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Mount Adams Art Walk returns for 2015

By: Taylor Roberts ~Guest Writer~ Eclectic sounds of soft music and friendly chatter between vendors and patrons filled the streets from 1 to 6 p.m. on April 11 in Mount Adams during their Art Walk. Guests could attend the event for free but had the option to purchase artwork by more than 40 local artists … Continue reading

‘Longest Ride,’ predictable yet enjoyable

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ Nicholas Sparks, an American romantic novelist, has had 10 novels adapted to film. While it seems that Sparks certainly has the love story formula down pat, it must be mentioned how repetitive this formula has become. Sparks has become well-known for his romantic-drama films that feature a relationship that’s typically … Continue reading

Spring Recitals

By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ As the spring semester comes to an end, Xavier students are very busy completing final projects for their classes. For music majors and minors, these final projects come in the form of spring recitals. For many of the students who performed in April 11’s recital series, this is the first, … Continue reading

‘It’s the Bitch of Living’

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Xavier University’s Theatre is preparing to stage its production of “Spring Awakening,” a rock musical that focuses on the lives of a group of students and their coming-of-age journeys. The Tony Award winning musical features music written by Duncan Sheik and is based on the 1891 German play of the … Continue reading

‘Lion King’ makes a triumphant return

By: Andrew Koch ~Editor-in-Chief~ Disney and Broadway fans alike are in for a treat as “The Lion King” came roaring back to Cincinnati this month at the Aronoff Center. The show’s plot, based on the 1994 animated film of the same name (and itself an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”), is certainly familiar to movie- and … Continue reading

Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ appointment stirs controversy

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ Almost two months following Jon Stewart’s announcement that he would depart from his longrunning, critically-acclaimed “The Daily Show,” producers stated that correspondent Trevor Noah will take over as host either in late 2015 or early 2016. However, a slew of critics have pointed to the South African comedian’s … Continue reading

‘The Wiz’ to premiere as next live musical

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Another live musical is in the works at NBC: on March 30, the network announced plans for “The Wiz” to be its next live musical performance program. “The Wiz” will be NBC’s third live musical, following “The Sound of Music” featuring Carrie Underwood in 2013 and “Peter Pan” with Allison … Continue reading

MusicNOW Festival entertains once again

By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~ The National returned to its hometown to perform at Cincinnati’s MusicNOW Festival with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Originally founded in 2006 by The National’s guitarist Bryce Dessner, the festival has been an opportunity for classical and indie musicians to collaborate and experiment with new music. This year’s festival took … Continue reading

Faculty profile: Jan Corrothers

By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ The Xavier Music Department has hosted a number of vocal ensemble performances throughout each year as opportunites for performance for both singers and the audience receiving them. Most of the songs one hears require complex piano accompaniment. Jan Corrothers, an adjunct Xavier Music Department faculty member, does that and more. … Continue reading

‘Chappie’ proves to be satirical, yet flawed

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ The landscape of science fiction in cinema has found itself in a contemporary renaissance, offering a multitude of new, provocative science fiction films each year. Of the many filmmakers contributing their work to the enrichmente of the genre, writer/director Niell Blomkamp (“District 9,” “Elysium”), among others, has proven himself as … Continue reading

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