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The saints come dancing in

By Amanda Murphy

November 28, 2011

Breaking out in the music scene of a major city can be difficult, butBlack Light Saints has pushed through it, making its mark as much asit can on the Windy City. A collective of a variety of musicians, theband has been playing its poppy disco/indie rock to audiences aroundthe city and country. With a tour bonding the group closer togetherand a gig at this past spring’s South by Southwest, Black Light Saintscontinues to...

This boat ain’t sinkin’

By Amanda Murphy

November 28, 2011

The Portland, Ore.-based group YACHT has seen a lot of changes since its start in 2002. Beginning as a solo project for Jona Bechtolt, the band then became a duet when it added Claire Evans and now has three more members with the addition of Rob Kieswetter, Jeffrey Brodsky and Katy Davidson. But the indie-disco dance band has stayed true to its artistic roots, putting out various albums, like the former “See Mystery Lights,...

BSU’s 5th Annual Paint It Black

By Dannis Valera

November 21, 2011

Paint It Black is one of BSU's (Black Student Union) biggest events of the whole year. A big-scale production set with a cast and crew; Paint It Black's main purpose is to pay tribute African American legends in the performing and visual arts. Some African American legends included this year are Patti Labelle, New Edition, and Salt N Pepa.http://youtu.be/SJ12ctlc9qY...

Shawn Chrystopher, hip-hop’s newest prodigy

By Sophia Coleman

November 14, 2011

At 8 years old, rap artist, producer and Chicago native Shawn Chrystopher, now 25, remembers watching rap-duo Kris Kross on MTV, dreaming of the day he would have his own spotlight. His time soon came. He graduated high school at the age of 16 and earned a four-and-a-half-year scholarship to the University of Southern California, which left him to pursue his career in music.With his soaring IQ and ability to play five instr...

Urban Dolorosa

By Brent Lewis

November 9, 2011

Urban Dolorosa is a multimedia ceremony to honor the school age children and teenagers that were killed by violence over the past 3 school years in Chicago. The ceremony took place in 5 locations throughout the city and brought together all groups of people to honor those they have lost to violence. Urban Dolorosa included a musical choir, poetry and photographs. The piece brought out many individuals to pay their respects incl...

Willis Tower Climb 2011

By Brent Lewis

November 9, 2011

Climbers took to the Willis Tower on Sundaty Nov. 6, 2011 to climb 103 floors which equals 2,109 steps to the Willis Tower Skydeck benefiting Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Hand cycles with virtual climbing screens were avilable for those who were unable to climb the stairwell. Last year the Chicago event raised more than $1,000,000 for the RIC, making it the #1 rehabilitation Hospital in America.[kml_flashembed publishm...

Dia De Los Muertos Procession in Pilsen

By Brent Lewis

November 9, 2011

Pros Arts Studio, Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization took part in the Dia De Los Muertos procession in Pilsen on Wednesday Nov. 2, 2011. The annual Dia De Los Muertos is the longest running Day of the Dead event in Pilsen running for 32 years. Pro Art Studio is focused on creating art and working with children, while creating great opportunities for the Pilsen Community. The procession was held to remembe...

Occupying A Critical Mass [Slideshow]

By Brent Lewis

November 1, 2011

Participants of Critical Mass dressed up in costumes for their Halloween bike ride on Oct. 28, 2011. Critical Mass is a bike ride that takes place in Chicago on the last Friday of every month. The ride leaves from Daley Plaza at 5:30p.m. to the sounds of blow horns, bells and yelling of “lets mass!” On Oct. 28, 2011 the Critical Mass route passed by the Chicago Federal Reserve located at 230 South La Salle Street to show ...

Westside Health Authority’s Community Kitchen

By Estefania Martinez

October 24, 2011

Members of the Austin community came out for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Westside Health Authority's Community Kitchen located at 5852 West Noth Ave. on Monday Oct. 17. The Community Kitchen will hold nutritional classes to encourage a healthier lifestyle and to prevent obesity. AARP and Trader Joes sponsor the Community Kitchen and chef and nutritional coach Norma Rixter prepared a vegan meal for everyone in attendance....

Kevin moves into the MSI

By Dannis Valera

October 24, 2011

Kevin Byrne, the winner of the Museum of Science and Industry’s Month at the Museum 2 contest, moved into the museum on Oct. 19. Byrne was picked out of six finalists from nearly 1,000 applicants to participate in this experiment. For 30 days, Byrne will live in the museum and share his experiences through a blog and social media like Twitter.Be sure to visit Kevin during his 30 day stay at MSI or see what he’s up by vis...

Indie-rock group The Earth Program talks shop

By Gabrielle Rosas

October 17, 2011

Don’t expect just any indie-rock experience when you listen to The Earth Program. Its debut album “Invade!” is a dystopian mesh of punk rock, alien spaceships and eerie synthesizers. Its live performances are high-energy, campy displays of live music, video and costumes. Now the nerd-rockers are working on their next album, a DVD and comic book stories. Some of the group’s new music was recently played on 93-XRT’s...

Dessert Crawl

By Estefania Martinez

October 17, 2011

Chicago neighborhood Andersonville hosted their 6th annual Dessert Crawl on Sunday, Oct. 9. This year, over 30 local businesses satisfied the neighborhood’s sweet tooth by providing samples from a number of desserts. The Dessert Crawl also groups the businesses by three routes, this year they were the Candy Cane Route, the Gumdrop Route, and the Lollipop Route.http://youtu.be/EZcFLbGeIVE...

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