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Day of the Dead at El Centro

Day of the Dead at El Centro

Jason Merel, Arts&Life Editor
October 26, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

El Centro is hosting the 2nd annual Day of the Dead celebration, Oct. 25 from 6-9 p.m. in room 110. The celebration includes music and free food. There will also be a canned food drive benefitting the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and guests are encouraged to bring donations. The main fea...

Review: family time in “Visiting Edna”

Review: family time in “Visiting Edna”

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
October 11, 2016
Filed under Theatre Reviews

Associating terminal illness with simple humor is a risqué move in entertainment, yet comedy and tragedy blend well in The Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of “Visiting Edna.” Written by David Rabe and directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the world premiere of “Visiting Edna” opened on Sept. ...

Stage Center Play Gets Vote This ‘November’

Stage Center Play Gets Vote This ‘November’

Grace Yu, Writer
October 11, 2016
Filed under Showcase, Theatre Reviews

“November” opens at NEIU’s Stage Center Theatre on Oct. 13. It is a satire about a fictional presidential election, promising lots of laughs for theatre-goers who may be in need of some escapism this election season. College of Arts and Science Professor Rodney Higginbotham is directing the pro...

Chomsky addresses the state of humanity

Chomsky addresses the state of humanity

Danny Montesdeoca, Production Staff
October 11, 2016
Filed under Book Reviews

On Sept. 26, Haymarket Books, a publishing company, hosted Noam Chomsky at the University of Chicago where he gave a brief lecture entitled,  “Power and Ideology.” The doors to the event opened at 6 p.m. but a line had formed well before that. People flooded the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and s...

Review: “Demand the Impossible”

Review: “Demand the Impossible”

Danny Montesdeoca, Production Staff
October 11, 2016
Filed under Book Reviews

A revolution is imminent! A new resurgence of progressive ideologies that challenges the conventional way of thought is gaining momentum. "Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto"author Bill Ayers spoke about revolution and much more at his book launch last month at Experimental Station, a commu...

Review: “Bioshock Remastered” on steam

Review: “Bioshock Remastered” on steam

Melissa Johnson, Writer
October 11, 2016
Filed under Game & App Reviews

“So far away from your family, from your friends, from everything you ever loved. But, for some reason, you like it here. You feel something you can't quite put your finger on. Think about it for a second, and maybe the word will come to you: Nostalgia,” Andrew Ryan said toward the end of the game...

Review: ‘The Get Down’ is getting down

Aaron Schiffman, Writer
September 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Hip hop has had a significant impact on our culture for the past several decades. When we think of hip hop, we think of rapping, but there's even more than that. This is where the "Get Down" comes into play. "The Get Down" is a new Netflix series created by Baz Lurhman, director of “Moulin Rou...

NEIU Weekend 2016

NEIU Weekend 2016

Danny Montesdeoca, Production Assistant
September 28, 2016
Filed under Neighborhood

In order to promote student involvement NEIU weekend began with Fall Fest on Friday, September 16. Friday's fun included stands that were set up by student organizations, and local artisans who shared the same vision of helping to build a sense of community. One of the local artisans, Tina Smith, ...

Review: Wonderful Town at the Goodman Theatre

Grace Yu, Writer
September 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Theatre Reviews

The Goodman Theatre held its first College Night for the 2016-2017 season on Sept. 14 with their production of “Wonderful Town.” The Goodman puts on one College Night per production. The Goodman’s staging of the classic American musical, directed by Mary Zimmermann, opened Sept. 10 and run...

Review: ‘No Manches Frida’

Cecilia Hernandez, Production Assistant
September 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Movie Reviews

Filled with crude comedy, adventure, and romance, “No Manches Frida” is a  cheesy and heart-warming story about an ex-con named Zequi (Omar Chaparro). Zequi was hired as a substitute teacher at Frida Kahlo High that couldn’t keep their teachers from quitting after a few months. Zequi’s sol...

German Lopez presents Soothing Salsa

Ashley O’Brien, Assistant Online Editor
September 28, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Jewel Box

On Sept. 26, the recital hall was nearly packed. People of all ages were ready to see timple player Germán Lopez perform, presented by the Jewel Box Series. Germán Lopez has performed all over the world but this was his first time performing in America and the excitement could be felt throughou...

Woodwind Wonders: Mozart as it was meant to be

Pablo Medina
September 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life

Clarinetist and arranger Marie Ross revitalized the art of playing classical music on authentic instruments. She presented the Historical Clarinet Workshop in August, in which she elaborated on the nature and works of Classical and Romantic-era clarinets. “It’s really difficult to get informatio...