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Culture meets beer at Hansa Import Haus

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter
March 31, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food, Local Events

In the past 40 years, Cleveland has changed dramatically.  “The Forest City” has hit some all-time lows but, currently, is economically at an all-time high.  Many businesses have come and gone in the past 40 years, but Hansa Import Haus has done something quite unique. After 40 years of operation, pr...

What to do this weekend Mar 24 – 26

Alex Clarke, Arts and Entertainment Editor
March 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

Friday, March 24: Elektra: March 24 and 25, 8 p.m. in Black Box at Eldred Theater. Players’ Theater Group’s second production of the semester. A modern translation of the classic Greek tragedy takes place in Depression-era America, featuring original music composed for the production. Admissi...

Forest City Brewery has deep Cleveland roots

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter
March 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

With a batch of new breweries opening in Cleveland this year, it is only fitting the first one I review is a brewery with strong roots to Cleveland’s breweries of the past.   Jay Demagall, owner of the Forest City Brewery, initially wanted to grow hop in the Cuyahoga National Valley Park. However, afte...

The King has returned

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
March 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

It has been a long while since the monstrous ape, King Kong, has graced us with his presence on the big screen. From his legendary beginning in the 1933 original all the way to his appearance in Peter Jackson’s ambitious and epic 2005 retelling, King Kong has been a fixture in American cinema, mor...

Playlist of the Week March 24 – March 31

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
March 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Genius.com Drake—“More Life” Released unexpectedly this past Saturday, “More Life” is a collection of 22 songs that Drake labels a “playlist,” rather than an album. The jury is still out on if this is a marketing scheme, or a creative side to Drake that’s never been seen before. Regard...

The Flick illustrates “messed up people just trying to get by”

Daniel Mottern, Contributing Reporter
March 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Movies hold incredible power. Think of some of the greats: “The Godfather,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jurassic Park” and even modern classics like “Argo” and “Moonlight.” Cinematic flicks have the potential to captivate the mind, and amaze with intense effects and stories. However, it’s no...

“Logan” tells the brutal story of the anti-hero

Kevin Qosja, Staff Reporter
March 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Logan” is as much an anti-superhero movie as its titular character is an anti-hero. Now when superhero films feel like final exams, testing you on how well you’ve been completing your social obligation of seeing all the hero flicks, “Logan” focuses on a simpler concept. It is a brutal story...

The Japanese House makes Cleveland debut

Kait Funk, Arts and Entertainment Designer
March 3, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

The Grog Shop, known well for its intimate and cozy setting, was the perfect venue for the atmospheric, synth vibes of Amber Bain, a solo artist otherwise known as “The Japanese House.” An indie pop artist from Buckinghamshire, East London, The Japanese House has released three EPs and has toured ...

The 89th academy awards: A recap of movies, mistakes

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
March 3, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On Feb. 26, Hollywood’s best and brightest gathered for the 89th Academy Awards, a notable night honoring the best in film of 2016. The night was full of political messages as Donald Trump was ridiculed more often than not, and various surprises that shocked viewers. The night began well with a strong opening n...

The Illusion doesn’t hide its brilliance

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
March 3, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

As the third play of the undergraduate season, “The Illusion” has been hailed as the best play to hit the Eldred Theater stage in recent memory. Based off the 17th century French comedy “L'Illusion Comique,” the play takes place in France but contains heavy allusions to American culture. With impressive visua...

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