The Observer

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry – Column 3

David Lucas, Poet

November 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

This the third monthly column by full-time Case Western Reserve University lecturer and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas. The column will appear in other publications. “I never got poetry,” someone says to me again.  And I sigh. Because I never got it either—at least, not until I learned to s...

“First Man” gives audiences a harrowing and compelling journey to the moon

“First Man” gives audiences a harrowing and compelling journey to the moon

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

After four years, Damien Chazelle has cemented himself as one of this generation’s great directors with the masterpieces “Whiplash” in 2014 and “La La Land” in 2016. His newest film, “First Man,” is a complete change in subject matter and tone from his previous films, as Chazelle seeks to pro...

Jolly Comedy Hour brings stand-up comedy to campus

Jolly Comedy Hour brings stand-up comedy to campus

Aura Rossy, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2018


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

Jolly Comedy Hour, held on Saturday, Oct. 27, marked the first stand-up comedy event at the Jolly Scholar. The event featured headliner Vishnu Akella, Brett Thomas and Marcello Hernandez. Thomas, the recipient of 2018 Cleveland Comedy Awards for “Best Joke Short-form” and “Rookie of the Year...

Arts After Dark unites campus performers and arts supporters

Arts After Dark unites campus performers and arts supporters

Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2018


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

Arts enthusiasts were scattered around Harkness Chapel on Saturday evening, relaxed and ready to watch performances by a variety of their musical peers. Arts After Dark is a semesterly event organized by the Music Undergraduate Student Involvement Committee to showcase the outstanding talent on campu...

Playlist of the Week

Playlist of the Week

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

With every day looking more or less like the last gray and rainy day, it is easy to fall into a monotonous routine: wake up, go to class, do homework, sleep and repeat. To break that routine, this week’s playlist features rap songs that break the mold. “Pray For Me” - Brother Ali While the funky, 1990s-insp...

CWRU student, poet Christopher Cannon on telling the stories of the dead

CWRU student, poet Christopher Cannon on telling the stories of the dead

Matt Hooke, A&E Editor

November 2, 2018


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

Christopher Cannon’s first exposure to gang culture came at the age of 11 when he witnessed his brother’s gang initiation. “I grew up in violence,” said Cannon. “Just constant, constant violence.” Now, the 27-year-old fourth-year history and English major is working on a collection of poetry called ...

Prepare for Halloween with fun festivities

Aura Rossy, Accounts Manager

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

Pizza, Pies & Alpha Chis When: Oct. 26, 5 - 8 p.m. Where: Alpha Chi Omega, ZY at Case Western Reserve University Join Alpha Chi Omega to support the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center in Cleveland by consuming an unlimited amount of pizza and pie. Other activities will include ...

Drew Goddard’s homage to Tarantino a masterpiece itself

Drew Goddard’s homage to Tarantino a masterpiece itself

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

Writer and director Drew Goddard has quietly made a name for himself over the years, with his work on TV shows like “Alias” and “Lost” before heading into filmmaking with the screenplay to “Cloverfield.” Since then, he has brought originality to everything he writes and directs, especial...

Genre barriers disappear at the Grog Shop

Matt Hooke, A&E Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

The worlds of R&B, rock and hip-hop melded together Oct. 11 at The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, as local artists Uptowne Buddha and Jul Big Green opened for Melbourne-based funk band Jakubi. The three groups kept the energy high the entire night, and their complementary styles worked well toge...

Chateau Hough makes wine, helps former prisoners in the center of Cleveland

Matt Hooke, A&E Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

Vineyards pride themselves on their backdrops that symbolize their wealth and prestige. The mountains of Napa Valley and the scenic French countryside of Bordeaux pop into most people’s minds when they think of fine wine. Chateau Hough takes similar pride in its surroundings, but instead of the mark...

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