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Constitution Rock

Social studies teachers at Chicago's Darwin Elementary School probably had a blast last month preparing their seventh and eighth-grade students for the state-mandated constitution test. Let's face it. In this town, test prep material...Show More Summary

Mariah Carey would 'absolutely not' return to 'American Idol' for final season

Mariah Carey slammed her run on "American Idol" yet again. The glitzy "Infinity" singer had no kind words for Fox's once-mighty singing competition, which she co-judged in Season 12 with Randy Jackson, rapper Nicki Minaj and countryShow More Summary

Amy Schumer Jazzes Up Constellation

By Stuart Ross Jazz and comedy are old friends. Fred Armisen has made some of his best jokes sitting at a piano. "The Cosby Show" brought Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King into our living rooms. In the '50s, when jazz...

'San Andreas' star Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson officiates at longtime fan's wedding

Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson has been on a promotional roll on the days leading up to the release of his flick "San Andreas," in which everything is rocking and rolling.  He even married a longtime fan for the betterment of the movie. More...Show More Summary

6 Things Billy Corgan Doesn't Like

In a small "secret room" on the 25th floor of the Virgin Hotel in Chicago, rock icons Marilyn Manson and Billy Corgan sat before an audience of a few dozen fans and journalists on Monday for a press conference "town hall-style chat",...Show More Summary

Chris Pratt's awkward past with Kim Kardashian -- and nudity

Chris Pratt loves to talk trash -- but don't expect him to do it to your face. At least not on purpose. Witness the thing with Kim Kardashian. The "Guardians of the Galaxy" actor, who's starring in "Jurassic World" later this summer,...Show More Summary

Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, Lambert and Stamp, Iris, I Am Big Bird, Metalhead & The Film Critic

2 weeks agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Mad Max: Fury Road It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if we find out one day that writer-director George Miller contemplated, at some point in the early stages of developing what became Mad Max: Fury Road, setting the film...

Chicago's 'streets of gold' captured in time-lapse video

Months of lugging camera equipment to Chicago's rooftops have produced a stunning five-minute time-lapse sweep of the city at night. "There is something special about looking down on streets of gold and taking in the view," said photographer...Show More Summary

Sonja Thomsen "Glowing Wavelengths In Between" @ DePaul Art Museum

2 weeks agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Milwaukee-based artist, Sonja Thomsen, will be featuring her photographs, sculptures, and installations that focus on the quality of light at the DePaul Art Museum opening today. By utilizing the weightlessness in contrast with dimensionality, Thomsen visually examines the tension between...

Owen Wilson is all about the 'wow' in video mashup

The Internet has identified Owen Wilson's favorite expression. It's "wow." OK, maybe it's not his favorite, but he sure says it often enough onscreen. Owenergy Studios compiled the actor's enthusiastic echo in a supercut that was posted...Show More Summary

She's Beautiful When She's Angry: A new film on the feminist movement

3 weeks agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

She's Beautiful When She's Angry Trailer from nancy kennedy on Vimeo. She's Beautiful When She's Angry is a new film documentary that takes us back to the early days of the women's liberation movement in 1966-71. The film reminds...

2015 SAIC Annual Runway Show

last monthUnited States / Chicago : A/C

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will present the 81st edition of its annual runway show for 2015. The show, presented three times in one day on Friday, May 8, at Millennium Park's Chase Promenade, will support the...

Stop Superbugs: (M)eating Antibiotic-Free in Chicagoland

My friend Jennifer is a Supermom Against Superbugs. In 2006, her son Sam was training for football season and thought eating a chicken Caesar salad was a healthy choice. However, he became terribly sick from an antibiotic-resistant superbug and lost over 30 pounds. Show More Summary

The Execution of Walter Scott

What needs to happen in the United States before law enforcement officials tell the truth in regards to their training and policies in the area of policing in the African American community? The Caucasian police officers did not just...Show More Summary

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

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

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][/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][/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

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