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Bringing sexy back to Christmas

By Megan Ferringer

December 1, 2008

This Holiday season, Chicago's burlesque stars are joining forces to bring a whole new meaning to Santa's naughty list.Mixing sexy gyrating moves with classic Christmas sing-a-longs and polishing it all off with a cherry on top-festive red and green pasties-Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., is bringing together all nooks and crannies of Chicago's diverse burlesque scene on one steamy stage of holiday fun. A jo...

Locals expand music scene to their own basement

By Steven Schnarr

December 1, 2008

Just off the California Blue Line el stop, small clusters of people locked up their bikes against a fence, while others, dressed in winter caps and scarves, excitedly strolled to the venue. They quickly packed a basement with fans shoulder-to-shoulder, as a number of them remained outside puffing on cigarettes. More than 100 people showed up at the house throughout the night on Nov. 22 for the housemates' first show.Sabrina*, ...

A ‘Damme’ fine actor

By David Orlikoff

November 24, 2008

The latest Jean-Claude Van Damme film is a major departure from the international action star's body of work, and it's not just because he's playing himself.While JCVD, by writer-director Mabrouk El Mechri, begins in a familiar action sequence-with even more assailants than unique mechanisms for their dispatch-it could hardly be called an action movie. The opener, with all its gloss and glory, is revealed at once comically...

‘Pitchfork 500’ hits the right note

By Josh Sambdman

November 24, 2008

Deny it all you want, but the Chicago-based Pitchfork Media has became the defacto king of online music journalism. While it often borders on the pretentious, and the rating system often makes as much sense as a shoddy constructed arthouse film, let's face it-It's entertaining. The New York Times has cited Pitchfork as "one of the more important indie music tastemakers in any medium." Countless bands have benefited from the...

Bigger than New Year’s

By Bertha Serrano

November 24, 2008

It's the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and Michael Pryzbylski has anticipated this night all year, every year since he turned 21. He packs his bags and heads home to Munster, Ind., leaving behind all the things that will remind him of his sports management classes at Columbia. School is out for the next four days and the possibilities are endless. It's party time.Many become shopaholics on Black Friday, a hectic shopping d...

Chicago’s music scene makes some ‘noise’

By Steven Schnarr

November 24, 2008

Some say today's music scene in Chicago is flooded with bands trying to promote only themselves. But on Nov. 14, nine bands played their first show with the slogan, "Monogamy is dead. We play together."The group calls themselves the Chicago Noise Machine, which was formed in an effort to create a music scene with the absence of individual egos. At 7 p.m., the doors opened for their first show at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison...

Brew school keeps it simple

By Bertha Serrano

November 24, 2008

If bartending school seems too long and expensive, there's a new outlet for those interested in learning more about beer. A local tavern holds classes every month, so those who walk in knowing nothing about the beverage will walk out with a decent knowledge of seasonal beer.Every third Saturday of each month, a crowd gathers at The Map Room, a Traveler's Tavern, 1949 N. Hoyne Ave., to become skilled "beer people."Greg Brow...

All Schnarr Allstar

By Steven Schnarr

November 24, 2008

I've never been a big fan of buying clothing. I like trying on new clothes and trying to maintain my own unique sense of style, but buying them just seems so unnecessary. And no, I'm not talking about stealing.In the past two years, I can recall spending around $76 on clothing and accessories, $58 of which was for the past two Halloweens. Today, I try to get all of my clothes for free or at least second-hand.Most college ...

Life-size scavenger hunt

By Meryl Fulinara

November 24, 2008

Black Friday causes shopping mayhem everywhere, and Chicago's Magnificent Mile is no exception. With the hustle and bustle of crowds hurrying to buy holiday gifts, it would seem like the perfect set-up to recreate a real world "Where's Waldo?"Finders Keepers is a group that specializes in custom-tailored scavenger hunts. The group's first event is a real-life version of "Where's Waldo?" that will be held downtown on the Magnifi...

‘Milk’ star spills details

By Megan Ferringer

November 24, 2008

James Franco has always come across as the kind of man to effortlessly make the ladies swoon with his dark and mysterious sex appeal. He has at least followed this template since 2001, after the unwaivering label of a teenage heartthrob was established with his starring role as the brooding James Dean in a made-for-TV movie.But it seems that Franco is loosening himself up a bit. Drifting through 2008's Pineapple Express in...

Smith’s ‘Porno’ still dirty

By David Orlikoff

November 17, 2008

Director Kevin Smith had a good run in the '90s. From Clerks to Dogma, he made four feature films in five years. He never broke through to big box office sales, but established himself with his "View Askewniverse," the world in which his recurring characters are periodically filmed. Even in movies not set in this universe, Smith's work is linked by a common theme or mode-mixing raunchiness with sentimentality.For a long tim...

Chicago’s gone ‘Fish’ing with new clothing line

By Meryl Fulinara

November 17, 2008

For a woman, style and comfort are two words that don't typically fit together in terms of fashion and function. If by some chance the two converge in a piece of clothing, it's considered a feat beyond belief. One Chicago clothing company is trying to accomplish both without sacrificing one or the other.VFish has expanded from its online store to bring its contemporary and casual women's clothing line to racks of women's ...

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