The Columbia Chronicle

Artist trio avoid the excess

By Michael Pedraza

March 30, 2009

Concerned about the over-consumption of products and heavy use of habits, three artists created a mixed-media piece to show the world just how much we consume.The artist group, known as Tripa Colectivo, was co-founded in November 2007 by Joevanny Duran and Abraham Velazquez. Velazquez was given a month to display his work at the Chicago Art Department after he became a resident last year. The two brought Mike Wilgus into th...

Knitty gritty graffiti

By Bertha Serrano

March 30, 2009

It was an unusually warm February night in Pilsen. Cops drove by slowly, patrolling the neighborhood because there had been a shooting earlier in the day. Four girls were out on a mission, and at this point, not even cops were going to stop them. Although they looked suspicious walking down the street with scissors, zip-ties and hoodies in tow-they were harmless.They headed to 18th Street, despite the traffic and frequent pe...

Mama’s shop dishes out pie

By Evan Minsker

March 30, 2009

After a long opening weekend of lines around the corner, running out of ingredients and having to offer vouchers for free slices of pie, Hoosier Mama Pie Company's mama-in-chief, Paula Haney, was overwhelmed by the initial success of her new store.When she got home after closing up shop one night, she received a call from a customer who was upset to hear they were closed."I heard all these kitchen sounds in the background, and ...

Director hits right note with ‘Nombre’

By David Orlikoff

March 30, 2009

Anticipation can be one of the best or worst feelings. From anxiously awaiting the first day of school to a sleepover with new friends, kids are constantly growing out of their comfort zone. But as we get older, things have a tendency to settle down. We anticipate things on a schedule, like taxes and dentist appointments, and look forward to the latest release from our cache of favorite artists. There is comfort in this, but i...

Partyin’ it up, nerd style

By Bertha Serrano

March 30, 2009

While many might decide to hire strippers for a bachelorette party, an entertainment company is heating things up-with nerds.Donning colorful plaid jackets, flooded pants, hideous ties and glasses held together by tape, the five employees of Rent-A-Nerd Comedy Entertainment get paid to be nerds.Since 1987, the nerds and nerdettes of this Chicago-based company have gone to countless birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, ba...

Beatles tribute sans wigs

By Evan Minsker

March 16, 2009

Beatles tribute bands can sometimes get really hokey. It's not very respectful to The Beatles as artists to wear wigs and matching suits and act like the characters in Help! or A Hard Day's Night.  There's the drummer with the big nose, the left-handed bass player with the moon face and puppy-dog eyes, the cute and quiet guitarist and the guy wearing glasses. It's vaudeville.But the members of The Fab Faux, a Beatles ban...

Historic record label 70 years young

By Jim Wittmann

March 16, 2009

When Columbia Arts, Entertainment and Media Management department member Steve Cole signed with Blue Note Records, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary as a record company with a tour and a new record, he wanted to share his enthusiasm with his father, who knew the impact the label has on the jazz world, he said.“My father was a jazz musician, and I thought that he would get a good kick out of, so I immediately called...

Flatfile closes up shop

By Megan Ferringer

March 16, 2009

It was back in January that Susan Aurinko realized that her innovative West Loop art gallery, Flatfile, wouldn't be able to stay in business-much like everything else, the dwindling economy decided that its next victim would be the art communities of major cities throughout the United States, and Chicago was no exception.Hesitant to officially call it quits, Aurinko was hopeful that Flatfile had the potential to stay open th...

‘Watchmen’ lives up to legacy

By David Orlikoff

March 16, 2009

With the Dark Knight winning Oscars and having multiple active franchises, it's tempting to say that we're experiencing a heyday for comic book and superhero movies.Truthfully, comic book movies have been around for a long time with mixed success, but the current trends can probably be traced back to the '90s. Whether it's source material or just the genre growing up, Zack Snyder's Watchmen certainly stands out.Set in an alt...

Speed Cycle

By Jim Wittmann

March 16, 2009

People have always asked Robert Curtis what bicycle racing is like. He gives the same answer every time.“I always respond by saying to find a buddy that you know pretty well, ask them to kick you as hard as they can in the junk, and in five minutes, after you don’t feel like puking and you’re ready to do it again, then you’re ready to race.” Curtis is the general manager of Bicycle Heaven, a bicycling club in the Chica...

Rudd, Segel, Hamburg talk new ‘bromance’

By Evan Minsker

March 16, 2009

Ben Stiller, the Wilson brothers and Vince Vaughn are no longer the reigning kings of comedy. According to Vanity Fair, it's Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.With their new film I Love You, Man coming out March 20, Rudd and Segal have caught fire in the past with their films Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Knocked Up. They aren't thrilled, however, with Vanity Fair dubbing them "comedy's new legends."The two actors, along with for...

Recycled clothes find new replacements

By Jim Wittmann

March 16, 2009

It was a bittersweet moment for Chicagoan Michelle Milne when she realized the genuine leather laptop bag she purchased five years ago would never be of good use for her profession as she had hoped. But there is an upcoming event that could benefit her purchase by helping her and someone else, too.On March 29, the first Clothing Swap will be held at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. The event works in a simple way: A p...

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