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Have ‘A Merry Punking Christmas’ this holiday season

Have ‘A Merry Punking Christmas’ this holiday season

December 5, 2019

This year, rather than skipping along to a caroling tune, some local musicians and fans may find the Christmas cheer in a hardcore holiday celebration that melds Christmas lights, punk-rock instrume...

Sleepless in The Second City

Sleepless in The Second City

December 8, 2014

Comedy is a 24-hour job for The Second City, Chicago’s famous sketch theater at 1608 N. Wells St. This has rarely been more true for the comedy institution than with its annual star-packed benefit sh...

Creating music with new IAM chair

Creating music with new IAM chair

February 17, 2014

When Joseph Cancellaro began teaching at Columbia, he never expected to rise to the top, but on Feb. 4, he was officially named chair of the Interactive Arts & Media Department. Cancellaro was named acting chair of the IAM Department in 2012 when previous chair Annette Barbier ...

Art Institute ‘Gang[s]’ up with contemporary architect

By Alex Stedman

October 21, 2012

From the Willis Tower to the Wrigley Building, Chicago’s architectural marvels and the people who design them are world-renowned. Even though Columbia’s Media Production Center, 1600 S. State St., isn’t historically significant, one of its most prominent designers is being recognized in an exhibition at the Art Institute.“Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects,” which opened Sept. 24, features the work of Chicago architect ...

Valid Lush to perform at benefit for Chicago HOPES

By Sophia Coleman

May 29, 2012

A local musician and social worker is looking to make his last mark on Chicago HOPES, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring and enrichment programing to children in homeless shelters, before he leaves to join the Peace Corps.Luis Valadez, 29, a Columbia alumnus with a degree in poetry and program director of Chicago HOPES, will be leaving the organization at the end of June and move to China to teach English. On June ...

‘Minor Characters,” big role

By Sophia Coleman

April 8, 2012

Some bands have dreams of making it big, getting rich and living lavish lifestyles. Other bands, however, are using their talents to help their community.Such is the case with local band Minor Characters, a retro-pop quartet who will be headlining the April 14 “Bright Lights for Bright Kids IV” benefit for Chicago HOPES, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring and enrichment programing to children in homeless ...

8-bit education

By Luke Wilusz

September 5, 2011

I can’t imagine grade school without video games. I don’t just mean the ones I played at home, after school, on my trusty old Super Nintendo Entertainment System, although that did eat up hours of my childhood. No, I’m talking about the educational games they had on the computers at school when I was little. Some of my fondest memories from elementary school involve eagerly waiting for other students to leave one of the cla...

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