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Doing it doggy style for a cause

By Megan Ferringer

November 17, 2008

The bitter mid-November wind and gloomy overcast were little more than minor hiccups to the hundreds who gathered in Oak Park, Ill., on Nov. 8. The 200 attendees arrived late morning, bundled up and optimistic; they weren't going to let a bit of unfavorable late-fall weather complicate their plans for a downtown wedlock ceremony-doggy style.No white flower bouquets were tossed and no triple-tiered wedding cake was cut, but...

City life making artists ‘board’

By Meryl Fulinara

November 17, 2008

Walking down the streets of a city so delicate that walls could be blown down with one furious breath, and roofs could topple over with the swing of an arm, is a sight so exquisite, so unreal and so ... cardboard.At the First Annual Art Exhibit at the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave., patrons walked down the streets of such a city, "Exquisite City."The show was curated by Kathleen Judge, an illustrator and stand-out in...

Teasing that’s pleasing

 

By Meryl Fulinara

November 17, 2008

The bright flash of the spotlight that hangs above the stage is the cue for music to slowly fade into the dimly lit room. The light reflecting off the velvet curtains creates a cast shadow of a voluptu...

 

’04 election revisited in documentary

November 10, 2008

While a nation had its eye on the 2008 Presidential Election, one filmmaker decided to revisit the 2004 election.The Midwest Independent Film Festival held a screening of Katy Chevigny's acclaimed documentary, Ele...

Hyde Park barbershop gets presidential

By Bertha Serrano

November 10, 2008

Just two weeks ago, Hyde Park Hair Salon was more hectic than usual. The streets were blocked off; SUVs carried secret service and cops followed behind. For then-Sen. Barack Obama, it was just time to get another haircut.Hyde Park Hair Salon, 5234 S. Blackstone Ave., has been around since the 1920s, providing hair service to legends like Muhammad Ali, and now President-Elect Barack Obama, who has been going for 14 years, long b...

Making the trek for Obama

By Megan Ferringer

November 10, 2008

A throng of people squeezed around a single entrance into Grant Park, and the streets of Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue became filled with a diverse crowd spanning from all states throughout the country and some that even traversed over the Atlantic Ocean-all to catch a hopeful glimpse of the president-to-be.The message "Welcome to Election Night in Grant Park" began to boom from loud speakers just as dusk fell over the gid...

Local artist raps out the vote

By Steven Schnarr

November 10, 2008

Sitting in a car next to road barricades on Michigan Avenue on election night, a guy was listening to Young Jeezy with a crowd of people. A Chicago rapper, Big Hit Buda, said he walked up to him, handed him his CD with a song titled "Elect Obama," and said, "Just give me 10 seconds. If it's whack, you can throw it across the street."Within 10 seconds of listening to the song, Brad "Big Hit Buda" Turner said the guy was bobbing his hea...

Bars serve up patriotic drinks

By Melody Gordon

November 10, 2008

On the North Side of the city, about five miles away from the rally, some bars hosted election parties, offering drink specials and live entertainment.Although a huge crowd gathered downtown for the rally, others decided to host and attend different events and places.The Crew Bar and Grill, 4804 N. Broadway St., was one of those places. The bar collaborated with The Annoyance Theatre to provide entertainment during commer...

Political roast heats things up

By Steven Schnarr

November 10, 2008

At the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway St., on Nov. 4 a select crowd cheered anxiously while watching a group joke about subjects like a new Calvin Klein fragrance called "Recession" and Gov. Sarah Palin's intentions to murder Sen. John McCain.Though some of the artists of Democracy Burlesque mentioned they would have liked to have gone to the rally in Grant Park, they decided to celebrate by doing something they love....

Sweet victory

By Megan Ferringer

November 10, 2008

Whether it was boozing after choosing or chowing down on Obama cupcakes as polling results were called, celebrating the election on Nov. 4 wasn't just limited to the party in Grant Park.Bars, restaurants and coffee shops all over Chicago were celebrating history in the making with their own style by offering up unique drink concoctions and other goodies for the city's riled-up crowd.The entire city was caught up in the Obamarama, ...

Local artists ‘have it their way’

By Meryl Fulinara

November 3, 2008

Forget the pickles, forget the lettuce and add extra brushes. Burger King is taking on a unique endeavor that pushes creativity and imagination to a new level.Located in Wicker Park, Burger King Studio, 1904 W. North Ave., opened on Oct. 24. The gallery is a collaboration between Burger King Corporation and emerging local artists, to reach people on a more local level by tapping into Chicago's arts community.Lauren Ross, a sp...

Local animal circus is cat’s meow

By Megan Ferringer

November 3, 2008

The stars of Samantha Martin’s traveling circus know how to roll up to the night’s venue in style. Certainly not modest or humble by any means, the troupe of seven travels from show to show in a 28-foot RV adorned in all things fluffy and cute, which is meant to appease the high demands of this talented crew and make sure not one of them stomps off in a dramatic fury.Their need for being spoiled and pampered is not on...

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