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“Medea” almost unrecognizable

Madison Avolio, Arts & Entertainment Designer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

When sitting down to watch a rendition of a famous Greek tragedy such as “Medea”, surprises are typically unheard of. The audience knows the plot before the entertainment even begins. Medea, the titular character of the opera, is supposed to be a wicked woman who murders her Jason’s wife-to-be...

“Love is never a waste of time”

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Sam Smith’s “The Thrill of It All” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, his first album to do so. So maybe the world doesn’t need to hear anyone say how incredible Smith’s vocals are, how his lyrics are an emotional punch to the gut or how he has made leaps and bounds in production...

A slightly jumbled, but strong unification of the legendary league

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The DC Extended Universe has been under much scrutiny ever since its inception. The first film, “Man of Steel,” enjoyed a mixed-to-positive critical reception. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” further divided the wavering fans with its length and somewhat misleading title. “Suicide Squad”...

“Justice League” screened pre-release

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

On a rainy Wednesday night in the middle of November, students and community members packed into Strosacker Auditorium on the Main Quad. But this was no class lecture. Instead the audience sat eager waiting to watch a free, early screening of “Justice League,” two days before its official release....

‘90s-themed Fall Informal totally radical

Chloe Mieras, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

A group of campus organizations teamed up to create the Fall Informal, a trip “Back to the 90’s” in the “totally tubular” Linsalata Alumni Center. The dance was held by University Program Board (UPB), Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Class Officer Collective (COC) on the evening...

Footwork in two realities

Footwork in two realities

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance, Top Stories

The Case Western Reserve University community had the opportunity to see a landmark performance for two weekends this November. In the finale of “Vistas”, the dance department’s fall concert, audiences can experience a pioneering performance using mixed-reality technology, Microsoft HoloLens. The...

“Coco” animator discusses character design

“Coco” animator discusses character design

Victoria Radcliffe, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Christian Hoffman, the character supervisor for Pixar’s upcoming film “Coco,” spoke at the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) as a part of the Pixar Coco College Tour on Monday, Nov. 6. He provided the audience with a glimpse at his work animating the characters in the film, releasing  Nov. 22....

A classic revisited

Ann Marie Smetona, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Even though “Murder on the Orient Express” is one of legendary mystery writer Agatha Christie’s most-loved and easily appreciated novels, reinterpreting the 1934 masterpiece in a worthy fashion is no small task.  Despite multiple film and television adaptations of the first lady of mystery’...

Playlist of the Week Nov 10 – 16

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

www.genius.com Maroon 5 ft. Julia Michaels- “Help Me Out” Off of their new album “Red Pill Blues,” this catchy and uplifting tune brings together the classic high pitch of Adam Levine with the rougher voice of newcomer Julia Michaels. This is a great follow up to their popular sing...

Attend a cultural event or a performance

Sarah Parr, Social Media Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

Friday, Nov. 10 What: Fall Hafleh Where: Thwing Center Time: 6-9 p.m. Notes: Free admission, $5 dinner. Middle Eastern Cultural Association’s annual fall Hafleh including music, dance, henna and more. What: A Nickel For Your Thoughts LIVE 2017 Where: Harkness Chapel Time: 7:15-8:30 p.m. Notes:...

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