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Evanston resident stars in Marriott Theatre’s upcoming musical ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Evanston resident stars in Marriott Theatre’s upcoming musical ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Rachel Kupfer, Reporter

November 8, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Theater

A&E In the Marriott Theatre’s upcoming production of “Sleeping Beauty,” the beloved Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale has a vivid twist. Set in the kingdom of Colorland, the production is a child-friendly show that aims to teach young audiences about self-identity, acceptance and empathy. ...

Student-conducted orchestra to perform Mozart, Vivaldi in Alice Millar Chapel

Student-conducted orchestra to perform Mozart, Vivaldi in Alice Millar Chapel

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter

November 8, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Music, Students

A&E Taichi Fukumura came into his first year of college with lofty aspirations. A violin performance student at Boston University with a desire to conduct, he created Accompanietta — a student, volunteer-based orchestra — as a way for him to gain conducting experience. Now, seven years late...

NU professor, alumni receive award for new micro-budget film

NU professor, alumni receive award for new micro-budget film

Christopher Vazquez, Reporter

November 8, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Television and Film

A&E Communication Prof. Stephen Cone spent a good part of 2016 working on a dramedy project, but an idea for a new coming-of-age film was brewing in the back of his mind. That film, “Princess Cyd,” would go on to win the Chicago Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, receiving r...

Northwestern’s Imagine U opens year with ‘Stellaluna’ performances

Northwestern’s Imagine U opens year with ‘Stellaluna’ performances

Amy Li, Reporter

November 1, 2017


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

A&E While parents and children may already know about the birds and the bees, Imagine U may just teach them a little something about the birds and the bats. Northwestern’s Imagine U will answer that question in its upcoming performance of “Stellaluna,” a story about a baby bat who is fo...

Northshore Concert Band opens season themed around ‘Star Wars’

Northshore Concert Band opens season themed around ‘Star Wars’

Jane Recker, Assistant A&E Editor

November 1, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Music

A&E Clarinetist Laura Stibich had never been a “Star Wars” aficionado, so she didn’t know what to expect when Northshore Concert Band director Mallory Thompson announced its season would be themed around the popular film series. But after playing the music, she said she was pleasantly surpri...

Northwestern to premiere Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Company’ as fall mainstage

Northwestern to premiere Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Company’ as fall mainstage

Madeleine Fernando, Web Editor

November 1, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Theater

A&E Stephen Sondheim’s music has been played across the globe — from Broadway to the West End, and from high school productions to professional theaters. This fall, his compositions are slated to appear on Northwestern’s mainstage. “Company” hits the stage Friday at the Ethel M. Ba...

Bienen juniors to make local debut with jazz orchestra

Bienen juniors to make local debut with jazz orchestra

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter

November 1, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Music, Students

A&E Just six months after releasing their first jazz album, Bienen juniors Sam Wolsk and Louis Danowsky are gearing up for a local debut with their orchestra. Wolsk and Danowsky, the lead trumpet and conductor of the D.W. Jazz Orchestra, will perform at Evanston SPACE on Nov. 9. The orchestra’s inaugural performance ...

Scratchboard art exhibition displayed at Dittmar Gallery

Scratchboard art exhibition displayed at Dittmar Gallery

Carmen Fernandez, Reporter

November 1, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Visual Arts

A&E Many expect the artistic process to be a series of drafts and redrafts, with frustration building after each failed attempt. For scratchboard artist Lisa Goesling, though, the process looks quite different. She creates all her work without drafting, and only gets one shot to get it right. ...

‘The Daily Show’ comes to Chicago, tackles issues surrounding race relations

‘The Daily Show’ comes to Chicago, tackles issues surrounding race relations

Allyson Chiu and Rishika Dugyala

October 26, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Television and Film, The Monthly, Top Stories

CHICAGO – When “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” needs a white male’s point of view, it turns to correspondent Michael Kosta. “I am the only white male, which is funny considering our country,” Kosta told The Daily. “Now, if there's, 'Hey we need a white male perspective,' then I'm like,...

Off Script: Laugh about it

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, The Monthly

As I walked through the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library — a pop-up exhibit set up by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” in Chicago’s Union Station — I couldn’t help but think, “Oh, there’s no way he tweeted that” after stumbling upon some random presidential...

Inside NU Prof. Michael Rakowitz’s newest exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Inside NU Prof. Michael Rakowitz’s newest exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Jane Recker, Assistant A&E Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Staff, The Monthly, Visual Arts

A&E The entrance to “Backstroke of the West” is guarded by a behemoth of plywood with a small opening in the center. Walking through to the front of the set piece-like construct, a reverse glance reveals what the audience sees: a massive, Mesopotamian gate constructed of azure tiles. The gate is...

Nonprofit seeks to improve quality of life through music for people with dementia

Nonprofit seeks to improve quality of life through music for people with dementia

Madeleine Fernando, Web Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Music, Staff, The Monthly

A&E While music is typically said to heal the soul, the Songs by Heart Foundation is using music to restore what medicine can’t for millions of people with dementia. Songs by Heart, launched in 2015, is a nonprofit organization that brings professional musicians to memory care facilities in ...