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Chicago goes ball out

Chicago goes ball out

By Kaylee King, Staff Reporter

September 2, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

Don't be surprised to see a 15-foot tall red ball bouncing through Chicago's neighborhoods this month. The RedBall Project, an installation piece by Chicago-raised artist Kurt Perschke and sponsored by Target, will travel to 15 locations throughout the city. The project originat...

From the streets to cookie sheets

By Colin Shively

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

The sweet scent of muffins, scones and other assorted pastries waft through the oven doors and into the sitting lounge as they are placed behind glass cases and rested upon trays and dishes. Fresh coffee is brewed and the employees are busy at work, cooking more pastries. Yet these baked goods were not put into the oven by seasoned confectioners. They were baked by previously unemployed homeless youth.Dan Thompson / The ChronicleTimot...

Girls’ night out

By Derek Kucynda

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

Fifty years ago, a lesbian nightlife scene in Chicago seemed like a fantasy. Now, as society has become more accepting of the GLBT community, more bars, clubs and events are springing up around the city to make up for lost time, said Ken Mallwitz, the general manager at Spin Nightclub, 800 W. Belmont Ave.Jody Warner / The ChronicleRachel Blanton, Mindy Bosco and Ashley Clement party and chat at Spin Nightclub, 800 W. Belmont Av...

Punk rockers read, too

By Jessica Galliart

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

Stephanie Kuehnert has been busy. She hosted her first book signing at Chicago’s Women and Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., and the young author has been scheduling press interviews back-to-back all summer.“It’s kind of getting overwhelming, to be honest,” Kuehnert said. “I’ve got a lot to do in very little time. It’s been great; I can’t be happier about it.”Kuehnert, who graduated with a master...

Don’t Miss: Day One of Lollapalooza

By Jessica Galliart

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

With so many bands and so little time, making decisions on which sets to check out at Lollapalooza, Chicago’s biggest music festival of the year, and which to miss out on can be a bit stressful. Of course, headliners like Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Wilco, Nine Inch Nails and Kanye West are givens, but with so many promising smaller acts performing in different areas at the same times—in forecasted temperatures...

Picky Eating Adults

By Jessica Galliart

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

Bob Krause served 13 years in the military without anyone ever realizing his “secret.” Though he managed to hide his picky eating habit from his fellow soldiers and still lives with it today, it’s an everyday struggle to get through certain social situations involving food.Liquid LibraryThough Krause’s picky eating habits may not seem like a major obstacle in everyday life, it is. He likes milk chocolate, and he likes pe...

The storm brigade

By Jessica Galliart

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

Weather fanatics armed with cameras capture massive tornadoes enveloping small Midwestern towns every day and plaster their footage all over the Internet. Even mainstream movies like Twister have tapped into the phenomenon of high-speed chases to catch sight of severe thunderstorms and the damage they create.College of DuPage students in meteorology professor Paul Sirvatka’s storm chasing class travel across North America for a...

OK Go to headline show

By Colin Shively

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

After Damian Kulash and Tim Nordwind met over a game of ping-pong at a summer camp in Michigan when they were 11 and 12, they quickly formed a friendship that would last for years to come. After attending the same summer camp for several summers and keeping in touch during their college years, Kulash and Nordwind began sending music recordings to each other, starting a habit that would lead to the formation of a band.Ok GoKeyboardi...

Downey Jr. makes ‘Iron Man’ live again

By Matthew Fagerholm

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

When was the last time a superhero was overshadowed by his alter ego? It’s difficult to imagine an audience preferring to see a film solely about boorish billionaire Bruce Wayne or squeaky-clean geek Peter Parker.APRobert Downey Jr. is absolutely smashing as the titular super-robot in ‘Iron Man.’But in the case of Iron Man, the real hero is the man behind the mask, Tony Stark. With his bitingly brusque wit, whimsically caref...

Welcome (back) to Guyville

By Brett Marlow

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

Nearly 15 years after its release, Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville, an album often touted by music buffs, critics and ranked as one of the top 500 albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine—is back.Chicago native, Liz Phair, the ingenue behind the classic lo-fi album, is re-issuing the record for its 15th anniversary on indie label ATO Records on June 24.Big HassleExile In Guyville will be re-issued 15 years after its de...

Keepin’ it real: Q&A with Mason Jennings

By Sara Harvey

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

His shows draw upward of 3,000 fans in his hometown of Minneapolis, though according to singer-songwriter Mason Jennings, he doesn’t have a favorite city when he performs live. The only thing that matters, he said, is that the audience enjoys the moment.Jennings is known for his voice, which is one of the most unique in folk rock music. It has a honey-thick, meandering tone that dodges in and out of the foreground, awkw...

Seventh annual Jammy awards go Phishin’

By AP

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

Though the Jammy Awards were able to bring together the members of Phish for the first time since they broke up four years ago, the reunion may not have been everything Phish-heads had hoped for.While all members of the beloved jam-band appeared—and two of them grooved onstage (Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell)—they didn’t perform together on May 7. And as they accepted their lifetime achievement award, there was no h...

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