The Observer

Why Kendrick’s Pulitzer win matters

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

April 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

For the first time in the prestigious award’s 75-year history, a non-jazz or classical recording won the Pulitzer Prize for Music on April 16. In a shocking victory, Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN” beat two modern classical pieces, Michael Gilbertson’s, “Quartet,” and Ted Hearne’s “Sound fro...

“Urinetown” cast commands stage

Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

As the title suggests, “Urinetown” is a musical that depicts a world where urination is a privilege, not a right. The Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater’s rendition of the renowned musical far exceeded my expectations. The show takes place in the near-future when a massive water sho...

Electronic dance music hitmaker found dead

Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

April 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Last weekend, the electronic dance music (EDM) world lost an icon when Avicii, a Swedish D.J. and EDM producer, died at the age of 28. His hit singles, including “Levels,” “Wake Me Up” and “Lonely Together” featuring Rita Ora, featured a unique mix of genre bending and melodic focus. The ...

Clarke After Dark brings games, fun

Yvonne Pan, Contributing Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

As a North Residential Village (NRV) resident, I try to attend as many events planned by the Residence Hall Association (RHA) as possible, in effort to meet co-NRV residents. I heard about Clarke After Dark, and although I rarely venture to that area of campus, I decided to go. The lures of free food, ...

Enjoy the calm before the storm

Aura Rossy, Contributing Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

Friday, April 20 What: Crave It: Food Trucks When: noon-2 p.m. Where: Bellflower Road Notes: UPB will be bringing food trucks to campus near Mather Quad with food from Manna Truck, Jones Bones BBQ and Fortune Cafe. Entertainment will include giant board games, a caricature artist, airbrush tatt...

Charismatic comedians entertain CWRU

Charismatic comedians entertain CWRU

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Comedy, Local Events

Around 5:30 p.m. on April 13, passersby on Euclid Avenue could spot a line of students waiting to enter Severance Hall stretching outside the building. They were waiting in line for the University Program Board (UPB)’s annual comedy event, “Late Night with Hasan Minhaj and Special Guest Chris D’Elia,...

Speakeasy takes center stage at IMPROVment

Speakeasy takes center stage at IMPROVment

Julia Knight, Contributing Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events

A quiet gasp escaped the crowd as the packed Eldred Black Box went completely dark. Rhythmic claps arose from audience members as a well-known theme song rang out in the almost claustrophobic space around us. The players took center stage; we all cheered in enthusiasm for the hilarity that was to co...

“A Quiet Place” keeps ears glued to screen

“A Quiet Place” keeps ears glued to screen

Harrison Bloom, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Since its release on April 6, “A Quiet Place” has been shocking and engrossing audiences. It is a passion project for John Krasinski, the director, co-writer and star of the film along with his wife, Emily Blunt. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic near future, where most of the human popul...

Tinashe’s “Joyride,” more like “rollercoaster”

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

After three years’ worth of delays, Tinashe’s “Joyride” is finally here. Since her debut in 2014, Tinashe has released a steady stream of music, but nothing has really stuck. Unfortunately, I don’t think “Joyride” is about to do that, either. Clocking in at only 36 minutes, the album...

Video game builds tension, friendships

Paul Palumbo, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games

“A Way Out” is a strange game which stands totally without peer, for better and for worse. It’s a third-person adventure game which, at first glance, is very simple—you do not do much aside from basic puzzle solving, quick-time events and some rare rudimentary third-person shooting. The main...

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