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Musician Nik Bartsch on Zen, music as a spiritual experience

Musician Nik Bartsch on Zen, music as a spiritual experience

Matt Hooke, A&E Editor

October 26, 2018


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

Nik Bartsch’s Ronin is one of the most unique groups in jazz, mainly because it’s difficult to even call their genre jazz. Their music resembles a jam session between Steve Reich and Prince more than a traditional jazz ensemble. The pioneering Swiss group is performing live at the Bop Stop in...

Stellar performances in 2018’s best film

Stellar performances in 2018’s best film

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018


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

“A Star is Born” is one of the most remade properties in cinema. It is an undying love story for every generation in the 20th and now the 21st century about the consequences of passion.  The film marks actor Bradley Cooper’s first foray into directing, and he takes advantage of his talent both be...

Playlist of the Week

Playlist of the Week

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Fall Break has come and gone, leaving depleted Netflix watchlists in its wake. If you finished your favorite show, your second favorite show and everything else that sounded remotely interesting over the weekend, this week’s playlist is here to help with a selection of songs from concept albums. ...

What’s new with the Fall Concert artists

What’s new with the Fall Concert artists

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

It’s been about a month since Smallpools and MisterWives rocked the UPBeats Fall Concert. While Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center has hosted only one or two major events since the concert, the bands that performed at the concert have been releasing new content. Smallpools and Mist...

Gus Dapperton to perform at the Grog Shop on Oct. 21

Gus Dapperton to perform at the Grog Shop on Oct. 21

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

October 19, 2018


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

History tells us that everything must come to an end. Everything good and pure eventually disappears; singer-songwriter Gus Dapperton has shaved his bowl cut. For fans of Dapperton, whose latest tour brings him to the Grog Shop on Oct. 21, the bowl cut was a big deal. A 21-year-old with a hairstyle...

Socks, NERF blasters and tag… oh my!

Socks, NERF blasters and tag… oh my!

Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games, Local Events

Have you noticed a bunch of students running around with NERF blasters in green bandanas for the past week and a half? You’re not imagining things. These students have been playing Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ), a 10-day long, campus-wide game of tag that simulates the zombie apocalypse. The game is abo...

Fall for CWRU with our annual Homecoming weekend

Aura Rossy, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, This Week

Homecoming 2018 When: Oct. 11-14 Where: Case Western Reserve University Join in the festivities of this celebrated tradition that combines alumni reunion and parents weekend, reaching essentially anyone affiliated with the university. Homecoming activities range from academic lectures to so...

East Cleveland Theater opens season No. 50 with dramatic Jekyll and Hyde

East Cleveland Theater opens season No. 50 with dramatic Jekyll and Hyde

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2018


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

Fog poured through the darkly lit hall of a 100-year-old church Saturday night, as dark figures stalked through the gloom pursuing evil intentions. Where pews should have stood, rows of theater seating held a sparse audience, enthralled by the tale unfolding before them. It was the second night of the East Clevelan...

A formulaic, yet odd marvel

A formulaic, yet odd marvel

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2018


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

The release of “Venom” has been plagued by immense scrutiny from many and cautious optimism from some. Such doubts stemmed from its lack of a connection to Spider-Man or the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) due to it being from Sony Picture’s barebones Marvel Universe with a questionable wr...

Author Ben Fountain visits Cleveland

Author Ben Fountain visits Cleveland

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Top Stories

As a reporter covering the 2016 presidential election for The Guardian, author Ben Fountain found himself up close and personal with the the most confusing and controversial presidential race in recent memory. On Monday night his tour supporting his new book “Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, ...

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