You thought it wasn’t going to happen. But not too long after you braved the rain for some early darties, the storms cleared and it was time for Dillo Day 2017 (minus a sadly canceled Prez Harris & Friends performance). Maybe you were there for every set, maybe you went for your favorites like D.R.A.M. or MGMT, maybe you found a new favorite in Little Simz or Porches. Regardless, you can relive all the best moments of Dillo with photos from each mainstage set.


Photos by Justin Curto and Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

If you started your Dillo early, then Porches treated you to a set full of their ambient, chill synthpop songs. The band, a project by vocalist-guitarist Aaron Maine, released their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Pool, last year.


Photos by Zoe Davis and Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

D.R.A.M. may have mixed allegiances – after his Dillo ...


Rachel Epstein, May 15, 2017
Photos by Rachel Epstein / North by Northwestern

Kaibigan, Northwestern’s Filipino students association, presented their annual Pinoy Show on Saturday. This year’s show Kai School Musical brought to life the story of Gabs Montez and Boy Bolton. Combining High School Musical hits with traditional Filipino dances, the members of Kaibigan portrayed Boy’s struggle to balance his Filipino heritage with his basketball team. Highlight moments included a video of Northwestern students trying to say Filipino tongue twisters and a tribute to Kaibigan’s graduating seniors. The show, which took place in Tech auditorium, ran for about two hours and was followed by free Filipino cuisine for the audience.


Justin Curto, May 8, 2017

Wearing a Northwestern crewneck, folk rock singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy may have looked like a college student as she performed at Saturday's PhilFest. But looks can deceive.

"Did we graduate from college?" Glaspy asked her band in the middle of her headlining set on the Norris East Lawn. "None of us graduated from college. Thanks for having us anyway."

Glaspy played to students for an hour or so as they tie-dyed shirts, painted mason jars or enjoyed the overdue sunlight. For the set – her third this year in the Chicago area after opening for the Lumineers at Allstate Arena and headlining Schubas Tavern – she stuck close to Emotions and Math, her 2016 major-label debut. Garnering comparisons to Liz Phair and Joni Mitchell, Glaspy’s vocals switched between a melodic Southern drawl and her distinctive snarl as she played an electric guitar.

PhilFest is the annual collaboration between A&O Productions and SEED (Students for Ecological and Environmental Development), also co-presented ...


Rachel Epstein, May 4, 2017

This weekend Boomshaka will present its 20th annual spring show, "Back to Zero." The show, which will take place in Shanley Pavilion, showcases the diverse talents of Boomshaka’s members through a wide range of rhythm-heavy acts. High-energy dance and drumming is broken up with comedic breaks, including a skit in which the group’s percussionists liken themselves to Snow White and the seven dwarves.

"Back to Zero" will open Thursday at 8 p.m. and will run on Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Students can purchase tickets in advance for $5 or at the door for $7. General admission is $10. Friday nights shows will be free of charge for all.


Virginia Nowakowski, May 2, 2017

Beyond Belief, the 86th annual Waa Mu show, opened in Cahn Auditorium this weekend. More than 100 students came together to write, compose, choreograph and produce the full-length musical detailing the lives of two sisters who battle difficult situations by creating characters with amazing abilities based on normal people in their everyday lives. David H. Bell, a musical theatre professor at Northwestern and an award-winning professional director, helped provide artistic direction for the piece, which runs through next weekend.


In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Northwestern students and faculty participated in numerous events on and off campus to raise awareness for environmental issues. Sustain NU promoted several events throughout the week such as tree-planting, a One Book One Northwestern panel discussion on weather and the climate, an Earth weekend scavenger hunt and an event hosted by the Knightlab and library to rescue scientific data published online.

Additionally, students from ISRC coordinated an opportunity for students to make signs to bring to the March for Science in Chicago on Saturday. Over 30 students and faculty joined the roughly 60,000 demonstrators seeking more evidence-based decision-making in the political sphere and general appreciation of the sciences. A number of speakers preceded the march, which ended at the Field Museum.


Brian Quistberg, April 10, 2017

TONIK Tap presented its show 'Can We Tap That?' this weekend in Shanley Pavilion. The dancers, who explored the titular question throughout the performance, answered with a resounding yes. The show comprised of tap dances to a variety of songs and was bold to include different elements as well. Several comedic video clips were played during the show, which featured TONIK Tap members interviewing students in Tech, making brownies with tap shoes and other oddities. The dances were similarly poignant: one piece was accompanied by the reading of text messages to tell the story of a complicated relationship. ShireiNU a cappella made a guest appearance to open the Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. shows.


Claire Bugos, April 6, 2017

In its eighth annual show, Steam Heat brings classic musical show tunes to life through dance and song. Dancers perform to a live a band which play classic show-stoppers like "King of New York" and "I want to be a Rockette.” The show also includes more somber lyrical dances and a couple comedic numbers. Dancers dazzle the stage in an array of costumes to match the splendor of their performances.

The show opens at the ballroom at The Wirtz Center on Thursday at 9 p.m. and runs through Saturday with shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 general admission and are sold at the door.


Virginia Nowakowski, March 30, 2017

Catch Graffiti Dancers in their spring show, 'Uncharted,' opening tonight in McCormick Auditorium in Norris. The student-choreographed show features a fusion of dance styles including jazz, contemporary and ballet. Anna Celeste Harrer, publicity coordinator for Graffiti, said the show is about exploring and expanding the group’s boundaries.

“We really are pushing ourselves to try new things and try new styles—to be a little uncomfortable and be ok with it,” Harrer said.

The show is presented in association with Arts Alliance and the last performance will be Saturday evening.


Winter Quarter, that 10-week period of gray skies, cold weather and seemingly endless midterms. In the midst of the drudgery, students still found ways to relax, have fun and broaden their horizons as they celebrated a variety of holidays, identities and traditions. Here are just a few of the colorful events that lit up Winter Quarter at Northwestern.


Swahili for "pull together," Harambee kicked off Black History Month on Northwestern's campus Jan. 27 with a celebration of cultural elements of the African diaspora. "It's really to celebrate, affirm and make visible the different communities that fall within the African diaspora, both here on campus and throughout the nation," said Heather Browning, assistant director for Multicultural Student Affairs and one of the event's organizers. For Members Only and Multicultural Student Affairs collaborated to put the celebration together.

Polish Culture Night

The Polish-American Student Alliance hosted its annual Polish Culture Night on Feb. 10. Students and community members ...


Mia Zanzucchi, March 16, 2017
Photos by Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

We're sharing some of our favorite shots from a historic season of basketball just hours before the Northwestern men's team's first NCAA Tournament appearance in the tournament's 78-year history. The no. 8-seed 'Cats take on the no. 9-seed Vanderbilt Commodores in Salt Lake City, Utah today at 3:30 CDT and there will be a watch party in Norris University Center.


Mia Zanzucchi, Will Fischer, March 6, 2017
Photos by Will Fischer and Mia Zanzucchi / North by Northwestern

Northwestern fell just short of Big Ten champion No. 16 Purdue on Sunday, falling 69-65 in the last game at Welsh-Ryan Arena before renovations begin this offseason. It was a phenomenal way to close out the arena, and with NU primed to make its first NCAA Tournament ever, head coach Chris Collins said it was one of the best atmospheres the arena had ever seen. As the only two seniors on the team, Sanjay Lumpkin and Nathan Taphorn both celebrated their Wildcat careers before the game.