Northwestern alumna Kate Baldwin stars in musical adaptation of 'Big Fish'

Sam Freedman, Writer
March 7, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Personality Profiles, Profiles, Quotes, The Current, Theater, Top Current Story

In fall 2011, Kate Baldwin (Communication ’97) went in to read for what would become one of the most high-profile roles of her career. The part was a lead in “Big Fish,” a musical adaptation of the beloved novel by Daniel Wallace that had already been cinematically adapted by Tim Burton in... Read More »

This week we're obsessed With: BuzzFeed

Sam Freedman, Writer
February 28, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Lifestyle, The Current

Amid the social media craze that has overtaken the Internet in recent years, one website stands out. This site’s ability to present a seemingly interminable number of compulsively sharable articles is unparalleled. Its knowledge of the funniest GIFs on the Web and how best to use them is unmatched.... Read More »

Q&A with Anime Club president Justin Yeh

Q&A with Anime Club president Justin Yeh

Sam Freedman, Writer
February 21, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies, Personality Profiles, Profiles, Quotes, The Current

The ever-burgeoning Anime Club at Northwestern is a haven for fans of the famed Japanese animation style. The Current recently spoke with its president, Justin Yeh, a Weinberg senior who’s also developing a visual novel group at NU, to discuss the club and its genre of choice. The Current:... Read More »

Q&A with Eco-Reps president Brenna Ledvora

Sam Freedman, Writer
February 13, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Lifestyle, Personality Profiles, Profiles, Quotes, The Current

The Eco-Reps are a group of Northwestern students committed to engaging and educating their on-campus peers about sustainable living. They’re members of their hall governments and Greek exec boards, proud owners of snazzy green T-shirts and leaders in NU’s movement toward a more ecologically viable... Read More »

Q&A with "A Midwestern" director Jon Fraaza, producers Madison Berry and Shivani Chanillo

Sam Freedman, Writer
February 6, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies, Personality Profiles, Profiles, Quotes, The Current

“A Midwestern,” the 2013 recipient of Studio 22’s highly sought-after $7,500 Bindley Grant, is the story of two Wisconsinite brothers en route to retrieve $500,000 from their uncle’s cabin. The younger must avoid a fearsome French-Canadian named Jean-Luc, who seems to expect... Read More »

2013: What we're looking forward to

Sam Freedman, Chelsea Sherlock, and Angelene Sun
January 10, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Events, Fashion, Lifestyle, Movies, Profiles, The Current, Top Current Story, TV

Champagne-soaked revelry isn't just for New Year's Eve any more. Our calendars may read January, but we're still raising our glasses to the cultural celebration ahead — here's to you, 2013, and to the things the Current's looking forward to: A year without a presidential election Over... Read More »

'LOLwork': Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh stars in new Bravo reality series

'LOLwork': Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh stars in new Bravo reality series

Sam Freedman, Reporter
November 15, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Featured A&E, Lifestyle, Personality Profiles, Profiles, Quotes, The Current, Top Current Story, TV

During his years at Northwestern, Ben Huh never suspected he’d end up the CEO of a company whose first claim to fame was a series of cat memes. “I thought I’d go for journalism,” Huh said. “I thought I’d do layout design and things like that. I never thought I’d be on the other side... Read More »

Movie Review: 'Looper' tells the tale of timeliest assassin around

Sam Freedman, Columnist
October 23, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Movies, Reviews, The Current

Science fiction often finds itself the odd genre out. Its concepts are occasionally novel and commonly recycled, and its reach has a chronic tendency to exceed its grasp. What a treat it is, then, when science fiction cinema fulfills its promise, producing a film that’s enthralling, thought-provoking... Read More »

Quirky questions with Emilia & Maggie of Snickerdoodlin’ Productions

Quirky questions with Emilia & Maggie of Snickerdoodlin’ Productions

Sam Freedman, Reporter
October 17, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movies, Personality Profiles, Profiles, Quotes, The Current

Medill senior Emilia Barrosse and Communication junior Maggie Fish banded together over the summer to start their own comedic video production company, the tastily titled Snickerdoodlin’ Productions. Snickerdoodlin’s sketch “Hoarders — Lost Footage” will premiere at the Chicago... Read More »

Theater Review: 'Avenue Q' stares down our destinies with smirk

Theater Review: 'Avenue Q' stares down our destinies with smirk

Sam Freedman, Columnist
October 13, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Reviews, The Current, Theater

An interesting dynamic forms when college students flock to see a show that features songs with titles such as “What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?” and “I Wish I Could Go Back to College.” Our willingness – even desire – to witness a puppet-driven telling of our own forthcoming doom would... Read More »

Theater Review: Equestrian absurdity at 'The Derby County Derby'

Sam Freedman, Columnist
October 5, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Reviews, The Current, Theater

Vertigo Productions is off to an outstanding start with its first original offering of the school year, a madcap little number called “The Derby County Derby.” Set in imaginary Derby County, Ky., this gleeful work of fiction examines the events leading up to and transpiring during... Read More »

Theater Review: Student voices wow in 'The Wiz'

Theater Review: Student voices wow in 'The Wiz'

Sam Freedman, Columnist
October 2, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Featured A&E, Photo Gallery, Reviews, The Current, Theater

Although to wide-eyed freshmen Evanston may feel like a new world, it's no Emerald City. Bringing the land of Oz to mid-campus would prove challenging for anyone — especially Northwestern students lacking a Broadway budget. Sit & Spin’s production of "The Wiz" should be commended for its... Read More »