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The power of forgiveness shines in ‘High Fidelity’

The power of forgiveness shines in ‘High Fidelity’

Cecilia G. Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief

December 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase, Showcase, Theatre Reviews

Stage Center Theatre’s production of “High Fidelity” opened this past Thursday, Nov. 29 and it was a music-filled story about a person trying to win their ex-lover’s heart again. We followed Record Store Owner Rob (played by North Central College graduate Mark Yacullo) as he was dumped by hi...

The Book Nook: ‘Citizen Illegal’ shares life as first-generation immigrant

The Book Nook: ‘Citizen Illegal’ shares life as first-generation immigrant

Armando Flores

November 22, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

Jose Olivarez, a Chicago native who recently published his book “Citizen Illegal,” lead a discussion about his book at NEIU on Nov. 6.  In his book Olivarez writes a series of poems that deal with multiple topics, primarily those of Chicano pride and life as a first-generation immigrant. While Olivarez de...

Dr. Seuss’ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical:’ A Wonderful Time in Whoville

Dr. Seuss’ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical:’ A Wonderful Time in Whoville

Armando Flores

November 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

Christmas time is almost here, the time to bust out the classic Christmas traditions, and what better Christmas tradition is there than watching Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” But maybe you want to mix it up a bit? “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” is...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)’ will rock you at the theatre

Armando Flores

November 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

Do you want somebody to love? Maybe you got to break free? How about you get on your bike and ride… ride down to your closest movie theater and watch “Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).” I love Queen’s music but I never investigated their history.When I saw that a movie based on this iconic 70s band hi...

‘Venom’ had potential but fails to deliver

‘Venom’ had potential but fails to deliver

Alejandro Marroquin

November 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Music Reviews

If you are looking for an “okay” time at the movies without much cinematic expectation, “Venom” is the right movie for you. A Venom movie has been in development as early as 1997 but was ultimately shelved because New Line Cinema lost the production rights to Sony. The character Venom...

‘Halloween (2018):’ The Legacy Continues

‘Halloween (2018):’ The Legacy Continues

Armando Flores

November 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Movie Reviews

Halloween came and left but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enjoy a nice horror movie.“Halloween (2018)”  has arrived just in time to put a little bit of fright in your life. “Halloween”,which is not to be confused with the original “Halloween (1978)” nor confused with the 2007 rema...

Growing as an Individual: A student’s perspective on Children’s Theatre Workshop

Michelle Khzakia

November 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Theatre Reviews

A play isn’t just about memorizing a few lines and spitting them out on stage in front of a bunch of people. Children’s Theatre Workshop (CTW) is  offered every semester and gives students the opportunity to put on a show for young audiences. CTW meets twice a week for three hours. Students ...

The Book Nook: ‘The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue’ by Mackenzi Lee

The Book Nook: ‘The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue’ by Mackenzi Lee

Robert Kukla, Arts & Life Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Book Reviews

I knew this book was going to be a new favorite when within 50 pages I encountered LGBTQ+, Feminism, Race and Disability representation. To me, an author that can tackle all these themes takes a lot of skill and Mackenzi Lee definitely delivers. “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” by Mackenzi Lee...

Stage Center Theatre’s ‘Antigone’ Gives Modern Take on a Classic

Stage Center Theatre’s ‘Antigone’ Gives Modern Take on a Classic

Joanna Vaklin

October 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

NEIU’s Stage Center Theatre is bringing soothsayers, strong women and Trumpian-like rulers to the stage with the production of “Antigone,” the classic Greek tragedy about resistance. The show opened Oct. 18 and will run until the weekend of Oct. 27. NEIU students with a school ID can attend...

Police Blotter: Sept. 22 – Sept. 27

Police Blotter: Sept. 22 – Sept. 27

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Neighborhood, NEIU, News, Police Blotter

Sept. 22: P.E. Complex: NEIU Police conducted a wellness check on a person lying on the ground but was determined they were sleeping. Sept. 24: BBH: Facilities were notified for clean up after an unknown subject wrote graffiti on the wall. Sept. 24: Student Union: Officers questioned, warned a...

NEIU Professor Shines Light On Dull Architecture with Photography

NEIU Professor Shines Light On Dull Architecture with Photography

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Neighborhood, NEIU, News, Showcase

        NEIU professor Nathan Mathews is shining a bright light on dull architecture with his photography. Mathews’ collection “Ersatz” focuses on architecture and ways people respond to it, specifically unappealing architecture. It’s being displayed in the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery at ...

Chicago music fans get treated a multi-venue music festival

Chicago music fans get treated a multi-venue music festival

Amy Buscemi

October 8, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Music Reviews

Most weekends in Chicago present difficult decisions for live music lovers. This past weekend was no exception as it gave debut to “The Big Weekend,” a three-day multi-venue event which hosted over ten musical acts. Some concerts began early in the evening with others on the bill ending early the ne...

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