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Take a trip inside the mind with ‘Psychonaut Librarians’

Take a trip inside the mind with ‘Psychonaut Librarians’

Grant Spathis, Writer
February 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Theatre Reviews

Operating under the premise of exploration, one has to test their boundaries. These boundaries are tested in Sean Kelly’s play “Psychonaut Librarian.” Directed by Krissy Vanderwarker, “Psychonaut Librarians” explores the lengths a viewer might go for love, adventure, or an endless childhood. Curren...

Norma’: an opera full of lyrical woes

Norma’: an opera full of lyrical woes

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
February 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

Love, betrayal, bloody fury and vengeance are all topics that can be found in the production of “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The opening scene relays a cruel winter mis-en-scene within Roman occupied Gaul. Faux snow fell in the background as 20 to 30 members of the cast...

Police Blotter – 1/24/17

Police Blotter – 1/24/17

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under News, Police Blotter, Thursday Night Live

Police Blotter 1/24/17 Issue – Spring 2017 The following occurrences happened between the dates of Dec. 8 to Jan. 6 at and near NEIU’s main campus: Dec. 8 – RWL: A victim claimed her boyfriend slapped her during a verbal dispute but later on recanted her story. De. 11 – RWL: A victim...

Review: Chamber Blues at the Jewel Box

Review: Chamber Blues at the Jewel Box

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
January 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Jewel Box, Music Reviews

  You can take the performer out of his blues, but you can’t take the blues out of the performer. Such is the feeling from Corky Siegel and his Chamber Blues group as they performed on Jan. 13 in the Auditorium, packed with students and blues enthusiasts. The members of his touring g...

Student orgs. give back, raise funds for scholarships

Student orgs. give back, raise funds for scholarships

Jason Merel, Arts & Life Editor
January 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

NEIU Gives Back Week concluded Dec. 8 with a comedy showcase from actor and comedian Leslie Jordan. The show was a fundraiser for a new scholarship geared toward LGBTQ students. “To present a scholarship like this…I can’t imagine how helpful that’s going to be to kids from our communit...

Projecting the past: CFS revives classics

Projecting the past: CFS revives classics

Grace Yu, Writer
January 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

In a perfect world, Claude Monet’s haystack paintings would be accessible to view for everyone in the whole world who wanted to see it, instead of only those who could afford to travel to the Art Institute of Chicago. Luckily for the NEIU community, film lovers do not need to have this problem with ...

Review: ‘Moonlight’ shines bright

Review: ‘Moonlight’ shines bright

Christopher Pattyn, Writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Movie Reviews

“Moonlight,” directed by Barry Jenkins, is a story of life, love and loneliness. Beautifully shot and incredibly powerful, Moonlight follows main character Chiron, played by Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes respectively through the three defining periods of his life- childhood...

Review: ‘Real Women Have Curves’

Review: ‘Real Women Have Curves’

Grace Yu, Writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase, Theatre Reviews

Josephina Lopez’s play “Real Women Have Curves” featuring an intimate look into five Latina’s lives in 1987 Los Angeles. Alumna Mary Kroeck takes five talented actresses and opens the lives of their characters before your eyes. “Real Women Have Curves” allows us to look into the lives and ...

Ensemble Español: ‘Concierto Navideño’

Ensemble Español: ‘Concierto Navideño’

Emilie Messavussu, Writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Dance Reviews, Ensemble Español

Ensemble Español will give students, staff, families and friends of NEIU a taste of fun and festivities as they hold two holiday performances of “Concierto Navideño” on Dec. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium on the main campus. There will be performances of three styles of Spanish dance: cla...

Review: ‘Awaken, My Love’

Review: ‘Awaken, My Love’

Brett Starkopf, Editor-in-Chief
December 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Music Reviews

Is there an entertainer who’s having a better year than Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino? First, his television show, “Atlanta,” was critically acclaimed. Then Glover was cast as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo project. And finally, Gambino’s third album, “Awaken, My Love” w...

Life of Goldie – A Brave New World

Life of Goldie – A Brave New World

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
November 23, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Comics

Pablo Medina...