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From Chicago to Senegal by Way of the Drum: Interview with Local Filmmaker Mallory Sohmer

By Ana Sekler Mallory Sohmer is a freelance documentary filmmaker from Chicago and a Columbia College alumna. She co-directed the new film, Drum Beat Journey, the story of four inner-city youth who travel to Petit Mbao, Senegal, to participate in...

Back off, folks: Pink's OK with 'healthy, voluptuous, crazy strong body'

Pink doesn't think she's less than perfect, people - so please stop worrying about, and commenting about, her weight. The 35-year-old singer, who doesn't hold back on displays of physical strength in her performance acrobatics and music...Show More Summary

Intelligentsia Goes Video

Chicago’s own Intelligentsia which is already famous for roasting and brewing some of the best coffee available to mankind, has just stepped into the how-to-video world with this new Chemex instructional: [vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/6161817[/vimeo]...Show More Summary

Chicago Underground Comedy – $5, Many Laughs

It’s true, I produce this show, but let this video stand as unmistakable evidence of the amazing array of comedians we put onstage week after week. This brief, high-energy clip features all of our current cast members, a few alum, and some of our favorite guests. Got $5 burning a hole in your pocket? Need […]

Chicago Summer, in Under Two Minutes

When summer’s as short and temperamental as this one’s been, you’ve got to make every nice day count. Here’s what life along the lakeshore was like yesterday, at least, from my perspective: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wm8PMYq0bk[/youtube]

Kate Upton was surprised -- and angry -- when Cat Daddy video came out

Seems Kate Upton wasn't cool with the release of that video of her dancing. No, not the 2011 video where she was captured doing the Dougie at an L.A. Clippers game and wound up being introduced to the part of the world that really, really likes to see a hot woman jiggle. Show More Summary

Kung Fu Tea Coming To Argyle Area

Got a craving for a bubble milk tea drink or slushie? Soon you'll be able to indulge yourself at Kung Fu Tea at 4925-D Broadway, across from Furama and next to Thai Pastry. This New York-based chain, with locations around the world, serves hot and cold tea drinks and pastries. Show More Summary

Adventures of a Creationist at the Field Museum

"I don't know how to say this word, so I'm just going to pretend that I know how to say it." That's how creationist Megan Fox opens her self-styled "audit" of the exhibits of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. This homeschooling...Show More Summary

Pharrell, Missy Elliott collaborating on new album

A couple of months ago, Missy Elliott tweeted a photo of herself in the studio with Pharrell Williams. Two Hampton Roads musical legends, with Pharrell flashing the "two up, two down" fingers to make a "VA." Missy labeled her tweet: "VA! 2 up 2 down! Me & my fam Pharrell hard at work." Now we know a little bit more about what she meant. Show More Summary

Entrepreneurshi#!

The anxiety comes and goes. Sometimes it gets pretty heavy, enough to cause me to dry-heave, instantly. I don't handle it very well. It was Friday the 13th of March, just two weeks ago. I had recently been given an opportunity to present my business plan to a small group of well-qualified investors. Show More Summary

Pro gamer shaves beard to bring Xbox to sick kids

Michael Chaves' beard was magnificent: Jet black, thick as a Bavarian forest and a good 6 inches long, it was his trademark in the world of competitive video gaming, where he is known by the handle Flamesword. Toward the end of lastShow More Summary

Melika Bass: The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast at Hyde Park Art Center

3 weeks agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

When I read that the post-rock, Icelandic band Sigur Rós commissioned Melika Bass to direct and produce a music video for their composition, "Varðeldur," I wasn't terribly surprised. Bass' archetypical characters and magical components cohere with the subliminal sound that...

Behind the Mask: My Life as a Transvestite

Elio Leturia as Lolita, Marcopolo Soto as the fan and Oliver Aldape as María in Orquídeas a la Luz de la Luna (Orchids in the Moonlight), directed by Sándor Menéndez and produced by Aguijón Theater during its 25th-anniversary season. It begins on Friday mornings. Show More Summary

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope

I want to introduce you to Rev. Darren Ferguson, a pastor who first found his faith while in prison for attempted murder. Rev. Ferguson spent nine years in federal prison, first at Rikers Island and then at Sing Sing in New York, where Darren and I met. Show More Summary

How to Imagine a Symphony Orchestra: Mina Zikri and the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago

Mina Zikri is a lot like other artists, or at least he's a lot like other promising, new artists who you might not know about.  When you see him perform, for example, not only is the intensity of his dedication immediately clear, but...Show More Summary

Illinois Educational Funding -- Expect Deep Cuts

Within 24 hours of Governor Bruce Rauner taking office, numerous media outlets reported on his immediate steps to rectify Illinois' dire financial situation. While his first acts as governor weren't earth-shattering, they are more than...Show More Summary

Jesse Malmed @ The Film Studies Center

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

The show begins as Roy Orbison filters in through the speakers in the theater, Happy Days plays while Robin Williams still makes us laugh, and the morass of language is snarled and muddled throughout the visual odyssey of Untitled (Just...

Hollywood Director, Cathryn Michon, Discusses Her New Movie, "Muffin Top: A Love Story"

I learned some interesting factoids recently. Only 4% of Hollywood films are directed by women, but women buy 52% of the movie tickets. Hmmm. It seems that there are few females who crew on film sets and that only 15% of the major speaking roles in films are enacted by women. Show More Summary

GoPro captures aerial view of Chicago

Why venture outside to view frozen Chicago when you can sit cozily on your couch and watch what a GoPro captured while flying on a drone? Thanks to news freelance photographer and videographer Colin Hinkle, you can.  In a stunning 2-minute,...Show More Summary

focus: Lucy McKenzie Exhibition @ The Art Institute of Chicago

4 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Upon walking into the Art Institute's Modern Wing, the beloved exhibition of Josef Koudelka is now removed and a new exhibition sits in its place--quite literally. Before entering the space, Lucy McKenzie is projecting towards her audience. One mechanically...

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