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‘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.

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...

Burton’s bland ‘Wonderland’

By Cristina Aguirre

March 15, 2010

Director Tim Burton is not a director, but a brand. He is a weird, dark visionary outsider or so the myth goes. In his latest film, "Alice in Wonderland," he brings a distinct visual style to the fantasy tale. The film stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and newcomer, Mia Wasikowska. The Chronicle's Film Critic, David Orlikoff, reviews the film....

Voto Latino launches new ad campaign

By Cristina Aguirre

March 8, 2010

Voto Latino, an organization founded by actress Rosario Dawson, aims to increase American Latino youth civic participation and is encouraging them to participate in the 2010 Census through their "Be Counted" campaign. The organization has new ads, which star celebrities like "Lost" actor Jorge Garcia and "Ugly Betty" actress Ana Ortiz, and hopes they will convince Latinos to fill out the Census questionnaire and show that ...

Question of the week: Is Chicago that miserable?

By Cristina Aguirre

March 1, 2010

Thanks to high taxes, Chicago Transit Authority route cuts and fare hikes with the loss of the 2016 Summer Olympic bid, Chicago has landed once again on Forbes' most miserable cities list. Last year, Chicago was third and now dropped down to 10th, which makes the city a little less miserable than last year. But what makes us miserable or less miserable? The Chronicle's Multimedia Editor, Cristina Aguirre has the scoop....

Psychological thriller keeps you guessing

By Cristina Aguirre

March 1, 2010

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Teddy Daniels, an up-and-coming U.S. Marshall who is assigned to investigate who is number 67. Daniels believes this number refers to a secret extra inmate held at the maximum security mental hospital for the criminally insane on the titular "Shutter Island". The plot twists after his partner Chuck Aule played by Mark Ruffalo finds that the prison staff aren't cooperating with their investigation a...

Question of the week: Are students applying for Columbia scholarships?

By Cristina Aguirre

February 22, 2010

Columbia College Chicago offers numerous scholarships to prospective, transfer, current and graduate students. Now that some scholarship deadlines have passed and others are approaching, professors urge students to apply due to a low amount of applications. This past fall, Columbia awarded approximately 600 students with scholarships, which is double the amount awarded in fall 2007. The Chronicle's Multimedia Editor, Cristina Aguirre, talks with a few Columbia students to see if they are taking advantage of the s...

Shooting donations Haiti’s way

By Cristina Aguirre

February 15, 2010

Columbia College is all about creating change and that's what one student is doing to help out the earthquake-stricken island of Haiti. Daniel Kelleghan, a photography major at Columbia, set up a studio in his Lincoln Park apartment for a photo shoot benefiting Haiti. For a minimum donation of $10, people had their photos taken in hour-long shoots. Kelleghan said he has raised around $800 and that all the money is going to the A...

Goodbye John. Sincerely, your viewers

By Cristina Aguirre

February 8, 2010

Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks and directed by Lasse Hallström, "Dear John" delivers the same structure of "The Notebook." Starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, "Dear John" is a love story between Special Forces Army Sergeant John Tyree and Savannah Curtis, whom he met while diving into the ocean to save her purse that had fallen off the pier. John smittenly falls for the college student. But as John goes o...

Lunch, lessons, care at Los Martincitos

By Cristina Aguirre

February 1, 2010

With both of her palms stretched out slightly off her body, Zoyla Zevallos Leyva,67, begins to sing a song in Quechua, a Native American language spoken primarily in the Andes of South America. She sways back and forth in a blank stare singing in a beautiful high-pitched, but raspy voice. This is how she forgets her worries and problems she faces back home near Cusco when she comes to Los Martincitos ( Little Martins).Zevall...

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