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‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ brings children’s books onto the stage

Yaqoob Qaseem, Assistant A&E Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E “A Year with Frog and Toad” will bring a friendship from popular children’s books to life for both young and mature audiences, as a part of the Department of Theatre’s Imagine U series for family audiences. “It’s everything that (friendship) means, but in a really accessible ...

Bienen student places second in world-renowned cello competition

Bienen student places second in world-renowned cello competition

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter

October 29, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E Bienen junior and cello performance major Brannon Cho tied for second place at the Naumburg International Cello Competition, one of the most prestigious cello competitions in the world. The competition took place Oct. 20 at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and was open to anyone between t...

NU professor directs production for Windy City Playhouse’s Premiere Season

NU professor directs production for Windy City Playhouse’s Premiere Season

Rachel Holtzman, Reporter

October 28, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E In its opening season in Chicago, the Windy City Playhouse tapped Northwestern professor Jessica Thebus to direct the dark comedy “Chapter Two.” Set in the 1970s, the play is a semi-autobiographical piece about a spy novelist who starts dating again after his wife’s death. “Chapter...

Northshore concert band celebrates 60th anniversary with world premiere

Northshore concert band celebrates 60th anniversary with world premiere

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter

October 28, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E Northshore Concert Band is kicking off its 60th anniversary season with a concert on Nov. 1 that includes both a world premiere of a piece and a “sibling rivalry” between two professional trumpet players. The concert will begin with the world premiere of “Zero to Sixty!”, a piece...

American Muslim comedian Azhar Usman to perform on campus

American Muslim comedian Azhar Usman to perform on campus

Kimberly Go, Reporter

October 28, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E In February, Azhar Usman, a nationally recognized American Muslim comedian, received an unannounced visit at his house from the FBI. They didn’t tell him why they were there — only that they wanted to talk to him and ask him some questions. A first-generation American, Usman was shocked...

Noyes exhibit promotes importance of bird conservation

Noyes exhibit promotes importance of bird conservation

Rachel Yang, Copy Chief

October 28, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E To artist Sarah Kaiser-Amaral, the preservation of birds involves more than just local habitats — their lives affect the stability of the entire ecosystem. This connection is just one of many reasons Kaiser-Amaral chose to curate the “Birds in Jeopardy” exhibit at the Noyes Cultural Art...

Actors Gymnasium trains circus performers

Actors Gymnasium trains circus performers

Emily Chin, Social Media Editor

October 28, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E In a building less than five blocks from Northwestern, 11 performers swing from silks, balance on each other’s contorted bodies and swing hula hoops from their chins. These performers are a group of contortionists, acrobats and dancers participating in The Actors Gymnasium’s first ever...

Evanston artist wins award for pop art and portrait work

Evanston artist wins award for pop art and portrait work

Daniel Fernandez, Reporter

October 28, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E It was a quiet night in Bay City, Michigan, but for second grader Randal Huiskens, it was also a night of triumph. After years of making errant scribbles, he assembled his first portfolio, a series of sketches and drawings equal parts imitation and imagination. The next day, Huiskens br...

‘She Kills Monsters’ brings ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ game to life

‘She Kills Monsters’ brings ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ game to life

Yaqoob Qaseem, Assistant A&E Editor

October 28, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E Purple Crayon Players’ upcoming show “She Kills Monsters” brings a fantasy world to life with unique special effects including murderous fairies, a five-headed dragon and a gelatinous cube. “It’s been a smash hit for audiences of all ages,” said Daniel Stompor, a Communicat...

Buzzed at BuzzFeed: Alumnus’ weekly video series takes Internet by storm

Buzzed at BuzzFeed: Alumnus’ weekly video series takes Internet by storm

Hayley Glatter, Managing Editor

October 21, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Top Stories

A&E A large glass of wine can be used to de-stress after a long day of work or —  if you’re BuzzFeed senior editor Matt Bellassai — during a long day of work. With more than 95 million Facebook views and a People’s Choice Award nomination under his belt, Bellassai (Medill ’12) is a bona...

Spectrum Theatre’s fall production addresses grief, tragedy

Spectrum Theatre’s fall production addresses grief, tragedy

Amanda Svachula, Assistant A&E Editor

October 21, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Top Stories

A&E Northwestern’s Spectrum Theatre Company will present “Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues” this weekend, the group’s first show since it faced fines for space violations last year. The show will run Thursday through Saturday at Northwestern’s Shanley Pavilion and will explor...

DarkMatter uses comedy, spoken word to highlight trans issues

DarkMatter uses comedy, spoken word to highlight trans issues

Sophie Mann, Photo Editor

October 21, 2015


Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A&E Dark energy and dark matter together comprise over 90 percent of the universe, but they are poorly understood by even the most learned of people. This fact inspired Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian to name their performance art duo DarkMatter. Multicultural Student Affairs and...