The Columbia Chronicle

Playing with magic, devil’s daughter

 

By Bertha Serrano

November 3, 2008

Chicago may not be as popular of a city as Las Vegas when it comes to magic and magicians.  A local theater company felt the same way, and has been working on becoming more popular by making magic-on stage...

 

Shred on this

November 3, 2008

On June 2, 2008, four college students set out to travel east, using only two skateboards and two bikes, without any mapped out destinations other than their objective-get toNew York City."We knew the g...

Pinkett-Smith talks directing and politics

By Thomas Pardee

November 3, 2008

Her husband may be one of Hollywood's biggest actors, but Jada Pinkett-Smith is no housewife.The seasoned actress was in Chicago on Oct. 28 for the red carpet premiere of her new film, The Human Contract, at the Chicago International Film Festival. Pinkett-Smith wrote, directed and starred as a supporting character in this sleeper drama about a successful businessman whose entire life is called into question when a strang...

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...

Blazing a trail from Seattle to Chicago

By Meryl Fulinara

November 3, 2008

One bike company based in Seattle is bringing its imported European bikes to the Second City.Dutch Bike Co., 651 W. Armitage Ave., just opened its doors on Oct. 18, giving Chicagoans a taste of Europe.Stephan Schier, a company partner, said Dutch Bike Co. had a lot of people in Chicago asking when a store would open up in the Windy City. He said they had a customer from Chicago who flew all the way out to Seattle just to te...

Coitus Scene

By Kaylee King

October 27, 2008

If there is one thing I hate, it's physiological energy.What I mean by that is, I don't do yoga. I can't meditate. I'm not superstitious. Energy drinks make me want to blow chunks. And I can guarantee you'd never see me toting a mythology book around.But, coincidentally, I've recently discovered that my sex life revolves around energy. And by energy I don't mean if I'm hyper or bumming out. I'm talking about negative and positive energy.Before you reach for the mouse and click me off forever, I'm not going to talk about The Secret, that point-out-the-obvious trash novel that says if you put out positive energy you get it back. But I have noticed that if I'm upbeat about life's issues and have a positive outlook on them, I want to shack up more often. Because, who doesn't want to get laid when they're in a good mood?Take for instance the other morning. I woke up next to my favorite, and only man in my life after the alarm went off. He shouted a few four-letter words about the alarm and not wanting to go to class and lugged his way out of bed. I lay there for a second and thought, "Now, why would I want to hook up with such a negative person?" I explained this to him, he laughed and agreed. That was that.But besides the example of that morning, I've recognized that if I'm having a horrible day and think about all the horribleness of it, I get home and have no desire to have sex. My satisfaction comes from self-loathing things like pieces of pizza left over from watching football on Sunday or that gallon of ice cream I bought because I was probably having a horrible day last week, too.Whatever it is, shifting energy can lead to wanting sex all the time. Sometimes I get into ruts of thinking I had such a bad day that nothing could make it better. But what I should be thinking is, "I had such a bad day, now I'm going to get laid!"OK, it sounds a little cheesy, but I'm convinced it's going to work. I'm inviting readers to try it out, too. Whenever anything is going terrible in your day, just think about getting laid.Your cat puked on your kitchen floor? It's OK-you're having sex tonight! There's a hole in that new pair of jeans? No worries-they're coming off later anyway! You failed your Basic Math class? Don't sweat it-all you really need to know is that one person plus one person equals two people-having sex!Yes, life can be a real pain in the butt sometimes-no pun intended. But it's time to change and start having more fun in the bedroom.

Premium Blend with The New Suffer Jets

By Steven Schnarr

October 27, 2008

When they get past the moments of bickering like a married couple, living under one roof can create a collaborative cohesion within a band.The New Suffer Jets have known each other for eight years, but they didn’t officially form until 2007. In September, the lead singer, Mike Swanberg, dropped out of college to play music and moved to Chicago with his bandmates Chris Hayes and Steve Minogue.After playing their first Chic...

When eating brains and comedy collide

By Bertha Serrano

October 27, 2008

A lot of words can be used to describe zombies: gruesome, bloody and cannibalistic. They might only exist in Goosebumps books, nightmares or horror movies like Night of the Living Dead, but this Halloween, zombies will be in Chicago doing something out of the ordinary zombie routine-stand-up comedy.The Edge Comedy Club, 777 N. Green St., is hosting its first-ever, "Zombedy: A Zombie Stereotype Comedy Show." Comedians will...

‘W’ Warrants no response

By David Orlikoff

October 27, 2008

On Jan. 20, 2009-less than three months from now-President George W. Bush will exit the Oval Office. His term will have lasted eight years, though not since 2004 has he had more than a 50 percent approval rating. He is the least popular president in history, this much is clear. What is unclear is what director Oliver Stone is trying to accomplish with his latest film, W., about the incumbent president.The plot is a pieced-t...

Uncovering the myth of Count Dracula

By Meryl Fulinara

October 27, 2008

As children get ready for Halloween trickery by making costumes and dressing up as the legendary Count Dracula, one writer can explain the history behind the character in his new annotated book.Leslie Klinger, lawyer and editor, recently published The New Annotated Dracula, an annotated version of Bram Stoker's popular book Dracula, that was released Oct. 13.Klinger said his annotated version gives more cultural background info...

Happy doggone Halloween

By Adel Johnson

October 27, 2008

This year, some people have expanded their October fun beyond buying bags of candy for trick-or-treaters and are now including their pets in the celebration.Sutton Studios, along with Evanston's Community Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) and the Chicago Canine Rescue, will hold its first-ever "Howl-O-Ween" pet costume party on Oct. 28 at Sutton Studios, 3417 Church St., in Evanston, Ill.David Sutton, a pet photographer and own...

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