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“Elementary” Dares to be Mediocre

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter

September 21, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

This past May, Guinness World Records awarded our old friend Sherlock Holmes the world record for most portrayed literary human character on film and television based on their count of 254 appearances. If that award seems a little surprising, it’s because over his many appearances the character of Sherlo...

CMA Part 2: The Etchings of John Taylor Arms

Christopher Dwyer, Fine Arts Reporter

September 21, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

About Whoville’s dulcet yuletide chorus, Dr. Seuss’s garlic-souled Grinch exclaimed, “Oh, the noise!  Noise!  Noise!  Noise!”  What if he had cried, with jeers or joy, “Oh, the lines!  Lines! Lines!  Lines!”?  He would have visited the Cleveland Museum of Art’s tour-de-force exhi...

Homecoming Pep: The Marching Spartans

Homecoming Pep: The Marching Spartans

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

September 21, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

With windows wide open in this sunny weather, students in North Residential Village common rooms hear an interruption like no other twice a week. “What is that?” is a question that often resonates around my residence hall. After performing for four years in my high school’s marching band, the sou...

“The Sound of the Life of the Mind” by Ben Folds Five

“The Sound of the Life of the Mind” by Ben Folds Five

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter

September 21, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Before their split in 1999, piano rockers Ben Folds Five produced three albums of songs about lives spent wandering around just outside the 1990s mainstream. Even after reaching chart success with Brick, the BFF’s best songs continued to balance their alternative rock whims with quirky characters an...

Grog Shop turns 20

Grog Shop turns 20

Shadi Ahmadmehrabi, Special Interest Reporter

September 21, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

“You have to push every show, cross your fingers, and hope everyone shows up,” said Kathy Simkoff, who runs The Grog Shop on Coventry Rd. This weekend, The Grog Shop is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. The Grog Shop opened in 1992 as what Simkoff refers to as a “dive bar that had bands.” ...

Don’t pour it: Coventry’s Steve Presser

Don’t pour it: Coventry’s Steve Presser

Shadi Ahmadmehrabi, Special Interest Reporter

September 19, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features

“Don’t, don’t, don’t pour it. Every person who thinks they can pour it spills it.” Sitting down in a booth at Tommy’s Restaurant on Coventry Road, Steve Presser, Coventry Marketing Director and owner of Big Fun Toy Store calls over Diane, who pours a milkshake with the finesse only an experienced...

In over his head: Analyzing CMA’s new acquisition “Drusus Minor”

In over his head: Analyzing CMA’s new acquisition “Drusus Minor”

Christopher Dwyer, Fine Arts Reporter

September 14, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

Imagine: Your father is Tiberius, Rome’s moody second emperor (r. 14-37 AD); he, with your colorful cousin Caligula, regularly retreats to Capri to watch tortures and executions. Your adoptive grandfather, Augustus, Rome’s venerated first emperor (r. 27 BC-14 AD), insists your sadistic father adopt...

Armed to the hilt: Bob Dylan’s Tempest

Armed to the hilt: Bob Dylan’s <i>Tempest</i>

Adam Luhta, Assistant A&E Editor

September 14, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The first time I heard Bob Dylan play “Every Grain of Sand” live in concert, I was so excited that I fell asleep. I had arrived in Rome three days earlier, taken a bus out to the Amalfi coast for a few days, and returned to the Eternal City that very night for the sole purpose of seeing Bob Dylan...

Rainclouds can’t stop Studio-A-Rama: Lineup runs late

Rainclouds can’t stop Studio-A-Rama: Lineup runs late

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

September 14, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

This year’s Studio-A-Rama brought an impressive lineup to Case Western Reserve University, despite the day’s not-so-impressive weather. I arrived just in time to see Library Time, a strange alternative local band. The weather started out beautiful; it was sunny, just a little windy, and the grass...

“Dude, Wanna Go To A Show This Week?”

Katy Witkowski, Music Reporter

September 7, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Many bands touring across the country have screamed on stage, “I love [insert city name!] This is the best show of our tour!”  Sometimes they mean it, and sometimes they do not.  When talking about Cleveland, they more often than not stand by the words that the crowd craves. Venues like the House o...

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