Arts & Life

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’

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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

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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

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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.…

Urban Outfitters offends Kent State with controversial item

An online retail item ignited haunting memories last Monday, Sept. 15 from a tragedy that occurred locally.
On May 4, 1970, a campus shooting at Kent State University created a nightmare for the community and nation at large.
Urban Outfitters, a popular, trendy clothing store, is known for their graphic tees…

Drugstore makeup is a drug

This column is devoted to girls who know what’s good for them, who sometimes enjoy being vain and buy more makeup than they will ever need. I wrote this for us.
There are days where I get really bored, so I decide to go shopping. I also shop when I’m in a bad mood.…

JCU Autism Speaks walks for their cause

Most students use Sunday mornings to relax. But on Sunday, Sept. 14, 19 John Carroll students met in the Belvoir parking lot at 8 a.m. to head downtown for the Walk for Autism Speaks at Progressive Field.
The walk was a fundraiser for autism research that included games, food, t-shirts, music and…

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week takes over

Fashion Week is usually seven days of intense fashion and little to no sleep.
This year’s event was no exception.
Mercedes-Benz’s New York Fashion Week ran from Sept. 4 – 11, debuting new upcoming trends from fashion collections designed for spring 2015.
With a jam-packed schedule of fashion favorites and…

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.”…