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Ayodele Drum & Dance

Dancing with purpose

May 12, 2014

With the goal of empowering women through dance, a group of strong female dancers banded together in 2007 to create their own nonprofit African dance company. Under the guidance of Tosha Alston, artist...

Dance, ASL unite to “Feel the Beat”

March 31, 2014

About 30 hearing-impaired high school students teamed up with Columbia's ASL-English Interpretation program for a March 21 workshop called Feel the Beat in the 916 S. Wabash Ave. Building. Both student...

Former collegiate athletes may suffer from health limitations later in life

Aging athletes more prone to injuries

March 31, 2014

Collegiate athletes are more likely to face health issues in their day-to-day lives as they age, according to new research from Indiana University.The research, published March 2014 in the American Journ...

Out-of-the-box Valentine’s Day dates

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

February 10, 2014

Dinner and a movie is a classic date, but Chicago’s artistic communities have much more creative date ideas to offer. The Chronicle compiled the city’s best Valentine’s Day events for culture-hungry, curious couples and singles alike. Hip, art-consuming, modern people should feel inspired by Valentine’s Day, not pressured, bored and bummed out. Get into the adventurous spirit this year!A.W.E.: The Art of SensualityDu...

Exonerated inmate sues city, police

Exonerated inmate sues city, police

February 10, 2014

After spending 20 years in prison for a double homicide he did not commit, Daniel Taylor is suing the city and members of the Chicago Police Department, claiming he was a victim of police brutality an...

Chicago presents myriad ‘Nutcrackers’

By Alex Stedman

November 26, 2012

In 1816, German author E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” a mystical tale about a young girl and her toy nutcracker’s endeavor to defeat a malevolent seven-headed rodent ruler.It would later inspire the libretto for Tchaikovsky’s cherished “The Nutcracker” suite, first performed in 1892 and now a Christmas staple. Chicago’s array of ballet and music venues have produced multiple renditio...

Jesse Jackson Jr. re-elected by landslide despite absence

By Emily Ornberg

November 6, 2012

Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been re-elected in Chicago’s 2nd Congressional District, leading the polls by more than 70 percent with approximately 102,300 votes against Republican Brian Woodworth and Independent Marcus Lewis. Jackson, who is the son of civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, has easily won each election in the largely Democratic district since 1995. This will be Jack...

Faith groups oppose Obamacare mandate

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

October 29, 2012

Hundreds of protestors gathered in the Loop Oct. 20 to voice opposition to the Affordable Care Act’s Health and Human Services Mandate, which requires all employer health care plans, including some religious organizations, to provide female employees with free birth control, sterilization and emergency contraceptives.Approximately 100 rallies were organized nationwide by the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Coalition. The ralli...

Skatalites continue to jam

By Alex Stedman

October 22, 2012

Band breakups are all too common, but some bands stay active for decades.Since its formation in 1964, Jamaican ska band The Skatalites has released 15 studio albums and had a number of lineup changes after a few band members died.The current members—Lester Sterling, alto saxophone; Doreen Shaffer, vocals; Azemobo Audu, tenor saxophone; Andrae Murchison, trombone; Kevin Batchelor, trumpet; Val Douglas, bass guitar; Natty ...

How important is the right to grind?

By Alexandra Kukulka

October 1, 2012

For some students, homecoming can be the highlight of high school. Girls shop for dresses, guys get nervous about asking their dream date to the dance and parents buy new cameras to snap precious photos. Dirty dancing is another element of this magical night.Grinding at school dances was a heated issue during my middle school years. Teachers who chaperoned the dance would come to me and say, “Kukulka, I will have a ruler at t...

Kid Color paints stage at Lolla

By Heather Scroering

August 7, 2012

Perry’s stage at Lollapalooza in Grant Park was already a sight to see with jumbo screens that projected psychedelic visuals flanking either side of it and one that stretched across the platform. But Chicago’s Kid Color made it even more vivid, delivering jivey disco jams at his 12:30 p.m. set on Aug. 5.Kid Color—also known as Kyle Woods, 24—moved to Chicago, equipped with DJ equipment, from Newport Beach, Calif., fi...

Cruisin’ for a bruisin’

By Amanda Murphy

April 9, 2012

The year was 1982, and roller derby was in the prime of its existence, keeping adults and children alike plopped in front of their TVs, admiring the often theatrical display.That’s when the roller derby bug bit Charles Gamble a.k.a. Chasmanian Devil, who sits on a bench at the Lombard Roller Rink, 201 W. 22nd St. in Lombard, Ill., recalling his senior yearbook and what he put as his dream occupation: professional roller...

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