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Brother, sister duo brings the country to Columbia

By Cristina Aguirre

April 10, 2011

Their passion for country music is what brought brother and sister, Aby and Tessa Gutierrez to start performing together since high school. From Franksville, Wisconsin, the duo came to Columbia to study Music. Tessa, a freshmen Vocal Performance major and Aby, a sophomore Music Business major, have performed all over Columbia, such as Acoustic Kitchen and on Wed. April 27th at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., for Biggest Mout...

Mapmaker releases new album

By Brianna Wellen

April 10, 2011

Blending equal parts rock, pop and funk with strong jazz influences, the members of Mapmaker have a sound outside the typical college garage band genre. Saxophone and clarinet riffs play alongside guitar and drum solos. After finding their stride playing a steady rotation of local music venues, such as the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., and Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., they released their second full-length album ...

McDonald’s All-American games return to Chicago

By Cristina Aguirre

April 3, 2011

The 34th annual McDonald’s High School All-American game returned to Chicago for the first time since 1982 when it was held at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Ill., currently named the Allstate Arena. The game wasn’t the only event held here in Chicago with select boy and girl high school basketball players. On March 28, the Powerade Jamfest was held at Chicago State University which consisted of a skills competition, 3-p...

Red hot fashion at Columbia

By Cristina Aguirre

April 3, 2011

Students of different disciplines from all around the college joined together for one cause—promoting AIDS awareness. Columbia helped kick off the first Red Dress Party in Chicago by organizing and hosting a fashion show to preview the national event, scheduled to take place later this month. The national and annually held event raises money and heightens the understanding of AIDS and HIV in the world. The event was held on...

Creatures in toyland

By Cristina Aguirre

April 3, 2011

Forces of good and evil reside in countries like Hot Dog Kingdom and Pantslyvania, guarded by the protectors in Ninja Town. In another world, furry six-legged creatures, known as FluffyYukYuks, chomp through everything they can get their teeth on, with loyal FluffyBooBoos and FluffyBadBads by their sides. With scenes and storylines derived from the imaginations of artists, the fictitious characters enter the world in the form o...

‘Lincoln Lawyer’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

March 27, 2011

"The Lincoln Lawyer" stars Matthew McConaughey as Michael "Mick" Haller, a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental Sedan. He lands the case of a lifetime defending a rich playboy played by Ryan Phillippe. The Chronicle's Film Critic Sean Lechowicz reviews the film.

Girls got game

By Cristina Aguirre

March 27, 2011

The local gaming organization dedicated to female video gamers, Sugar Gamers and Female Gamers Alliance Network (FGAN) wants you to forget the guys and join them in a fight....Street Fighter that is. The Chronicle talks with ladies behind the organizations and they show you what they are all about.For more information about Sugar Gamers and FGAN go to SugarGamers.com and FemaleGamersAlliance.net...

Hot Yoga: An inside look

By Cristina Aguirre

March 25, 2011

Yoga, meditation and deep breathing have been shown to build flexibility, increase memory retention and improve focus. For people willing to explore the wide range of yoga classes available, a hot yoga studio, Bikram Yoga Chicago recently opened a new location, 47 W. Polk St. Classes take place in 105 degree rooms and students move through a series of 26 poses. The Chronicle's Assistant Health & Fitness Editor, Katy Nielsen...

‘Coming out of the shadows’ rally at Daley Plaza

By Cristina Aguirre

March 13, 2011

Chicago's immigration rights advocates marched from Union Park to Daley Plaza on March 11 for "Coming Out of the Shadows: Undocumented. Unafraid. Unapologetic" rally. Advocates marched on the 5th anniversary of the pro-immigrant mega-marches of 2006. The Chronicle goes to Daley plaza and talks to a few Chicago youth who are coming out of the shadows....

Bull riding at the home of the Chicago Bulls

By Cristina Aguirre

March 13, 2011

The moment before the bullpen opens, adrenaline rises and the heart beats rapidly. A bull awaits release from the confinements of tight space while the rider anticipates a fierce eight-second battle after the gate opens.This is the norm for professional bull riders who participate every weekend in what is dubbed the toughest sport on Earth. Professional Bull Riders Inc. stopped in Chicago at the home of the Bulls and Blackhaw...

RIC Blackhawks sled hockey

By Cristina Aguirre

February 28, 2011

Sled hockey, or sledge hockey, is a Paralympics sport, but the game follows the same rules as ice hockey. Every Wednesday and Sunday, the Rehab Institute of Chicago’s sled hockey team, the RIC Blackhawks, take to the ice at McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave. The Chronicle's Katy Nielsen takes you to the ice.

Game winning shot

By Cristina Aguirre

February 21, 2011

The University of Illinois-Chicago Flames (7-21, 2-14) has dealt with close defeats throughout this season.  Losing to Loyola University (15-12, 6-10) on Feb. 16,  added more turmoil to their season. With 4.6 seconds left, the Ramblers pushed the ball up court, and guard Courtney Stanley drained the game-winning three pointer at the buzzer in overtime. Check out the video of the shot....

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