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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

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Alex Aiono visits Northeastern

Alex Aiono visits Northeastern

Covadonga Solares, Writer
November 23, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

You could definitely tell something was going on at NEIU last Friday. If it wasn’t for the long lines that filled the Student Union’s hallways, it could be for the sense of excitement on the faces of the people waiting outside of the Alumni Hall’s doors. Alex Aiono, a 20 year-old rising YouTube st...

Food Truck Friday finishes for the fall

Food Truck Friday finishes for the fall

Emilie Messavussu, Writer
November 23, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

The final Food Truck Friday of the fall was Nov. 18. Five food trucks parked at NEIU in the D lot at 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. The Fat Shallot, The Happy Lobster, The Tamale Spaceship, Aztec Dave’s and Beaver’s Donuts came prepared to serve hungry students. Even as the winds picked up and the sun set,...

Student spotlight: Alec Thorsen

Student spotlight: Alec Thorsen

Jason Merel, Arts&Life Editor
November 23, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Alec Thorsen is a senior at NEIU, studying art and photography. He graduates in December but it’s not too late to check out his upcoming senior thesis project, Nov. 28 through Dec. 9 in Gallery 217– room 217 in the Fine Arts building. The exhibit will feature five pieces in which Thorsen explores p...