Interview with Magician Jay Alexander

Living a Life of Magic

SPOTLIGHT - November 2013

By Gemma Calandra, C.C. Clark, Adam Epstein, Luca Evans, Dean Griffin, Spencer Hao, Sarah Knopf, Hawke Lenihan, Luke Rudy, Cole Summers, Sari Wisoff and Christine Watridge; from Bacich, Davidson Middle, Del Mar Middle, Kent Middle, Lycee Francais International de San Francisco, Marin Country Day School, Mill Valley Middle, San Domenico, St. Mark and St. Rita Schools

Image of Jay Alexander with a group of FastForward reporters What do you think of when you hear the word magic? Do you dream of knights and dragons, of Camelot and Merlin, of the never ending battle between the two great forces of good and evil, the fairies versus the witches and the prince rushing to save the princess with the help of some magical, all-powerful being? Do you picture the fantastic world of Harry Potter, the great Hogwarts castle, a blood-red Sorcerer’s Stone, which can grant immortality or vanquish a Dark Lord by the fandom-nicknamed “Golden Trio?” Or do you imagine magic in its true sense, a complex simplicity of hidden logic and crafty magicians bending reality with stupefying tricks of light and mind? This last category was the type of magic we experienced today.

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Gavin Newsom - Living in a Fishbowl

FastForward Reporters interview Gavin Newsom about his new book Citizenville

SPOTLIGHT - September 2013

By Kayla Augustine, Avani Bahl, Pierce Freeman, Matt Geffen, Victoria Gioia, John Hassen, Michaela Hebert, Jeremy Ivory-Chambers, Carissa Lee, Morgan Lorenz, Ethan McKeague, Sam Newsome, Olivia Malek, Rachel Metzger, Talia Rizzo, Christa Schmitt, Nicole Schmitt, Ethan Singleton, Lacey Slattery, Arthur Weschler, Mary Winnick, Burke Wynne and Wheeler Young; from The Bay School, Bayview of San Rafael, Branson, Davidson Middle, Marin Academy, Marin Catholic, Marin Horizon, Redwood High, San Domenico, Sir Francis Drake High, Saint Rita, White Hill Middle and Saint Ignatius College Preparatory Schools

Image of Gavin Newsom posed with a group of our FastForward reporters Positioned at the front of a room full of chairs and gazing eyes, he looked fully at ease, oozing a humble sort of confidence built over years of public experience. A cardboard image of his new book “Citizenville” appears in the background, where Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor and former mayor of San Francisco, sits down to discuss his new book and larger political opinions about technology, governing and what it means to be a citizen in this country.

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Erica Linz Interview - Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

An interview with Arielist Erica Linz

December 2012 Feature

By Alexandra Kitze, 8th Grade, Marin Country Day School

Have you ever tried doing flips while simultaneously hanging on to a rope? Oh wait, it forgot one thing. You're 55 feet up in the air with no safety nets and your life depends on your strength entirely. I didn’t think these things were possible until I saw Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away, starring aerialist Erica Linz, and produced by James Cameron, producer of Avatar and Titanic. This movie brought me into another wild dimension full of acrobatics and extraordinary cinematography. It has vibrant colors, beautiful, mind blowing costumes, set design, dancing and every kind of gravity defying acrobatics that you can imagine. If you have seen the live Cirque du Soleil performance, then you’re in for a big treat. If you haven’t, this is your chance to see a combination of seven Cirque du Soleil shows in one captivating ride that takes you underwater, across a desert and into outer space.

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