worked lights and sound for every show. Every show Brandon Stubbs (‘18) puts up the stage wall, customizes the lights, strikes sets, and works lights and sound. The stage wall can be painted, but without the rest of the backstage crew, the wall couldn’t be raised or seen in the dark.
Gallup Gay Straight Alliance
by Sage Addington '18
On April 11, 2018, the Gallup Gay Straight Alliance had their first unofficial meeting in the library. A group of nine met including math teacher Ms. Merrill. Ms. Merrill explained she has always wanted to start a GSA at Gallup High because schools such as Miyamura High and John F. Kennedy Middle School have some sort of Gay Straight Alliance. The math teacher was excited to see so many kids interested in joining the club, however the students face a problem… Ms. Merrill is not allowed to sponsor the club.
Legally, Ms. Merrill sponsors too many activities. For example, Ms. Merrill is in charge of both Mesa, Tennis, and the junior class. Because of this predicament, the Gallup Gay Straight Alliance cannot become official until there is an official club sponsor. Despite that being an issue, the group of kids still meet in the school’s library and have designed a couple of logos to make club shirts.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Readers if they believe AIs are on Instagram and 25% responded with yes, 25% said they were scared, and 50% said no.