The Chronicle

Microsoft shepherding spell-check

By MCT

September 8, 2008

In the past two years, few names have become as recognizable as Barack Obama's, a rise that continues tonight as he accepts the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in Denver.But until spring 2007, "Obama" was unknown to Microsoft's spell-checker. The suggested correction was "Osama," a name that differs by a single letter but carries lots of baggage.Even though Osama is a common name around the world, it is inextrica...

Ritchie rocks again with romp ‘RocknRolla’

By AP

September 8, 2008

Crime just never stops paying for Guy Ritchie.With RocknRolla, writer-director Ritchie returns to the sort of gangster tale that shot him to fame with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, presenting a big, boisterous ensemble of lovable low-lifes doing anything they can to score a buck or rub out an enemy.While Ritchie stumbled with his last two flicks-the romantic remake Swept Away starring his wife, Madonna, an...

Mom wouldn’t bake this cake

By Meryl Fulinara

September 2, 2008

Sugar and rye, and all things punk "DIY" have made 36-year-old entrepreneur and do-it-yourself proponent Michelle Garcia, owner of Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago's North Center, a baking success.With the Aug. 9 opening of her second venture, Chaos Theory Cakes, 2961 N. Lincoln Ave., the Garcia empire is expanding its territory, taking cakes to a whole new tier.Garcia, the tall, blue-haired mohawk-sporting pastry chef is de...

Book and Paper Arts fights through

By Bertha Serrano

September 2, 2008

Hiding away from the more loud and crowded floors at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., is the Book and Paper Arts Center. It waits on the second floor for visitors to stop by and discover that although it's awkwardly quiet and still, there is a book and paper world waiting to be discovered.The gallery hosts different exhibits throughout the year that are open and free to the public, including the 5th International Book a...

‘Campaign’ trail takes Second City to Denver

By Meryl Fulinara

September 2, 2008

Second City has had a string of critically praised revues on its record since the start of the 2008 presidential nominee race. With Chicago's golden boy, Sen. Barack Obama, being the Democratic presidential candidate, the comedy troupe is going head-to-head with politics.The theater, which began its run in the late '50s, plays host to revues that last five to seven months, consisting of scripted and semi-improvised scenes...

The reluctant bite

By Jessica Galliart

September 2, 2008

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.Though Krause’s picky eating habits may not seem like a major obstacle in everyday life, it is. He likes milk chocolate, and he likes peanuts. Bu...

The juggernaut of fashion

By Bertha Serrano

September 2, 2008

Tucked away from the typical shopping of Michigan Avenue and State Street is Jugrnaut fashion boutique, 427 S. Dearborn St., slowly bringing its street fashion norm into the South Loop.The royal purple walls of the boutique are the first thing that stand out, as hip-hop music blares through the speakers. The window is decorated with glistening purple curtains, and colorful T-shirts and accessories rest on the table.Posters...

Chicago goes ball out

Chicago goes ball out

By Kaylee King, Staff Reporter

September 2, 2008

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...

Bleaching away the rules

By Steven Schnarr

September 2, 2008

One photographer from Columbia tried something new-he didn't shoot his own photography. Instead, he ordered prints online and manipulated the printed image to get the desired effects.The artwork of Columbia photographer Curtis Mann is featured at the exhibit "Are We There Yet?" The curator, Columbia photography professor Dawoud Bey, has gathered lens work as a commentary on the way people currently see the world. Five out ...

Picky Eating Adults

By Jessica Galliart

May 15, 2008

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

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

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...

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