Chelsea Deras drove to Santa Cruz from San Francisco just to see "Barbie" at Del Mar Theater on Thursday.
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Sunday Reads: ‘Barbie’ takes over, parting with a treasured surfboard and cake at Cabrillo

Barbie movie: Wallace Baine and two high schoolers on how the iconic doll resonates across generations

Wallace Baine (left) and Lookout interns Henry Bellevin and Izzy Brandon (right) chop it up over the new Barbie movie.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

One is back on the Barbie bandwagon after abandoning a girlhood favorite. One knew Barbie only from the toy store. One tripped over Barbies while raising two daughters. Now, with “Barbie” taking movie theaters and social media by storm, high schoolers Izzy Brandon, Henry Bellevin, both 16, and Wallace Baine (slightly older than 16), put the summer blockbuster movie under a microscope. Their post-film discussion touches on issues of gender, race, and why Barbie remains such a pop-culture behemoth 64 years after the anatomically impossible doll first hit the shelves. Here’s what they had to say.

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I left my board with a Malagasy surfer: How I learned to let go of what I cherished

Evan Quarnstrom riding his favorite board. He left it behind in Madagascar.
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Santa Cruz native Evan Quarnstrom left his favorite surfboard halfway around the world — on purpose. He gifted it to a surfer in Madagascar he had met who needed it more than he did. But he misses it. In a Community Voices opinion piece, he reflects on the bond between a surfer and board and the memories and surfer friends he made from Brazil to Indonesia to Madagascar during his almost two-year travel adventure. Read it here.

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Inside the final exam in Cabrillo’s Art of Creating Wedding Cakes class

Mehnaz Kahn apply the frosting to her cake.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Whether they’re looking to take the next step professionally or wanting to show off for friends and family, the students in Anne Baldzikowski’s Cabrillo College class learn to assemble wedding cakes from the bottom up. Laura Sutherland sat in on the final exam, where there’s extra credit for cutting up your cake and letting classmates take a bite. Get a taste here.

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