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Video Poll: Should the city ban plastic bags?

March 31, 2014

Plastic bags could be banned from Chicago's retail stores if city council passes legislation meant to quell the environmental effects of plastic shopping bags. Students got a chance to voice their opin...

Chicago awarded digital lab

Chicago awarded digital lab

March 17, 2014

Chicago will soon be at the forefront of a digital manufacturing revolution after being awarded a new research center Feb. 23 in a federal competition.President Barack Obama encouraged cities last May...

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 ...

Let’s get funky with whysowhite

Charlie Moonbeam

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

February 10, 2014

The six men of whysowhite strive to create the ultimate party experience at every show they play by shaking their hips, spitting sweet rhymes and inspiring audiences to “claim the boogie” and “ge...

Thug Tearz

For The Record

By Emily Ornberg

February 3, 2014

TEN YEARS AGO, rappers couldn’t dream of becoming mainstream unless they fit exactly under a predetermined prototype: equipped with violence, misogyny and a braggadocio so pretentious that most of their ly...

Fierce, philosophical female emcee Dessa captivates Chi-Town

By Emily Ornberg

January 9, 2013

“Forget the bull in the china shop, there’s a china doll in the bullpen.”Singer/songwriter/emcee Dessa professed this symbolic lyric Jan. 8 during her performance of her track “The Bullpen” at her current tour’s inaugural show at Schuba’s Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. A unique brand of cabaret-meets-hip-hop, Dessa’s delicate rhymes paired with colossal uproars of passionate musicality with salsa, jazz and retro...

If graduating from Columbia was like winning an Oscar

By Brian Dukerschein

December 10, 2012

[Waits for applause to die down.]Oh my god, this is unbelievable! Honestly, I never expected this. Oh, and I have nothing prepared! [Surreptitiously removes folded piece of paper from jacket pocket.]Well, first I need to thank Dianne Erpenbach, former director of the Fashion/Retail Management Program, who was an indispensable resource when I transferred to Columbia. She was always accessible and did her best to minimize the los...

Underground hip-hop veteran visits Chicago

November 12, 2012

“Rap won’t save you,” the mantra of the Twin Cities rap collective Doomtree, is repeated in song lyrics and printed on all of its merchandise.Founding member Andrew Sims, however, credits rap for much of his success. Listening to mainstream and underground hip-hop artists, such as the Wu-Tang Clan, helped him cope during a tough childhood, when his musician parents often left Sims to watch over himself and his young...

Rambunctious Rocky riles up Congress Theater

Rambunctious Rocky riles up Congress Theater

October 15, 2012

A$AP Rocky played the Congress Theatre October 11 with Danny Brown and ScHoolBoy Q.Helicopter sound effects, operatic scales and the strumming of a harp underlined A$AP Rocky’s cracked voice as he opened h...

Chicago Artist Profile: theWHOevers

By Dannis Valera

September 17, 2012

The Chronicle's Multimedia Editor, Dennis Valera, got the chance to sit down with Chicago's hip hop duo theWHOevers. MCs Lloyd Dotdot (Dotkom) and Jesse Arthur Manaois (J. Arthur) make up the pair.The two met back in 2008 at Northern Illinois University through a mutual friend and decided to work together after hearing each others' work."I was doing my own solo thing and he somehow heard some of my stuff," said J. Arthur. "The...

Big music names for big industry conference

By Lisa Schulz

April 23, 2012

One night of distributing business cards, receiving critique on work samples and creating confident conversation with music industry professionals can lead to five years working within different entities at Hip-Hop mogul Sean :Diddy" Comb's Enterprises.At least that’s the path Sara Anwar, instructor in the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management Department and 2006 graduate, made for herself at Columbia, and students ar...

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...

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