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The Cherokee nation and habitat for humanity: Tahlequah, OK

The Cherokee nation and habitat for humanity: Tahlequah, OK

Cecilia Hernandez, Arts & Life Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

Under the Alternative Spring Break program at NEIU, 10 NEIU students traveled to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and learn about the Cherokee Nation. I was among the ten students. In the rural country, we were taught how to properly handle tools and follow procedures to bui...

‘The Vagina Monologues’

‘The Vagina Monologues’

Covadonga Solares, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

Undoubtedly one of the most stigmatized and tabooed words around the world in the 21st century. That’s exactly why “The Vagina Monologues” was born, to break all the stereotypes and create a space for equality and open conversation focused on women. The group of 20 women will reenact Eve Ensle...

Vegan-friendly spots in the Chicagoland area

Vegan-friendly spots in the Chicagoland area

Regina Torres, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Neighborhood

Perhaps you’re considering expanding your palate to include trying new food and drinks? Maybe you’re seeking to experiment with healthier eating while leaving a smaller carbon footprint, or already living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle and are wishing to try Chicagoland restaurants offering...

WZRD 88.3FM celebrating 43 year anniversary

WZRD 88.3FM celebrating 43 year anniversary

Tara Shedor and Sean Carey

March 28, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, WZRD

Dear NEIU Community, Beginning in the early ‘70s WRNE (Radio Northeastern) was chartered as a station broadcasting within the walls of Northeastern only.  In 1974, the then called WZRD, or the Wizard, adopted the freeform philosophy that includes not only creative unfiltered programming, but also an an...

Review: Mexican brass in the jewel box

Review: Mexican brass in the jewel box

Pablo Medina, Production Manager

March 15, 2017


Filed under Jewel Box

For every jewel in a box, there’s some brass to complement it. In The Jewel Box series, the M5 Mexican Brass performed on Mar. 10 for the NEIU community with its varied and colorful set list. Led by the charismatic trumpeter Alexander Freund, fellow trumpeter Oscar Villegas Miranda, French ...

The release of ‘A People’s History of Chicago’

The release of ‘A People’s History of Chicago’

Grace Yu, Staff Writer

March 15, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

As the artistic director for Young Chicago Authors (a nonprofit organization devoted to youth arts and literary education) and the founder of Louder Than a Bomb, Kevin Coval mentored and worked with many young artists in the city of Chicago since they were teenagers. Coval’s newest poetry book “A People...

Following the wrong dream in ‘Death of a Salesman’

Following the wrong dream in ‘Death of a Salesman’

Grant Spathis, Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

For a play as well known as “Death of a Salesman,”  written by Arthur Miller and directed by Steve Scott, to break new ground is a difficult task. Fortunately, at the Redtwist Theatre in Edgewater, this was no problem. Driven by the strikingly powerful performance of Brian Parry as Willy ...

‘Uncle Vanya’ at the Goodman Theatre

‘Uncle Vanya’ at the Goodman Theatre

Regina M. Torres, Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Theatre Reviews

There’s a reason that classics are classics. Even if manner of dress and other cultural symbols are of a bygone era, the stories and characters of masterpieces prove to remain relatable throughout time. Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” fits this bill as Chicago’s own Goodman Theatre has de...

‘The Prodigal Rogerson: The tragic, hilarious, and possibly apocryphal story of circle jerks bassist Roger Rogerson in the golden age of LA Punk, 1979-1996’

‘The Prodigal Rogerson: The tragic, hilarious, and possibly apocryphal story of circle jerks bassist Roger Rogerson in the golden age of LA Punk, 1979-1996’

Regina M. Torres, Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Book Reviews, Online Exclusive

Every once in awhile, the music-loving world that enjoys reading is given a unique surprise: something unexpected, enlightening, and provocative. This sentiment applies to the forthcoming release this May from Portland, Ore.’s Microcosm Publishing. The book’s title is “The Prodigal Rogerson: Th...

“An Evening with Kale and Komedy” at the Amazing Kale Burger

“An Evening with Kale and Komedy” at the Amazing Kale Burger

Regina M. Torres, Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Online Exclusive

The Amazing Kale Burger on Howard St. in Evanston offers more than just delicious vegan cuisine. They also have a venue every month called “An Evening with Kale and Komedy ”where queer identifying and non-queer identifying people can come together to enjoy a roster of queer-friendly comedians from...

Anderson and Roe: The best of both worlds

Anderson and Roe: The best of both worlds

Pablo Medina, Production Manager

February 21, 2017


Filed under Jewel Box

Once in a blue moon, a solid act comes around that not only delivers on its program, but doubles down and gives more reasons to love it. The Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe duo performed at the Recital Hall for the Jewel Box series on Feb. 17. With a packed audience and an energetic atmosp...

‘UnF#ck Your Brain’ using Science: A Review

‘UnF#ck Your Brain’  using Science: A Review

William Castro, Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Book Reviews

“Unf*ck Your Brain” is crass and too intrusive; it’s claiming to be a self-help book, full of tips to calm your emotions with science. If there’s any major takeaway from this self-help book, it’s that you can get better and all the emotions you’re feeling is just your brain protecting you....