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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...

35th Chicago Marathon breaks records, sprains heels

By Emily Ornberg

October 15, 2012

The Chicago Marathon celebrated its 35th anniversary Oct. 7 with 200,000 safety pins, 45,000 participants, 1.7 million spectators and 1.1 million cups of Gatorade.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="https://columbiachronicle.com/soundslides/chitown_marathon/soundslider.swf" width="550" height="440" targetclass="flashmovie"][/kml_flashembed]The race started in Grant Par...

Holine finds folk fame via YouTube

By Emily Ornberg

October 15, 2012

Kiersten Holine has become a rockstar without leaving her room.After singing and playing guitar as a hobby, her family convinced her to put a few of her folk song covers on YouTube.“That went a lot better than I thought it would,” Holine said.Now, her channel has hundreds of thousands of views and developed a fan base large enough to catch the attention of Rolling Stone magazine.Her videos showcase her warm, passionat...

Bringing ‘Odd Folk’ to the big city

By Alex Stedman

October 1, 2012

When some think of folk or bluegrass music, they might think of wide open pastures, farms and other bucolic sites. The big city hardly comes to mind, but Odd Folk is bringing folk-bluegrass, or “Newgrass” as they describe it, to Chicago. Since March, the group of three Columbia undergraduates and one Columbia alumnus has built a fan base with its album “Die Young,” released Aug. 6, and a recent summerMidwest tour.Sin...

Stolen Silver, stealing hearts

By Contributing Writer

March 12, 2012

by Samantha LoochtanContributing writerLast summer, Chicago musicians Dan Myers and Levi Britton stole time from their regular band, Down the Line, to cut an album of songs they wrote themselves, recording under the name Stolen Silver.  Today, that extra-curricular excursion has become a full-time gig. Now with six members, Stolen Silver has begun touring and last month was in residency at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.With...

Cass McCombs shines in concert

By Amanda Murphy

February 6, 2012

Cass McCombs is known as a vagabond of sorts. Constantly moving around the country, staying on couches, campsites and in cars, he returned to Chicago, one of his old stomping grounds, to show the city what he learned during his travels.But unlike McCombs’ wandering lifestyle, his Jan. 29 show at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., proved to be a grounded performance, never failing to reach through to the audience.The sh...

Bowl of Dust is “occupying” your ears

By Amanda Murphy

January 30, 2012

Many people wouldn’t look at losing their job as a good thing. But Kyle Klipowicz, frontman for the band Bowl of Dust, said it was really the starting point for the group. Going on its second year, the band has experienced success with the release of its debut EP, “Sour Mash.” Consisting of Klipowicz as guitarist and vocalist, Brian Lewis-Jones on trombone, the mysterious Johnny D playing upright bass and Kyle Drouin con...

Hickster Hoedown: An interview with Dastardly

By Amanda Murphy

September 26, 2011

They’re a little bit country and little bit rock and a little bit insanity. With upright bass, banjo and vintage clothing, Dastardly members Gabe Liebowitz, August Sheehy, Sarah Morgan, Joe Rauen and Andy Taylor look like they could be from the ’70s Memphis music scene. But this modern band, which was mostly formed on Craigslist.org, is bringing its old country roots to the current-day indie rock scene of Chicago.The Chro...

Delicious Red Velvet Cake

By The Columbia Chronicle

April 11, 2011

By Erin Watson, Contributing WriterThe perfect end to any meal is this delicious red velvet cake. Whether it is for a family meal or a dinner party, this dessert will be sure to impress.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and lightly oil two 8-inch round cake pans. To make the batter, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Create a well in the center. Add the milk, oil, food coloring, vi...

Versatile songstress’ voice soothes, simmers

By WilliamPrentiss

March 1, 2010

Upright bass, mandolin, violin, accordion and acoustic guitar are not the usual set of instruments heard in most modern bands. But then singer/songwriter Ami Saraiya is no ordinary musician. The Chicago native has a habit of eschewing genres and following her muse to wherever it takes her.Saraiya first tuned into her musical inclinations when she started playing the piano at age 5. Over the years she kept playing, but went on to hav...

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