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Students run for Mary Blood Ball king, queen

By Cristina Aguirre

November 15, 2010

Students created viral self-promotions to become the next king or queen of the annual Mary Blood Ball, an event honoring and celebrating Columbia's founder, Mary Blood. An arts, entertainment and media management class sponsored "Upper Crust: King and Queen" on Nov. 8 at the Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Expression, 623 S. Wabash Ave., where students got a chance to run by creating videos promoting themselves for the throne...

Opera singers ‘Pop-Up’ around Chicago

By Cristina Aguirre

November 8, 2010

The city of Chicago is celebrating National Opera Week, running from Oct. 29 through Nov. 7. The Chicago Opera Theater and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is hosting "Pop-Up Opera" across the city. Opera singers pop out and start singing in public. The Chronicle caught these opera singers in Macy's as they sang to shoppers.

‘Inspector Bellamy’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

November 8, 2010

The title character Paul Bellamy (Gerard Depardieu) is a distinguished Parisian detective who is semi-retired, living in a country cottage with his wife (Marie Bunel). Bellamy soon finds himself caught up in a murder mystery equal parts absurd and compelling. The revered inspector is fully aware of the culprit’s identity and simply commandeers the case to avoid dealing with certain pressing familial issues involving his...

A walk inside ‘The Fear’

By Cristina Aguirre

October 25, 2010

Are you curious about what lurks inside a haunted house? The Chronicle got access backstage and inside one of Haunted Attractions Magainze's 25 "Must See Haunts" of 2009. We will take take you inside The Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier Chicago and also talk to  Director/Producer of The Fear, John Flamboy, about the benefits of working at a haunted house.For more information on 'The Fear' visit, thefearhauntedhouse.com....

‘Carlos’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

October 25, 2010

Olivier Assayas' new film, "Carlos," is a sprawling and expansive thriller. It tells the tale Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, a global terrorist who fancied himself more of a celebrity than a soldier. The film follows Sanchez, also known as Carlos the Jackal, as he left his mark across the world. Despite clocking in at a beefy five-and-a-half hours, Assayas does a superb job of internalizing the film's main themes. It's a kind of ...

Students ‘Speak Out-Reach Out’

By Cristina Aguirre

October 25, 2010

In the wake of recent gay suicides across the country, the Multicultural Council and the LGBTQ Office of Culture and Community came together to take action and held a vigil against bullying and discrimination. This event, "Speak Out-Reach Out," took place on Oct. 18 in the Quincy Wong Center, 623 S. Wabash Ave., where students shared their stories about discrimination, death and bullying to reach out to other students on ...

A run for his health

By Cristina Aguirre

October 18, 2010

Thousands of runners participated in the 33rd Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 10. While many ran for charities, others, like Pedro Gonzalez, 44, ran for their health and children. After becoming tired of being overweight, Gonzalez changed his lifestyle and became determined to run the marathon for the second consecutive year. He said he wants to become an inspiration for his children. The Chronicle followed the lo...

A celebration of the Vegan lifestyle

By Cristina Aguirre

October 18, 2010

Vegetables, belly dancers and organic underwear have little in common, but combine them and Chicago VeganMania comes to life. At the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk St., on Oct. 9, things were greener than usual. The festival, in its second year, included chef demonstrations, a variety of speakers on veganism, medical professionals, bands, a lounge for people to relax, performances and a marketplace of vegan-friendly pro...

‘No Where Boy’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

October 11, 2010

While Elvis Presley was creating music history in the 1950's, John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) was coming of age and looking for guidance between his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), who raised him and his mother that left him as a child. Lennon turns to art, which would be the start of the Quarrymen and gains a growing friendship with young Paul McCartney. In 'No Where Boy', John Lennon faces the challenges of an adolescent to ...

Alumni exhibit raises breast cancer awareness

By Cristina Aguirre

October 11, 2010

Vibrant colored boob prints and art work framed the wall, and a half-naked mannequin stands by the large window of Cafe Mestizo, 1738 W. Pilsen. In their first act of exhibitionism, four former Columbia students embraced femininity through Querida production's first event "Ella," an exhibit dedicated in female empowerment and hopes in raising awareness for breast cancer....

‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

October 4, 2010

Sixteen-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) looks for a quick getaway from his stressed-out life. He attempts to check himself into a youth psychiatric hospital, but is instead put into the adult ward. A patient, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), takes Craig under his wing during his stay. Craig learns there are more stressful problems than what he was experiencing prior to checking in, such as life, love and growing pains into ...

Anti-war activists speak out about FBI raids

By Cristina Aguirre

October 4, 2010

The FBI conducted raids in Minneapolis and Chicago on Sept. 24, targeting those suspected to be providing “material support” to international terrorist groups. Outside the Chicago FBI headquarters, 2111 W. Roosevelt Road, approximately 200 people protested the searches and the subpoenas on Sept. 27. Joe Iosbaker, an activist in Chicago and chief steward for Local 73 of the Service Employees International Union, was one of t...

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