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On Willie Nelson’s “My Way” one icon pays tribute to another.

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In the wake of one of the most manufactured news stories of the year, when fans of Willie Nelson supposedly boycotted him for being politically outspoken, he released “My Way,” a decidedly neutral album of standards. The faux controversy illustrated how in our virtual world, a couple people angrily ...

Botox, drama in California: A review of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”

Botox, drama in California: A review of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

September 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

If you’re a potential suitor, please note that I am not my politics. Now, let’s discuss some serious issues: “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” I have been a fan since season four, and I fully blame my mom. She became addicted to the franchise after a broken leg left her in traction for ...

Playlist of the Week

Playlist of the Week

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Grow your scruffiest beard, and put on your starchiest pair of blue jeans. On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Student Sustainability Council and the Farm Administration are putting on Case Western Reserve University’s ninth annual Farm Harvest Festival. This week’s playlist is a selection of Americana fol...

NuJoy ready to serve baos, kebabs and milk tea in Uptown

Tracy Wang, Contributing Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food, Local Events

Ninja City, the Asian fusion bistro on Euclid Avenue, closed on Feb. 24. After months of preparation, the restaurant that would be replacing it, NuJoy, opened in August. NuJoy is co-owned by two Case Western Reserve University alumni from the Class of 2012. The owners, Bowen Sun and Xiwen Kang, n...

Playlist of the Week

Playlist of the Week

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Gray clouds have rolled in and the rains have started. Fall is on the way, and that means months of dreary wet and cold. But summer is not over until Sept. 22, so in the meantime, enjoy the last few drops of summer with this week’s playlist.   “The Sound of Sunshine” - Michael Franti...

Cleveland Taco Festival: Overpriced, underwhelming

Aura Rossy, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food, Local Events

This past Saturday, Sept. 8, marked the second annual Cleveland Taco Festival, held at JACK Thistledown Racino. The event boasted over 25 taco and food vendors from around the city. For those of age, the alcoholic options ranged from a frozen margarita “bar” to a tequila sampling tent. The entertainmen...

Omar Sosa on the meaning of jazz, his upcoming album

Omar Sosa on the meaning of jazz, his upcoming album

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

What is jazz? Is it a swinging rhythm? Is it a big band wailing on standards? Is it a piano trio in Little Italy? For seven-time Grammy nominee Omar Sosa the answer is simple. Jazz is freedom. “Jazz as a philosophy is freedom. Jazz has no borders,” said Sosa. “If you look at jazz as a sty...

CWRU professor discusses Hip-Hop and the Holy

Issra Osman, Contributing Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features

Since its creation, hip-hop has continually paid homage to its spiritual, cultural and religious beginnings. In her talk on “‘God Complexes’ and ‘Complex Gods’: Emancipatory Practices in Religion and Hip Hop,” Joy Bostic, Ph.D. examined the connection between divinity and hip-hop. Like ...

What to do This Weekend

Matt Hooke, A&E Editor

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, This Week

Friday, Sept. 14 What: Not The Enemy: The Crucial Role of Journalists in Society Where: Freedman Center, Kelvin Smith Library When: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. The English Department’s colloquium series is bringing Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery to campus. ...

IMPROVment Slumber Party is anything but sleepy

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

On Saturday, Sept. 8, over 70 people packed into the Eldred Black Box for a slumber party. Unlike a high school get together, this party featured a live performance by IMPROVment, Case Western Reserve University’s short-form improv comedy troupe, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The audience consisted of s...

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