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Getting off[line] with webcam girls

February 10, 2014

  If you’ve watched porn on the Internet, you’ve seen her. She sneaks into your peripheral vision, begging for attention. She interrupts your focus on the queued video, whimpering for you to click on the p...

Relax Sunday liquor sale laws

February 10, 2014

A long-standing rule in Chicago prohibits the sale of alcohol before 11 a.m. on Sunday, but the City Council is debating an ordinance that could end the ban. The law cuts into profits, is arbitrary and impedes commerce.Alderman Pat O’Connor (40th Ward) proposed extending the liquor sale hours on Sunday to 8 a.m. to help grocers generate extra income. The original rule is a relic from the days of blue laws, which barred bus...

Story Week, a Columbia sponsored festival that features prominent authors has received a combined $25,850 in grants from three Illinois foundations. The festival will take place from March 16 to March 21 and is open and free to the public. The grants came from organizations such as the Chicago Community Trust, the Illinois Arts Council and Illinois Humanities Council.

New grants further Story Week’s diverse agenda

January 27, 2014

Story Week, an annual festival sponsored by Columbia that showcases prominent authors work across Chicago taking place from March 16 to March 21, has received a combined $25,850 in grants from three Illinois foundations. The festival received $15,000 from the Chicago Community...

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Businesses getting up to speed with bike lanes

January 27, 2014

As the city strives to provide for its booming cycling population by creating more bike lanes, local business owners are promoting the bike-only lanes because of their potential economic benefit.A Jan. 15 s...

DJs engage musical warfare

By Justin Moran

April 22, 2013

In a raging fury, the DJ scratches his vinyl on the turntable as if to scratch out the competitors’ eyes with a pounding bass line. Fists lack the sonic strength of speakers and the only harsh words exchanged between parties can be heard lyrically. No blood is shed in this musical bar fight, but the sweat from dancing patrons flows incessantly.On April 17, a lineup of five Chicago-based DJs—S@INT, Trmnl Freq, DT, Jamr...

Wildcats, Fighting Illini renew rivalry

By Nader Ihmoud

January 16, 2013

The Northwestern University Wildcats men’s basketball team looks to bounce back on the road against state rival University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign on Jan. 17.The Wildcats suffered a massive defeat at the hands of the Iowa Hawkeyes Jan. 13 when the team shot a dismal 29 percent from the field.Following the loss, Wildcats Head Coach Bill Carmody called on his veteran players to step up their performance. He said th...

Local improv podcast finds national audience

By Alex Stedman

December 10, 2012

Comedy lovers are often drawn to improv for its fast-paced, unpredictable format. One Columbia alumnus is using podcasts to feature improv talent, and his show is receiving nationwide attention.Jimmy Carrane, a Chicago-based improviser and author of “Improvising Better: A Guide to the Working Improviser,” launched a podcast on in October 2011 called “Improv Nerd,” which was recently picked up by Feral A...

Local chef takes extreme ‘cookiNG’ online

By Alex Stedman

December 3, 2012

Superstar chefs have taken to the airways in shows such as Food Network’s “Iron Chef” and Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Now Chicago’s Homaro Cantu, executive chef of restaurants iNG and Moto, is doing them one better by producing his own YouTube series that explains how he concocts his signature dishes.Cantu recently launched “CookiNG Under Pressure,” a YouTube series focusing on iNG, which changes its menu every six...

Independent publisher survives against odds

By Alex Stedman

November 26, 2012

In an industry rife with change, some publishers have struggled to maintain profits in the digital age. Random House and Penguin, two of the world’s biggest publishers, announced Oct. 29 that they are merging to stay afloat. But small presses are less vulnerable to these pressures because they cater to artists, not stockholders.Jotham Burrello, an adjunct faculty member in the Fiction Writing Department, founded Elephant Rocks Bo...

Battle of Versailles recounted in new documentary

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

November 19, 2012

What began as an international exhibition in 1973 quickly became a historic fashion design contest that changed the trajectory ofrunway style while putting African-American models on the map.The story of the Grand Divertissement à Versailles, a legendary show that pitted French designers against their American counterparts, is chronicled in the documentary “Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution,” which was released...

Rolling the ‘Dice’ at Columbia

By Alex Stedman

November 12, 2012

German disc jockey and electronic music producer Loco Dice has undergone a significant evolution since his start in the early ’90s. He was initially a rapper playing support slots for Usher, Ice Cube, and R. Kelly. He’s since taken a turn to techno, releasing two electronic albums, several remixes and seven EPs, including his latest, “Toxic,” which drops Nov. 12.The Düsseldorf-based musician’s latest project is the...

How To: Blog

By Dannis Valera

November 5, 2012

Blogging has become a staple of our social media-crazy society. Anyone can do it and everyone has thought up of every kind of blog. But what can you do to make sure your blogging efforts are a success? The Chronicle sat down with Blogging: Beyond the Basics instructors Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin and Sal Barry to see what tips they had to survive in the blog-o-sphere.

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