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Children of Blood and Bone Review

Robert Kukla, Arts and Life Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Book Reviews

“Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi has been gaining recognition for the way it weaves African folklore and mythology into an epic fantasy. It tells the story of Zelie, who is sent on a journey to bring magic back to the world of Orisha. Magic has been gone from the land for years after t...

In The Neighborhood: Charcoal Delights

Roine Dryer Michaels, Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Neighborhood

Charcoal Delights, a family owned restaurant located at 3139 W. Foster Avenue, is actually more of an institution than a local restaurant. They have been cooking great eats that are both healthy and indulgent for 55 years. The operation is well-seasoned when it comes to making your food right and...

The 2018 edition of SEEDS has launched

Nicole F. Anderson, News Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

NEIU’s literary arts journal SEEDS 2018 edition premiered at the launch party in the Golden Eagles room on May 3rd.  The launch party was open to the public and sent out invites via email to the contributors. Editor-in-Chief Airam Velasquez could not attend; however, Jenn Lee, managing e...

Festivals coming to Chicago

Nicole F. Anderson, News Editor

May 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Online Exclusive

Summertime Chicago is right around the corner and that means festivals, parades and nice weather. The following is a short list of some to keep an eye out for: May 26 – Randolph Street Market Festival The summer-long market street festival begins on May 26 at 10 a.m. and will be located on Randol...

Review of Holly Blacks ‘The Cruel Prince”, Game Of Thrones But With Fairies

Robert Kukla, Writer

April 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

“The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black is the first book in her new series. The main character, Jude is a 17-year-old mortal who has raised in the world of the fairies after her parents were murdered. Desperate for a place for herself in the kingdom, and to feel like she belongs, she will do whatever i...

In Theaters Now: A Quiet Place

Panagiotis Garbis, W.

April 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

“A Quiet Place” begins and ends in the same fashion. The audience is left wondering what the outcome will be in the next scene, trying their hardest to remain as composed and silent as the protagonists in the film. The film features a family living in a dystopian world. After an invasion of al...

In the Neighborhood: Chicago Taco Authority

In the Neighborhood: Chicago Taco Authority

Eric Rodriguez, Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

Located next to the Irving Park Blue Line stop, Chicago Taco Authority (CTA) offers a place for people that need guidance when ordering Mexican food. Luckily for those people, CTA does the hard work and does it right. CTA blends an urban, rustic environment with a plethora of playful train puns...

Green Arrow: Rebirth ends it’s two year run with ‘The Fall of Green Arrow’

Hussain Khemani, Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Book Reviews, Staff Profiles

Issue 38 of Green Arrow “Long Live the Queen”, which was released this March, concludes Benjamin Percy’s two-year run with “Green Arrow: Rebirth.” His series was able to return the character of Green Arrow to his social justice roots and make him a hero fighting against the establishment. This...

Comic Review: New characters, old favorites

Hussain Khemani, Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Book Reviews

Tom King’s latest Batman story pits Batman and Catwoman against one of Batman’s most infamous enemies, Pamela Isley, a.k.a Poison Ivy. This arc immediately shows that Ivy is a true force to be reckoned with as she essentially has the entire world under control. King’s goal in writing this issue...

Funk Vendetta invites local musicians to the stage

Funk Vendetta invites local musicians to the stage

Amy Buscemi, Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Music Reviews

It might seem rare that Monday would be a happening night out on the town, but a combination of Chicago’s best local musicians gather every Monday at the Tonic Room in Lincoln Park to bring music fans Funk Vendetta, a seven-piece funk fusion project. If that isn’t enticing enough, there isn’t...

Representation Matters: A Response to the 90th Academy Awards

Robert Kukla, Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Television Review

While most people get excited about the Super Bowl or the World Series, I get pumped up for the Academy Awards. The theme of this year’s Academy Awards centered around representation, with a call for more diverse films. Films like “Coco,” “Get Out” and “The Shape of Water” were the big...

‘Girls Incarcerated’ season one

Nicole F. Anderson, Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Television Review

Season one of docuseries “Girls Incarcerated” aired on Netflix earlier this month. The docuseries follows several young women in Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility located in Madison, Ind. Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility calls the girls “students” instead of inmates. The facility...