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Shawn Mendes releases new single

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

After months of fervent anticipation, Shawn Mendes fans have finally been granted a fiery new single about winning the battle against anxiety. Mendes has made a triumphant return to the music scene with a powerful ballad. Released on March 22, “In My Blood” details Mendes’ struggles with anxiety. The...

Cleveland hosts 42nd annual International Film Festival

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

This year marks the 42nd annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF42), which will take place from April 4 to April 15 at Tower City Cinemas and other select locations. Each year, the Festival shows over three hundred feature and short films from countries all over the world. CIFF42 asks ...

Hasan Minhaj, Chris D’Elia announced as spring comedians

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Local Events

On Saturday, March 24, University Programming Board (UPB) announced this year’s spring comedians, Hasan Minhaj and Chris D’Elia, during their Spring Giveaway event. As usual, the comedians this year have easily recognizable names. Minhaj is best known for his work on “The Daily Show,” where...

Playlist of the Week Mar 30 – Apr 5

Sarah Parr, Social Media Editor

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Editor’s Note: Whether a theatrical production is a musical or not, it almost always incorporates music. This playlist celebrates some of the gems heard in various shows across the Case Western Reserve University campus this semester. “Holocene” Bon Iver Eldred’s production of “Uncle V...

Art, music in the lead-up to Easter

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

Friday, March 30   What: SpARTan Showcase Where: The Spot When: 5-8 p.m. Notes: Student Activities and Leadership Ambassadors host a free talent show featuring performance organizations like Case Kismat, Spartan Tappers and IMPROVment.   What: Lighthouse Reading Series: Renee Gladman and...

Student-run Food Symposium features acclaimed short film

Student-run Food Symposium features acclaimed short film

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food, Local Events, Top Stories

This past week, students have been able to attend documentary screenings, panel discussions and more, all centering around food. This year’s Food Symposium, themed “Food, Health, and Politics,” began on March 23 and ran through March 30. It took place all over and around campus, from the T...

“Celeste” is a satisfying challenge

Paul Palumbo, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

Climbing a mountain should be as good for the soul as it is for the calves. “Celeste” is a 2-D platformer where quick thinking and even quicker reflexes will help the main character, Madeline, climb to the very summit of the Celeste Mountain. While Madeline has the ability to climb vertical walls...

“Iron Bison” performs locally in build-up to debut album

Abigail Bickel, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

Not many can say their music is outdated by the conception of their band by five years, but if your hobbies include creating the fictitious, “most brutal sludge band in the world,” you might be the creator of the “beer-fueled, basement punk metal” band, Iron Bison. Native to Cleveland, the “real”...

Small Wood House focuses on new material in live shows

Small Wood House focuses on new material in live shows

Abigail Bickel, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Yes, it is wrong to judge a book by its cover, or a band by their name (did you catch that oh-so-subtle transition?), but that doesn’t mean we don’t do it nonetheless. It is, after all, the audience’s first interaction with the band, so it better be snazzy while encapsulating an accurate representation...

Check out performances, dinners in Thwing

Aura Rossy, Contributing Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

Friday, March 23   What: MECA’s Spring Hafleh When: 6-9 p.m. Where: Thwing Center Notes: The Middle Eastern Cultural Association hosts its semi annual Hafleh, featuring performances by the Al Salam Dabke Group and a belly dancer. The event will also have a DJ and a henna booth.  ...

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