Arts & Life

The Carroll News talks ‘Theory of Everything’ with cast and director

The Carroll News’ Paul Mullin sat down for a phone interview with the production team of Focus Feature’s “The Theory of Everything.” Mullin spoke with James Marsh (director), Felicity Jones (Jane Hawking), and Eddie Redmayne (Stephen Hawking).
Q: The first image of this movie that went out to the press was the wedding day…

Women’s & Gender Studies’ poetry reading: ‘Passion Seeds’

Suzanne Ondrus will be hosting, “A Literary High Tea/Poetry Reading” on Friday, Dec. 5, with the help of the John Carroll Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The event, to be held in room 112 of the O’Malley Center, will ring in the holiday season with readings from Ondrus’ award-winning book, “Passion Seeds.”
“Passion Seeds,”…

A preview: 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

For the past 88 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has entertained over 50 million viewers on television and nearly four million spectators lining the streets of Manhattan. A vast array of balloons, floats, marching bands, celebrities and Broadway performances will march, float, ride and perform down two and a half miles through New York…

Cleveland’s 2014 Winterfest

Manhattan is not the only city that puts on a show to kick off the holiday season. On Saturday, Nov. 29, Huntington Bank will be hosting Cleveland’s Winterfest in the PlayhouseSquare District.

The day will consist of dozens of family-friendly activities to get people in the holiday spirit. Local artisans will have their creations…

Taylor Swift removes all music from Spotify

One of music’s biggest artists made a bold statement, shocking and disappointing fans worldwide.
On Oct. 27, American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album, “1989.”
According to The Daily News, Swift’s album sold 1.287 million copies within the first week of release. A week after her album debuted, Swift decided to…

Neil Patrick Harris to host spin-off variety show

The 41-year-old television and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris recently signed on to host a new variety show on NBC. The announcement came less than two weeks after Harris was chosen to host the 2015 Oscars.
According to The New York Times, the show is based on the popular British variety show, “Saturday Night…

GoldieBlox creates new action figure doll, “Goldie”

Many believe Barbie and knockoff brands such as Bratz and Monster High represent exaggerated versions of women. GoldieBlox, a toy manufacturing company, recently released an action figure named “Goldie” to challenge the values of Barbie, inspiring girls to be themselves.
GoldieBlox is a company founded by Stanford University engineering graduate Deborah…

Cleveland’s royal impact

Seemingly all of Cleveland anxiously huddled around televisions on Thursday, Oct. 30 in anxious anticipation to witness the return of Cavs player LeBron James.
Donning the Cavs uniform for a second time, James had quite the hyped homecoming.
Over 20,000 fans filled seats in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, including a few celebrities…

Take care

Besides living off campus, being a junior is not always awesome.
I love delving into my major and minor. But I underestimated how intense 300 and 400-level classes could be. I noticed I’m not the only one, either.
I scroll through Twitter all the time.
And every day, I see several tweets…

Music turns gray with Slipknot’s newest album

As the end of October draws near, the anticipation for Halloween heightens. There are few bands that capture the terror, shock and creepiness of Halloween outside of Slipknot, the heavy metal seven person band from Des Moines, Iowa.
The group lost its founding bassist Paul Gray in 2010 to an accidental morphine  overdose,…

‘John the Valiant,’ a Hungarian operetta, heads to Kulas

Kulas Auditorium will welcome the Hungarian Equestrian Theatre of Komarom, Hungary to John Carroll University on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. The touring group will perform the 1903 operetta “John the Valiant.”
The operetta is based on the epic poem written in 1845 by Sandor Petofi, a Hungarian poet. The poem was redone…

Right to my core

I don’t think I’ll ever understand the core curriculum requirements.
I get the point of it. And I think it’s a good thing that schools want their students to be well-rounded and not purely dedicated to one specific, or general, subject.
But I think that colleges, including this one, take it…

