Arts & Life

Onward on for the summer

May is always a bittersweet time of year.
The gross part of spring is fading away, summer is fast approaching and school lets out for the next three months.
But school is letting out for the next three months.
In middle school, the end of the school year represented something so much…

Food, fun and giveaways

John Carroll students who attended the SUPB sponsored Carroll Fest on Saturday, April 26 will remember the fun activities around the steps of D.J. Lombardo Student Center.
Walking down the steps of the Keller Commons, one may have felt like a kid in a candy store trying to decide where to go first.The…

Bands rocked at Carroll Fest

John Carroll University’s Carroll Fest, presented by SUPB, is always a special event to celebrate the end of the spring semester.
With festivities including Henna, tie-dye, caricatures, a bouncy house, free food and giveaways, the afternoon was a hit.
Although it was chilly, this year’s Carroll Fest featured six band performances that entertained…

‘American Idiot’ takes the stage

By the end of September, Green Day’s critically acclaimed, award-winning album, “American Idiot,” will be ten years old.
The album is the basis for the musical of the same name.
The show follows the story of Johnny, played by Jared Nepute – the self-described “Jesus of Suburbia.”
He and his friends,…

March of Dimes launches JCU awareness, walk begins

March of Dimes is continuing to let its presence known at John Carroll University with flyers posted all around campus. This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting full-term, healthy pregnancies.
It is also dedicated to providing both support and information to those who need it, such as families, or simply people who…

Different generations strike common ground through the magic of music

Two seemingly different generations come together each Monday evening on John Carroll University’s campus through the power of music: adults with Alzheimer’s disease who are often branded with a negative stigma clouded with misunderstanding; millennials who are perceived as self-centered and egotistical.
Each week, JCU students and community people with early stages of…

I’ve been chopped

When I wrote my column last week, I mentioned how happy I was I wouldn’t have to depend on the caf for food once I live off campus next year.
This idea by itself could bring any college kid to tears.
Tears of joy.
No more drinks that have unidentifiable floating…

The Story Lives On: Harry Potter Spinoff in the Works

J.K. Rowling, esteemed author of the popular “Harry Potter” series, has signed on to create a new film trilogy based on the famous “wizarding world.” Published in 2001, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a 54-page Hogwarts textbooks coming to life, will be the foundation of the upcoming trilogy. However, in no way…

A Dance Ensemble party never killed nobody

What do 26 dancers plus seven months of preparation equal?
Eighteen dance performances for one showcase brought to you by the John Carroll University Dance Ensemble.
The Dance Ensemble’s Annual Spring Showcase hits Kulas Auditorium on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
This year’s president of Dance Ensemble,…

Cloud Nothings releases 4th studio album: Local band kicks off international tour

“Cleveland rocks” has represented itself in a number of notable entertainers, including acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Kid Cudi.
They join the company of many other artists who also hail from the city of rock ‘n’ roll.
One of these performers is musician Dylan Baldi, a native Clevelander whose band Cloud…

The true leader of the Avengers rises

The Captain now has a movie to match his leadership. The newest Avengers’ movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” conveys a strong story and features political commentary on liberty throughout the movie.
The movie focuses on the external and internal conflict that Captain America and Rogers go through after the events of “The Avengers.”…

CIFF vamps up the vampires

Director Jim Jarmusch’s latest gothic masterpiece, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” screened on Sunday, March 23 at the Cleveland International Film Festival. The darkly witty, beautifully-shot vampire love story offers a smart and original take on the attempted paranormal romance genre.
Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston sizzle as Adam and Eve: ethereal, elitist…

Sweet Melissa doors finally open for business

Sweet Melissa finally opened its doors to John Carroll University students and local residents after postponing opening day from November to March 23. This destination for refreshing mimosas, stacked sandwiches and mouthwatering desserts has taken over North Parke Grille on John Carroll Boulevard.
Sweet Melissa’s other location is in Rocky River, Ohio. All…

