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Double standards present in American Idol blunder

Double standards present in American Idol blunder

March 26, 2018

In a failed attempt to be nice and funny, singer and judge Katy Perry kissed a 19-year-old before his audition on the March 11 season premiere of American Idol, not only showing an example of nonconsent, bu...

‘Ba-ba’ bopping to Haley Reinhart

‘Ba-ba’ bopping to Haley Reinhart

November 8, 2017

Lincoln Hall was transported back in time to the '60s Nov. 5, riding thepowerhouse vocals and sultry jazz melodies of Haley Reinhart. Reinhart was accompanied by two stellar opening acts from offbea...

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ with Haley Reinhart

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ with Haley Reinhart

October 30, 2017

There was never a doubt Chicago-native Haley Reinhart would follow in her parents’ footsteps after growing up in a musically talented family. After Reinhart climbed onstage at 9 years old to perform alo...

20 years of Chicago Blue Men: The art of chaos, inconsistency

20 years of Chicago Blue Men: The art of chaos, inconsistency

October 9, 2017

Blue Man Group has been running in Chicago for 20 years now. That’s a lot of paint splashed during drum solos, replacement drum heads, marshmallows and Jell-O. But beneath every Blue Man is a real-life...

Forever heartthrob Kris Allen is ‘Letting You In’

Forever heartthrob Kris Allen is ‘Letting You In’

April 10, 2017

Kris Allen is still livin’ like he’s dyin’. The Arkansas singer, known to the world as “American Idol’s” Season 8 winner, is touring and performing his fourth album, Letting You In, released Mar...

MAKO ‘Runs for Their Lives’ to Chicago

MAKO ‘Runs for Their Lives’ to Chicago

February 27, 2017

Alex Seaver—producer, songwriter and vocalist in MAKO—did not always want to pursue electronic music. After graduating from Juilliard with a degree in classical music in 2011, Seaver decided to pack...

Creed singer talks solo tour, reminisces on career

Creed singer talks solo tour, reminisces on career

By Arts & Culture Reporter

November 28, 2016

Radio listeners may remember Grammy-winning rock band Creed for its late ‘90s and early 2000s hits including “My Sacrifice,” “With Arms Wide Open” and “Higher.” After the success of the 1999...

Lee Dewyze, The Tragic Thrills, The Friday Pilots perform in Chicago

Lee Dewyze, The Tragic Thrills, The Friday Pilots perform in Chicago

February 23, 2015

Brought together by chance, American Idol season 9 winner Lee DeWyze, The Tragic Thrills and one of Columbia’s student bands, Friday Pilots Club, were an outstanding lineup for the Feb. 13 show at the...

No refuge for degenerates in ‘The Boy Next Door’

No refuge for degenerates in ‘The Boy Next Door’

February 2, 2015

Considering the premise of “The Boy Next Door,” its only hope is that the filmmakers take a deep plunge into the story to make the movie either a calamity of hilarious proportions or another surpris...

‘Mob Wives’ don’t know first thing about mafia rules

By Kaley Fowler

March 19, 2012

I’ll be honest—I was more than just a little intrigued when the reality TV craze began. Curiosity led me to watch one episode of “American Idol,” and then I fell down the rabbit hole and turned into a reality TV junkie. I found myself indulging in “America’s Next Top Model,” hungering for “Fear Factor” and in love with “The Bachelor.” I spent a significant portion of my prime-time hours watching reality...

Living the American dream

By Amanda Murphy

February 27, 2012

It’s hard for most to say that they have known what they wanted to be since they were 5 years old, but Kelsey Montanez knew even then she wanted to be a musician. With the help of family and friends, she was able to build a fan base and perform shows consistently through high school. Now at the age of 21, she has already performed with her group, The Kelsey Montanez Band, at some of Chicago’s major music venues such as th...

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