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Pastry chef goes for the gold

By Bertha Serrano

September 15, 2008

Waiting for the sound of the bell to ring made Dimitri Fayard anxious. The 10 minute countdown seemed to last forever. A competition he had trained for the past nine months of his life was about to begin.The competition lasted 13 hours, five hours on the first day and eight on the second. Fayard ended up winning a gold medal at the World Pastry Championship, a two day bi-annual pastry contest in Nashville. Nine countries p...

Chicago gets inked by new tattoo shop

By Steven Schnarr

September 15, 2008

Black curtains hang from the ceiling by chains. Mirrors line the walls with black leather chairs placed around the room. Boxes containing flat-screens lay on the floor waiting to be hung. The room buzzes with the sound of a tattoo gun.That was the scene three weeks after the opening of the new tattoo shop downtown, which is aiming to be known as a "high-class" tattoo shop.  Along with that, it might also be getting its own r...

Kanye West kept on different kind of ‘Lockdown’

By AP

September 15, 2008

Kanye West's notoriously fickle temper boiled over Sept. 11, resulting in his arrest for apparently helping smash a paparazzo's camera on the floor at Los Angeles International Airport.Police arrested the music superstar shortly before 8 a.m. He and his manager, Don Crowley, were booked for investigation of felony vandalism.West was released from police custody on the afternoon of Sept. 11. Blair Berk, who was retained as his atto...

All-Schnarr All Star

By Steven Schnarr

September 15, 2008

Last spring break I decided to visit my friend Amanda at her college in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She lived in co-ed dorms, so I was relieved that I could stay in her room rather than with a stranger. What I didn't expect was that they had co-ed bathrooms, too.That somewhat weirded me out.The first morning I woke up, I slung my towel over my shoulder and walked into the bathroom to find a girl brushing her teeth. I kindly intr...

Website helps student musicians sell music

By Steven Schnarr

September 15, 2008

With the evolving distribution in the music industry, one Princeton University student decided to carve out a niche for aspiring college musicians online.Cameron McClain, a junior religion major at Princeton,created TheOdes.com, aimed at encouraging an online community of artists for college students. But after struggling with the website, McClain decided to refocus the site. It officially re-launched on Sept. 12.Now TheO...

6-feet-under sightseeing

By Kaylee King

September 8, 2008

The Chicago Architectural Foundation has added a ghostly twist to its roster for the fall.The Graceland Cemetery Women of Influence tour, which began on Sept. 6, takes visitors to more than 20 different gravesites of women who have made a difference in the city's history over the length of a two-hour walking tour of Graceland Cemetery, 4001 N. Clark St. Four more tours are slated for this year, and the tour will begin running regu...

Microsoft shepherding spell-check

By MCT

September 8, 2008

In the past two years, few names have become as recognizable as Barack Obama's, a rise that continues tonight as he accepts the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in Denver.But until spring 2007, "Obama" was unknown to Microsoft's spell-checker. The suggested correction was "Osama," a name that differs by a single letter but carries lots of baggage.Even though Osama is a common name around the world, it is inextrica...

Ritchie rocks again with romp ‘RocknRolla’

By AP

September 8, 2008

Crime just never stops paying for Guy Ritchie.With RocknRolla, writer-director Ritchie returns to the sort of gangster tale that shot him to fame with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, presenting a big, boisterous ensemble of lovable low-lifes doing anything they can to score a buck or rub out an enemy.While Ritchie stumbled with his last two flicks-the romantic remake Swept Away starring his wife, Madonna, an...

Thinking outside the ‘art school box’

By Bertha Serrano

September 8, 2008

As artists continue to experiment with multimedia, some are staying away from the norm that art school taught them.On Aug. 29, the exhibit "Under the Influence" was opened to the public at Antena, 1765 S. Laflin St. It shows the artwork of contemporary artist Jaime Mendoza, which includes a series of paintings, photographs and mixed media objects.Two of his pieces, entitled "Flush," are digital prints that show him sittin...

Wright’s Taliesin showcases ‘organic’ architecture

By AP

September 8, 2008

Thousands come each year to the Wisconsin River valley where Frank Lloyd Wright built his home and tested his ideas about building in harmony with nature.Nestled on a hillside overlooking the river, Wright's Taliesin has the cantilever roofs, wide windows, great room and open floor plan that became some of the architect's trademarks.The design concepts, revolutionary in Wright's time, are now widely taught in architecture schools and comm...

Book and Paper Arts fights through

By Bertha Serrano

September 2, 2008

Hiding away from the more loud and crowded floors at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., is the Book and Paper Arts Center. It waits on the second floor for visitors to stop by and discover that although it's awkwardly quiet and still, there is a book and paper world waiting to be discovered.The gallery hosts different exhibits throughout the year that are open and free to the public, including the 5th International Book a...

‘Campaign’ trail takes Second City to Denver

By Meryl Fulinara

September 2, 2008

Second City has had a string of critically praised revues on its record since the start of the 2008 presidential nominee race. With Chicago's golden boy, Sen. Barack Obama, being the Democratic presidential candidate, the comedy troupe is going head-to-head with politics.The theater, which began its run in the late '50s, plays host to revues that last five to seven months, consisting of scripted and semi-improvised scenes...

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