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Taylor Swift speaks directly to souls

By Sarah Contreras | October 31, 2012

Vive La Taylor! Yesterday I was cleaning my room, speakers a-blasting, loudly singing “WE ARE NEVER EVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER!” when I heard a noise coming from the other room. “No. No. NO! Are you listening to Taylor Swift?” My roommate...

The joys of cover songs

By Sarah Contreras | October 24, 2012

Is there anything better than a quality cover song? Well, of course there is: strawberry ice cream, a good hair day, handwritten letters, buttery pastries, etc. But, I digress. A truly great cover song is still a wonderful thing. My iTunes library happens...

Coed Pageant to bring distinct sound to House Cafe Sunday

Coed Pageant to bring distinct sound to House Cafe Sunday

By Sarah Contreras | October 24, 2012

Interested in a little Coed Pageantry? Then stop by the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, on Sunday and introduce yourself to Illinois band Coed Pageant. Hailing from Urbana, the band consists of husband and wife team Bradley and Gretchen Bergstrand....

Twitter can make moments immortal

By Sarah Contreras | October 23, 2012

I’ve come to the realization that fan mail has been replaced by tweets. Do you even remember fan mail? How many of you ever actually wrote a letter to an artist or band, licked an envelope and sent it off in the mail with hopes of a handwritten response...

Musical crushes more about respect, less about physical attraction

By Sarah Contreras | October 17, 2012

Like any other music enthusiast, I’ve developed rather ardent crushes on a handful of musicians. There is just something about talented individuals that really revs my engine. Usually, the objects of my affection are bearded, bespectacled and wearing...

New album wows with personal touches, intense emotion

New album wows with personal touches, intense emotion

By Sarah Contreras | October 15, 2012

Benjamin Gibbard, of Death Cab for Cutie fame, released his first solo album today. That’s right: his first ever. Though he has released numerous works outside of Death Cab for Cutie, the most recognizable being with The Postal Service, Gibbard has...

Stage Coach Players say farewell to summer with ‘Not Now, Darling’

By Sarah Contreras | October 10, 2012

The Stage Coach Players will close their 66th summer season with a production of Not Now, Darling this weekend. Not Now, Darling, written by John Chapman and Ray Cooney, is a 1967 British farce about secrets, mistresses and fur coats. The play centers...

Fantasy novel provides escape

By Sarah Contreras | October 3, 2012

Feeling world-weary? All you need is a break from reality and a heavy dose of whimsy. Thankfully, Under Wildwood, the sophomore children’s novel from Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy, is in stores and ready to transport you away from your worries....

Northern Star Huskie fans enjoy some beverages on the west side of Huskie Stadium for Oktoberfest during Saturdays home game.

Origin of Oktoberfest

By Sarah Contreras | October 2, 2012

Oktoberfest is upon us, and we all know what that means. Or at least, we think we do. To the college-aged crowd, the word “Oktoberfest” brings to mind dingy bars packed with beer, brats and overly-revealing beer wench/lederhosen costumes. It’s fun...

Tom Hanks accepts the award for outstanding miniseries or movie for Game Change at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday in Los Angeles.

‘Homeland,’ ‘Modern Family’ big winners at Emmys

By Sarah Contreras | September 23, 2012

The 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony was full of surprises and disappointments Sunday. Unsurprisingly, Modern Family continued last year’s winning streak by taking home Best Supporting Actor (Eric Stonestreet) and Best Supporting Actress (Julie Bowen)...

A Party with Adult Themes

By Sarah Contreras | September 19, 2012

I am always the hostess. I don’t know why exactly, but some inherent need to entertain lays deep within me. I jump at any chance to invite people over. Recently, I moved out of my shoebox apartment on one side of town and into a bigger, much more grown-up...

Stage Coach Players present ‘The Dining Room’ Saturday, Sunday

By Sarah Contreras | September 12, 2012

The Stage Coach Players are performing A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, directed by NIU’s own David Booth, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Stage Coach Theatre, 126 S. Fifth St. Tickets are $12. A “comedy of manners,” The...