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Jazzy Bone Voyage band swings and sways

By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ Jazz is very much alive at Xavier University. As part of its 2015 “Master of Swing Series,” Xavier hosted the Bone Voyage Jazz Band, featuring local jazz singer Nancy James, on Jan. 18 at the Gallagher Student Center Theatre. Since 2001, Bone Voyage has been entertaining audiences across the U.S. and Europe. Even with the passing of original trombone and trumpet … Continue reading

Best and worst video games of 2014

By: Katelyn Summers ~Copy Editor~ The Xavier Newswire decided to break down some of the great and not-so-great video game releases from 2014. Best Games: 5. Grand Theft Auto V [GTAV] The most recent installment of this action-adventure game has earned its place as the fastest selling game of all time. Earning $1 billion within the first three days, GTAV was a smash hit. … Continue reading

Inaugural XU Honor Band Festival succeeds

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ The Xavier community welcomed to campus a variety of high school students who all shared a love of music from Jan. 16-17. These students selected from Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, came together to form Xavier University’s first ever Honor Band. “The High School Honor Band is a fantastic way for us to increase our visibility as a band and music program … Continue reading

An interview with vocal instructor, Harriet Beebe Arrasmith

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Xavier Newswire (XN): How long have you been instructing the vocal arts? Harriet Beebe Arrasmith (HBA): Oh my gosh. Forty-five years. Almost fifty years. XN: Did you ever plan on becoming a vocal instructor? HBA: No, I never did. No. That was not my plan. I sang professionally for a very long time. Never even thought about teaching. It … Continue reading

“Parks” starts primetime season

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ The seventh and final season of the NBC television show “Parks and Recreation” premiered on Jan. 13 as a jumpstart to the beginning of the spring primetime season for the major TV networks. The 13-episode season, which takes place in the future in the year 2017, will air two episodes backto- back each Tuesday leading up to the series finale … Continue reading

NBC and Fox announce live TV musical developments

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ Both NBC and Fox have plans to broadcast live-action musicals for next winter. Following the ratings success of “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” NBC has planned another live musical. According to Entertainment Weekly, Chief Robert Greenblatt told reporters that the network has received the licensing rights to “The Wiz” and “The Music Man” as of Jan. 16. Greenblatt likes … Continue reading

“Birdman” soars successfully

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Darkly comedic and relentlessly satirical, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a masterpiece of film. “Birdman” follows the formerly successful movie star, Riggan Thompson (played appropriately by the magnificent Michael Keaton), on his bitter journey of redemption in the eyes of his once-beloved fans. Years after the massive commercial, critical and career-ending flop of “Birdman 3,” the third film in … Continue reading

“Selma” triumphs despite errors

By: Taylor Fulkerson ~Managing Editor~ The Newswire reviewed one of the best films covering the Civil Rights era in the last decade on Jan. 9: “Selma.” “Selma” depicts the march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., that helped make the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a reality, the same voting rights legislation that was partially repealed in 2013 to the dismay of many. The … Continue reading

“Black Fly” soars beyond setbacks

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ The regional premiere of Nick Gandiello’s modern drama “Black Fly Spring” made its home debut at the Gallagher Student Center Theatre to an audience that was both enthusiastic and intrigued. Set on a mountaintop resort in the Adirondacks, “Black Fly Spring” finds the dysfunctional couple of Lana (played … Continue reading

Drowzy book and score hinder “Sleeping Beauty”

By: Campbell Tuel ~Head Copy Editor~ Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) brings back its beloved “non-denominational” holiday classic with a twist. Local playwright Joseph McDonough and composer and lyricist David Kisor create a “fractured fairytale” in the form of Sleeping Beauty, based on the French fairy tale by Charles Perrault. The set, simple yet effectively constructed … Continue reading

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