The Columbia Chronicle

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...

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...

The Windy City rocks the weird city at SXSW

By Evan Minsker

February 2, 2009

Here it comes: The week where Austin, Texas briefly becomes the music capital of the world (not to mention the capital of film and technology, as well). From March 13 to March 22, Austin transforms from a "weird college town"-a local business alliance created the "Keep Austin Weird" campaign a few years ago to promote small businesses in Austin and fend off corporate influence-into one enormous party. As the streets flood ...

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...

All good things come to an end

By Bethany Reinhart

January 26, 2009

Tucked away on a residential street in Lincoln Park stands a nondescript three-story building filled with 60 years of art history. Bronze sculptures line countertops, brightly colored paintings decorate office walls and life-sized stainless steel sculptures of animals, created from recycled car bumpers, fill the artists' work areas at the Contemporary Art Workshop, 542 W. Grant Place.The community art center and gallery ha...

From finances to frosting

By Bertha Serrano

January 26, 2009

Hidden between large building corporations and attracting the white collar folk, a new cake boutique is making office parties a bit easier.Without needing to make the run for a Jewel-Osco cake, Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique, 115 N. Wabash Ave., opened its doors on Jan. 5. Now proudly sporting her Sugar Bliss Cake apron, owner Teresa Ging left her job as a financial analyst to open her own business."When I was in finance and it ...

Skipping rope to punk rock

By Evan Minsker

January 26, 2009

Walking into a gym full of people skipping rope to a song by The Clash could be a surreal experience. The punk rockers are all playing tag and laughing. Don't be fooled-the world hasn't turned upside-down.Punk Rope, a New York-based company started by personal trainer Tim Haft in 2004, started hosting classes in Chicago on Jan. 14. In each class, students go through an alternative "exercise" routine that combines jump rope...

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By Megan Ferringer

January 26, 2009

The phrase “modern grandfather” is used by Columbia journalism faculty member Dan Sinker to describe his style—a look he claims is primarily cardigans and tan pants with a bit of a hipper flair.When Sin...

Finding antiques in ‘Haystack’

By Josh Sambdman

January 26, 2009

Cleverly laid out merchandise catches the eye, while the scent of old clothes intertwines itself with a soundtrack not found during the standard Salvation Army affair. The atmosphere is apparent as soon as a customer walks in the door.As a vintage shop with intricately crafted artistic displays and a healthy dose of eccentric flair, Haystack Vintage, 2934 N. Broadway, has carved a niche for itself among thrifters and bargain an...

ALBUM REVIEW: Animal Collective finds balance with new ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’

By Josh Sambdman

January 26, 2009

A quick look at the cover of Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion immediately lets you know what to expect for the next hour of listening. The simplistic design seems to ripple across its surface, while staying completely stationary at the same time. Never before has an album's packaging represented its inner contents so well.Like previous Animal Collective releases, Merriweather Post Pavilion is full of music not ...

Christmas in the cosmos

By Meryl Fulinara

December 8, 2008

Ground Control to Major Tom: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas-in space.Known for its spoofs and satirical on-stage productions, New Millennium Theater Company has added a new show to its bill on Nov. 22 that runs until the end of December. "The David Bowie Hepzikat Funky Velvet Flarney Solstice Spectacular: Live ... from Space! (David Bowie's Christmas Special 1977 Network Edit)" is based around what a 1970s Da...

Becoming Kris Kringle

By Megan Ferringer

December 8, 2008

For thousands of men across the country, the beginning of December calls for an atypical refashioning of their normal business wardrobes.Just like clockwork, as Dec. 1 hits and twinkle lights are strung on barren trees, these men store away their black slacks and leather loafers for the season. Instead, they pull from the hangers suits made of red velvet. Their white beards are perfectly groomed, and their cheeks are flushed...

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