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“2020 (hindsight)”: A virtual play about despair and hope in this year to remember

A play through Zoom? Who’d have thought.
November 20, 2020

This year has been a rough one. While there have been glimmers of hope along the way, it is evident that our lives have changed for the worse over the past year as we have been deprived of some of the...

Coronavirus cancels CWRU events again

Dr. Srinivasan leads a cooking class for students celebrating Diwali.
uISA’s Diwali continues in virtual form
November 20, 2020

The United States is currently in the throes of another spike in this seemingly never-ending pandemic, hitting record numbers of daily infections. This has started to have wide ramifications at Case Western...

Presenting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductees … on HBO Max?

Artists like Ringo Starr appear virtually to induct the latest class into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Artists like Ringo Starr appear virtually to induct the latest class into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
November 20, 2020

When you ask any student of Case Western Reserve University what the top things to do in Cleveland are, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will invariably end up on that list. A museum documenting the history...

Looking back at the PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 was the default gaming device for the last seven years, and for good reason.
November 13, 2020

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S released this week, ushering in a new generation of gaming consoles, with their increased power, graphical output and the potential for more impressive...

Songs of hope after a divided election

Playlist of the Week 11/13/20
November 13, 2020

After last week being one of the most boring weeks I have ever experienced (I’m being sarcastic, if you couldn’t tell), it is time to kick into high gear with some great music. I think most of us have...

Remembering Alex Trebek, the last consistent, comforting voice of TV

With Trebek’s death, the era of unifying cultural figures in America has ended.
November 13, 2020

It’s difficult to explain the role Alex Trebek has had in my life.  I’m a fan of “Jeopardy!,” and have been for as long as I can remember. Every weeknight at 7:30 p.m., I’d sit down with...

Coping with “The West Wing” never felt so good

A view of what government should be, or a liberal dreamscape? Regardless, “The West Wing” still has a place today.
Streaming recommendation of the week 11/6/20
November 6, 2020

This has been a crazy week. As of this writing, there is still no definitive winner of the 2020 Presidential Election, with vote counting still occurring and the current president illegitimately claiming...

“The Mandalorian” returns for Season 2 and foreshadows the future of “Star Wars”

Baby Yoda is back, along with his Boba Fett-esque protector, for another season of
November 6, 2020

The Baby Yoda Show is back! And by that, I, of course, mean the hit live-action “Star Wars” spin-off series, “The Mandalorian,” that has dominated pop culture conversation since its premiere in...

Discovering “The Shining” 40 years after release

This iconic shot is just one part of why Stanley Kubrick's
October 30, 2020

Some films have so much critical acclaim and notoriety they are actively intimidating, almost to a point where it dissuades you from watching them. The reputation they have of being so perfect, so amazing,...

Movies to stream this Halloween

Streaming recommendation(s) of the week 10/30/20
October 30, 2020

Halloween is finally here, and along with that comes Halloween movies. There’s nothing better than curling up under a blanket on a breezy October night with some warm apple cider and a scary movie. Right...

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