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Welcome to their parlor

By Sophia Coleman

June 12, 2012

The deep vibrations of bass and rhythmic riffs of M.I.A and all things vulgar brought Chicago-based band Spider to the Fly together.Two Columbia students—Jack Collier, junior interdisciplinary major with a focus on music and fashion, and Sid Blastfemmy, music business major, magnetically connected in the summer of 2011 to spread messages of rebellion and awaken primal instincts in their fans.Over the past year, the eclectic...

Otis wins Biggest Mouth

By Heather Scroering

April 23, 2012

Chicago blues and soul septet Otis took the stage April 18 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., and delivered nothing but funk and energy from the first note to the last. Little did the band know, amid the blue lights and more than 700 Columbia students and supporters, that they would be named winner of a $3,000 cash prize.Thirteen bands competed at Columbia’s annual Biggest Mouth music competition hosted by the Student Programmin...

Getting down with Zebra Katz

By Sophia Coleman

April 8, 2012

From the intimacy of his bedroom to the runways of Paris Fashion Week 2012, multidisciplinary artist Ojay Morgan, better known as Zebra Katz, has seen his career transform in a matter of months.Now the Brooklyn resident will be performing at parties for the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, an event from April 12–15 showcasing films, bands and live performers from many backgrounds and genres.This year, the fest...

Film, video professor retires after 33 years

By Lisa Schulz

April 2, 2012

Traditional retirements are often sad occasions with teary send-off speeches. At Columbia, however, they involve a review of 33 years of accomplishments in a 45-minute film of award-winning clips ranging from 1970s documentaries to comedy sketches starring Stephen Colbert.Dan Dinello, professor in the Film & Video Department, and a distinguished scholar, journalist and author, showcased his work March 22 for faculty, sta...

First Generation exhibition holds opening reception

By Dannis Valera

March 19, 2012

The exhibition First Generation: A Revolution of Thought goes into the idea of cultural origin and what it means to be the “first” one in a family or community to question, reinvent, or push the standardized traditions.Columbia student Sharon Sanchez is the curator of the exhibition and will be at The Arcade (618 S. Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor) until April 20th.http://youtu.be/11epJMT4FEo...

More money makes people act unethically

By Gabrielle Rosas

March 5, 2012

The divide between social classes in America is once again deepening in a way that has the 99 percent pitted against the top 1 percent of the financial pyramid. The Occupy Wall Street movement brought people from all walks of life together so they could face what they considered true evil: the rich. The rich, with their fancy cars, caviar and wads of cash, have become a symbol of what it truly means to be detestable.A new stud...

Breathing life into literature

By Amanda Murphy

February 27, 2012

Beginning its journey almost a decade ago, northern Michigan’s Breathe Owl Breathe has had a long and fruitful musical career. The indie folk band has released multiple albums in its eight-year history, each showing varying degrees of the group’s talent and growth through the years. Taking their artistic abilities in a different direction, frontman Micah Middaugh, Trevor Hobbs and Andréa Moreno-Beals recently released a two-tr...

Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 Town hall held at Columbia

By Heather Scroering

February 20, 2012

Imagine a Chicago where art classes are taught daily in public schools. Picture it as a European capital of culture, an even more robust and vivacious city. Ideas such as these are what the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 seeks to turn into reality.The cultural plan is an initiative launched by the city to heighten public interest in art and culture around Chicago by developing communities and cultural leadership. Columbia kicke...

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...

Word On The Street – Is CTA Safer?

By Estefania Martinez

December 5, 2011

On November 21, it was announced that over 1,800 additional cameras have been installed in over 78 CTA rail stations. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said the cameras won't only help catch criminals but will also serve as a deterrent. The Chronicle's Assistant Multimedia Editor, Dennis Valera, asks the people of Chicago what they think of the addition of new cameras.http://youtu.be/W9XB1DSPEZw...

Doubt loss ‘Like a Boss’

By Lisa Schulz

November 21, 2011

In most businesses, the work ethic calls on one to perform diligently, saving time and money. But for future entrepreneurs with a dream, making mistakes and overcoming setbacks with another company’s budget is exactly the goal.“LaunchPad: Like a Boss,” a panel discussion on entrepreneurship, was the first of a three-part series on occupational topics in the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management Department, held o...

Counting down the Armageddon

By Amanda Murphy

November 7, 2011

Themed calendars have been around for ages, usually with the same old poses, pictures and puppies. But Thomas Quinn and a team of other artists have taken the idea of the calendar to an entirely new place.A connoisseur of disaster movies, Quinn said he has been amused by the rapture talk circulating over the last few years, most of it stemming from the Mayan prediction that Dec. 21, 2012 is the end of the world. So when he ...

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