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Chaotic culinary and arts education

By Trevor Ballanger

February 27, 2012

Kids have been told not to play with their food since before the dinner table was invented. Now kids of all ages have the opportunity to create their art and eat it too.At Constructive Chaos, a soon-to-open youth center in River Forest, Ill., students will be offered classes on the art of cooking and creativity. Co-owners Kris Nelson and her daughter, Ashley Nelson, began developing plans for the workshop three years ago....

Iraqi novelist visits Columbia

By Dannis Valera

February 23, 2012

In collaboration with the Journalism and Fiction Writing departments, as well as Critical Encounters, Iraqi novelist Mahmoud Saeed came to talk about his latest novel; The World Through the Eyes of Angels. Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, interviewed him about being a writer under Saddam Hussein's dictatorship and how he ended up here in Chicago.http://youtu.be/lBiPJ-I_yoc...

‘Tim and Eric’ hit the silver screen

By Drew Hunt

February 13, 2012

Fans of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (better known as Tim and Eric) have reasons to celebrate as “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” (shortened by Wareheim and Heidecker to simply “B$M”), is currently available via Video on Demand.The film’s loose, barely-there plot—it’s got something to do with Tim and Eric operating a decrepit and mostly abandoned mall in order to make a billion dollars to pay for the...

Peasant life in black and white

By Drew Hunt

February 7, 2012

One of last year’s best films, The Turin Horse,” will finally have its U.S. release. Reportedly the final work of Hungarian director Béla Tarr, the film begins with an opening narration that describes a time in 1899 when Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed a cantankerous cabbie whipping the defenseless horse that pulled his carriage after stepping out of his home in Turin, Italy. After putting an end to the violence, it is sai...

Robert Morris University Eagles women’s hockey team fly into postseason at No. 3

By Lindsey Woods

February 6, 2012

Robert Morris University’s women’s hockey team started this season fresh with new coaches, new captains and a new attitude.Losing forwards Mandy Dion and Danielle McCutcheon, two of the team’s top scorers from last season, hasn’t slowed the Eagles’ ratings, as the players are ranked No. 3 in the American Collegiate Hockey Association going into the postseason.“We had a little bit of a rocky start just getting the f...

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...

Take action against ACTA

By Luke Wilusz

January 30, 2012

While the U.S. congress’ Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act were successfully halted in the past few weeks, threats to free speech, privacy and an open Internet are still very real and on a larger scale than those two bills. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a treaty that aims to establish a strong international network of copyright enforcement regulations, has been gaining support from countries acr...

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...

Redistricting may be done, but bigger problems remain

By Samuel Charles

January 23, 2012

Well, it’s finally over.Chicago’s decennial tradition of redrawing the 50 ward boundaries has come and gone once again. While the new map passed with a 41-8 vote in the City Council Jan. 19, it wasn’t without struggle, and its effect will be felt for years to come.With a substantial decrease in the Caucasian and African-American populations, as well as a sizeable influx of Latino residents, the new map is much more reflective of C...

Protesters Restricted

By Kaley Fowler

January 17, 2012

To ensure that things run smoothly when Chicago hosts the G8 and NATO summits this May, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council have spent much time planning for these sometimes controversial events. But it is Emanuel’s most recent initiative to corral protestors that has manyChicagoans outraged.At a Dec. 14 City Council meeting, Emanuel introduced his plan to amend several provisions of the Municipal Code in regard to pro...

‘Call of Duty’ won’t incite war crimes

By Luke Wilusz

December 12, 2011

The International Committee for the Red Cross announced a few weeks ago that it was examining the depiction of war in video games and looking into whether the rules of engagement established by the Geneva and Hague conventions should be applied to such games.The reasoning behind this, apparently, is that allowing players to do things in video games that would constitute war crimes in real life—such as shooting civilians...

Time to skate

By Nader Ihmoud

December 5, 2011

Those Ice skates can come out of hibernation. Chicago’s 11 different ice rinks are finally opening again for the winter season.The one with the highest profile—the McCormick-Tribune rink in Millennium Park, located at Michigan Avenue and Washington Street—opened on Nov. 18. Not surprisingly, the rink, which draws approximately 100,000 people annually, was packed with people on the first night. Among them was Debbie Smith,...

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