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A Carol for Cleveland at Cleveland Play House

A Carol for Cleveland at Cleveland Play House

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theater & Dance, Top Stories, What to do this Week

Things certainly have changed since Dickens’ time. The miserly scrooge-like main character is now poor and has a family but still cannot feel the Christmas spirit. It’s almost like a peak into the classic Scrooge’s life if he would have proposed to the woman he loved instead of pursuing money; then,...

Nick Pilla Presents: The CWRU Album

Nick Pilla Presents: The CWRU Album

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Stories, What to do this Week

A new artist has become an overnight student sensation at Case Western Reserve University. Nick Pilla, a third year student, recently released what he calls "a CWRU-based comedy/ somewhat legitimate album" on Dec. 2. The album became immensely popular among the student population very quickly; in just under t...

The Observer Rates the Best Television of 2012

The Observer Rates the Best Television of 2012

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, What to do this Week

With 2012 coming to a close your favorite series are taking a break for the holiday season. So, let’s take this opportunity to toast some of the best shows of 2012 in no particular order: The Legend of Korra: Creating a sequel to a beloved television series rarely works: from Joanie Loves Chachi to That...

The Walking Dead: Award-winning and Gut-wrenching

The Walking Dead: Award-winning and Gut-wrenching

Owen Bell, Games and Tech Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Games, What to do this Week

I'll say right now that The Walking Dead is not a game for everyone. Based on the comic books of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Telltale Studio's The Walking Dead is one of the most striking video games of this year. Its story is unapologetically adult and harrowing beyond belief. The game comes at you li...

A MaDaCol Dancer’s Experience

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theater & Dance, What to do this Week

Editors Note: In addition to her duties with The Observer, Elaina dances in the Mather Dance Collective. She wrote this article to chronicle her experience with the group’s current production.   It is a pleasant and breezy Sunday afternoon. At this time of day, most students are hastening to finish...

Duality by Captain Murphy

Duality by Captain Murphy

Jason Walsh, Music Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, What to do this Week

  Album: Duality Artist: Captain Murphy Rating: 4 / 5 by Jason Walsh   In a lot of ways, Captain Murphy’s debut mixtape, Duality, is your typical rap mixtape. It was uploaded to the Internet without very much fanfare. It was posted on DatPiff, the (self-proclaimed) author...

PTG Presents “Chaika,” an adaption of Chekhov’s “Seagull”

PTG Presents “Chaika,” an adaption of Chekhov’s “Seagull”

Joseph Verbovszky, Theatre and Dance Reporter

December 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Theater & Dance, Top Stories, What to do this Week

 “Sometimes people choose what’s bad for them;” says director Kelly McCready about the characters in Chekhov’s famous play. This seems to be their tragedy. Konstantin loves Nina and hopes to impress his actress mother, Arkadna, with his magnum opus. Nina, however, would sacrifice everything for ...

The Nutcracker at Playhouse Theater, A Holiday Necessity

The Nutcracker at Playhouse Theater, A Holiday Necessity

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

December 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Theater & Dance, Top Stories, What to do this Week

This weekend, the Cleveland Orchestra accompanies the Joffrey Ballet in a magical performance of Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker.” This year's show has been performed only once so far, yesterday, in Cleveland, but four more performances are still lined up for the next couple of days. The perform...

Fashion Deals for the Discerning Gift-Giver

Janet Lanman, Style Reporter

December 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Style, What to do this Week

  Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but the deals aren’t! Here are a few of my favorite websites for getting the best prices online.   Flash Sales: Although Gilt Groupe, Hautelook, and Ruelala are my favorite flash sale websites, I recently discovered Ideeli and MyHabit....

The Observer Picks the Year’s Best Albums

The Observer Picks the Year’s Best Albums

Jason Walsh, Music Reporter

December 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, What to do this Week

#1 – Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads by Dustin Wong This is the debut solo album from guitar magician Dustin Wong. Former member of art-rock band Ponytail, Wong writes songs for double digit numbers of guitar and nothing else. Dreams is an hour of layered, looped guitar that ebbs, flows, ...

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