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The art of ink: local tatoo parlor holds art show

By Brian Dukerschein

November 28, 2011

For many years, getting a tattoo meant going to a parlor, flipping through pages of standardized designs and letting some guy named T-Bone stick a needle in your arm. Now it involves collaborating with an artist who may just hold a degree, contributing to what some are calling the “art school generation” of tattoo professionals.Lee Leahy, owner of the Family Tattoo parlor at 2125 W. Belmont Ave., said many rising tattoo artist...

‘Whatever turns you on’

By Heather Scroering

November 21, 2011

“Nana’s bed!” an actor shouts with joy. “At Jewish camp!” another squeals. One by one, cast members bellow out the most interesting places where they have had a sexual experience. Most musicals don’t get so personal, but “Let My People Come,” a musical about sex featuring songs called “Dirty Words” and “Whatever Turns You On,” is hardly one to take your mother to.Marketed as a “sexual musical,”...

Ida B. Wells monument to come to Bronzeville

By Amanda Murphy

November 21, 2011

Memorials to celebrated historic figures are sprinkled throughout Chicago, reminding passersby of those who helped build the city as it stands today. Like the statues in Grant Park, they celebrate the past and assist Chicagoans in remembering their roots and the important individuals who made their mark on the city’s history.One of these figures, Ida B. Wells, will soon be added to that list.The Ida B. Wells Commemorative A...

Cameras catch speed

By Gregory Cappis

November 14, 2011

It’s all about the children, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly have approved a bill that would allow speed cameras to be placed within 1/8 of a mile of schools and parks. Current red-light cameras could be converted to monitor speed, and mobile monitoring units could be put in priority zones, if Governor Pat Quinn signs the legislation. The cameras would ticket motorists traveling...

Chicago’s pot luck

By Samuel Charles

November 7, 2011

At the most recent Chicago City Council meeting on Nov. 2, Alderman Daniel Solis (25th Ward) introduced a new bill that would decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana.If passed, those caught with 10 grams or less of marijuana would be issued a $200 ticket instead of being arrested and potentially facing jail time.There really isn’t a downside to this proposal. Cops won’t waste time on low priority drug arrests, fewer...

Fall style runs down catwalk

By Lindsey Woods

November 7, 2011

The squeaking of sneakers is an unusual departure from the click of high heels on fashion show runways, but one Chicago store is bringing the two worlds together.On Nov. 9, Fleet Feet Chicago will host its fourth annual Fall Fashion Show, which features new lines from the world of running apparel. This year, it has teamed up with Nike, Mizuno and Saucony to put on its biggest show to date.“For a long time, running has been...

Separation of Church and State

By Vanessa Morton

November 7, 2011

by Samantha Bohner, Contributing WriterSame-sex couples may have a harder time adopting and fostering children if a proposed bill is passed in the Illinois Senate.Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Decatur) proposed Senate Bill 2495 on Oct. 12, that would amend the state’s Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act to allow religious organizations like Catholic Charities, a global network of charity groups, to turn down an...

Top 5 disappointments and surprises of the NFL season so far

By Contributing Writer

October 28, 2011

By Corey Stolzenbach, Contributing WriterIt is another wild and wacky season in the N.F.L. It’s hardly unusual that there have loads of surprises as well as loads of disappointments as the season approaches its midpoint. That’s the case every year. For what it’s worth, though, here is a highly personal list of people who, in my opinion, have come out of nowhere to excel, and others who have fallen short despite high ...

The boos of Boystown

By Amanda Murphy

October 28, 2011

Walking through the leaf-laden streets of the city, one will notice that almost every bar has decorated its interior and/or exterior with Halloween paraphernalia. Skeletons, cobwebs, pumpkins and drink specials galore help Chicagoans celebrate the one day when people can act and look ridiculous and be perfectly socially acceptable. But deep in the heart of the city is a neighborhood that takes the haunted holiday to an enti...

Stigma hurts reputation

By Editorial Board

October 24, 2011

For the third straight year since the boom of 2008, Columbia’s enrollment has fallen from a high of approximately 12,500 to 11,625, as reported by The Chronicle. Administrators at the school attribute this to demographics and the sour economy, and both are credible causes. If these were the only issues, though, there would be similar enrollment dips at other Chicago colleges—and there aren’t. Roosevelt is building an ...

Golden opportunity for silverfin

By Gregory Cappis

October 3, 2011

A simple name change could alter America’s seafood market.Changing the common title of the Asian carp to “silverfin” and building a factory to efficiently remove the bones of the fish is one chef’s plan to solve an ecological problem and to fight hunger.The Illinois Department of Natural Resources worked with professional chef Philippe Parola on its “Target Hunger Now” campaign. The goal of the program is to use Asian c...

Crisis responses warrant society’s outrage not unemployment

By Meghan Keyes

March 28, 2011

Japan was hit with a 9.0 earthquake on March 11, leaving more than 6,911 people dead and nearly 10,316 unaccounted for, as of press time. There is no way to diminish the tragedy affecting the Japanese people, although those speaking out against it are trying.Much of the media’s attention was focused on the “disparaging” tweets of Gilbert Gottfried, a comedian and the voice of Aflac’s duck mascot. Gottfried posted jokes ...

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