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Rogen, Faris talk mall cops

By Megan Ferringer

April 13, 2009

Within the past few years, comedy has seemed to find its new legends, and right now, a dynamic handful of loveable men and women are fearless in the world of creating all things lewd, nude and witty.It's no surprise then, to see two of comedy's freshest faces partnering up for a comedy barely tiptoeing around the line of NC-17 territory-Observe and Report. The then-plump Seth Rogen, appearing on screen with his signature ...

CHIRP no longer tuned out

By Evan Minsker

April 13, 2009

It's been seven years since Chicago gained its first inner-city record fair. Every April for seven years, record collectors, music enthusiasts and artists gather at the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) Record Fair and Other Delights for vinyl, handmade items and, well, other delights.The record fair takes place on April 18 and 19 at the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. This is the first o...

Snuggie pub crawl gets cozy

By Bertha Serrano

April 13, 2009

Many consumers can't get enough of products like Chia Obama, The Slap Chop and foot alignment socks. Someone out there felt something was missing in their life and decided to create things like teddy bears to relieve the pressure from a seat belt, a male enhancer and the latest phenomenon-Snuggies.A group of Chicagoans decided to take these oversized blankets with sleeves  beyond the couch and to the outdoors. On April 1...

Don’t ‘Observe’ new Rogen movie

By David Orlikoff

April 13, 2009

Often in art, certain ideas and practices become so pervasive that they define the vast majority of production. This is especially true for film, where studios are wary of risking too much money on a new idea and would much rather churn out an action sequel from an established franchise. From a consumer standpoint, it all starts to look like the same old garbage with each piece getting progressively staler. There have been s...

Hockey meets deep end

By Bertha Serrano

April 6, 2009

While the average ice hockey players need layers of equipment to protect themselves from injuries, a few players use the complete opposite. They wear bathing suits, masks, snorkels and fins. They are known as underwater hockey players.Though underwater hockey has been around for a couple of decades, Chicago's hockey team is trying to recruit new members to join its club. It's one of the few sports where anyone can play agains...

VIDEO: More than just a ‘Cat & Mouse’ game

By Cristina Aguirre

April 6, 2009

Every Tuesday night and on weekends, a group of game enthusiasts gather to share their love of strategy games at Cat & Mouse. While players flip cards and roll dice, they engage in conversations and make plenty of new friends. In September 2008, Linda Schmidt opened the Bucktown game store, which specializes in non-electronic games and puzzles for the entire family. The Chronicle talked to Schmidt and board game fanatic...

Moving ‘Objects’ create new form of theater

By Jim Wittmann

April 6, 2009

A new variation of puppet shows are growing in popularity involving lamps flying around and mayhem hitting the stage.This was evident in a new show called the Objects in Motion Festival at the Building Stage, 1044 W. Kinzie St., which ran from March 14 to April 5.The organization Plasticene is a group that put together shows holding or moving ordinary objects like lamps, chairs, tables and bicycles, presenting them with flashin...

Dance group brings it inside

By Bertha Serrano

April 6, 2009

Without a care in the world, a trio of dancers head out to the streets once a month to do what they do best-dance for the outside world.Wearing matching colored outfits and holding a boombox, they pick a route and dance along the streets, blasting their favorite tunes as they invite pedestrians to join their dance party while a fourth person records them.And on April 10-12, the trio, known as Portable Dance, will host thei...

Cymbals Eat Guitars dust off genre

By Megan Ferringer

April 6, 2009

It seems easy these days to get disillusioned by the new album releases popping up every Tuesday morning and plastering Pitchfork all with ill-conceived 8.5 and 8.2 ratings. Bands tend to overcomplicate things-masking whatever decent lyrics and mesmerizing melodies they have in heavy nauseating synths, hand-clapping machines, laptop-induced pitches and voices transformed into something less than human. These things are hardly li...

Geek gets chic

By Megan Ferringer

April 6, 2009

The three founders of Chicago’s first-ever nerd social club unanimously agree that there is a longstanding stigma surrounding the term “nerd” —one that, almost without fail, revolves around argyle sweaters, wide-framed glasses sloppily taped together at their broken nose piece and weekends spent holed up in dark basements playing Dungeons and Dragons until dawn. But it’s this definition that has created an idea wher...

Band debut album makes ‘Wavvves’

By Evan Minsker

March 30, 2009

So far, this year has given us a critically acclaimed and extremely complex album by Animal Collective. Merriweather Post Pavilion deserves a mountain of praise, sure, but I've been waiting for an album with a similar level of complexity that wraps up in 30 minutes and gets my feet moving.I suppose there's no use tiptoeing around it: I'm a sucker for lo-fi music. When I first heard the unintelligible lyrics and raw, sludgy pow...

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...

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