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CIA Spring Show

CIA Spring Show

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

April 26, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Style, Top Stories

On April 23, the Cleveland Institute of Art opened its doors to the public for the Spring Design Show. The showcase featured student work across all 15 majors offered at CIA, from graphic design to metals and jewelry to interior design. The annual spring show has long been a part of the curr...

A tale of two talents

A tale of two talents

Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

April 26, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Fine Arts, Top Stories

Graduating fourth-year student Matt Thompson not only excels in pre-medicine, but he also shines on the theater stage. Thompson is a double-major in biochemistry and theater. He has been involved in performing arts since age four. Inspired by his older brother’s violin abilities, he took up the instrument h...

Chasing a line through mediums

Chasing a line through mediums

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

April 26, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Top Stories

Chappelle Letman’s dust-covered hands glide over his latest sculpture, his fingers touching every crack and crevice. After feeling the appropriate spot, the 68-year-old grabs his hammer and chisel and cuts away, creating puffs of white dust with a rhythmic banging of metal ripping away stone. H...

Giggles galore

Claudia Jazowski, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Theater & Dance

There are giggles galore on Saturday nights at the Eldred Theater Blackbox with Case Western Reserve University’s own improv comedy troupe, IMPROVment. With only two performances left, this comedy show is one you do not want to miss. The shows start at 11 p.m. on April 20 and 9 p.m. on April 27. Be s...

IMPROVment hosts annual improv festival

IMPROVment hosts annual improv festival

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

April 5, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Theater & Dance, Top Stories

This past weekend, IMPROVment hosted their eighth annual Lake Effect Improv Festival in the Tink Ballroom on Saturday, March 30. The festival’s name is inspired by our university’s proximity to Lake Erie and contributions to Cleveland’s weather by the lake effect. This year’s festival...

Balancing between silliness, seriousness

Balancing between silliness, seriousness

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

March 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Theater & Dance, Top Stories

As a high school student, perhaps the two worst words to hear from an English teacher are “William Shakespeare.” The name itself strikes dread and fear into the hearts of teenagers, leading to groans when it is time for an annual reading of one of the playwright’s many scripts. Hearing that the ...

“Rent Live” showed potential despite production disaster

“Rent Live” showed potential despite production disaster

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Theater & Dance, Top Stories

Believe it or not, there was a time when “Rent” was radical. The musical, about a group of young New Yorkers fighting off gentrification in the shadow of the AIDS crisis, premiered off-Broadway, less than a decade after the country’s president would not even utter the word “AIDS” in public. ...

MaDaCol creates memorable experience for audience, dancers alike

MaDaCol creates memorable experience for audience, dancers alike

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Theater & Dance, Top Stories

Dance productions are not for everyone. The Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol) wants to change that. MaDaCol is one of Case Western Reserve University's oldest student-run organizations, founded in 1984 with the goal of making dance productions accessible to students and members of the Cleveland ...

One-Act Festival provides bite-sized entertainment for CWRU

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Theater & Dance

Do you have the attention span of a squirrel? Do you often find yourself losing interest in plays only minutes in? Players’ Theatre Group (PTG) provided a solution to both problems through their hour and thirty minute long One-Act Festival, held in the Eldred Black Box Theater on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. ...

MaDaCol to present a unique modern dance show on Nov. 29

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

November 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

On Nov. 29, students and faculty from Case Western Reserve University will come together with members of the greater Cleveland community to perform a dance show unlike any other. The Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol) is one of CWRU’s oldest undergraduate student organizations, and the group creates an opport...

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