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Behind the class: Stage Combat

By Cristina Aguirre

November 29, 2010

Much practice goes into all the cinematic fight scenes you see in action flicks. One class at Columbia, teaches you the art of stage combat and how it's really done. Artist in Residence and Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors, David Woolley, takes the Chronicle into his classroom and shows us some moves.

Harry Potter’s Quidditch games come to life

By Cristina Aguirre

November 22, 2010

Students running around with broomsticks, shouting out words like "snitch" and "quaffle" is becoming a common sight on campuses. College students across the nation have proved that the Quidditch is not just a sport for wizards.Quidditch was a mere fictional game in the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, but 2005, the game was brought to life by a group of college students at Middlebury University in Vermont. It involves ...

Over 20 years of Flamenco dancing

By Cristina Aguirre

November 22, 2010

Chiara Mangiameli has been dancing nationally and internationally for the past 20 years and also is part of the world music ensemble Las Guitarras de España. Mangiameli recently performed at the International Fair on Nov. 16 as part of International Education Week. The Chronicle talks to Mangiameli about Flamenco dancing and where you can attend classes.For more information about how you can attend classes, go to www.lama...

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Film Review

By Cristina Aguirre

November 22, 2010

In “Deathly Hallows Part I,” Harry, Ron and Hermione (played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, respectively) are tasked with destroying what are known as horcruxes—objects that house the fragmented soul of the series’ main villain, Lord Voldemort. Once they complete the task, Voldemort can finally be vanquished and everyone can live happily ever after. The Chronicle's film critic, Drew Hunt, reviews...

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...

‘The Next Three Days’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

November 15, 2010

In the film “The Next Three Days,” Laura Brennan (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested and found guilty for murdering her boss. She’s given a life sentence without parole, but, of course, insists she’s innocent. After it becomes apparent Laura will never be freed from prison, her husband John (Russell Crowe) tasks himself with breaking her out and fleeing the country with their young son in tow. The Chronicle's film critic,...

‘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...

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.

‘Carlos’ film review

By Cristina Aguirre

October 24, 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 24, 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 walk inside ‘The Fear’

By Cristina Aguirre

October 24, 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....

A celebration of the Vegan lifestyle

By Cristina Aguirre

October 17, 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...

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