PlayhouseSquare announces new Broadway lineup

The Palace Theatre buzzed with chatter and music as guests waited for the PlayhouseSquare 2014-2015 KeyBank Broadway Season Launch Party to begin.
The event on Tuesday, March 25 marked the announcement of PlayhouseSquare’s upcoming year of programming.
At the start of the event, KeyBank Vice President of Community Relations Karen White announced…

March of Dimes spreads awareness at JCU

As of this semester, John Carroll University is teaming up with March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healthy, full-term pregnancies.
JCU will be posting flyers on Friday, April 4 to raise awareness for the mission of March of Dimes.
But here’s where the JCU community gets to be proactive:…

Sophomore slump. Kind of…

Welcome to my very first column.
As the new Arts & Life editor, it is part of my job to come up with a weekly column idea that pertains to either the arts or to life. And as tempting as it is to write a couple hundred words on a painting none of you…

Cleveland exhibits modern Japanese art

To add to its array of artwork, The Cleveland Museum of Art welcomes “Remaking Tradition: Modern Art of Japan” from the National Tokyo Museum, supported by the Japan Foundation.
This exhibit is said to be one of the largest exhibitions in the United States since World War II focusing on Japanese modern…

WJCU Hungarian radio show celebrates 30 years of community programming

It’s Sunday afternoon. The clock strikes 2 p.m., and five radio show hosts with passions for Hungarian culture, language, community events, literature and music take the air.
For the next three hours, listeners will hear nothing but the Hungarian language across the WJCU 88.7 FM radio waves.
And, that’s the way…

Higl's Squiggles: Honesty is the best policy. Wait, is my nose growing?

Hey there, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to play everyone’s favorite game, “name that movie.” (Cue cheesy game show music). I’ll give you a quote and you tell me what movie it’s from. Okay, start the clock.
Girl to another girl’s face: “Omigosh I love your skirt, where’d you get it?” Girl…

Behind the scenes of Streaks in Key

Streaks in Key has set the tone for a cappella music-making at John Carroll University. Becoming the first student-run, co-ed a cappella group sets Streaks in Key apart from the familiar Rhapsody Blue and Sweet Carrollines. Yet it has been a while since the JCU community has seen Streaks in Key, which debuted back…

New ‘Star Wars’ movie set to take the screen

Star Wars fanatics rejoiced as J.J. Abrams publicly announced his upcoming film, “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the first of a planned trilogy. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan teamed up to write the screenplay for the much anticipated new film.
Disney and Lucasfilm made an official announcement on Tuesday, March 18 that the new Star Wars…

Spring play changes pace for JCU theatre

“Witty, melancholy and moving” – these are the words sophomore Abbey Vogel used to describe the Tim Russert Department of Communications and Theatre Arts’ spring play “The Glass Menagerie.”
Unlike recent shows at JCU, Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” incorporates themes that are dark and can be difficult to deal with.
Vogel, who…

I’m a Lammily girl, in a Lammily world: ‘Average Barbie’ set to debut on the toy market

Move aside, Barbie, because there’s a new doll in town. Meet the new “average Barbie,” Lammily.

Lammily was created to protest the impossible body measurements of Mattel’s Barbie; if Barbie were a real person, her proportions wouldn’t even allow her to stand up. For years, the iconic Barbie doll has been criticized for its disproportionate…

Higl's Squiggles: If I were a cereal, I’d be Raisin Bran

The other day, I underwent a life-changing experience (Get ready, friends. This is about to be deep). It all began around 2 a.m. – well into the wee hours of the night – the time where the most pivotal moments occur.

Like all the other great minds who have walked these JCU halls before me,…

Cleveland International Film Festival celebrates 38th consecutive year

Calling all film enthusiasts, Cleveland fans and supporters of the arts. Downtown Cleveland is hosting hundreds of foreign and independent films this month at the Cleveland International Film Festival.
The festival began Wednesday, March 19 and is scheduled to run through Sunday, March 30.
The festival features movies from a variety of…