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Cream, sugar and a custom portrait: Michael Breach uses creativity for latte art

By Bridget Ekis

November 30, 2018

Michael Breach can turn foam into faces within a matter of minutes. Based in New York, he is a latte artist whose work ranges from marriage proposals and gender reveals to working with clients such asDisney.After meeting corporate executives at Dunkin' Donuts, Breach was invited to collaborate with the company in Chicago to launch its new espresso campaign.The Chronicle spoke with Breach about the start of his creative career...

Australian band The Faim is hungry to join the American rock scene

Australian band The Faim is hungry to join the American rock scene

November 13, 2018

Australian band The Faim is kicking off its first U.S. tour Nov. 10  following the release of its first EP Summer is a Curse. They will perform at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Nov. 16.The six...

Who’s your radical?

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 7, 2011

by Pamela McKuenJournalism and first-year seminar adjunct professorI grew up in a place where dreams ran small: rain for the corn crops, a win for the high school basketball team on Friday night and a blue ribbon for the dress I entered in the 4-H fair. Few women worked outside the home. If anything, they were teachers, nurses or secretaries. My father resisted, but my mother got a job as a typist so I could go to college. That’s where I discovered Cosmopolitan magazine and thewomen’s movement.These entities aren’t as oppositional as they might seem. My radical, Helen Gurley Brown, was the longtime editor-in-chief of Cosmo, as the publication is affectionately known to readers. But she didn’t start out that way. She spent many years as a secretary and a copywriter before authoring the then-sensational and best-selling “Sex and the Single Girl” in 1962. Three years later, she took the helm of Cosmopolitan, and she steered it for 32 years.Brown, who married when she was 37, celebrated women and the single lifestyle. She urged us to pursue big careers, to be financially independent, and to enjoy sex and lots of it—but only when we chose to, and when fully protected. She championed birth control when it was frowned-on and abortion when it was illegal. She promoted inner strength and outer beauty.Unlike her bra-burning contemporaries and often scorned by them, she delivered her message of freedom and choice while dressed in Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses and high-heeled pumps. And no one from my generation will forget the infamous nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan of actor and heart-throb Burt Reynolds, with one hand delicately draped in front of his delicates.The magazine was, for many years, my personal instruction manual in both life and eyeliner application. When I launched my career as an independent journalist, I took its encouragement to heart. Yes, you can do this, it said issue after issue. I came to believe.In more ways than one, my life has paralleled that of my radical. I, too, was a secretary and a copywriter. I went on to write magazine and newspaper features, and have been published in dozens of national and regional consumer, trade, association and special interest publications. I marched for abortion rights in Washington, D.C., with the National Organization for Women. I compiled a stock portfolio and bought a sports car. I wore stilettos. Then I got married.

Chiptune geek-rockers Fight Dragons

By Luke Wilusz

October 18, 2010

Local pop-rockers I Fight Dragons have an obvious nerdy streak to them, and they wear it with pride. The band’s first EP, “Cool is Just a Number,” is pop-rock infused with chiptune, a music genre created using the sound cards from retro video game systems like old Game Boys and Nintendo Entertainment Systems. In between recording sessions of their upcoming EP, “Welcome to the Breakdown,” lead singer and songwriter...

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