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Urinetown cast satirizes musical theater, politics

Urinetown cast satirizes musical theater, politics

Rachel Holtzman, Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Students, Theater

In a dystopian world marked by the dilapidated “L” train stop that looms onstage, 16 actors balance humor and political satire as they fight over the right to pee for free. “Urinetown: The Musical,” which opens Friday and runs through Feb. 26 in the Ethel M. Barber Theater, tells an over-the-top...

Old friends make ‘New Work’ at the Evanston Art Center

Old friends make ‘New Work’ at the Evanston Art Center

Maddie Burakoff, Assistant A&E Editor
February 2, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Visual Arts

Annette Turow and Linda Robinson Gordon have known each other for years and are even in the same Torah study group. But they are now connecting in a new way: through their art. The exhibition “New Work,” featuring pieces by both Turow and Robinson Gordon, opens Sunday at the Evanston Art Center....

Block Museum exhibition connects past to present, emphasizes necessity of remembrance

Block Museum exhibition connects past to present, emphasizes necessity of remembrance

Hayley Krolik, Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Visual Arts

In a time when marginalized groups are threatened, art can remind people of the need to learn from their past, Block Museum of Art curator Janet Dees said. “If You Remember, I’ll Remember,” a new Block exhibition, displays contemporary works that explore historical themes and aim to encourage...

Jewish Theater Ensemble winter mainstage reimagines century-old crime story

Jewish Theater Ensemble winter mainstage reimagines century-old crime story

Amelia Beck, Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Students, Theater

The Jewish Theater Ensemble will revisit a historic murder trial for its winter musical this weekend. “Parade,” which opens Thursday in the Norris University Center Louis Room, centers around a true story about the 1913 rape and murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Atlanta, Georgia. The musical...

Annual SASA show promotes South Asian culture through satire of American reality show

Annual SASA show promotes South Asian culture through satire of American reality show

Rachel Hawley, Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Dance, Latest Stories, Students

This year’s South Asian Student Alliance showcase, “Keeping up with the Kapoors,” will bring a combination of Hollywood and Bollywood to Cahn Auditorium. Several student groups will take the stage on Saturday night to promote South Asian culture through dance and musical performances. The annual...

Lipstick Theatre show discusses personal implications of politics

Lipstick Theatre show discusses personal implications of politics

Maddie Burakoff, Assistant A&E Editor
January 26, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Rather than tackling a single politicized theme, Lipstick Theatre’s winter show considers a range of topics, including queerness, disability, neurodiversity and representation in art, said producer Lindsey Weiss. “Sometimes the impulse in activist theater is to say, ‘We’re going to make a...

Traditional Greek tragedy modernized for department show

Traditional Greek tragedy modernized for department show

Sophie Mann, Copy Chief
January 26, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A modern rendition of Ancient Greece is coming to the Louis Theater this Friday, with the School of Communication’s newest mainstage production, “Agamemnon.” The play, originally written by the ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus, is about King Agamemnon’s return to Argos after the Trojan War...

NU alumna explores bonds of family as major character in new Freeform series “Beyond”

NU alumna explores bonds of family as major character in new Freeform series “Beyond”

Kristine Liao, Reporter
January 26, 2017
Filed under Alumni, Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Television and Film

Northwestern alumna Romy Rosemont (Communication ’85) is no stranger to the small screen. With previous roles in “Glee,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI” and “The Fosters,” Rosemont takes her turn as a lead character in Freeform’s new mystery series, “Beyond.” “Beyond” is about...

Medill freshman releases album of songs, poetry on iTunes

Medill freshman releases album of songs, poetry on iTunes

Catherine Kim, Assistant A&E Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories

Medill freshman Debbie-Marie Brown said she never envisioned herself releasing an album and becoming a “real musician.” After all, music was just a personal outlet she used to express her spirituality and cope with depression during high school, she said. Yet on Jan. 21, she found herself singing...

Northwestern alumna directs Chicago play about acceptance, love

Northwestern alumna directs Chicago play about acceptance, love

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter
January 25, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories

Krissy Vanderwarker (Weinberg ’01) has created an alternate reality. There are puppets and battle scenes and time travel helmets, and love conquers hate — an important message for our current world, Vanderwarker said. Vanderwarker brings this reality to life in “Psychonaut Librarians,” Chicago-based...

Opera star leads Northwestern master class

Opera star leads Northwestern master class

Madeleine Fernando, Reporter
January 19, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Music

Opera vocalist Matthew Polenzani returned to Northwestern to teach his second vocal master class with four students on Wednesday. The master class was part of the Robert M. and Maya L. Tichio Vocal Master Class Series, a series of master classes by noted vocalists for Northwestern students, said Kurt...

Quartet brings interplanetary jazz to Nevin’s Pub

Quartet brings interplanetary jazz to Nevin’s Pub

Maddie Burakoff, Assistant A&E Editor
January 19, 2017
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Music

Dave Flippo is from his own planet. But, he counters, so is everybody else. “That’s the weird thing about human existence. Every person walking around, they’re the center of their universe,” Flippo said. “When I write my music, I’m not writing it for other people; I’m writing it for...