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‘Democracy’ a disappointment

By Josh Sambdman

December 8, 2008

In a 2006 pre-release review of Chinese Democracy for the April Fool's edition of Spin, Chuck Klosterman wrote that in order for the album to succeed, Chinese Democracy would have to be the greatest rock album of all time.It's not. Needless to say, that's kind of disappointing. Instead of the huge spectacle that the rock community had been counting on for more than a decade, the release of Chinese Democracy left barely a fiz...

Welcome to the dark side

By Sean Stillmaker

December 8, 2008

Their bodies are streaming with sweat, ready to collapse from dragging too much weight on their feet all day-but they still need to be vigilant of the kids trying to grab their E-11 blaster. To the average person, this may seem abnormal, but for storm troopers of the 501st legion, it's just another day.The legion is a nonprofit volunteer Star Wars fan organization, wheremembers wear custom-made costumes designated as the i...

Christmas in the cosmos

By Meryl Fulinara

December 8, 2008

Ground Control to Major Tom: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas-in space.Known for its spoofs and satirical on-stage productions, New Millennium Theater Company has added a new show to its bill on Nov. 22 that runs until the end of December. "The David Bowie Hepzikat Funky Velvet Flarney Solstice Spectacular: Live ... from Space! (David Bowie's Christmas Special 1977 Network Edit)" is based around what a 1970s Da...

Becoming Kris Kringle

By Megan Ferringer

December 8, 2008

For thousands of men across the country, the beginning of December calls for an atypical refashioning of their normal business wardrobes.Just like clockwork, as Dec. 1 hits and twinkle lights are strung on barren trees, these men store away their black slacks and leather loafers for the season. Instead, they pull from the hangers suits made of red velvet. Their white beards are perfectly groomed, and their cheeks are flushed...

Que sera, sera

By Sara Harvey

December 8, 2008

Most of you reading this will have already moved into your new dorm room or apartment. Some of you will have met your new roommate, too. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship-or not.I remember how excited I was when I found out I would be sharing a space with a roommate, my first one ever. I was unpacking my things at the University Center, putting sheets on my bed and hanging up clothes in the closet. A girl walked in with members of her family following her. She was carrying one small box with a pillow in it. It was my new roommate.But before I could say "Go Huskers," she ran out of the room bawling, and I never saw her again. So much for a first roommate.For the first two months of school, I had a high-ceiling suite all to myself. I shared a connecting bathroom with two other gals (hey, Mercedes and Luisa!), but that was it.In late October, I got a note under my door on UC stationery. I'd be getting a new roommate, who I'll call Roomie No. 2 for the sake of this column.The first few weeks after she moved in passed by pretty quietly. She took up more space than I thought she would, though she wasn't around all the time. She had followed her boyfriend to Columbia, and he sometimes stopped by the room so they could go to the cafeteria together.Sharing a room is easy, I thought. No worries here-just make sure you're courteous and friendly, and things will be fine.It wasn't until my suitemates pointed out something green on the wall that I started to wonder about her.I don't mean green paint. I mean snot. Green, dried crust on the wall in the bathroom. It had to be the new girl ... but why would she wipe snot on the walls when there were tissues readily available? Was she drunk, or did we do something offensive?Then, as I was staring at the hard green chunk on the wall, I realized we had.Weeks before, according to my suitemates, Roomie No. 2 frequently returned to the room with her man while I was gone. They fought and made "loud banging noises," though I was never around for the spectacle. There was blood in the bathroom. Suffice it to say my suitemates were freaked out."We have to do something," they said. So we did-we arranged for a mediation and confronted her. Roomie No. 2 was pretty upset about it, I guess, and that explained the booger warfare.It was the beginning of a tumultuous relationship in which I came home to see posters torn from the wall and woke up to Roomie No. 2 and her pal slamming the door at 2 a.m. My friends thought I was crazy to put up with it, but I'm more of a lover than a fighter: I would have loved to put something vile in her John Frieda shampoo or sprinkle itching powder on her sheets.I put up with it until about December, and she was kicked out by the UC for one of her indiscretions. I was afraid about who they might give me next.Someone up there must love me, because I got Monique, the most down-to-earth, laid-back person I'd ever met. She moved in with her Ikea futon, a fridge, a TV, an Xbox, incense and some John Butler Trio albums.I haven't seen Monique since we moved out during the last week of classes. But I learned something crucial: Roommates can help you become more tolerant, diversify your interests and that things can always get much, much worse, but they won't ever stay that way.

Anderson‘Ville’ show pushes limits

By Steven Schnarr

December 1, 2008

The scene opened with writhing bed sheets and soft moaning. Whispers could be heard of a woman's voice saying, "You're going to lick me there?" When the sheets fell off, only one character emerged with a cell phone in hand. Promptly, three backup singers walked out in their underwear and socks to sing with the woman into her phone about her VGF, or virtual girlfriend.That was a brief glimpse from "The Ville," a drama explori...

Vegan couture

By Bertha Serrano

December 1, 2008

While in Hong Kong in the middle of a modeling contract, Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart had an epiphany. She was browsing the Internet when she came across the same question over and over on blogs.People were looking for luxurious vegan coats that wouldn't hinder their high-end fashion style, but would align with their personal beliefs.Hilgart had a business plan she had been working on for two years. She started doing research and a couple of m...

One giant leap for ukulele

By Meryl Fulinara

December 1, 2008

Not just for the islands of paradise and the sands of tropical beaches, the ukulele is going where no man has gone before-to outer space.The tiny four-stringed instrument is the star of a cabaret show at Silvie's Lounge, 1902 W. Irving Park Road, which happens only four times a year. On Dec. 6, the ukulele open mic night, themed "Uke Galactica," is the last show of the year and will explore the universe and beyond.The free ...

‘Depart’-ing from the rest

By Bertha Serrano

December 1, 2008

From jewelry to baby blankets, crafters and their goods have created a significant presence in Chicago the past couple of years. Though there are many different craft shows, not one is the same.The Depart-ment craft show will be celebrating its 5th anniversary Dec. 5-7 at AV-aerie, 200 W. Fulton St. The three-day show will showcase handmade items from more than 100 artists, and the theme this time will be holiday gifts.Since t...

Ice cream makes nice

By Meryl Fulinara

December 1, 2008

Kris Swanberg received an ice cream maker as a wedding present last year. Much to the skepticism of her friends, she said she started using it and now sells her homemade ice cream at local grocers.Swanberg started selling her ice cream on Oct. 20 at Green Grocer, 1402 W. Grand Ave., and officially started making her frozen treat under her company's name-Nice Cream-a month before that."I make all this ice cream for myself," ...

Bringing sexy back to Christmas

By Megan Ferringer

December 1, 2008

This Holiday season, Chicago's burlesque stars are joining forces to bring a whole new meaning to Santa's naughty list.Mixing sexy gyrating moves with classic Christmas sing-a-longs and polishing it all off with a cherry on top-festive red and green pasties-Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., is bringing together all nooks and crannies of Chicago's diverse burlesque scene on one steamy stage of holiday fun. A jo...

Locals expand music scene to their own basement

By Steven Schnarr

December 1, 2008

Just off the California Blue Line el stop, small clusters of people locked up their bikes against a fence, while others, dressed in winter caps and scarves, excitedly strolled to the venue. They quickly packed a basement with fans shoulder-to-shoulder, as a number of them remained outside puffing on cigarettes. More than 100 people showed up at the house throughout the night on Nov. 22 for the housemates' first show.Sabrina*, ...

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