The Observer

Speakeasy takes center stage at IMPROVment

Speakeasy takes center stage at IMPROVment

Julia Knight, Contributing Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events

A quiet gasp escaped the crowd as the packed Eldred Black Box went completely dark. Rhythmic claps arose from audience members as a well-known theme song rang out in the almost claustrophobic space around us. The players took center stage; we all cheered in enthusiasm for the hilarity that was to co...

Theater debuts musical, “Urinetown”

Weiwei Kong, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

On April 13, the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Theater Department unveiled the musical “Urinetown,” its final production of the season. Directed by Jerrold Scott and Brad Wyner, “Urinetown” is set in a future where, due to a water shortage, Urine Good Company owns all the towns’ toilets, forcing ...

World War I Anxieties Reflected in “Graphic Discontent”

Ann Marie Smetona, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, “Graphic Discontent: German Expressionism on Paper,” opened on Jan.14 and will remain until May 13. Featuring works from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s own collection, the exhibit displays over fifty Expressionist prints and drawings made between 190...

“Justice League” screened pre-release

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

On a rainy Wednesday night in the middle of November, students and community members packed into Strosacker Auditorium on the Main Quad. But this was no class lecture. Instead the audience sat eager waiting to watch a free, early screening of “Justice League,” two days before its official release....

Students talk Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

Weiwei Kong, Contributing Reporter

October 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Music

Thursday, Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 6, The Cleveland Orchestra performed Gustav Mahler’s Tragic Symphony, composed in the early 20th century. Mahler was strongly influenced by the Romantic movement when he composed the first five symphonies, infusing them with simplicity, naturalness and innocence. ...

In the mind of an artist

Anmol Nigam, Photography Editor

March 31, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

What takes nature thousands of years to form, Natalie Lanese has created in a week. Engulfing the Immersion Zone in the Tinkham Veale University Center, Lanese’s creation—“Cavern”—was born. Staffed with a rotating schedule of  student volunteers, Lanese worked around the clock from March 3-1...

Education, food and booze at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

September 2, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Food

https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/birds-beasts-brats-beer Friday September 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 (members) or $35 (nonmembers) If you are over 21 and enjoy beer, bratwurst, animals or all of the above, head to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Friday, September...

Art Book + Zine Fair Preview

Sanjana Singh, Staff Reporter

August 26, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

Bound: Art Book + Zine Fair will arrive to MOCA on August 26th to 27th. Although it is the second annual exhibition, the inspiration is different from last August’s Mimeo Revolution theme. After last year’s success, Cleveland native TR Ericsson modeled an idea based on the MoMa PS1 Book Fair, which...

Meet the Artists of the Gallery 1299 Opening

Meet the Artists of the Gallery 1299 Opening

Alex Clarke, A&E Editor

August 19, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

Located in the Warehouse District of Cleveland, Gallery 1299 had its grand opening on June 10, 2016. The unique idea of connecting an art gallery with a nightclub brings art and nightlife under the same roof. Gallery 1299 is focused on the local businesses, artists and social community. Upstairs from...

Parade the Circle

Parade the Circle

Taylor Moran, Executive Editor

August 19, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events

Parade the Circle started at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, but by 10:30 a.m. the streets were already lined with people looking to get a spot in the shade, and the air smelled distinctly of popcorn.  People were staking out their spots and opening up their lunch boxes to give their small children fo...

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