Arts & Entertainment

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World mourns loss of comedian Robin Williams

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~   Much to the surprise of the entertainment industry and his international fan base, Robin Williams was found dead in his home on Aug. 11. A detailed autopsy confirmed that Williams died as a result of suicide by asphyxiation. Williams had been suffering from long bouts of depression … Continue reading

Westgate leaves Xavier

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~   This past June, the Xavier Department of Music and Theatre an­nounced that associate professor Dr. Matthew Westgate will not return to Xavier in the fall. Westgate will take on a new position as director of wind stud­ies at the University of Massachusetts. Westgate just recently concluded a … Continue reading

The essential guide to Cincinnati theater

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ While the end of the summer season marks the conclusion of tan lines and beach playlists, the Cincinnati theater scene is only beginning to heat up. Repertory companies and even Xavier’s own Department of Music and Theatre have un­veiled their season listings for what is sure to be … Continue reading

Xavier Singers delivers boisterous performance

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ If anything could be said for the Xavier Singers, it’s that the en­ergy never ceases to amaze. The wholly student-produced group of 14 singers and dancers flipped, kicked and belted their way through a new rock concert entitled “Welcome to the New Age: A Live Music Experience from … Continue reading

“Toolbox: Take Two” a success

By: Thomas Bell ~Guest Writer~ Xavier Players’ “Toolbox: Take 2” once again delighted audiences with a show that not even the ac­tors knew was coming. Billed as “a new show every night,” seniors Brandon Martin and Will Clemens directed a cast of seven Xavier students in the improvisational comedy show that has become a Players … Continue reading

“Venus in Fur” sizzles with sex and hilarity

By: Patrick Phillips ~Staff Writer~ Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has begun running David Ives’ 2012 Tony nominee for Best Play, “Venus in Fur.” Composed of a perfect mixture of intelligence and sex appeal, the play has something to offer to everyone in the audience. The play follows the story of Thomas, a playwright looking … Continue reading

Newswire selects top films of the past year

By: Patrick Phillips ~Staff Writer~ “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – Action Many anticipated the new release of the sequel to the successful first film installment of “The Hunger Games.” Eyes were set on Jennifer Lawrence, who had just recently won the Oscar for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook.” She once again donned her … Continue reading

Best Albums of the year

By: Campbell Tuel ~Head Copy Editor~ Arctic Monkeys – “AM” The indie rockers released “AM,” a hip hop-infused after-party album laced with heartache and regretful lust. The band strips down to its roots and balance genuine affection and sarcasm without tipping the scale. Arctic Monkeys’ “AM” is easily its best album since the band’s debut. … Continue reading

“Grand Budapest Hotel” stylish and hilarious

By: Patrick Phillips ~Staff Writer~ Wes Anderson has released yet another quirky and hilarious success with his most recent film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” With an all-star cast of actors and an engaging story, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is another in a long line of directorial successes for Anderson. The film follows the story of … Continue reading

Rodrigo y Gabriela offer unconventional album with Latin flair

By: Taylor Fulkerson ~Staff Writer~ It’s not easy to make it big in the Latin American music scene, and it’s quite another leap to make a name for oneself internationally. Mexican duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, not only accomplished this, but also did it in an unconventional fashion. At the end of April, their 5th studio … Continue reading


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