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Shopping cart debauchery

By Megan Ferringer

March 2, 2009

Alaska's own Iditarod is about to see an urbanized transformation-huskies will be replaced by men donning red caps and powder blue suits for team Zissou, sleighs exchanged for rickety shopping carts and the rugged, snowy terrain swapped with Wicker Park's bustling sidewalks.This is Chicago's annual Chiditarod, and on March 7, the debauchery and mayhem will return for its fourth consecutive year.With participating teams rangi...

Perry’s latest installment weak

By David Orlikoff

March 2, 2009

Tyler Perry has made quite a name for himself with his plays, books, movies and syndicated TV show. His multimedia approach to entertainment, alongside some collaboration with Oprah, demonstrates his will to capture the hearts and minds of his audience. He has turned himself into a brand, as evidenced by the full title of his newest feature film, Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail.It is unfortunate that Perry doesn't have more to ...

Author travels through time with book-turned-movie

By Jim Wittmann

March 2, 2009

Columbia Book and Paper Arts professor Audrey Niffenegger’s 2004 novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is being produced into a motion picture.The set release date has not been announced, but the film is in post-production with New Line Cinema and Plan B Productions.Niffenegger’s story, set in Chicago, revolves around time travel. Although the setting takes place in Chicago, the movie was shot in Toronto, Canada.The novel to...

Chicago serves up tasty African dishes

By Bertha Serrano

February 23, 2009

To outsiders, Chicago might be known for its brutal winters, stunning skyline and being home to President Barack Obama. But to longtime locals, the city's rich cultural history is what they love best. While some ethnic areas are better known than others, many cultural restaurants still remain under the radar.Just in time for Fat Tuesday and to wrap up this year's celebration of Black History Month, The Chronicle talked to e...

The ‘International’ fails to make bank

By David Orlikoff

February 23, 2009

Few film genres have had the repeated success as the action flick. In some ways this is due to the versatility of the category that supports films as diverse as Shaolin Soccer and Run Lola Run. Even down the middle, staple action series like Bond, Bourne and Terminator all have their own distinct aesthetic. There is, however, a common thread. The one thing all action movies do, aside from peddle popcorn, is move. Some have...

Documentary comes out of ‘Left Field’

By Evan Minsker

February 23, 2009

The first line in the trailer for Left Field says it all: This isn't a feel-good documentary about kickball."You get to tear s--t up," said the first of the trailer's talking heads.Left Field, a documentary about Chicago's unofficial kickball league, will premiere at a screening on Feb. 26 at the Portage Park Theatre, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. The film was directed by Columbia adjunct film instructor Ben Steger.Steger and his ...

Little creatures become big stars

By Bertha Serrano

February 23, 2009

They have been to 37 states and four countries, traveling in a fur-lined case and getting fed in a petri dish. Their trainer treats them as if they were his own blood, and, in some ways, they are. They depend on human blood for survival. Meet Midge and Madge, the stars of Adam Gertsacov's Acme Flea Circus show.After many years of unpopularity, flea circuses are making their way into city events once again, one flea stunt ...

New webisode informs audience of STDs

By Jim Wittmann

February 23, 2009

A new webisode called “O Mission,” which is sponsored by GetSTDtested.com, a website that makes it easy to get tested and contains forums about STDs, was co-written, produced and directed by Columbia television professor Michael Fry. The webisode is to help the generation in their 20s and 30s know STDs are something they should be concerned about, Fry said.The web series was filmed over a span of four days in the West ...

M. Ward’s ‘Hold Time’ diverse

By Evan Minsker

February 23, 2009

Matt Ward, better known as M. Ward, has been doing an excellent job lately of keeping the singer-songwriter genre out of the dumpster. Whether he's jamming with Jenny Lewis and My Morning Jacket or making eloquent arrangements that hearken back to an earlier American sound with Zooey Deschanel, he's proven himself to be a gift to the genre.Hot off the heels of his She & Him album, Volume One, it would take a lot of fa...

Chicagoan competes to be next big designer

By Jim Wittmann

February 16, 2009

A spirited young Chicagoan is hoping to jump aboard a new reality television show called "The Fashion Show." Elise Bergman hopes to fulfill her late mother's wish for her to "do something great with [her] life," by potentially becoming a contestant on Bravo's new television show.A current court case leaves the hit show "Project Runway" in limbo between Bravo television network, which aired five seasons of the show, and Lif...

Lonely Island debut disappoints

By Evan Minsker

February 16, 2009

It was December 2005 when a few friends and I were watching an episode of "Saturday Night Live." At this point, I was one of the few in the room who had faith that the show could still be funny after the departure of Will Ferrell. Then, an SNL Digital Short called "Lazy Sunday" aired.The short, which was crafted by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, totally changed the face of "SNL." It was hysterical (the firs...

Designer competes in Oscar gown contest

By Bertha Serrano

February 16, 2009

Aside from winning the coveted golden statue at the Oscars, fashion has become another key element to the Academy Awards ceremony throughout the years.For the first time ever, a chosen up-and-coming designer will be joining the fame and glory of movie stars, directors and writers at the movie industry's most important night of the year.Originally from Evanston, Ill., and a former student at the School of the Art Institute...

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