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Tina Fey, who plays Kim Baker in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” lunched with author Kim Barker prior to taking on the role. 

War: WTF is it good for?

March 7, 2016

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” the film based on war reporter Kim Barker’s acclaimed memoir, “The Taliban Shuffle,” is an explosively entertaining, feminist war farce from “30 Rock” and “Saturday Nig...

Story Week receives 3-year grant

By Megan Purazrang

January 24, 2013

Columbia’s Fiction Writing Department was granted new funding support for this semester’s Story Week Festival of Writers, an event that draws a diverse group of writers to the campus to help student writers find a voice through readings, conversation and author Q-and-As.Beginning this semester, the department will receive $9,000 annually until 2016 from the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foun...

Strip club tax would perpetuate stereotypes about men and women

By Gabrielle Rosas

March 12, 2012

Unless you’re highballing in Las Vegas, strip clubs are usually gross, seedy places that are best avoided. Something about women feigning sexual interest in a man for money is not my idea of quality entertainment. But such is the way of the adult entertainment industry.A new statewide proposal would require strip clubs that sell alcohol or allow patrons to bring their own to pay $5 admission tax for each customer, with a po...

Bottling Chicago’s spirit

By Amanda Murphy

December 5, 2011

When Sonat Birnecker Hart and her husband Robert decided to move to Chicago, they also decided to leave their careers behind in Washington, D.C. Birnecker Hart, a professor, and her husband, a press secretary for the Austrian Embassy, knew that they wanted a slower-paced life where they could walk to work and spend more time with their children. They knew they needed to start some sort of family business, but they couldn’...

Pole Dancing Fitness

By Cristina Aguirre

February 21, 2011

Women straddle and spin around ‘stripper’ poles, roll their bodies and flip their hair, following an instructor, who leads the class in a heart-pounding cardio workout. Pole dancing is not just for strippers anymore. New studios are appearing around Chicago, and more women are discovering pole dance as a way to express their sexuality, make new friends and get in shape.The Chronicle takes you inside the lessons at Flirty Gi...

Band of buddies rock it hard and steady

By WilliamPrentiss

December 7, 2009

King Sparrow’s music belies its size. The group comprises only three members, but sounds like a marching band stomping through the listener’s ear canal. The band accomplishes this minor feat with a heavy mesh of guitar, drums and bass injected with a shot of inertia and adrenaline.Bassist Sean Price, guitarist Eric Georgevich and drummer John McGeown all attended Lane Technical High School where they played in a band tog...

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