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Is anybody out there?

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

April 6, 2020

“Mayday, is anybody out there?” Like an out-of-control rocket ship calling out for help, on Tuesday, March 3, South Korean-born and Guam-raised rapper DPR Live (Hong Da-bin) asked his fans just that, when he released his long-awaited first studio album “Is Anybody Out There?”  The album comes af...

You Wear What You Eat?

You Wear What You Eat?

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

Imagine. It’s a hot summer day and you’re out spending time with family and friends, having a picnic in the park. The sky is blue, the sun is out and you suddenly smell fried chicken. Odd, considering you’re a vegetarian and you don’t see any meat around you. Instead, you see a pair of limited editi...

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” returns for seventh and final season after six-year hiatus

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” returns for seventh and final season after six-year hiatus

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

What makes the “Star Wars” franchise so different from most other series is its ability to transcend media platforms. While “Star Wars” will always primarily be a movie franchise, with the main story always being the nine episodic films, the franchise has shown extreme flexibility with the ga...

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...

Playlist of the Week

TJ Disabato, Contributing Reporter

February 27, 2020

I haven’t been listening to many newly discovered songs recently, but rather going through the archives of my past. This playlist certainly encompasses what will likely be my most broad playlist, so if you were looking for variety, you’ve come to the right place. “Firth of Fifth” — Genesis A piano ...

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...

Art Forward uses art to connect CWRU to Cleveland youth

Art Forward enables students to work on art projects with the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center.

Kate Caforio, Contributing Reporter

February 27, 2020

The Coffee House at University Circle has long served as a hub for Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Institute of Art faculty and students alike. Upon walking in, there is a buzz of energy and conversation amidst the smell of freshly brewed coffee. However, now unt...

“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...

BTS’ “Map of the Soul: 7” is deeper and meaningful

BTS’ “Map of the Soul: 7” is deeper and meaningful

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 21, K-pop superstars Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS) released their highly anticipated album, “Map of the Soul: 7.” Over the course of seven years, the group has experienced major success and become one of the most influential groups of our generation.  The seven-member boy band, consisting of rap...

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