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IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Coming to Lerner College of Medicine

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter

November 16, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Games, Local Events, This Week

IBM’s Watson, the computer that won Jeopardy in 2011, will be going to school at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Unlike its time on national television, though, this time, Watson will be working with a purpose. In three years, the programmers, IB...

From Bollywood to Hollywood

From Bollywood to Hollywood

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter

November 16, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, This Week, Top Stories

What's that? Justin Timberlake? No wait. Party rock is in the house? Hold on. Instead, it’s the sound of Indian-fused musical elements. A unique a cappella group on campus, Dhamakapella is dedicated to bringing this combination of contemporary American music with popular Bollywood hits. "It's the...

Hands of Glory by Andrew Bird

Hands of Glory by Andrew Bird

Jason Walsh, Music Reporter

November 16, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, This Week

Release Date: October 30, 2012 Rating: 3.5 / 5 At first glance, it's easy to write off Andrew Bird's newest release, Hands of Glory. Relative to the rest of his output, it is short both in terms of songs (8) and running time (35 minutes). It consists of covers of classic country songs, altern...

Disney Buys Rights to Star Wars as Whitney Continues Downward Spiral

Disney Buys Rights to Star Wars as Whitney Continues Downward Spiral

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter

November 16, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, This Week, Top Stories

The holiday season is fast approaching. The Cleveland weather has turned miserable overnight. Pretty soon, lethal-sized icicles will form on the eaves of the Peter B. Lewis building, a festive joke from that wily trickster Frank Gehry. And next weekend is Thanksgiving, the traditional start to the winter...

Thanksgiving Style Essentials

Thanksgiving Style Essentials

Janet Lanman, Style Reporter

November 16, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Style, This Week

  The holidays are just around the corner, complete with friends, family, and most importantly: food. Here is a guide of what to wear to make sure your pants still fit after all that turkey and pie. For Women   Essential Cable Sweater Dress in Marina, $19.80 at Forever 21 With o...

Music from another Dimension! by Aerosmith

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

November 16, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, This Week

Release Date: November 6, 2012 Rating: 2/5 Their first album in eight years, Music From Another Dimension!, brings something new to Aerosmith's 70’s style, though not always in a positive way. Released on Nov. 6, Music From Another Dimension! is a huge step forward for the band, not only because...

Naked Mole Rats May Hold the Secret to Fighting Cancer

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter

November 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games, This Week

The naked mole rat is a strange creature. Hairless, cold-blooded, and totally blind, mole rats live in the deserts of East Africa in colonies similar to those of ants. They have long puzzled biologists. Mole rats do not feel much pain and are very long lived. On average, they live 20 years as opposed...

Disney to Remake Boy Meets World

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter

November 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, This Week

A casual glance at the television schedule makes any sane person wonder if there are any original ideas left in Hollywood. The television landscape is dominated by spinoffs, reboots and shows that blatantly plagiarize preexisting series. Take the format of “Pawn Stars.” The original series airs for...

Footlighters Present Avenue Q

Footlighters Present Avenue Q

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter

November 8, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Theatre & Dance, This Week, Top Stories

The lights brighten the stage, revealing the actors' expressions, along with voices harmonizing together, filling up the room. Footlighters, a student-run musical theater group, will be performing the modern musical “Avenue Q” this weekend at Carlton Commons.  The musical covers thematic issues and anxieties that c...

Twelve Bands, Twelve Dollars: Believe in Cleveland at Peabody’s

Twelve Bands, Twelve Dollars: Believe in Cleveland at Peabody’s

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

November 8, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, This Week

An affordable Friday night concert with lots of variation: what more is there to ask for? Later today, Peabody's introduces a sharp lineup of 12 local bands, including headliner Affiance, a Cleveland favorite. This concert, presented by BravoArtist, is a CD release show for Affiance, whose second...

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