Chicago Semester—Gina Ciametti ’13 of Hickory Hills, Illinois - February
Monday, February 25, 2013
It has been far too long since my last post, I'll admit. So to play a quick game of catch-up, here's what I've been up to...in pictures!
My work at Northlight has certainly kept me on my toes. When I'm not doing busy office tasks, I get to explore some of what actually goes on throughout the day on our stage! Here's a shot from a post-show discussion of “The Whipping Man,” the 3rd production we recently ended this season. Pretty cool set, huh? The play takes place in the aftermath of the Civil War when Jewish, Confederate soldier Caleb DeLeon, injured and dying, makes his way back home only to find it half-destroyed from the war. Two of his family's slaves (now free men) Simon and John, have been hiding out in the home for some time, and tend to poor Caleb. The Jewish faith between the slave/master relationship is brilliantly executed on stage; the show itself has been one of the most successful shows Northlight has ever produced.
About 3 weeks ago, the Goodman Theater hosted a networking event for any and all Chicago theatre interns who were interested in talking with theatre professionals in their field about their work in the city, how their jobs came to be, words of wisdom, etc. I am beyond grateful that my supervisor told me about this opportunity, because not only do I now have a better sense of direction with what I want to do with my career, but the concept of devoting a night just to sit around and talk with these experienced people is a rarity.
In my Urban Development and Planning class, we take field trips every other week to explore the architecture and sights that have shaped what Chicago is today. Here's a shot of my class visiting the Hull House at UIC's campus.
The style in which it's taught--the lights off and a PowerPoint slideshow that lasts about an hour. Not ideal for a sleepy Gina.
I spent my Friday night celebrating the return of the weekend with one of my good friends, Anna Gesch, along with Icona Pop, Matt&Kim, and Passion Pit who were all performing at the UIC Pavilion. The Pavilion was packed with fans anxiously awaiting the indie trifecta of performances. Never in my life had I ever heard so much synthesizer at one time and now I must invest in a synthesizer. It's a done deal.
Starting off the show, Icona Pop's hit single "I Love It" really helped build up the hype for Matt&Kim's set which was equally if not more entertaining. Kim's spastic and hard-hitting drumming and Matt's vocals made for a high-energy show and even gave some crowd members the chance to hold Kim upright as she walked on top of them for a portion of the show. I would expect nothing less from such an unpredictable duo. I’m jealous of those who actually experienced the spontaneity.
As Passion Pit took the stage soon after, the place really began to fill up. Their set was well-put together and Michael Angelakos...this guy, can hit some ridiculously high falsetto notes.
My really cool 3GS from 2009 has the world's worst camera, so marvel at the lights and stage and maybe if you're lucky, discover the silhouettes of the bands.
Might be my favorite photo from the night.