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Making the trek for Obama

By Megan Ferringer

November 9, 2008

A throng of people squeezed around a single entrance into Grant Park, and the streets of Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue became filled with a diverse crowd spanning from all states throughout the country and some that even traversed over the Atlantic Ocean-all to catch a hopeful glimpse of the president-to-be.The message "Welcome to Election Night in Grant Park" began to boom from loud speakers just as dusk fell over the gid...

Playing with magic, devil’s daughter

Playing with magic, devil’s daughter

By Bertha Serrano

November 2, 2008

Chicago may not be as popular of a city as Las Vegas when it comes to magic and magicians.  A local theater company felt the same way, and has been working on becoming more popular by making magic-on stage...

Shred on this

Shred on this

November 2, 2008

On June 2, 2008, four college students set out to travel east, using only two skateboards and two bikes, without any mapped out destinations other than their objective-get toNew York City."We knew the g...

Pinkett-Smith talks directing and politics

By Thomas Pardee

November 2, 2008

Her husband may be one of Hollywood's biggest actors, but Jada Pinkett-Smith is no housewife.The seasoned actress was in Chicago on Oct. 28 for the red carpet premiere of her new film, The Human Contract, at the Chicago International Film Festival. Pinkett-Smith wrote, directed and starred as a supporting character in this sleeper drama about a successful businessman whose entire life is called into question when a strang...

Local artists ‘have it their way’

By Meryl Fulinara

November 2, 2008

Forget the pickles, forget the lettuce and add extra brushes. Burger King is taking on a unique endeavor that pushes creativity and imagination to a new level.Located in Wicker Park, Burger King Studio, 1904 W. North Ave., opened on Oct. 24. The gallery is a collaboration between Burger King Corporation and emerging local artists, to reach people on a more local level by tapping into Chicago's arts community.Lauren Ross, a sp...

Local animal circus is cat’s meow

By Megan Ferringer

November 2, 2008

The stars of Samantha Martin’s traveling circus know how to roll up to the night’s venue in style. Certainly not modest or humble by any means, the troupe of seven travels from show to show in a 28-foot RV adorned in all things fluffy and cute, which is meant to appease the high demands of this talented crew and make sure not one of them stomps off in a dramatic fury.Their need for being spoiled and pampered is not on...

Blazing a trail from Seattle to Chicago

By Meryl Fulinara

November 2, 2008

One bike company based in Seattle is bringing its imported European bikes to the Second City.Dutch Bike Co., 651 W. Armitage Ave., just opened its doors on Oct. 18, giving Chicagoans a taste of Europe.Stephan Schier, a company partner, said Dutch Bike Co. had a lot of people in Chicago asking when a store would open up in the Windy City. He said they had a customer from Chicago who flew all the way out to Seattle just to te...

Pedaling away through wind and snow

By Megan Ferringer

November 2, 2008

November has begun to rear its head in downtown Chicago and with that, it’s bringing plunging temperatures, blustery winds and a complete refusal by the city’s inhabitants to leave their front doors and bear the gloom of late fall.But just because the cold might put a damper on outdoor activities, it doesn’t mean everyone’s favorite two-wheeled mode of transportation has to come to a halt. Even in the bitter temperatur...

Film Review: NY cops as you’ve seen them before

By David Orlikoff

November 2, 2008

Director Gavin O'Connor's Pride and Glory starts out strong. Edward Norton plays Ray Tierney, a solitary and jaded detective first seen making his way through the hard streets of New York City on his way to an interdepartmental football game where his lieutenant brother Franny (Noah Emmerich) is coaching his sergeant stepbrother Jimmy (Colin Farrell) to victory.Just as these foreboding images set the stage for a tale of dirty...

Chicago gets reel ‘queer’

By Bertha Serrano

November 2, 2008

While many may not remember what was going on in Chicago 27 years ago, an organization was busy putting together an event that is still a great part of a community today.Reeling 27, Chicago's Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, will celebrate its 27th Annual Festival from Nov. 6-16. Reeling is second in the world in size compared to San Francisco's LGBT festival. In 11 days, 70 films will be shown throughout th...

When eating brains and comedy collide

By Bertha Serrano

October 26, 2008

A lot of words can be used to describe zombies: gruesome, bloody and cannibalistic. They might only exist in Goosebumps books, nightmares or horror movies like Night of the Living Dead, but this Halloween, zombies will be in Chicago doing something out of the ordinary zombie routine-stand-up comedy.The Edge Comedy Club, 777 N. Green St., is hosting its first-ever, "Zombedy: A Zombie Stereotype Comedy Show." Comedians will...

‘W’ Warrants no response

By David Orlikoff

October 26, 2008

On Jan. 20, 2009-less than three months from now-President George W. Bush will exit the Oval Office. His term will have lasted eight years, though not since 2004 has he had more than a 50 percent approval rating. He is the least popular president in history, this much is clear. What is unclear is what director Oliver Stone is trying to accomplish with his latest film, W., about the incumbent president.The plot is a pieced-t...

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