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” Man vs Rock”: What the rock?

Miguel Casimiro, Staff writer
August 22, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

Have you ever started reading a book and stopped to wonder “What am I reading? Why am I reading this?” Well, “Man vs Rock” is one of those books. The weird comic book at first glance makes you wonder, what is in this book that makes it so interesting to pick up. The cover of the book shows a...

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Miguel Casimiro, Staff writer
August 22, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

An otherworldly experience awaits Museum of Contemporary Art visitors in a summer exhibition called “Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg.” Enter the world of Takashi Murakami, a place where the happiness and pain of his life are explored through his art. The exhibit demonstrates the st...

In the neighborhood: The Local Pizzeria

In the neighborhood: The Local Pizzeria

Bisma Zafar, Staff writer
August 22, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

If you’re looking for local places to eat, check out The Local Pizzeria. It is a nice place to eat that’s a short walk from the main campus. It’s signature “slice of pie” sign is currently down but it is open for business. It’s a low-key restaurant located on Foster near the Kimball inte...

Chicago Artists Stood Out at Pitchfork 2017

Chicago Artists Stood Out at Pitchfork 2017

Spencer Jones, Staff Writer
July 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

Summer in Chicago is next to none because of its vibrant nightlife, diverse downtown atmosphere, food and music festivals. People travel from across the globe to attend events like Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago, Open Air and the emerging Pitchfork music festival. Pitchfork, the Chicago based company, has be...

One man’s journey through the Electric Forest

One man’s journey through the Electric Forest

Sean M. Carey
July 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

In 1955, Cowboy Wally planted a grove of White Pine Trees, pinus strobus, on the grounds of the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan. Fast forward to 62 years later, me and 40,000 or so “psychonauts” traveled to Sherwood Forest, now dubbed the “Electric Forest” for just eight days out of every...

Chicago Open Air melts faces two years in a row

Chicago Open Air melts faces two years in a row

Robin Bridges, Staff Writer
July 25, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

For the second year in a row, Chicago Open Air Festival has brought together fans and their bands for a face-melting weekend of metal. In 2016, Chicago Open Air brought bands who had not been seen in many years. Performers like Marilyn Manson, Korn and Disturbed shared the same stage for a weekend...

Comics to look forward to this summer

Comics to look forward to this summer

Grant Spathis, Staff Writer
May 22, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 3, Marvel Comics Amy Reeder (writer), Brandon Monclare (artist), and Natacha Bustos (artist) Moon Girl, also known as Lunella Lafeyette, is a 9-year-old super genius (and the smartest person in the Marvel Universe).  Her best friend is a 30-foot-tall dinosaur...

Frog splash: diving in with the frogmen

Frog splash: diving in with the frogmen

Marcin Machnik, Staff Writer
May 22, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

Time was the biggest enemy but Doug Carbol, a 34-year-veteran for the Chicago Fire Department, knew that finding the victim in the dark freezing water of Lake Michigan in a matter of seconds would be a matter of life and death. The Chicago Fire Department Helicopter Dive Team received a call for a...

DJ Stack’s spin on things: Ajoyi Stackhouse

DJ Stack’s spin on things: Ajoyi Stackhouse

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

NEIU student, DJ Stack, was born unable to breathe. Her full name is Ajoyi Stackhouse is a representation of the joy of overcoming such a traumatic beginning of life. Now in her early thirties, and residing in Waukegan, Stack is finally enjoying the fruits of her labor, running her own DJ service in C...

Festivals to look forward to

Festivals to look forward to

Robin Bridges, Managing Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

In Chicago, sunny days and warm weather equal festivals. Whether you’re a music fan, foodie, art lover or enjoy a little bit of everything, the Chicago area has something for you. This past weekend marked the unofficial opening of the festival season. It was barely higher than 60 degrees ou...

Korean food gets playful in comic books

Korean food gets playful in comic books

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

While there are seemingly countless cookbooks out on the market, each written with a certain niche and aiming to set themselves apart from the rest on the shelf (or screen), “Cook Korean!”:  A Comic Book with Recipes actually delivers. Author and illustrator Robin Ha has given the English-speaking world a...

NEIU student makes musical history: Steven Cristi

NEIU student makes musical history: Steven Cristi

Rut Ortiz, News Editor
April 29, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life

NEIU senior Steven Cristi loves music. The secondary-education major also sings, writes his own lyrics and has won two NEIU talent shows in both a group and as an individual. He won NEIU’s 2017 Talent Show.   “I think I’ve always been a writer,” Cristi said. “I just didn’t really acce...