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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...

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

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....

All that jazz

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

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.
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,...

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

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

The issue with Iconic

The issue with Iconic
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...

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

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,...

Cleveland community gathers for 8th annual Kurentovanje festival

Cleveland community gathers for 8th annual Kurentovanje festival
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...

Putting the gal in Galentine’s Day

Putting the gal in Galentine's Day
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,...

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