Arts & Entertainment

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Jubilant “Godspell” gladdens

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ The Xavier Department of Music and Theatre premiered Stephen Schwartz’s parable-infused musical “Godspell” to both guffaws and tears. Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, “Godspell” gathers a motley crew of 12 seemingly-professional John and Jane Does who have been distracted from Jesus’ word for too long. Through … Continue reading

“An Iliad”epically wows

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Kicking off the second act of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s 2014-15 season is the masterfully executed “An Iliad,” which regionally premiered Oct. 14. “An Iliad,” adapted from Homer’s epic poem, is a one-man show recounting the events of the Trojan War by using it as a parallel to the hardships and … Continue reading

NPH to host 2015 Oscars

By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ On Feb. 22, many Americans will be tuning in to watch the 87th Academy Awards for the glitz, glamour and the antics of the celebrity host . This time the host will be theactor, producer, director and singer Neil Patrick Harris of “How I Met your Mother” fame. The veteran … Continue reading

Raven-Symoné baffles viewers

Raven-Symoné raises eyebrows in response to questions about her racial and sexual identity. By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ Raven-Symoné, former star of “The Cosby Show” and “That’s So Raven,” appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s premiere titled “Where Are They Now?” on Oct. 5. During the interview, Raven- Symoné sparked controversy through a statement regarding her race … Continue reading

“The Best of Me” is sappy, at best

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ “The Best of Me,” despite being another movie based off of a best-selling Nicholas Sparks book, failed to wow the audience. If there’s one common denominator in the Nicholas Sparks movies, it’s that viewers are going to feel a strange mix of happiness and sadness, and “The Best of Me” … Continue reading

An interview with Mr. Kelly Phelps of the Art Department

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Xavier University’s Art Department, located in the A.B. Cohen Center, is looking forward to continued success. Kelly Phelps, the current chair of the Art Department, shared his experiences and goals for his first year in the department. Phelps received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics and … Continue reading


By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell” will be opening at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17. at the Gallagher Center Theatre. Based on the story of Jesus Christ, this upbeat musical centers on a group of ordinary people making a journey and learning life lessons. The story is structured as a series of parables based … Continue reading

“Cheek to Cheek” is heaven

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Tony Bennet & Lady Gaga make this a jazz standard for the ages. In late September, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga released a collaborative jazz standard album. “Cheek to Cheek” couples the unexpected duo’s vocals on 11 tracks that are covers of classic jazz songs. The album follows Gaga’s 2013 … Continue reading

Scrumptious “Spaghetti” satisfies

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Sept. 27 marked the premiere of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s brand new foodie comedy, “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti.” The very fresh and original play is a one-woman show set in Giulia Melucci’s kitchen, as she showcases her long history of failed relationships and the long-lasting lessons … Continue reading

Racism warnings question cartoon’s legacy

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ Though the classic Warner Bros. cartoon, “Tom and Jerry,” was once thought to be a fun animated game of cat and mouse, it now comes with a warning label on both iTunes and Amazon Prime Instant Video. “These animated shorts are products of their time,” the iTunes disclaimer said. “Some … Continue reading

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