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No masks needed, comfy clothes encouraged: The resurgence of the drive-in movie

Kate Caforio, Contributing Reporter

August 21, 2020

The drive-in movie is a classic characteristic of Americana. The bright neon signs, white projector screens and cars parked bumper to bumper all contribute to the image of the quintessential drive-in theater. Over the past 50 years or so, drive-in movies have been slowly replaced by the exceedingly pre...

All that jazz

Proceeds from the Quintessence Combo concert went to Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School, a nonprofit that was founded in 2004.

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2020

It’s hard to imagine what life was like before COVID-19 filled our thoughts every second of everyday. With cases increasing exponentially, shelter-in-place orders going into effect and in-person instruction at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) transitioning to “distance learning” at Zoom University,...

Short. Sweet. Film Fest. expands to five days to celebrate ninth year

“El Astronauta,” (above) is one of the 150 films presented at the Short. Sweet. Film. Festival in downtown Cleveland.

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

February 27, 2020

The Short. Sweet. Film Fest. started in the basement of Market Garden Brewery, spearheaded by Case Western Reserve University alumni and faculty member Michael Sugilo. That first show had 30 films. Now, nine festivals later, over 150 films will be shown at the Alex Theater at the Metropolitan at 9 a.m. i...

Are we allowed to enjoy “The Scottsboro Boys” musical?

The musical “The Scottsboro Boys,” uses real historical events to talk about racism.

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

February 27, 2020

Director Jon Martinez's production of “The Scottsboro Boys,” that ended its three-week run at the Beck Center for the Arts last Sunday, Feb. 23, challenges the (mostly white) audience to think about what theater should be and what they are allowed to enjoy. It also challenges them to remember rac...

The issue with Iconic

The issue with Iconic

Lydia Mandell, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

Last Saturday night, Feb. 22, the Jolly Scholar bar and kitchen was full of drag queens and kings impersonating celebrities. Iconic: First Issue was hosted by queen Dusty Bucket and charged no cover. The show was conveniently located on Case Western Reserve University’s campus, free and on an unusuall...

“Cry Baby”: class, war and a few kisses with tongue

Gwen Zhen, Contributing Reporter

February 27, 2020

Dozens lined up for polio shots at Eldred Theater between Feb. 14 and Feb. 23 to catch a glimpse of the moment Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker, the “bad boy” played by fourth-year student Tony Monczewski, first caught the eye of “good girl” Allison Vernon-Williams, played by second-year student S...

Cleveland community gathers for 8th annual Kurentovanje festival

Cleveland community gathers for 8th annual Kurentovanje festival

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

Mardi Gras is often thought of as a tradition exclusive to New Orleans; however, it is one of many carnival celebrations throughout the world. One of them, Kurentovanje, was celebrated in Cleveland from Feb. 16 to 22.  Kurentovanje, described by Cleveland Kurentovanje as “Slovenian Mardi Gras,” has...

Putting the gal in Galentine’s Day

Putting the gal in Galentine's Day

Lydia Mandell, Staff Reporter

February 21, 2020

Cleveland is home to one of the most diverse drag scenes in the Midwest and, arguably, in the country.  It is not unusual to see queens from different types of drag—pageant, alternative, camp, androgynous, etc.—in the same show, as shown by Brewnuts’ Galentine’s Drag Show on Feb. 13. For th...

Samāsana brings Indian dance competition to Cleveland

The executive board of Samāsana at a mixer with all competing teams the night before the competition.

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

February 6, 2020

On Saturday, Feb. 1, Samāsana debuted as Cleveland’s first national, intercollegiate Indian classical dance competition.  Third-year student Sunayana Jampanaboyana and fourth-year student Janani Kanagasundaram, who are members of Case Western Reserve University Nritya, founded Samāsana. Kanagasundaram had su...

Great Lakes Science Center offers students a respite to rekindle their love of science

The Great Lakes Science center offers dozens of interactive programs that showcase the fun in science.

Nathan Lesch, Director of Print

January 30, 2020

Thwump. The muffled thud of the baseball hitting the backstop, a routine, almost constant noise on the Great Lakes Science Center’s (GLSC) top floor, was quickly swallowed up by the sounds of laughing, talking and learning about science. With innocent glee, adults and children alike lined up to have...

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