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NU alumnus to appear on local comedy podcast

Rachel Yang, Copy Chief

November 19, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E Northwestern alumnus Geoffrey Baer has apprehensions about performing on Improv Nerd, Evanston resident Jimmy Carrane’s comedy podcast, on Dec. 6. “I’m completely terrified,” Baer said. “I haven’t personally performed improv in at least 10 years.” Even with his nerves, Ba...

Alumni help produce story ballet “The Day of the Gypsy”

Alumni help produce story ballet “The Day of the Gypsy”

Amanda Svachula, Assistant A&E Editor

November 18, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E “Day of the Gypsy,” a fairytale story ballet that will premiere this weekend at Chicago’s Harris Theater, highlights the unique music genre of gypsy jazz. “Gypsy jazz was a style of music developed by Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt in the 1930s and 40s,” said Gordon Peirce Schmidt, the...

Alum Andy McDermott lands lead role in recently released Call of Duty

Alum Andy McDermott lands lead role in recently released Call of Duty

Emily Chin, Social Media Editor

November 18, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E Driving through Los Angeles, Andy McDermott’s three-year old kid looked out the window and saw a billboard with his father’s face on it — the face of the new Call of Duty video game. McDermott (Communication ‘98) is the lead role in Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which was released ...

Graduates’ original plays featured as part of holiday production

Graduates’ original plays featured as part of holiday production

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter

November 18, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E The original one-act comedies of two Northwestern alumnae will premiere this weekend as part of Step Up Productions’ third annual “HoliDaze,” a show that features six plays dealing with holiday themes like family and gift-giving. Mia McCullough (Communication ‘92) is one of the featu...

Living in Red: Slavic Prof. Irwin Weil ties love for Russian culture with longtime passion for performance

Living in Red: Slavic Prof. Irwin Weil ties love for Russian culture with longtime passion for performance

David Fishman, Reporter

November 12, 2015


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A&E Heart pounding, blood rushing, he stands center stage in the Novosibirsk Theatre, Russia’s largest opera house. Velvet seats and gold-embossed sculptures line the hall. A statue of Vladimir Lenin stands outside. Taking a deep breath, he begins to sing. Born in Cincinnati, Prof. Irwin ...

Former Bienen professor returns to perform piano recital featuring modern works

Former Bienen professor returns to perform piano recital featuring modern works

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter

November 12, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E It’s homecoming for four-time Grammy nominee Ursula Oppens. The former Bienen professor will return to Northwestern on Saturday for a piano recital that will kick off the Skyline Piano Artist Series at the Bienen School of Music. Oppens, who was a Bienen piano professor from 1994 to 2008...

“The Blackout” introduces new late night variety show to comedy scene

“The Blackout” introduces new late night variety show to comedy scene

Kimberly Go, Reporter

November 11, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E Communication sophomore Chelsea Jacobson noticed a lack of talk show style comedy at Northwestern and decided to do something about it. Created by Jacobson, “The Blackout” will be a live variety talk show that will be taped and put online once a month. Producer Devon Kerr, also a C...

Fall dance show incorporates abstract and real elements of construction

Fall dance show incorporates abstract and real elements of construction

Amanda Svachula, Assistant A&E Edtor

November 11, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E “Under Construction,” The New Movement Project’s upcoming fall dance concert, incorporates elements of construction in the choreography, which reflects the setting the dancers have been working in at the Wirtz Center. “The dance department is literally under construction, and we h...

Q&A: The Daily speaks with ‘Spamalot’ director about gender changes in the musical

Q&A: The Daily speaks with ‘Spamalot’ director about gender changes in the musical

Rachel Yang, Copy Chief

November 11, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E Arts Alliance’s upcoming musical has a twist: Most of the characters are played by an actor of the opposite gender. The production of "Monty Python’s Spamalot," based on the classic comedy film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” follows the story of King Arthur, played by Bienen junior ...

McCormick theater production to spread messages about science, social impact

McCormick theater production to spread messages about science, social impact

Emily Chin, Social Media Editor

November 11, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E A stage director based in Berlin is bringing a taste of Germany to Northwestern through his production of Bertolt Brecht’s “A Life of Galileo,” opening this weekend. The Engineering Transdisciplinary Outreach Project in the Arts, housed in the McCormick School of Engineering and Appl...

Award-winning filmmaker to return to campus, screen new documentary

Award-winning filmmaker to return to campus, screen new documentary

Rachel Holtzman, Reporter

November 4, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E Two years ago, the Northwestern community overflowed Ryan Auditorium to watch and discuss “The Act of Killing,” a film by Joshua Oppenheimer that explored the 1965 genocide in Indonesia. On Monday, Oppenheimer, an Academy Award nominee and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, will ret...

Original student theater show premieres Off-Broadway

Original student theater show premieres Off-Broadway

Rachel Davison, A&E Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E “The Lilliput Troupe” closed in April 2014 after a sold-out weekend run in the Shanley Pavilion. On Friday, the show will open again with another sold-out show, but this time off-Broadway in Midtown Manhattan. The play recounts the true story of the Ovitz family, of which seven of ...