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Know your mountain

Courtney Capra, Staff Reporter
December 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Andy Harkness has an impressive resume as a Disney animator, a children’s book illustrator, an Emmy and Annie award winner and a father. Given these accomplishments, it might be surprising to picture him as he once was: a disheartened college student who had resorted to eating ketchup on crackers f...

When they were young

Fatimah Elzahrah, Staff Reporter
December 2
Filed under Poetry & Literature

Many works of fiction, though they create universes that parallel ours, provide deep insights into the human psyche. "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is one such work. The first of the Neapolitan Novels, "My Brilliant Friend" is a hauntingly honest look at the development of social relationshi...

Q&A with Brett DiCello, “Slank” from “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Alex Clarke, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Brett DiCello is a fourth-year Biomedical Engineering and Theater student who is currently co-opping at Philips Healthcare. He’s also president of IMPROVment, has done 12 productions at Eldred Theater and will be in the next two this spring. He has two roles in the upcoming play “Peter and th...

“Starboy” catches The Weeknd’s fans’ ears, breaks Spotify records

Fatimah Elzahrah, Staff Reporter
December 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The release of The Weeknd’s new album “Starboy” broke records. Becoming one of the highest streamed albums on Spotify during its first weekend, “Starboy” reminds people of the fetching nature of The Weeknd’s music. His ability to create catchy beats that entrap the listener is shown within ev...

What to do this weekend: Dec. 2-4

Alex Clarke, Arts and Entertainment Editor
December 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

Friday, Dec. 2 MIX at CMA: Next: 5–9 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Enjoy music, drinks and celebrate the close of the museum’s first century and the holiday season. $8/$10 at the door. CMA members free. Heinen’s Holiday Wine Show: 5–8 p.m. at Heinen’s downtown. Sample 40 wines fo...

Hitting all the right notes

Eddie Kerekes, Sports Editor
November 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The top five reasons to go see the rock musical comedy “High Fidelity” in no particular order are: One, the actors kill it with both body and voice. Two, the set design is amazing. Three, it messes with your sense of time and space unlike any other musical. Four, each song has its own unique style. ...

Playlist of the Week

Connor Swingle, Contributing Reporter
November 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

A Tribe Called Quest - “We The People...” Legendary New York jazz-rap pioneers A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) returned this week with their new album “We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service.” Coming out 18 years after their previous album and just months after Phife Dawg passed away in...

Travel to Africa

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
November 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

When I heard that Case Western Reserve University’s African Students Association (ASA) was hosting The Cuisine Expo, I knew that it was an event I had to attend, as the opportunity to experience a diverse cultural event at CWRU was one I couldn’t pass up. Coming into the event, I expected an evenin...

Denis Villeneuve succeeds with his venture into science-fiction

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
November 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Last year, acclaimed French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve came out with “Sicario,” one of my favorite films of 2015 and a brilliant exercise in suspense and thrills. Villeneuve has a roster full of brilliant films, from “Incendies” to “Prisoners.” This year, nothing is stopping “Ar...

Mel Gibson returns with brutal war film

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
November 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

It has been 10 years since Mel Gibson’s last directorial effort. “Apocalypto” graced theater screens back in 2006. Mel Gibson has been slowly but surely making a comeback in Hollywood, initially with his acting in various features from “Get the Gringo” in 2012 to this year’s “Blood Fathe...

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