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San Diego Comic-Con 2010 Summer Coverage

By Cristina Aguirre

September 7, 2010

Chicago has it’s own share of comic and pop culture conventions like Wizard World and C2e2, but it doesn’t compare to the 41st annual San Diego Comic-Con International held on July 22-25. Costume-goers packed the exhibit halls and panels, all hoping to get exclusive merchandise, autographs or meet with their superhero idols. The Chronicle traveled to San Diego to bring you exclusive coverage of the geeky convention....

Paratriathletes are up for the three-part challenge

By Cristina Aguirre

September 7, 2010

More than 8,500 triathletes competed in the 28th annual Life Time Fitness Chicago Triathlon on Aug. 29. The Chronicle talks to a few paratriathletes who are up for the three-part challenge of swimming, biking and running.For more information on the 2010 Chicago Triathlon, visit chicagotriathlon.com

May Day, May Day 2010

By Cristina Aguirre

May 10, 2010

Thousands marched for immigration reform at the annual May Day rally in Chicago on May 1, 2010. Posters read “Undocumented, Unafraid”, “Obama, Obama, don’t deport my mama” and “Boycott Arizona,” filled the air as immigrant rights groups led chants against Arizona’s SB 1070 law, an immigration bill that allows state police to question anyone suspected of being undocumented.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="static"...

Youth programs aim to combat Chicago violence

By Cristina Aguirre

May 3, 2010

West side Chicago youth centers, such as Umoja Student Development hopes to keep kids off the streets and combat the violence within its own neighborhoods. In the wake of Chicago Public school student Derrion Albert's fatal beating at Fenger High School in Chicago's south side, the Obama administration called forth a press conference in October of 2009. There, they addressed youth violence as a national issue. The Chronic...

‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

April 26, 2010

For more than eight years, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Thierry Guetta went to the streets of America and Europe to film the secretive world of graffiti. He set out to locate world-renowned graffiti artist Bansky. After attempting to befriend him, Banksy turned the tables on Guetta with the camera. Named as "the world's first street art disaster movie," the documentary exposes the creators of street art. The Chronicle's film...

New line of miniature robots creates buzz

By Cristina Aguirre

April 26, 2010

Toy company Senario launched a new line of miniature, remote-controlled robots called Zibits. The Chronicle speaks with Creative Director, Brian Katzel during the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, C2E2, to learn more about the little collectible robots.For more information on Zibits, check out Senario.com

Tour of The Dwight

By Cristina Aguirre

April 19, 2010

Columbia College is offering new housing plans for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Dwight, 624 S. Clark St., will replace 2 E. 8th St. and 18 E. Congress Parkway buildings. The Chronicle takes you on a tour of the lofts.For more information on The Dwight visit their Web site at DwightLofts.com...

‘Kick-Ass’ lives up to its name

By Cristina Aguirre

April 12, 2010

Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., "Kick-Ass" brings to life the story of a teenage comic book nerd who finds himself becoming a superhero with no powers nor training. The Chronicle's film critic, David Orlikoff, reviews the major motion picture starring Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz.

SXSW Music Festival 2010

By The Columbia Chronicle

April 7, 2010

For Five days every spring, Austin, Texas becomes the music capital of the world as everyone who is anyone in the music business surges into the city. More than 2,000 bands play throughout the city in one of more than 90 venues. The music starts around 10 A.M. and continues until about 4 the following morning. The festival was founded in 1987 with 700 registrants. Today, the festival boasts over 12,000 registrants and play...

Raising awareness within the Chicago music scene

By Cristina Aguirre

April 5, 2010

The Chicago music scene represents all forms of music, such as hip-hop, rock, jazz, metal, country, folk, or whatever fusion that sounds good to one's ears. The Chicago Music Project, an independently produced local music television network, hopes to bring awareness of the local music scene to let Chicago be the musical powerhouse it once was. The Chronicle talks with co-founders Leo Flores and Israel Fernandez about thei...

Crisp fuses cultural flavors

By Cristina Aguirre

March 29, 2010

While traveling across the country and eating at multiple fried chicken places, financial analysts Doug Funke and Jae Lee realized they were sick of working the daily grind and dealing with numbers all day. With their love of chicken, they decided to create an untraditional Korean restaurant with a fusion of Mexican and American cuisine.Their brainchild became Crisp, a contemporary fast-food restaurant with a traditional twist on Korean ...

‘A Prophet’ of a film

By Cristina Aguirre

March 29, 2010

Malik El Djebena is condemned to six years in prison after spending  a good part of his life in juvenile detention. Although the 19-year-old cannot read nor write, he becomes a fast learner after the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison gives him numerous "missions" to carry out. This toughen him up, but figures out the politics of the prison system. The Chronicle's film critic, David Orlikoff, reviews the crime dram...

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