The Columbia Chronicle

Comedy show with a Latin twist

By Bertha Serrano

September 28, 2008

In a city where theater companies come and go every day, a local Latino improv group keeps their audience entertained, 10 years after their first comedy sketch.With show titles such as "The Devil Wears Chanklas (slippers)" and "Touched by an Anglo,"  Salsation tours the country during Hispanic Heritage Month and performs at universities every year.  Their main goal is to put up a great show and convey a clear message to students, ...

British comedy peg

By Meryl Fulinara

September 28, 2008

With his launch into American cinema with breakout performances in satirical comedies like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, it's no surprise 38-year-old Simon Pegg's latest movie would be a spoof on celebrity culture.How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, out Oct. 3, is British journalist Toby Young's memoir-turned-movie about British intellectual Sydney Young, played by Pegg, whose celebrity-bashing lands him a job at a c...

Excitement over excrement

By Meryl Fulinara

September 28, 2008

Nance Klehm, a professional ecologist, is trying to make No. 2 her No. 1 priority.Humble Pile is a nutrient looping project started by Klehm that utilizes the composting of human excrement and urine through the use of a dry toilet. With the project now in its second phase-composting-Klehm has started holding workshops at the Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave., to discuss the project and celebrate the end of phase one- collecti...

Rocking the vote

Rocking the vote

September 28, 2008

As the election season heats up, artists and groups like Death Cab for Cutie are helping to get young voters to register and show up at the polls on Election Day. The band is participating in the Ultim...

Lights, camera, fashion

By Bertha Serrano

September 28, 2008

Five years ago, Reggie Valdezco was studying pre-med at DePaul University. Although he wasn’t happy, his future seemed promising. After realizing he needed to do something else with his life, he transferred to Columbia, where his life was about to take a big twist.On Oct. 3, Valdezco will be one of 15 students to showcase his work during Dress Code: Chicago Fashion Design School’s Show, a runway show featuring garments...

Music, not ‘rock’-it science

By Meryl Fulinara

September 21, 2008

Chicago-based Overman is trying to innovate the university science scene with their music, while also achieving musical success as science advocates with a scientific method of sorts."Evolution Rocks," a song written by Overman's bassist, Aaron Kelly, for a biology class at Columbia, is the basis for how Overman plans to climb the evolutionary music ladder."Here I am the night before the presentation and I'm putting toget...

Chicago becomes worldly

By Kaylee King

September 21, 2008

Musicians, artists and craftmakers from around the world will gather in Chicago this week for the 10th annual World Music Festival.The festival runs through Sept. 25 and is hosted by more than 20 venues throughout the city. Big name bands like Calexico will play, as well as many acts that U.S. music charts fail to highlight. Festival creators hope people from Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods will come out and enjoy the music of th...

New star finds a ‘home’ in America’s favorite ZIP code

By Brett Marlow

September 21, 2008

Viewers might have seen him on HBO’s “Entourage” or making guest appearances on ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters,” but since having little spots here and there two years ago, 24-year-old actor Ryan Eggold has gone from zero to 60 in a matter of years.Eggold, who graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006, scored a role on FX’s now defunct tabloid drama “Dirt” last year, and is now starring on o...

Church not just for choirs and hymns

Church not just for choirs and hymns

By Meryl Fulinara

September 21, 2008

Rock ‘n' roll is here to stay and church is no longer just for Sunday services.Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Westen Ave. , which got its start in 1992 as a bar in Chicago's Ukrainian Village, is expanding its num...

Pinhole in one

By Kaylee King

September 21, 2008

On any given fall morning, Valerie Burke wakes to see the mountains of Colorado outside her window. Before long, she steps out into the brisk air and begins to think of different ways to create her art. Often times it leads to her laundry room, where she takes photographs.Burke isn't shooting pictures of her clothes or sorting her garments, she's using her hamper as a camera. Instead of working with a traditional camera, ...

EXTENDED WEB VERSION: All but ‘Choked’ up

By Joel Alonzo

September 21, 2008

Sam Rockwell has been acting since the age of 10. With break through roles in movies such as The Green Mile and Charlie’s Angels, he is no stranger to the big screen.In Rockwell’s newest movie, Choke, a book adapted for the screen based on a Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name, he plays Victor Mancini, a sex-addict, con artist and colonial re-enacter trying to get enough money to keep his ailing mother alive.The Ch...

Dance event: Everyone gets a chance to perform

Dance event: Everyone gets a chance to perform

September 21, 2008

At one venue, open mic-styled nights focus on a medium other than just music-dancing.At the free event Dance Chance, held at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., three emerging Chi...

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