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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...

VIDEO: Mother, daughter share love of dolls

By Cristina Aguirre

February 13, 2009

At Gigi's Dolls and Sherri's Teddy Bears, 6029 N. Northwest Highway, mother and daughter Gigi Williams Giannone and Sherry Baloun, respectively, are celebrating 27 years of owning their own store specializing in everything from antique dolls to rare collectibles. The pair have also participated in doll shows for more than 37 years. The Chronicle talks with Giannone and Baloun about their partnership and new location.For mor...

VIDEO: Logan Square gets a little more ‘beauty’

By Cristina Aguirre

February 9, 2009

Owners Kate Gibson and Krista Vaughn talk with The Chronicle about their dream of opening Mops Beauty Shop, 2500 N. California Ave. Gibson and Vaughn hosted a grand opening party on Jan. 31 at their Logan Square location, complete with art, cupcakes and cupcake martinis.For more information about Mops Beauty Shop, visit MopsBeautyShop.com.Check out all of our videos on The Columbia Chronicle's YouTube channel....

‘Coraline’ director talks 3-D animation

By David Orlikoff

February 9, 2009

It's hard to go a full day in downtown Chicago without seeing some reference to Henry Selick, usually in form of The Nightmare Before Christmas apparel. People associate the film with Tim Burton and Jack Skellington's iconic face, but while Burton wrote and produced the film, it was Selick who directed it.But what he is most famous for is really where his heart is-directing unparalleled feature length stop-motion films. Corali...

Biking gets artsy, crafty

By Bertha Serrano

February 9, 2009

After cyclists got used to dressing in multiple layers, surviving the low temperatures and buying adequate tires for the snow, a local organization is finally giving them a break during the brutal winter months.Bikers from Critical Mass, an organization that hosts bike rides the last Friday of every month, will be hosting their 12th Annual Bike Winter Art show Feb. 13-27 at the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Av...

Art in a new direction

By Jim Wittmann

February 9, 2009

People poured into the Finch Gallery’s small building in Logan Square late in the evening. The visitors were crammed tightly into the inviting art gallery, but the solid mass of people stuck around for hours until the performing band took the spotlight to help the gallery say goodbye.After two successful years in Chicago, owner Nicholas Freeman hosted his last exhibition Jan. 31 at the Finch Gallery, 2747 W. Armitage Ave. ...

‘Coraline’ a unique adventure

By David Orlikoff

February 9, 2009

Just as the Lumiere Brothers perceived their own work and all films as little more than an interesting trick on the eyes-and certainly not as art-the first animations were largely gimmicks. Other films that focused more on the drawings themselves featured the animator as a character, causing the audience to focus on the novelty of the process and not the animated world.Once the public grew acclimated to the concept of view...

The prose wars

By Megan Ferringer

February 9, 2009

A lone microphone sat atop the stage at Metro, and below stood a raucous crowd of more than 900 literary aficionados-all waiting for 12 wordsmiths to battle it out for a championship title that has brought both published writers and average-Joes together to out-dazzle each other in a rhetorical survival of the fittest.It was a literary moshpit, as founder Bill Hillmann likes to call it, but otherwise it was just another a...

Dumpster diving produces fine findings

By Bertha Serrano

February 6, 2009

From old tables, worn out chests, broken chairs and everything in between, there's no such thing as garbage to those who recycle. And one local woman is proving week by week that no project is impossible when it comes to transforming the old into the new.Diana Durkes is the face behind FineDivingChicago.com, a recently launched blog that takes readers step by step through her weekly journey where she finds unwanted items a...

Vikings vs. aliens in ‘Outlander’

By David Orlikoff

February 2, 2009

Few works are produced annually in the realm of art that can honestly be called original. This is due largely to the cumulative human history, which is both a blessing and a curse to its modern recipients and contributors.On one hand, any art which aspires to be relevant beyond the mind of its creator should capture something universal of the world, in which case our history serves as both inspiration and framework. On the other h...

Short film wins big

By Evan Minsker

February 2, 2009

Every film student has heard lecture after lecture on how competitive the film industry is. Those lectures must make it all the more rewarding to get $100,000 to make a short film about kids raging war with each other on the rooftops of Pilsen.Miguel Silveira, a production instructor in Columbia's Film and Video Department, and his production company, Pangea, were recently awarded the IFP Grant. The grant provides $100,000...

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