By Bella Lazarski
3 o’clock on the train and I could hardly contain my excitement. A perfect day, 70’s in Chicago without humidity was a rare blessing. What was unfortunate was not finding our Uber and getting stuck with the Windy City’s most expensive cab, but that’s a whole other story. Oakwood beach was not a disappointment, tattooed with art, huts for palm readings, yoga classes, and silent disco, this was quite possibly my dream. Phone in hand, I was ready to document the cuss out of this festival. It was the start to my summer, and frankly I was just excited to see STRFKR. On the beach stage, sand of course got everywhere in my worn out converse so I did what any typical teenage girl would do and kicked them off. They opened with songs from their new album like “Never Ever” getting people on their feet and moving. Then leading into into more hits like “Open Your Eyes” and “Tape Machine” which with two other popular ones from their 2016 album Being No One. Of course it wouldn’t be a STRFKR event without some of their classics like “While I’m Alive” which I fortunately knew all the words to. The crowd fell in love with the stage presence and STRFKR gave Chicago one of the most entertaining shows i’ve been to in a while.
STRFKR Performance 9/10
It made the movie easier to follow, and also made me feel attached to the characters. Personally, this makes the movie ten times better because it feels as if you’re there and you start to root for the characters and feel connected.
My favorite part about it I have to say is how empowering it is. When watching the movie, at some points I got chills and felt as if I could do anything. Though some are saying Wonder Woman is just an excuse to sexualize women because of her revealing costume and the fact that she’s drop dead gorgeous, I don’t buy it. Sure, both are true, but Wonder Woman was so much more than that. She was ambitious, intelligent, and powerful. And what about Captain America? In his movie they show him in a tight fit suit, and shirtless at several points. This doesn’t mean that the messages of both of these movies weren’t empowering, because they definitely were.
Basically, Wonder Woman is an amazing movie that you have to see. The effects, the soundtrack, everything about it is entertaining and impressive. If you like superhero movies in general, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this one. Also, for people who like more romance/drama type movies, there are parts of it you will love too.
This Sunday, June 4, around 950 students will graduate from Lyons Township High School. Among them will be many folks who were involved in WLTL. Some will leave this school and their homes and venture off to far away places like California and New York, some will trek more closely to Ohio and Wisconsin, and even more still won't travel very far at all as they continue their educations.
Wherever they go and whatever they do I do know this: We at WLTL are better because they were a part of us. And I can only hope that as their guide for these past four years that they are at least a little bit better because of us as well.
Don't be strangers kids...come back and share with us all of your adventures, your successes, your failures and how they've helped you grow along the way. Our door is always open, because once you're a part of WLTL there is no turning back - you're a part of us for life.
Congratulations Class of 2017. You've made us proud. Now go out into the world and make us even prouder.
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