The Urban Legend

Posters, traditional Chinese dancing, and a political prisoner: investigating Shen Yun’s religious connections

Line art from the 2018-2019 Yeti. Illustration by Kian Nassre, Web Editor

Zoe Lusk, Caboose editor

May 10, 2019

You’ve seen the ads. For most San Franciscans, the words “Shen Yun” summon images of the inescapable pastel posters. This year’s advertisements, which feature a serene woman leaping with arms outstretched set against a glaring lavender background, seem to be on every bus, train, telephone pol...

From Auto Showrooms to Movie Theaters: The History of Van Ness Avenue

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Phoebe Grandi, Visuals Editor

May 7, 2019

On February 17, 2019, the AMC Van Ness Theater on Van Ness Avenue and O’Farrell Street closed for good. Every time I drove past the movie theater for the next two weeks, I was immediately filled with nostalgia. I remembered the stale smell of the walls as I waited to get my tickets to see “Wall-E...

Inside teacher offices

Inside teacher offices

Lena Bianchi, Design Editor

January 11, 2019

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a teacher’s office looks like? Do their offices match their personalities? Watch this video highlighting a few stories behind Urban teacher offices.

Future of the Urban Theater Department

June 7, 2018

Fran After 41 years with the Urban Theater Department, Frances Evens is wrapping up her final show. Before she came to Urban, Evens describes her life as being “in line with the skill [she] needed for this job… I was in preparation,” she said. With her mother’s help, she began doing theater in ...

Seniors write, design, and direct mini plays for the annual One Act Festival

Lena Bianchi, Head of Illustration

May 22, 2018

The One Act Festival is just around the corner, but the senior directors have spent the last few months eagerly preparing for the spring performance. Comprised of short plays ranging from comedies to dramas, the annual One Act Festival is a highly anticipated production that is written, directed, and ...

‘Sweeney Todd’ brings horror to the Gumption Theater

'Sweeney Todd' brings horror to the Gumption Theater

Lena Bianchi, Head of Illustration

November 16, 2017

Gory, creepy, and eerie are only a few of the words the audience might think of after watching The Urban School’s fall production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This horror musical both shocked and entertained the audience. The 15 students in the this year's fall production class tack...

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