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Fall Music Festival

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ The 2014 Xavier University Fall Music Festival began on Oct. 27 as a kickoff to the Xavier musical season. This annual Fall Music Festival will be held over the course of the week, showcasing many of Xavier’s wide variety of ensemble music groups, including the Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Winds. … Continue reading

Designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

By: Allison Wisyanki ~Staff Writer~ Legendary fashion designer Oscar de le Renta died at 82 on Oct. 20. He dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy, along with celebrities such as Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker and Oprah Winfrey. His passion for fashion showed through his creations, which appeared on the red carpet, the Oval … Continue reading

Showcase: Xavier a capella choirs

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Xavier’s men’s and women’s a capella groups are both anticipating a year full of music and entertainment. Both Harmon-X, the all-male group, and AcaBellas, the all-female group, currently consist of 15 members and serve to provide entertainment through acappella music and performance to the Xavier community and beyond. Harmon-X, which … Continue reading

Xavier Singers hopes to spook and entertain

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ This Halloween Xavier students have not only candy and costumes to look forward to, but also the Xavier Singers premiere of “Fear of the Dark,” a music and dance show featuring a live rock n’ roll band. Xavier Singers is “comprised of 12 of Xavier’s most talented singers and dancers … Continue reading

Gripping “Safe House” delivers from beginning to end

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ The sheer brilliance and potency of live theatre exploded on Oct. 23 at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park with the world premiere of “Safe House.” Penned by Cincinnati native Keith Josef Adkins, this compelling historical drama revolves around brothers Addison and Frank Pedigrew, along with their Aunt Dorcas, … Continue reading

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

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