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Tech N9ne celebrates new album N9NA at the Agora

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

June 18, 2019

Rapper Tech N9ne has had quite a year, after briefly being mistaken for dead when battle rapper Tech 9 committed suicide on March 24. Just weeks later, Tech N9ne released “N9NA,” his fourth album in five years, on April 19. Few artists, if any, share the extent of his legacy. Tech N9ne, born Aaron...

Beachweek makes a debut

Beachweek makes a debut

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

May 17, 2019

With a name like Beachweek, this band, formerly known as The Sublets, evokes a lively, yet unfamiliar scene in often overcast Cleveland, with music to match. Lead singer and guitarist George Chase explains the original band name belonged in the pop punk genre that the band felt they had grown out of...

Laurelive 2019

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

May 16, 2019

LaureLive is an annual music, arts, and culinary festival hosted from June 8-9 2019 at Laurel School’s Butler campus, located about 35 mins away from campus in Russell and Chester Townships. Through the festival, the Laurel School, an all-girls K-12 college private independent preparatory school, aims...

Faimous band stops in Cleveland on North American tour

Faimous band stops in Cleveland on North American tour

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

May 10, 2019

With a name that is a homophone of “fame,” it’s no wonder The Faim has earned international recognition. As the band explained on Instagram, “The word FAIM means Hunger and we felt it truly represents our ever growing and undying passion for music.” The Australian band has almost 300,000 month...

CIA Spring Show

CIA Spring Show

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

April 26, 2019

On April 23, the Cleveland Institute of Art opened its doors to the public for the Spring Design Show. The showcase featured student work across all 15 majors offered at CIA, from graphic design to metals and jewelry to interior design. The annual spring show has long been a part of the curr...

Chasing a line through mediums

Chasing a line through mediums

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

April 26, 2019

Chappelle Letman’s dust-covered hands glide over his latest sculpture, his fingers touching every crack and crevice. After feeling the appropriate spot, the 68-year-old grabs his hammer and chisel and cuts away, creating puffs of white dust with a rhythmic banging of metal ripping away stone. H...

Blue Habanero Review – An Awesome Slice of Mexican Food in Gordon Square

Blue Habanero Review – An Awesome Slice of Mexican Food in Gordon Square

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

April 26, 2019

Out in the reaches of Gordon Square, easily accessible using Cleveland’s somewhat unreliable but effective RTA services, a new trendy and hip Mexican restaurant is slowly making waves among the other fanciful and hip restaurants, bars and stores along the strip in Gordon Square, near the great Capitol ...

Cartoons, “Catch-22” and hand turkeys

Cartoons, “Catch-22” and hand turkeys

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

April 19, 2019

“Comics are miraculous. They are immune systems. They are transport systems. They are time traveling devices.” Lifelong friends and fellow cartoonists, Lynda Barry and Matt Groening came together at Maltz Performing Arts Center for the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series, on Tuesday,...

Giggles galore

Claudia Jazowski, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2019

There are giggles galore on Saturday nights at the Eldred Theater Blackbox with Case Western Reserve University’s own improv comedy troupe, IMPROVment. With only two performances left, this comedy show is one you do not want to miss. The shows start at 11 p.m. on April 20 and 9 p.m. on April 27. Be s...

Aaron Lee Tasjan rocks Beachland Ballroom

Aaron Lee Tasjan rocks Beachland Ballroom

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2019

Aaron Lee Tasjan pulled out a blank page from his notebook and a black Sharpie, titling the page “Cleveland Rocks.” He then casually posed a question to bassist Tommy Scifres: “Hey Tommy, what do you think we should open the show with?” They decided that “The Rest is Yet to Come” was the ...

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