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Queer aesthetics in “costumes,” Cleveland LGBTQ+ performers and safe spaces

Queer aesthetics in “costumes,” Cleveland LGBTQ+ performers and safe spaces

Adam Benjamin, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

In a season where LGBTQ+ youths are inundated with images of dominant groups donning queer aesthetics as costumes, the visibility of the drag community is ever more essential and magnitudinous.  Local performer and Queen Anhedonia Delight organizes GlamGore, a recurring monthly drag show series that ...

“Wakey, Wakey” celebrates mortality and the simplicity of human love

“Wakey, Wakey” celebrates mortality and the simplicity of human love

Adam Benjamin, Contributing Reporter

October 25, 2019

“Wakey, Wakey” is Dobama Theatre’s Midwest premiere of playwright Will Eno’s mysterious exploration of mortality.  “Wakey, Wakey” stars Jason Martin as Guy, a man whose vitality burns through his witty soliloquy and visceral morality. Martin draws the audience in with his charm, establ...

Cleveland-based book award recognizes four authors for their work

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Reporter

October 4, 2019

On Sept. 26, members of the Cleveland community attended the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards at the KeyBank State Theatre in Playhouse Square. The award was created in 1935 by poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf to recognize authors who “challenge racism and celebrate diversity.”  The Anisfiel...

MOCA opens fall exhibits “The Sunday Paintings” and “Invisible Cities”

MOCA opens fall exhibits “The Sunday Paintings” and “Invisible Cities”

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 20, 2019

On Friday, Sept. 13, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) celebrated the opening of two new exhibitions, Liu Wei’s “Invisible Cities” and Byron Kim’s “The Sunday Paintings.”  Both works explored what it means to be in a place, but in wildly different ways, that made for a ...

Ethiopian Cultural Garden phase one dedication and unveiling

Ethiopian Cultural Garden phase one dedication and unveiling

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

August 30, 2019

Without immigrants, there would be no Cleveland. Since the 1870s, a diverse influx of immigrants flowed into Cleveland from over 25 different nations. This inflow significantly defined and catalyzed much of Cleveland’s early development and shaped the ethnic communities that continue to exist in the c...

CIA Spring Show

CIA Spring Show

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

April 26, 2019

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

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

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

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

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...

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