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Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., brings together performances in coordination with other local theatre companies.

Month of Theater offers ‘backstage pass’ to Belmont Theater District

October 10, 2017

Chicago’s theater scene is more or less the envy of the country, said Jeremy Wechsler, artistic director of Theater Wit in Lakeview, and the city needs to showcase its talent.Throughout October, the ...

Tiny Boots, announced by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, will give free child care to Illinois veterans attending counseling, medical appointments or job interviews through a partnership with the YWCA.

State program to provide vets with child care

February 27, 2017

Since returning from serving six years  in the U.S. Army, Englewood resident Colzetta Jackson has had trouble finding and keeping a civilian job in the city—a problem she said many Chicago veterans f...

“All of us are pretty big nerds who have a huge love for various characters and franchises,” said Dawn Xiana Moon, Raks Geek founder.

Sci-fi favorites to belly dance at MCL Chicago

November 2, 2015

“Star Wars” and “Star Trek” fans do not typically agree on much, but a Wookiee dancing to a song performed by a Klingon band might just be enough to finally bring them together.Chicago resident...

How we learn about sex and relationships

Sex education influences teens’ knowledge, activity

March 30, 2015

Let’s talk about sex. Young adults learn about sex from a handful of different sources, but research suggests teachers rather than parents are now the most common givers of “the talk” for adolesc...

His airness reaches 52 years, not points

By Copy Chief

February 23, 2015

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine wore a “Space Jam” jersey during this year’s NBA dunk competition, but should have carried a sign around that said “Happy Birthday” to the real dunk champion and the man who wore the jersey best, especially in the iconic 1996 Looney Toons-starring film—Chicago hero Michael Jordan.His airness—the man who jumped from the free throw line, double-clutched a ball palmed in his righ...

I believe I can jam

By Managing Editor

February 24, 2014

Although it is a seminal piece of artwork produced during my childhood, I remember next to nothing from “Space Jam,” the 1996 half-animated, half-live-action masterpiece featuring Michael Jordan in his, uh, “acting” debut playing basketball with the Looney Toons crew. I faintly remember some of its cheesy special effects and that one golfing scene where Bugs Bunny and Jordan lock lips, but my memories of the plot and ...

Craft beer catches on in Chicago

By Matt Watson

February 7, 2011

The bartender dashes back and forth, filling drinks and sliding them across the counter to eagerly waiting customers. Roughly 30 people crowd around the bar, laughing and trying to talk above the person squeezed in next to them. The dining area, filled with a mix of young hipsters and older professionals, is completely full. Glass windows cover the back wall, revealing giant fermenters and a man skimming sediment from a vat of...

Fair brings student resources

By J_Howard

October 11, 2010

Between classes, work and a social life, the thought of staying healthy may come as an afterthought for students. Columbia is holding the first Wellness Fair of the year on Oct. 20. The event not only offers free lunch for students, but also information and opportunities to seek on the spot assistance for health issues.The Wellness Fair is a once-a-semester event that aims to provide students with an atmosphere in which they c...

Jazz’d Up

By Jazzy Davenport

December 14, 2009

Last week the world watched as Serena Williams, the best female tennis player in the world, lost her cool after being called for a foot-fault during the U.S. Open. The younger Williams sister has been criticized so much during the past week for her verbal attack on the lineswoman. She virtually had a meltdown in front of viewers worldwide and exposed us all to her potty mouth.I admit Serena was wrong and crossed the line. She should have never threatened to shove the tennis ball down the woman’s throat, and we don’t even know what else was said. However, athletes of all sports have meltdowns all of the time and rarely does it cost them the match, or in some sports, the game. The loss of temper is rarely the deciding factor in who wins or loses. So was Serena’s meltdown enough to cause her to be penalized to the extent that she would lose the match?Not taking anything away from Kim Clijsters, she’s a talented player and I think it’s incredible that she was able to win just 18 months after giving birth. However, was Serena’s meltdown such a big deal because of her actions or because of who she is? I’ll go with the latter. There have been several tennis players who have done things of that nature. Competitive, passionate athletes do it all of the time. It’s a part of the game. Those who are the best are often the ones who are seen arguing a call. They’re supposed to—especially when a seemingly bad call is made at a crucial point in the game. In Serena’s case, it was match point.So should Serena really be fined $10,500 for “aggravated behavior?” I understand that $10,500 is not much to her, especially because she received $350,000 in prize money for even reaching the semi-finals, but what exactly determines “aggravated behavior?” Beside the fact that Serena apologized for her behavior several times, Roger Federer had a run-in with a referee just two days later and was only fined $1,500.Unfair? I believe so. There is no way that Serena should have been fined nearly ten times as much as Federer was. Although Federer is the No. 1 male tennis player in the world, Serena is more popular and has a greater marketability than Federer.  So, because of her talent, appeal and influence, she must be held to greater standards, thus facing a greater penalty.At first this sounded a bit contradictory to me. However, I then realized that this is how things are supposed to operate. We sports fans are just used to seeing the superstar athletes get off easily.  I guess it doesn’t work like that in tennis.

Critical Encounters: Branding trust

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 28, 2009

Quick. What do Nike’s Air Jordans have in common with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals’ painkiller Bextra? Here’s how I connect the dots.Early this month, Michael Jordan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. I’m a Michael Jordan fan, so when I missed the televised event, I checked out his remarks on YouTube. While some would carp that Jordan could have been more gracious (and I’d agree with them) —he should have rec...

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