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More than 200 students sign petition to add classes to dance curriculum

More than 200 students sign petition to add classes to dance curriculum

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter
April 20, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Dance, Top Stories

In dancer Vatsala Kumar’s ballet class last quarter, two combinations were taught: one for students who had been dancing their entire lives, and one for students who were taking their first dance class. Acknowledging the disparity of dance experience between the two groups of students, Kumar drafted...

Northshore Concert Band to perform concert honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day, Earth Day

Northshore Concert Band to perform concert honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day, Earth Day

Madeleine Fernando, Assistant A&E Editor
April 20, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Music

The Northshore Concert Band will perform a concert this Sunday to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day and Earth Day. The theme of the night is “Giving Voice to the Silenced.” The first half of the program focuses on Holocaust Remembrance Day and will feature the “Remembrance Suite,” a collection...

Couple shares experiences in Chicago film scene after attending Northwestern

Emily Chin, A&E Editor
April 13, 2017
Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Television and Film

Neither Joe Chappelle (Communication ’86) nor Colleen Griffen (Communication ’88) knew they wanted to enter the film industry after leaving Northwestern. But now, both are at the heart of Chicago’s growing film industry as Griffen works as a producer and Chappelle busies himself on the explosive...

More than 200 Bienen students sign petition to diversify music curriculum

Madeleine Fernando, Assistant A&E Editor
April 13, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Music, Students

Steven Banks, a second-year graduate student in the Bienen School of Music, recalls playing just two pieces by black composers in his life. One of the pieces was written by his best friend and member of his chamber ensemble, and the other composition was written by himself. Over two months ago, Banks...

Vertigo Productions play to feature all-Asian, female cast

Vertigo Productions play to feature all-Asian, female cast

Jane Yun, Reporter
April 13, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Theater, Top Stories

As Hollywood continues to face criticism for using white women to play Asian roles, a group of Northwestern students will put on a play featuring an all-Asian, female cast this week. Vertigo Productions play “This Is Not a True Story” features three Asian women who have been misrepresented and d...

Block Museum receives gift of Edward Steichen photographs

Amelia Langas, Reporter
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories

Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art received a gift of 44 Edward Steichen photographs from art collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander late last year. Steichen is a 20th-century American artist who pushed photography’s potential, Block’s associate director of curatorial affairs Kathleen Berzock...

Bienen doctoral student to compete in international piano competition

Bienen doctoral student to compete in international piano competition

Elizabeth Byrne, Reporter
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Music

When she touched a piano for the first time 24 years ago, EunAe Lee had no idea she would one day be performing for hundreds of people at one of the most prestigious international piano competitions in the world. After that fateful day in the early 1990s, Lee continued to take piano lessons casually...

Communication professor wins award for documentary on Sonoran Desert

Communication professor wins award for documentary on Sonoran Desert

Jane Yun, Reporter
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Staff, Television and Film

Communication Prof. J.P. Sniadecki endured 115-degree heat and risked ruining film, but ended up with an award-winning film about the Sonoran Desert. Sniadecki and Ithaca College Prof. Joshua Bonnetta won the Caligari Film Prize for their film “El mar la mar” at the 67th Berlin International Film...

Two Bienen students selected to compete in renowned Queen Elisabeth competition

Two Bienen students selected to compete in renowned Queen Elisabeth competition

Madeleine Fernando, Assistant A&E Editor
April 12, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Music

Two Bienen students qualified to compete in the first-ever Queen Elisabeth cello competition in Brussels, Belgium in May. More than 200 cellists worldwide submitted audition tapes to be considered for the competition, according to the competition’s website. First-year graduate student Sihao He and...

Former Northwestern professor premiers staged reading of Syrian war drama

Rachel Holtzman, Reporter
April 6, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Theater

After reading a New Yorker article about the conditions in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, former Communication Prof. Mia McCullough knew she wanted to write a story that captured their personal experiences. Her play, “Wisdom From Everything,” premiered in its first staged reading at the Local...

Songwriter Thomas Mapfumo to speak about musical resistance

Aaron Boxerman, Reporter
April 6, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Music

Zimbabwean songwriter Thomas Mapfumo will speak at Northwestern on Friday about his use of song as a form of resistance. Mapfumo, who wrote music as a way to protest the white-nationalist government of Rhodesia in southern Africa, will speak on a panel in Harris Hall organized by the Program of African...

Q&A: Bosnia and Herzegovina gets a taste of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Q&A: Bosnia and Herzegovina gets a taste of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter
April 6, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Students, Theater

A modified cast and crew of this year’s Dolphin Show, “Little Shop of Horrors,” performed in four cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina over Spring Break. Elizabeth Blumenthal (Communication ’92), organizer of the 50th annual Dolphin Show, is now an assistant cultural affairs officer in Bosnia and...