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Romney, Big Bird not of same feather

By Trevor Ballanger

October 14, 2012

Mitt Romney caused a media uproar with his statement during the Oct. 3 presidential debate about cutting funding for the Public Broadcasting System. Needless to say, a rather large yellow bird, whose address happens to be 123 Sesame Street, was really pissed.During the debate, Big Bird did what most creatures of the sky do best—he tweeted.“Yo Mitt Romney, Sesame Street is brought to you today by the letters F & U!” @B...

Kristen Stewart latest to fight celebrity misconceptions

By Trevor Ballanger

August 16, 2012

Since the dawn of celebrity, affairs of the stars have been splattered on magazine and newspaper covers worldwide. Naturally, everyone has opinions, therefore, making a complete stranger's business anyone's own. Today, the situation has become grossly exploited with the help of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube and every trash magazine everywhere.The latest piece of celebrity meat being preyed upon is Kristen Stewart. Hones...

A ‘wise’ Wolfe once said

By Trevor Ballanger

July 31, 2012

It's early on a Sunday night, and I am one of the first people at the bar where Henry Wolfe is opening for singers Eleni Mandell and Algebro. As the sun goes down I watch about 20 people filter into the small venue to watch him perform, and can't help but be intrigued by him, taking note that his mother is Meryl Streep and of his own seemingly quiet repute.Meanwhile, Wolfe is somewhere in Lincoln Park feasting on Chicago...

‘Carrie’ re-imagining now in production

By Trevor Ballanger

July 11, 2012

It’s a slow-motion teenage dream—a group of naked girls laughing and showering together after gym class. Delicate music and steam rise through the air. Meanwhile, a social pariah is experiencing her first period in a state of panic, a flurry of sanitary napkins and the resounding “PLUG IT UP! PLUG IT UP!” of her peers.This is Brian De Palma’s 1976 cinematic representation of “Carrie” by Stephen King. One could d...

Swarmed and Destroyed by ‘Army’

By Trevor Ballanger

April 29, 2012

The Moped Army wants you, and they want you now. Think of staring up at a banner of Uncle Sam pointing into your face, only he’s fishtailing his way through a sea of moped-riding gang members to do so. Their tagline is simple but empowering: “Swarm and destroy.”Before jumping to conclusions, these aren’t your typical nihilistic, leather-and-chains gangsters. The majority, rather, are more keen on toting Pabst Blue Ribbon an...

Anything you can do…

By Trevor Ballanger

April 15, 2012

Art can be interpreted a number of ways. Depending on the eye of the beholder, an artist’s talent is lovingly adored, heavily scrutinized and sometimes even imitated. While allowing the audience to modify work may be unheard of to most artists, one Chicago exhibition is making it OK to say, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”Curator Jenny Lam is taking drastic measures to prove art can be important to anyone if they’re given ...

Brining a love story to life

By Trevor Ballanger

April 15, 2012

Imagine waking up on a beach, wet, covered in sand and hearing the sweeping waves of the ocean crash ashore. In a daze, you realize you are lost. Then a face comes into focus in the glittering sun. It’s a stranger, a beautiful woman, saving you from the wreckage in which you arrived. Then a film director yells, “Cut!” and it’s a wrap for the day.That’s the magic of the movies—the ability to transport viewers in...

Off the line with Alinea

By Trevor Ballanger

April 8, 2012

by Trevor Ballangerassistant arts & culture editorA restaurant is only as good as its food. When the dish is finally placed on the table, the body’s senses begin to tingle. What has been presented to the diner appears to be more than food. It is an artistic experience that reaches into the soul and pulls a smile out from behind the taste buds.For some, success leaves a bittersweet taste on the lips, especially when y...

Log in, turn on, get off

By Trevor Ballanger

April 1, 2012

by Trevor BallangerAssistant Arts & Culture EditorSex only needs two partners to happen. Pornography, on the other hand, takes many more. While the industry isn’t as prevalent in Chicago as it is on the West Coast, voyeuristic Chicagoans may have unknowingly seen some of their favorite X-rated performers such as Lane Place, David Law and Gus Lewellen on the el train.Two years ago, hairstylist/photographer Place, 45, deci...

‘MythBusters’ explodes into Chicago

By Trevor Ballanger

March 18, 2012

by Trevor BallangerAssistant Arts & Culture EditorPeople are fascinated by the unknown. After all, it’s no myth that curiosity is part of human nature. One museum is willing to test how fascinated they are with a new exhibition that may just “bust” the minds of many Chicago inhabitants.Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, opened its latest showcase, “MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition,” on M...

‘FML’ takes stance against homophobia

By Trevor Ballanger

March 18, 2012

by Trevor BallangerAssistant Arts & Culture EditorFor years, schools have produced literature and exercises to better prepare adolescents for the dangers of underage drinking. Schools are less adept at dealing with the growing issue of gay bashing, which many summarize with one popular phrase: “F--k my life.”Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St., is taking the topic of gay hate crimes head-on in the new pl...

Home run journalism

By Trevor Ballanger

March 11, 2012

by Trevor BallangerAssistant Arts & Culture EditorThe smell of popcorn and beer wafts over the bleachers. The roar of the crowd heightens as the lights over the stadium flicker to life. As the scoreboard details the progress of the team, one thing is clear. Chicago is nuts about baseball.Chicagoans are often torn between local rivals the White Sox and the Cubs, which is why Solomon Lieberman, a designer and journalist, ...

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