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“An Evening with Kale and Komedy” at the Amazing Kale Burger

“An Evening with Kale and Komedy” at the Amazing Kale Burger

Regina M. Torres, Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Online Exclusive

The Amazing Kale Burger on Howard St. in Evanston offers more than just delicious vegan cuisine. They also have a venue every month called “An Evening with Kale and Komedy ”where queer identifying and non-queer identifying people can come together to enjoy a roster of queer-friendly comedians from...

Anderson and Roe: The best of both worlds

Anderson and Roe: The best of both worlds

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
February 21, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Jewel Box, Showcase

Once in a blue moon, a solid act comes around that not only delivers on its program, but doubles down and gives more reasons to love it. The Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe duo performed at the Recital Hall for the Jewel Box series on Feb. 17. With a packed audience and an energetic atmosp...

‘UnF#ck Your Brain’ using Science: A Review

‘UnF#ck Your Brain’  using Science: A Review

William Castro, Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Book Reviews

“Unf*ck Your Brain” is crass and too intrusive; it’s claiming to be a self-help book, full of tips to calm your emotions with science. If there’s any major takeaway from this self-help book, it’s that you can get better and all the emotions you’re feeling is just your brain protecting you....

‘Carmen’: A Well-Deserved Olé

‘Carmen’: A Well-Deserved Olé

Covadonga Solares, Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Music Reviews, Theatre Reviews

The Lyric Opera of Chicago turned into the thrilling and colorful Seville of the twentieth century under the spell of Georges Bizet’s musical composition for “Carmen.” A comic opera that exceptionally captures dramatic excitement and energy, “Carmen” depicts a vivid sun-soaked Andalusia...

NEIU’s Talent Show 2017

NEIU’s Talent Show 2017

Cecilia Hernandez, Arts and Life Editor
February 21, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

The annual Talent Show at NEIU showcased many great talents on Feb. 16. The competition was intense, consisting of spoken-word artisits, dancers, singers and rappers. The winner of the first place prize was Steven Cristi, a Secondary Education in English student....

Before Black Lives Matter, Six Days in Cincinnati: A Review

Before Black Lives  Matter, Six Days in  Cincinnati: A Review

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
February 21, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Book Reviews

The police-involved shooting of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas in April 2001, sparked days of riots and protests in Cincinnati, OH. The riots occurred specifically in and around the predominantly poor black neighborhood of Over-The-Rhine. “Six Days in Cincinnati: A Graphic Account of the Riots that Shook t...

Growing up Black and Gay: ‘Bootycandy’

Growing up Black and Gay: ‘Bootycandy’

Cecilia Hernandez, Arts and Life Editor
February 21, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase, Theatre Reviews

“It’s not meant to be easily swallowed,” says Krystel McNeil during one of the scenes of “Bootycandy,” surprising me with her bluntness. McNeil says that if a play doesn’t make the audience work to consume it, it’s not doing its job. NAACP Best Director Award winner Robert O’Hara ...

Hollywood’s ruff patch with animal rights

Hollywood’s ruff patch with animal rights

Amaris Rodriguez, Writer
February 21, 2017
Filed under Movie Reviews, Opinions

“A Dog’s Purpose,” is a movie that tells the story of a dog who gets reincarnated as different dogs, each serving a purpose in their human’s life. I’m a sucker for movies that involve animals, so I knew I was going to be in the theatre with a box of tissue in hand when it was released! E...

Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition

Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition

Elena Molloy, Writer
February 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

  The Biennial Faculty Exhibition was showcased from Jan. 9 to Feb. 3. The exhibition featured all media created by NEIU’s Art Department faculty. Look out for “Chad Kouri” exhibition premiering Feb. 14 ...

Review: ‘Hidden Figures’: reveals the power of education and excellence

Review: ‘Hidden Figures’:  reveals the power of education and excellence

Yolanda T. Amon, Writer
February 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Movie Reviews

If you are looking for a movie that will inform and inspire you during Black History month, Screen Actors Guild Award winner “Hidden Figures” is a great choice.  The film is based on the book “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.  It tells the true story of three African-American femal...

Oscar Predictions: It’s a ‘La La Land’ and we’re just living in it.

Oscar Predictions: It’s a ‘La La Land’ and we’re just living in it.

Naaim Siddiqi and Brett Starkopf
February 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

Oscar season is officially upon us as the nominees were unveiled Jan. 24. “La La Land” led the way with 14 nominations, six more than both “Moonlight” and “Arrival.” While all the so-called “experts” have made their picks, the Independent thought we would do the same. Granted, they are ...

Review: ‘Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution’

Review: ‘Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution’

Sarahy Lopez, Writer
February 7, 2017
Filed under Book Reviews

In Julia Alekseyeva memoir “Soviet Daughter,” Alekseyeva pays tribute to her great-grandmother Lola’s life during the political tumult of the USSR in the early to mid-20th century. Stylized into a beautiful graphic novel, Alekseyeva gives insight to that historical era through strong-willed Lola...