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Playlist of the Week

Playlist of the Week

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Gray clouds have rolled in and the rains have started. Fall is on the way, and that means months of dreary wet and cold. But summer is not over until Sept. 22, so in the meantime, enjoy the last few drops of summer with this week’s playlist.   “The Sound of Sunshine” - Michael Franti...

Cleveland Taco Festival: Overpriced, underwhelming

Aura Rossy, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food, Local Events

This past Saturday, Sept. 8, marked the second annual Cleveland Taco Festival, held at JACK Thistledown Racino. The event boasted over 25 taco and food vendors from around the city. For those of age, the alcoholic options ranged from a frozen margarita “bar” to a tequila sampling tent. The entertainmen...

Omar Sosa on the meaning of jazz, his upcoming album

Omar Sosa on the meaning of jazz, his upcoming album

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

What is jazz? Is it a swinging rhythm? Is it a big band wailing on standards? Is it a piano trio in Little Italy? For seven-time Grammy nominee Omar Sosa the answer is simple. Jazz is freedom. “Jazz as a philosophy is freedom. Jazz has no borders,” said Sosa. “If you look at jazz as a sty...

CWRU professor discusses Hip-Hop and the Holy

Issra Osman, Contributing Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features

Since its creation, hip-hop has continually paid homage to its spiritual, cultural and religious beginnings. In her talk on “‘God Complexes’ and ‘Complex Gods’: Emancipatory Practices in Religion and Hip Hop,” Joy Bostic, Ph.D. examined the connection between divinity and hip-hop. Like ...

What to do This Weekend

Matt Hooke, A&E Editor

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, This Week

Friday, Sept. 14 What: Not The Enemy: The Crucial Role of Journalists in Society Where: Freedman Center, Kelvin Smith Library When: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. The English Department’s colloquium series is bringing Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery to campus. ...

IMPROVment Slumber Party is anything but sleepy

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

On Saturday, Sept. 8, over 70 people packed into the Eldred Black Box for a slumber party. Unlike a high school get together, this party featured a live performance by IMPROVment, Case Western Reserve University’s short-form improv comedy troupe, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The audience consisted of s...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Dave Lucas, Ohio Poet Laureate

September 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

This the first monthly column by Full-Time lecturer and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas. The column will appear in other publications. “I, too, dislike it,” Marianne Moore. “Poetry.” But you don’t hate it. At least that’s what I hope you’ll discover as you read this column. I don’t...

Bees, Picasso and slam poetry

Bees, Picasso and slam poetry

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

September 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Top Stories

Since 2002, Case Western Reserve University’s common reading book has served as a shared experience and catalyst for discussions among first-year students. Incoming students receive the book a few weeks prior to their arrival on campus and are given the remaining time to read and become familiar wit...

Late: A Cowboy Song welcomes theater students back to CWRU

Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

September 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Sarah Ruhl, writer of the Eldred Theater’s past renditions of “Dead Man’s Cellphone” and “The Vibrator Play,” contemplates the boundaries of gender and the outer limits of love in “Late: A Cowboy Song.” With childish charm and a roller-coaster romance, Ruhl transports audience member...

Playlist of the Week

Playlist of the Week

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

September 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Top Stories

Over the weekend, the world memorialized Aretha Franklin, one of the most influential artists in the history of popular music. The funeral service lasted eight hours and featured performances by artists both new and old. This week’s playlist eulogizes her legacy by containing songs from many of the performe...

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