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Danceworks illustrates contemporary issues through movement and visuals

Danceworks illustrates contemporary issues through movement and visuals

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter
February 23, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Dance

This year’s Danceworks concert, “Current Rhythms,” is designed to highlight the current political climate through music and dance, artistic director Joel Valentín-Martínez said. The annual production features dancers from the Dance department in collaboration with the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz...

Communication sophomore stars in Chicago adaptation of ‘Macbeth’

Communication sophomore stars in Chicago adaptation of ‘Macbeth’

Maddie Burakoff, Assistant A&E Editor
February 23, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Students, Theater

For her lead role in a Chicago play, Communication sophomore Caroline Chu returns to senior year of high school. But this time around, the stakes of the college application process reach Shakespearean proportions. Chu currently stars in First Floor Theater’s production of “peerless.” The play...

Ground Floor Theatre Company to debut first production with staged readings

Emily Chaiet, Reporter
February 23, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Students, Theater

One year after its founding, Ground Floor Theatre Company will debut its first production in the form of two student-directed staged readings. The group aims to create an all-inclusive environment for actors and directors to develop their skills, executive director Jon Mathias said. “It’s kind...

‘Bootycandy,’ starring a Northwestern alumnus, explores a man’s journey to understanding his identity

‘Bootycandy,’ starring a Northwestern alumnus, explores a man’s journey to understanding his identity

Catherine Kim, Assistant A&E Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Theater

Through late-night conversations at Willard Residential College, Travis Turner (Communication ’05) said he began understanding various parts of his identity. “(Northwestern) is where I felt like I could actually take ownership of who I really was and speak to it and acknowledge it,” said Turner,...

Themes of connection, empathy come to light through narratives of drug abuse in Spectrum’s winter play

Themes of connection, empathy come to light through narratives of drug abuse in Spectrum’s winter play

Kelley Czajka, A&E Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Students, Theater

Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes’ play, “Water By The Spoonful,” deals with the topics of drug abuse and death through two interwoven perspectives: an online chat room for recovering crack addicts and the life of a Puerto Rican-American family. The play was chosen for Spectrum Theatre Company’s...

Alumnus creates artwork that’s good enough to eat

Alumnus creates artwork that’s good enough to eat

Maddie Burakoff, Assistant A&E Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Visual Arts

Anyone who has ever wondered what Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” might taste like or which condiment would best suit a portrait of Guy Fieri need look no further than the work of Northwestern alumnus Harley Langberg. Langberg (Weinberg ’10) is the creative force behind Harley’s Food...

‘Columbinus’ play addresses gun violence, adolescent mental health

‘Columbinus’ play addresses gun violence, adolescent mental health

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter
February 16, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Students, Theater

A play about the Columbine High School shooting, presented by Northwestern Students for Gun Violence Prevention, will portray the tragedy to examine the circumstances that led to the shooting. “Columbinus,” which opens Friday in the Mussetter-Struble Theater, advocates for gun regulation and analyzes...

Alumni percussion ensemble wins a Grammy

Kelley Czajka, A&E Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Music

Third Coast Percussion, a classical percussion ensemble comprising four NU alumni, took home a Grammy award Sunday night. Its album “Steve Reich” won the award for Best Chamber Group/Small Ensemble Performance. This was the first time the group had been nominated for or awarded a Grammy, as wel...

Wave Productions highlights social tensions with modest take on Golden Age musical

Wave Productions highlights social tensions with modest take on Golden Age musical

Anna Laffrey, Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Students, Theater

A new production of “My Fair Lady” hopes to speak to students throughout campus and touch on timeless issues in a scaled-back setting. Wave Productions’ version of the classic Broadway show raises questions on issues including classism and feminism, director Danny Kapinos said. The musical,...

Northwestern alumni percussion group nominated for Grammys, attribute success to university

Northwestern alumni percussion group nominated for Grammys, attribute success to university

Rishika Dugyala, Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Music

Peter Martin was not having a good morning. It was 8 a.m. on Dec. 6 and Martin (Bienen ‘04, ‘11) was rushing to get to his classical percussion ensemble’s — Third Coast Percussion — studio space to start practicing before all the musicians began their group rehearsal at 10 a.m. The week...

Acrobatics, trapeze and philosophy intersect in Northwestern alumna’s original play

Acrobatics, trapeze and philosophy intersect in Northwestern alumna’s original play

Jordan Moreau, Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Theater

Northwestern alumna Leslie Buxbaum Danzig (Communication ‘07) examines existential questions through circus theater in her original play, “Quest,” opening at The Actors Gymnasium in Evanston Saturday. “Quest” is an adaptation of Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s short story, “The Three Questions,”...

Wild and Scenic Film Festival highlights the human side of the great outdoors

Wild and Scenic Film Festival highlights the human side of the great outdoors

Maddie Burakoff, Assistant A&E Editor
February 9, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Television and Film

On Friday, audiences will be able to take in breathtaking mountain views and run with herds of wild caribou — all from the comfort of north Evanston. The annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival will be held at the Evanston Ecology Center on Feb. 10 and Feb. 24. Organized by the South Yuba River Citizens...