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Spooky party planner

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 27, 2008

by Eli Kakberon and Kaitlyn McAvoy, Staff WritersTake a quick look around. It seems that on every other block, a new costume shop has opened up. Halloween is approaching, and people of all ages are starting to wonder what scary, sexy or just plain goofy costume to wear this year. What about finding somewhere to show off that costume and possibly get some cash for it instead of candy? Here are some Chicago bars hosting holiday c...

Halloween costumes get a little ‘dirty’

By Kristina Wells

October 27, 2008

"Rock out with your c--k out."That's the name of a Halloween costume featuring a pair of pants with a rooster coming out of the zipper.Year after year, costume trends come and go. This year, costumes deemed as being more provocative are the new Halloween fashion, so be prepared to see some pretty outrageous outfits while out and about this Halloween.Tim Dennis, an employee at Fantasy Costumes Headquarters, 4065 N. Milwauke...

Spreading a new holiday spirit to kids in need

Spreading a new holiday spirit to kids in need

October 27, 2008

Christmas has always been the most popular season for giving and sharing, but this year one radio station is trying to add Halloween to that list.Costumes for Kids, launched on Sept. 10 by Rotting Flesh Ra...

Neo-Futurists perform ghoulish show

By Liam Hemming

October 27, 2008

On any given weekend, it's not uncommon to see throngs of people waiting in line in front of The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. In fact, lines sometimes get so long that not everyone who waits will be guaranteed a seat when the doors open at 11 p.m. (6:30 p.m. on Sundays).Those lucky enough to be admitted are given a small token to hold on to (a button, a marble, a plastic cowboy figurine) as a means of proving they a...

Coitus Scene

By Kaylee King

October 27, 2008

If there is one thing I hate, it's physiological energy.What I mean by that is, I don't do yoga. I can't meditate. I'm not superstitious. Energy drinks make me want to blow chunks. And I can guarantee you'd never see me toting a mythology book around.But, coincidentally, I've recently discovered that my sex life revolves around energy. And by energy I don't mean if I'm hyper or bumming out. I'm talking about negative and positive energy.Before you reach for the mouse and click me off forever, I'm not going to talk about The Secret, that point-out-the-obvious trash novel that says if you put out positive energy you get it back. But I have noticed that if I'm upbeat about life's issues and have a positive outlook on them, I want to shack up more often. Because, who doesn't want to get laid when they're in a good mood?Take for instance the other morning. I woke up next to my favorite, and only man in my life after the alarm went off. He shouted a few four-letter words about the alarm and not wanting to go to class and lugged his way out of bed. I lay there for a second and thought, "Now, why would I want to hook up with such a negative person?" I explained this to him, he laughed and agreed. That was that.But besides the example of that morning, I've recognized that if I'm having a horrible day and think about all the horribleness of it, I get home and have no desire to have sex. My satisfaction comes from self-loathing things like pieces of pizza left over from watching football on Sunday or that gallon of ice cream I bought because I was probably having a horrible day last week, too.Whatever it is, shifting energy can lead to wanting sex all the time. Sometimes I get into ruts of thinking I had such a bad day that nothing could make it better. But what I should be thinking is, "I had such a bad day, now I'm going to get laid!"OK, it sounds a little cheesy, but I'm convinced it's going to work. I'm inviting readers to try it out, too. Whenever anything is going terrible in your day, just think about getting laid.Your cat puked on your kitchen floor? It's OK-you're having sex tonight! There's a hole in that new pair of jeans? No worries-they're coming off later anyway! You failed your Basic Math class? Don't sweat it-all you really need to know is that one person plus one person equals two people-having sex!Yes, life can be a real pain in the butt sometimes-no pun intended. But it's time to change and start having more fun in the bedroom.

Premium Blend with The New Suffer Jets

By Steven Schnarr

October 27, 2008

When they get past the moments of bickering like a married couple, living under one roof can create a collaborative cohesion within a band.The New Suffer Jets have known each other for eight years, but they didn’t officially form until 2007. In September, the lead singer, Mike Swanberg, dropped out of college to play music and moved to Chicago with his bandmates Chris Hayes and Steve Minogue.After playing their first Chic...

Duke talks ‘Sex Drive’

Duke talks ‘Sex Drive’

By David Orlikoff

October 20, 2008

Clark Duke hasn't had much time to enjoy the success of his odd couple web series, "Clark and Michael," where he plays the scheming,  abrasive counterpart to Michael Cera's pure insanity.Since 2006, he...

Painter to filmmaker

Painter to filmmaker

October 20, 2008

Raised on working-class principles prevalent in Pittsburgh, Steven Summers spent his time drawing and painting in the Steel City, which boasts a history of artists like pop art prince Andy Warhol and ...

First in Cannes, now in Chicago

First in Cannes, now in Chicago

By Steven Schnarr

October 20, 2008

In the videos documenting his filmmaking, Brad Bischoff, a senior film major at Columbia, can transform from an overly-excited goof somersaulting through the streets to a dedicated director so obsessed...

Staff Playlist

By Kaylee King

October 20, 2008

1. "I Don't Care" by Fall Out Boy2. "Beware! Cougar!" by The Academy Is ...3. "Gives You Hell" by The All-American Rejects4. "Vanished" by Armor for Sleep-J. Lendman1. "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel2. "You Get Used to Somebody" by Tim McGraw3. "Wildflowers" by Tom Petty4. "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morisson-B. Reinhart1. "So Desperate" by The Mountain Goats2. "Whatever You Like" by T.I.3. "Waiting Room" by Fugazi4. "Bad Kids" by The Black Lips-M. Fulinara1. "Kids" by MGMT2. "Head like a Hole" by Nine Inch Nails3. "The Fire Song" by Company of Thieves4. "When the Crash Happened" by Tub Ring-J. Galliart

Poetry that soothes the soul

Poetry that soothes the soul

October 20, 2008

One Chicago writer is helping war veterans cope with the tension caused by trauma experienced during military duty.Kathleen Nesbitt, a certified Poetry Therapist, is offering a 16-week workshop that aids in helping veter...

Adding a few more letters to the diet

By Brett Marlow

October 20, 2008

Pizza. Ravioli. Peanut butter cup blizzards. Sounds good, right? Imagine not eating them for four years. That was me-until a month ago.When I was in my mid-teens, I decided that I had enough with meat and was going to stop eating it cold turkey, no pun intended. I remember walking into the kitchen and announcing my newfound lifestyle to my mother."Mom, I'm a vegetarian now," I said. "OK ... we should get some cookbooks," she rep...

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