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Pinkett-Smith talks directing and politics

By Thomas Pardee

November 3, 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...

Neo-Futurists perform ghoulish show

By Liam Hemming

October 26, 2008

On any given weekend, it's not uncommon to see throngs of people waiting in line in front of The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. In fact, lines sometimes get so long that not everyone who waits will be guaranteed a seat when the doors open at 11 p.m. (6:30 p.m. on Sundays).Those lucky enough to be admitted are given a small token to hold on to (a button, a marble, a plastic cowboy figurine) as a means of proving they a...

Coitus Scene

By Kaylee King

October 26, 2008

If there is one thing I hate, it's physiological energy.What I mean by that is, I don't do yoga. I can't meditate. I'm not superstitious. Energy drinks make me want to blow chunks. And I can guarantee you'd never see me toting a mythology book around.But, coincidentally, I've recently discovered that my sex life revolves around energy. And by energy I don't mean if I'm hyper or bumming out. I'm talking about negative and positive energy.Before you reach for the mouse and click me off forever, I'm not going to talk about The Secret, that point-out-the-obvious trash novel that says if you put out positive energy you get it back. But I have noticed that if I'm upbeat about life's issues and have a positive outlook on them, I want to shack up more often. Because, who doesn't want to get laid when they're in a good mood?Take for instance the other morning. I woke up next to my favorite, and only man in my life after the alarm went off. He shouted a few four-letter words about the alarm and not wanting to go to class and lugged his way out of bed. I lay there for a second and thought, "Now, why would I want to hook up with such a negative person?" I explained this to him, he laughed and agreed. That was that.But besides the example of that morning, I've recognized that if I'm having a horrible day and think about all the horribleness of it, I get home and have no desire to have sex. My satisfaction comes from self-loathing things like pieces of pizza left over from watching football on Sunday or that gallon of ice cream I bought because I was probably having a horrible day last week, too.Whatever it is, shifting energy can lead to wanting sex all the time. Sometimes I get into ruts of thinking I had such a bad day that nothing could make it better. But what I should be thinking is, "I had such a bad day, now I'm going to get laid!"OK, it sounds a little cheesy, but I'm convinced it's going to work. I'm inviting readers to try it out, too. Whenever anything is going terrible in your day, just think about getting laid.Your cat puked on your kitchen floor? It's OK-you're having sex tonight! There's a hole in that new pair of jeans? No worries-they're coming off later anyway! You failed your Basic Math class? Don't sweat it-all you really need to know is that one person plus one person equals two people-having sex!Yes, life can be a real pain in the butt sometimes-no pun intended. But it's time to change and start having more fun in the bedroom.

Premium Blend with The New Suffer Jets

By Steven Schnarr

October 26, 2008

When they get past the moments of bickering like a married couple, living under one roof can create a collaborative cohesion within a band.The New Suffer Jets have known each other for eight years, but they didn’t officially form until 2007. In September, the lead singer, Mike Swanberg, dropped out of college to play music and moved to Chicago with his bandmates Chris Hayes and Steve Minogue.After playing their first Chic...

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...

Uncovering the myth of Count Dracula

By Meryl Fulinara

October 26, 2008

As children get ready for Halloween trickery by making costumes and dressing up as the legendary Count Dracula, one writer can explain the history behind the character in his new annotated book.Leslie Klinger, lawyer and editor, recently published The New Annotated Dracula, an annotated version of Bram Stoker's popular book Dracula, that was released Oct. 13.Klinger said his annotated version gives more cultural background info...

Happy doggone Halloween

By Adel Johnson

October 26, 2008

This year, some people have expanded their October fun beyond buying bags of candy for trick-or-treaters and are now including their pets in the celebration.Sutton Studios, along with Evanston's Community Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) and the Chicago Canine Rescue, will hold its first-ever "Howl-O-Ween" pet costume party on Oct. 28 at Sutton Studios, 3417 Church St., in Evanston, Ill.David Sutton, a pet photographer and own...

Spooky party planner

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 26, 2008

by Eli Kakberon and Kaitlyn McAvoy, Staff WritersTake a quick look around. It seems that on every other block, a new costume shop has opened up. Halloween is approaching, and people of all ages are starting to wonder what scary, sexy or just plain goofy costume to wear this year. What about finding somewhere to show off that costume and possibly get some cash for it instead of candy? Here are some Chicago bars hosting holiday c...

Halloween costumes get a little ‘dirty’

By Kristina Wells

October 26, 2008

"Rock out with your c--k out."That's the name of a Halloween costume featuring a pair of pants with a rooster coming out of the zipper.Year after year, costume trends come and go. This year, costumes deemed as being more provocative are the new Halloween fashion, so be prepared to see some pretty outrageous outfits while out and about this Halloween.Tim Dennis, an employee at Fantasy Costumes Headquarters, 4065 N. Milwauke...

Spreading a new holiday spirit to kids in need

Spreading a new holiday spirit to kids in need

October 26, 2008

Christmas has always been the most popular season for giving and sharing, but this year one radio station is trying to add Halloween to that list.Costumes for Kids, launched on Sept. 10 by Rotting Flesh Ra...

First in Cannes, now in Chicago

First in Cannes, now in Chicago

By Steven Schnarr

October 19, 2008

In the videos documenting his filmmaking, Brad Bischoff, a senior film major at Columbia, can transform from an overly-excited goof somersaulting through the streets to a dedicated director so obsessed...

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