‘The Odd Couple’ brings quirky comedy to the Kulas stage

At one point in our lives, almost all of us have heard the saying: “A drunk mind speaks a sober heart.”
When playwright Neil Simon was imagining the plot for his play, “The Odd Couple,” he found inspiration in this phenomena.
He said, “I thought, wouldn’t it be great to write characters that…

An inside look at JCU fall theater

Keith Nagy, assistant professor and managing director of theater at John Carroll University, has many opportunities planned for students to get involved in the theatre program on campus.
Prior to coming to the John Carroll, Nagy has “always been in the Cleveland area theater community.”
Nagy has been the director of production and…

A league of our own

I had a difficult time picking the right college. When I finally decided on John Carroll University, it was a huge weight off of my shoulders, as I’m sure it was for everyone else. I couldn’t wait to move into my very first home away from home.
One thing I was nervous…

The Carroll News talks with director of new film, ‘The Judge’

The Carroll News: What kind of pressure is there on you as a director working for Warner Bros., which usually does such large platforms, without any ties to anything more?
David Dobkins: You’re campaigning so hard for a movie to be made but you forget about all the rest for a little bit. This…

Revolution, redemption and love shine in GLT’s ‘Les Miserables’

4 out of 5 streaks

Passion, grief, pain, love and forgiveness captured the hearts and minds of audiences who ventured on the journey guided by the cast of Great Lakes Theater’s “Les Miserables” on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Hanna Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.
“Les Miserables” is story of social injustice, revolution and…

Head over to a musical lover’s paradise: Second annual Heights Music Hop set for this weekend

Music lovers will unite at the second annual Heights Music Hop this Saturday, Oct. 11 presented by FutureHeights. FutureHeights, a nonprofit 501c3 organization, focuses on building community within the area.
Event partners include Cleveland Beer Week, the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District and Cellar Door Records.
This music extravaganza kicked off last…

Fall into the fashion trends of the season

It’s time to put the shorts and flip-flops away and bring out the boots and sweaters. Every year, the trends change, and 2014 is no different.
Fall trends debut in the spring during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. The hottest celebrities and fashion designers gather to see what the hottest looks…

B.J. Novak debuts children’s book

Many know B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard from the “mocumentary” known as “The Office.” Now, Novak has used his comedic talent to write a children’s book entitled, “The Book With No Pictures,” designed entirely with no pictures.
This is Novak’s first children’s book. Both funny and creative, this book, according to Entertainment Weekly, is…

The world goes pink for breast cancer awareness month

Every October, the color pink takes the world by storm, raising awareness for breast cancer. According to ABC News, a woman in the United States has a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women.
Once again, popular television shows are showing their…

Uncle Joey brings a ‘full house’ to Carroll

4/5 streaks
One of television’s favorite uncles made his way to Kulas Auditorium’s stage this past Thursday, Sept. 25.
Actor and comedian Dave Coulier, best known for his role as Uncle Joey in ABC’s television series “Full House,” drove three hours to John Carroll to kick off homecoming weekend.
The halls…

Buy, Spotify, or Nah? ‘X’ by Chris Brown

3/5 streaks
Chris Brown’s last album, Fortune, was unfortunately mauled alive by critics for being poorly produced and stylized. Since then, Brown hasn’t fared well with the media, and his reputation has gone down the chute. Perhaps it’s fitting that Brown returns slightly strong, although apt to be cheesy, with his new album,…

‘Brush With Danger’ flirts with ambiguity


A brother and sister’s impoverished journey to America is depicted in the film “Brush with Danger,” directed by Livi Zheng, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Film Production at the University of Southern California.
The film opened this past Friday, Sept. 19 at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland. Zheng…

To do it for the vine or nah

Some social media apps have had a good run. A lot die out, too.
There was Formspring, which no one will remember until they read this. Facebook is now for  parents and old high school classmates with kids.
Twitter has maintained a steady presence. So has Snapchat. Instagram is basic, but awesome.…