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A look back: best of films

Melanie Sayre, Staff Reporter

December 3, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Ever since the birth of James Cameron’s Avatar, many of the up and coming films of today have been dragged into a deadly spiral of trying to live up to a sequence of powerful directing, overflowing creativity and brilliant 3D graphics. While many have failed to meet the expectations of their audiences,...

A look back: best of books

Eileen Sabrina Herman, Staff Reporter

December 3, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

2010 was a pretty good year in terms of books published. The children’s book market exploded with titles like, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and How to Train Your Dragon, both of which were adapted and set onto the silver screen. The romance section also had several hits, as well as the sci-fi genre: pretty...

A look back: best of albums

Adam Spektor, A&E Editor

December 3, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Maybe I’m losing touch or getting old or something, but 2010 has been far from the most exciting year in music. Granted, I haven’t heard a fraction of the music released in the year, and I’m sure there are some gems, particularly outside of the “indie rock” idiom that I’ve completely overlooked...

Cleveland writer Susan Streeter Carpenter reads from counter-culture novel Riders on the Storm

Cleveland writer Susan Streeter Carpenter reads from counter-culture novel Riders on the Storm

Lisa Viers, Staff Reporter

December 3, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Susan Streeter Carpenter turned 21 in 1968, a year she describes as “a year unlike any other.” It was this year that inspired her to write the novel Riders on the Storm, the story of six young adults living in Cleveland during the tumultuous sixties and seventies. Carpenter read from Riders on th...

Sex and Dating: The art of seduction, part II

James Love, Ph.D.

December 3, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The techniques covered last time were for beginners. This week, I will go into the next level of seduction. This involves creating a sensual mood by appealing to all of the senses. For simplicity, let us consider one partner with ambiguous sexual identity, Pat. Seducing multiple partners is an advanced...

Art history department says goodbye as distinguished professor Dr. Edward Olszewski retires

Art history department says goodbye as distinguished professor Dr. Edward Olszewski retires

Eileen Sabrina Herman, Staff Reporter

December 3, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

This semester, Case Western Reserve University bid farewell to a true Renaissance man. After almost forty years as a part of the university, Dr. Edward J. Olszewski of the Art History Department retired from his position as Chair of the Department and as a professor. But he did not go without leaving...

Worst Case Scenario: Our friend Kelvin

Ryan Shoup, Staff Reporter

December 3, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

As the dreaded finals approach us, I would like to send a shout out to the kind person who decided he was too good for a cubicle or table in the third floor reading room of Kelvin Smith library. Thank you, d-bag, for taking the group study room and making it your own personal lounge space. In all...

Two recent film releases: Harry Potter disappoints; Enter the Void intrigues

Two recent film releases: Harry Potter disappoints; Enter the Void intrigues

Paul Brinnel, Contributing Reporter

December 3, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part I, Directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.; 2010) 9 years and 1,048 minutes of cinema later we’ve finally reached the penultimate installment of the Harry Potter film saga. Pity it’s unbearably boring. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is lit...

The Buzz

December 3, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Friday, December 3 Players Theatre Group presents Gutenberg! The Musical! to CWRU before we leave for break. Two men, twenty characters, and lots of hats. The production is directed by Cyrus Taylor and stars Stephen Berg and Nick Pilla. For more information check out their Facebook page. Location: Blackbox Theater...

A look back: best of songs

Rachel Hunt, Assistant A&E Editor

December 3, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

15. Katy Perry- “Teenage Dream” Katy Perry re-emerged on the scene this year and quickly released hit after hit that blew everyone out of the water. Sexy and confident, Perry brought to life some boys’… and girls’ dreams in the hot video filmed for the single. Even without it, the song itself...

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