The terror downstairs

Gallery installation aims to give horror-film caliber goosebumps

09/12/2012

The Mission Gallery on Chicago Avenue in West Town has an easy vibe. Itís a tight, but airy space with high ceilings. Half-walls break the room. The current exhibition on display, GUILTY!, is a collection of large, digitally manipulated, mug shot-like photos by Argentine artist Marcelo Grosman, each rendered in bright neon colors. The day-glow negates the mysterious, menacing impact intended by the artist, but it does add to the galleryís light ambiance.
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Memorial for a Chicago legend to rock the Bottom Lounge

Industrial pays tribute

09/05/2012

Jamie Duffy was an integral part of the industrial explosion. He wore many hats, providing technical support and engineering on albums by Ministry, Sister Machine Gun, Chris Connelly, Sister Soleil, and more; working as a stage manager and sound man par excellence at the House of Blues, Cubby Bear, and the Metro; and playing guitar in the coldwave/metal act Acumen Nation and more. Duffy's impact on the Chicago music scene ran deep. He was a legend and a fixture. His unexpected death on June 21 of this year rocked the city.
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Chicago's Sideshow Theatre presents a spin on the classics

Greek tragedy downtown

08/29/2012

Idomeneus, a play being staged by Sideshow Theatre Company at the DCA Theater downtown, is an elaboration on this later portion of the Cretanís life. Penned by German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig, translated into English by David Tushingham, and directed by Jonathan L. Green, it is an interesting amalgamation of styles.
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Will Olympics help save your life?

08/22/2012

YOU WILL NEVER WIN A GOLD MEDAL at the Olympics, or a silver or bronze, but if you can steal some of the amazing discipline of the truly inspiring sports heroes, it can help save your life.
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Square One offers great ambiance, attentive customer service in Chicago's South Loop

Wine bar 101

08/22/2012

The South Loop's Square One only opened at the beginning of August, but it didn't take long to gather a sizable following. On regular evenings, this South Loop bar is packed. But even during a Cubs game, Square One still attracted decent crowds. The indoor dining areas were full, and there were plenty of customers on the tables outside, enjoying the sunny weather.
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Englewood on film

New film explores life in the South Side

08/15/2012

The South Side neighborhood of Englewood made headlines again the weekend of Aug. 11 and 12 when gunshots rang out, wounding six men in three separate incidents. The victims were all in their 20s and 30s. The news is shocking, but not surprising.
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Lollapalooza vs. Mother Nature

Stormy weather can't stop the music

08/08/2012

Forget Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, and the hundred or so other acts that played to packed Grant Park crowds this weekend: the weather was the real star of Lollapalooza 2012.
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Lollapalooza as Chicago's time machine to youth

Flashback weekend

08/01/2012

I remember my first Lollapalooza. It was in 1994 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The music festival was in its fourth year of traveling across the country on a mission to expose underground artists to the masses.
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A nerdy word for love

Chicago-set romantic comedy hits the Siskel

07/25/2012

The Gene Siskel Film Center continues its dedication to local cinema this week with screenings of an independent romantic comedy filmed throughout the city of Chicago. Directed by Bill Sebastian, the film Qwerty takes its name from the modern-day layout of keyboards. (The letters Q-W-E-R-T-Y are the first six running left to right on the top row of text.) Qwerty is an odd, quirky word. Itís one not used in everyday conversation. And itís one of the rare words in the English language in which the letter Q is not followed immediately by the letter U.
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Homemade movies take stage

Siskel spotlights locals

07/18/2012

The Gene Siskel Film Centerís commitment to its hometown is commendable. The downtown institution opens its doors consistently to films with Chicago ties, from slick productions with large scopes and budgets to small, intimate affairs that are obviously labors of love.
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