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Q&A: Communication alum Ben Estus turns it on in “Book of Mormon”

Q&A: Communication alum Ben Estus turns it on in “Book of Mormon”

Crystal Wall, A&E Assistant Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, The Monthly

Ben Estus (Communication ’13) is living his “spooky mormon hell dream” performing alongside the Broadway cast of “The Book of Mormon.” Estus joined the ensemble just a year after he graduated, to perform the hilariously irreverent material. After four years of playing a friendly Mormon and...

“Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood speaks at Northwestern

“Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood speaks at Northwestern

Charlotte Walsh, A&E Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, The Monthly

If you’ve seen a shock of red in a besuited D.C. courtroom or a white-hooded woman quietly protesting in front of the Capitol, you’ve seen the work of Margaret Atwood incarnate. Inspired by Atwood’s bestseller “The Handmaid’s Tale,” these women model themselves after the novel’s handmaids...

Pritzker lawyers featured in second season of “Making a Murderer” talk Brendan Dassey appeals

Pritzker lawyers featured in second season of “Making a Murderer” talk Brendan Dassey appeals

Charlotte Walsh, A&E Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Television and Film, Top Stories

A&E Laura Nirider (School of Law ‘08) was a third-year law student intending to pursue a career in commercial litigation before she enrolled in Steven Drizin’s class on wrongful convictions in juvenile justice. Shortly after, the Pritzker School of Law professor was asked to handle the appeal...

Q&A: Josh Golden, board member for The Wabash Lights

Q&A: Josh Golden, board member for The Wabash Lights

Evan Robinson-Johnson, Reporter

October 31, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories

A&E The Wabash Lights (TWL) is an organization with the goal of creating “Chicago’s first interactive public art platform.” The group plans to install a full block of programmable LED lights on the underside of the Wabash-area El tracks in the Loop. Josh Golden, a member of the interactive ...

Evanston writer releases revision of dystopian thriller “Body Mortgage” on Halloween

Evanston writer releases revision of dystopian thriller “Body Mortgage” on Halloween

Crystal Wall, Assistant A&E Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Literature

A&E People claim they would give an arm and a leg for what they want, but in Evanston resident Richard Engling’s novel “Body Mortgage,” many literally put their central organs on the line. Though a revision of “Body Mortgage” was released this Halloween, the story has sat on shelves for almo...

New book by former NUBAA leaders explores the black experience at NU

New book by former NUBAA leaders explores the black experience at NU

Janea Wilson, Reporter

October 31, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Literature

A&E On May 3, 1968, about 120 black students took control of the University’s Bursar’s Office for 38 hours to protest the treatment of black students at Northwestern. The Takeover’s 50th anniversary — commemorated nearly six months ago — marked one of the first major protests at NU and highlighted what demands had yet to be met. While preparing for the 50th anniversary celebrations, former president of the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association...

Waa-Mu changes pitching process, selects 88th show

Waa-Mu changes pitching process, selects 88th show

Vy Duong, Reporter

October 24, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Students, Theater

A&E Living five minutes away from one another in their New Jersey neighborhood, Communication junior Carly Mazer and Communication sophomore Lauren Katz never thought they would share “the same brain” as partners until they decided to team up and pitch an idea for the 88th Annual Waa-Mu Show. Fa...

MFA student’s web series accepted to local film festival

MFA student’s web series accepted to local film festival

Janea Wilson, Reporter

October 24, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Students, Television and Film

A&E It’s a classic story: a young girl trying to make it in the big city while worshipping a mysterious dark lord. Through current Northwestern MFA student Pat Cavanaugh’s new web series, this tale will find its home in a local film festival’s 15th anniversary. The web series, “Dear D...

Northwestern students explore site-specific work in Nothing Without A Company’s New World Play Festival

Northwestern students explore site-specific work in Nothing Without A Company’s New World Play Festival

Wilson Chapman, Web Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Theater

A&E Radio, Television and Film graduate student Aalisha Sheth wanted to write a play that would explore a South Asian mother-daughter relationship through hair care, but thought it was too niche of an idea to attract a producer. Through Nothing Without A Company’s New World Play Festival, h...

Block Museum exhibit ‘Caravans of Gold’ receives federal grant, largest in museum history

Block Museum exhibit ‘Caravans of Gold’ receives federal grant, largest in museum history

Aaron Wang, Reporter

October 18, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Visual Arts

A&E “Caravans of Gold,” a Block Museum exhibition that will debut this January, has received a $350,000 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities — the largest the museum has ever acquired. Cooperating with partner museums and institutions in Mali, Morocco and Nigeria, the exhibitio...

Freshmen team up for hip-hop homage to administrator Josh McKenzie

Freshmen team up for hip-hop homage to administrator Josh McKenzie

Joshua Irvine, Reporter

October 18, 2018


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Music

A&E Two freshmen made their musical mark on Wildcat Welcome this year when they collaborated to release a hip-hop song honoring popular University administrator Josh McKenzie. Weinberg freshman AJ Denhoff and Medill freshman Taj Smith — the latter of whom performs under the name Saint Zo — r...

Bienen alum featured in “Hello, Dolly!” national tour, set to visit Chicago in late October

Bienen alum featured in “Hello, Dolly!” national tour, set to visit Chicago in late October

Crystal Wall, Assistant A&E Editor

October 18, 2018


Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Theater, Top Stories

A&E Beth Kirkpatrick (Bienen ’03) missed her 15-year reunion this past Homecoming weekend. Instead, she graced the stage alongside theatrical icon Betty Buckley in the national tour of “Hello, Dolly!” Kirkpatrick will take the stage at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre from Oct. 23 to Nov. ...