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Genderbending production of ‘Xanadu’ brings radical, queer joy to campus

Genderbending production of ‘Xanadu’ brings radical, queer joy to campus

Wilson Chapman, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 20, 2020

When Communication senior Shane Eichstaedt was a “very gay and very sad” 13-year old, they went to see their friend in a local production of “Xanadu,” a musical version of the famously terrible Olivia Newton-John film. Eichstaedt fell in love with the show, but also knew that it would be so much...

Northwestern Art Review features video art by student artists

Northwestern Art Review features video art by student artists

Aaron Wang, Reporter

February 19, 2020

Growing up as an Olympic swimmer for Guatemala, Communication senior Valerie Gruest Slowing said she felt like the public only saw her through the lens of medals, records and achievements. In her conceptual film, “Behind the Smiles,” Slowing challenges the narrative of a swimming prodigy, telling...

There’s a Ghost in Gadsden’s Garden: The Actors Gymnasium puts on new show

There’s a Ghost in Gadsden’s Garden: The Actors Gymnasium puts on new show

Rebecca Aizin, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 19, 2020

A man who tends to a haunted garden. A ghost who resides in the garden and is in a relationship with the living man. A child who stumbles upon the wilting garden and finds all sorts of phenomena hidden in its thorny walls. These are the characters in The Actors Gymnasium’s new circus, “The Ghost...

Campus a cappella groups explore value of competition season

Campus a cappella groups explore value of competition season

Nafi Soumare, Reporter

February 19, 2020

For many a cappella groups at Northwestern and other universities alike, competitions are a valuable way to garner national recognition and grow as a group — though for some, it’s more “treble” than it’s worth. As the a capella community on campus approaches the competition season, however,...

Imagine U stages modern retelling of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

Imagine U stages modern retelling of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

Jennifer Zhan, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 19, 2020

The classic story of an emperor who dresses to impress is coming to life with a few new characters in Imagine U’s upcoming musical, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. The production features music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler (Communication...