The Columbia Chronicle

From *NSYNC to Radiohead

By Megan Ferringer

March 2, 2009

From the moment I smeared roll-on glitter onto the apples of my cheeks and pulled on my homemade puffy paint *NSYNC tank top, I knew I was hooked-I'm a junkie for live shows.It was during my pre-teen years-before I had the ability to distinguish real music from complete crap-when I discovered that first rush of adrenaline as the lights dimmed and five men came out thrusting their sweaty bodies and crotches in my general dir...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

Painting the town

By Spencer L. Roush

February 16, 2009

Riding the el every day yields little for the eyes except for rusted steel and crowds of people, but the Arts in Transit program is adding a mosaic of color and creativity to a commuter's daily routine.Eighteen stations of the Brown Line are being renovated, and each will receive a unique tiled mosaic piece that embodies the communities where they are located. The next stop to receive a bit of artistic flavor on the Brown Line is B...

Taking outside art to the inside

By Jim Wittmann

February 16, 2009

Laughing at the idea of disorder and anarchy is what drives street artists Big Morgan and The Viking. The duo said they don't want someone to pat them on the back to tell them "job well done," then hand a check over, like most artists.These street artists will be featured in a new exhibit at The Novem Store, 1104 N. Ashland Ave., on Feb. 20, called "Permanent Vacation." In the exhibit, the two artists will feature their graf...

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...

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