The Columbia Chronicle

‘Mob Wives Chicago’ under fire

By Sophia Coleman

April 17, 2012

The hard and fast rule of the mob is that you don't talk about it, especially to the women. But times have changed, and a handful of local women with connections to the Outfit, the Chicago Mafia, are doing more than just moving their lips.While some residents would rather forget the countless crimes committed by the city’s most notorious gangsters, new light is being shed on Chicago’s dark and dirty history in a new real...

‘Minor Characters,” big role

By Sophia Coleman

April 9, 2012

Some bands have dreams of making it big, getting rich and living lavish lifestyles. Other bands, however, are using their talents to help their community.Such is the case with local band Minor Characters, a retro-pop quartet who will be headlining the April 14 “Bright Lights for Bright Kids IV” benefit for Chicago HOPES, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring and enrichment programing to children in homeless ...

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...

Time travelers take on Chicago

By Sophia Coleman

April 2, 2012

In Chicago’s future, Michelle Obama will be mayor in 2023 and the world-renowned street artist known as Banksy will reveal his most ambitious piece: a painting of a giant vagina on the diamond-shaped Smurfit-Stone Building at 150 N. Michigan Ave. Oh, and there will be a man-made Mount Kaminski in Lake Michigan.Listeners can learn all this and more from the satirical news reports of Jon Nelson and Dave Michaels on their Tumbl...

Dishing ‘Top Chef’ with Sarah Grueneberg

By Sophia Coleman

April 2, 2012

After a chaotic season of barbecuing, heat exhaustion and intense food battles on “Top Chef: Texas,” local chef Sarah Grueneberg was named runner-up to Texas native Paul Qui, who took the title.Though the loss was tough for Grueneberg, the executive chef at Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave., she said she could not have asked for a more inspiring experience. Because she was born and raised in Texas, she saw her time on the s...

Quest for Quidditch World Cup

By Sophia Coleman

March 19, 2012

Chicago may have to start planning for a new kind of summit and cast a Protego Horribilis spell, because, around this time next year, there could be tens of thousands of diehard Harry Potter fans coming together to watch the 2013 QuidditchWorld Cup.What was once a sport reserved for wizards is now a full-fledged international sport modified for Muggles.Started in 2005 by Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe, two students at Middlebu...

Partying with Grecian gods

By Sophia Coleman

March 12, 2012

Sex, wine and profanity are three common themes in the “Festival of Dionysus,” a then-and-now celebration of Greek theater and the Spring Equinox in honor of Dionysus, the god of hedonism.Though the mysteries of Ancient Greece are buried under the rubble of countless wars and fallen monuments, its revelry and debauchery survive in The International Bedlam Society’s rendition of the festival, which celebrates the stories ...

Concert of culture

By Sophia Coleman

March 12, 2012

The sound of loud drumbeats, words of an impassioned rap artist and the rhythmic dances of the Native American culture will come together at ShopColumbia’s inaugural performance series “ShopColumbia Presents.”With the help of ShopColumbia and two Entertainment marketing classes of AEMM professor Rose Pritchett, the award-winning hip-hop group Nake Nula Waun and professional hoop dancer  Samsoche Sampson will display their ...

Doughnuts on the rise

By Sophia Coleman

March 5, 2012

Waking up early may be a little easier because the smell of fresh fried dough and rich frosting will be wafting through the streets more often.A sure sign of a new trend, doughnut shops are popping up all around the city. With the Doughnut Vault, 400 N. Franklin St., which opened last April; Do-Rite Donuts, 50 W. Randolph St., which opened Feb. 23; and Glazed and Infused, slated to open in the West Loop in mid-March, Chic...

Riding with the Rat Patrol

By Sophia Coleman

February 27, 2012

A bike lays abandoned in one of Chicago’s desolate alleys where it remains untouched for months. Dirt, leaves and garbage collect at its wheels. A grungy-looking boy wearing a tattered denim jacket studded with spikes and bike gang insignias rides a giant tricycle with a large metal basket attached behind the seat. He picks up the bike, finagles it into the basket and rides off into the depths of the city.To him, one person...

‘Nonetheless’ makes green look effortless

By Sophia Coleman

February 20, 2012

Now cyclists can look classy and eco-conscious while commuting to work, thanks to the expansion of a sustainable clothing brand entirely manufactured in Chicago.Nonetheless Garments, founded in 2009 by designer Jonathan Shaun, will be replacing his previous storefront, Connect, 1330 N. Milwaukee Ave., in mid-March. The zero-waste clothing line is currently composed of menswear pieces such as weatherproof pants and jackets ma...

Rocking out with Young Jesus

By Sophia Coleman

February 20, 2012

Rock ‘n’ roll will save your soul, for Jesus has risen in the form of a local “party-angst indie” quartet.With zero ties to the Christian Rock genre, Young Jesus has made it a goal to create relatable, passionate music for those who love fluid guitar riffs, hearty vocals and trance-like rhythms. The band—made up of John Rossiter on lead vocals and guitar, Shawn Nystrand on bass, Cody Kellogg on lead guitar and Pete...

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