Mountain life

Photo exhibit busts Appalachian stereotypes


Kentuckians get a bad rap. People who call the Bluegrass State home are the object of extreme stereotypes. They’re hicks and hillbillies. Inbred mountain folks drunk on moonshine. Dirt-poor, dumb rednecks shacked up in double-wide trailers buried deep in Appalachian hollers.
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Food truck blasts off

Tamale Spaceship makes Bayless-caliber Mexican easy to grab and go


Amidst the bustle of gray-suited men and women in trench coats rounding Monroe at Dearborn last Friday noon, it was hard to miss the woman in the sparkly blue wig. Especially since she was flanked by men clad in Lucha Libre masks.
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Talking 'bout a revolution

Bikes in focus at new Nature Museum exhibit


Chicago is a bicyclist’s dream. Geographically, the city is perfect. The area’s naturally flat expanse is home to hundreds of miles of pavement, creating a track that seems to have been made specifically for pedal-powered transportation. Eighteen miles of pathway lining the lakefront from Hollywood Avenue on the north side to 71st Street on the south adds to the cycle splendor.
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P-p-p-poker face

Siskel Center goes all in with new poker film


The game of poker has changed significantly throughout its history. Once practiced by outcasts and outlaws, it now sits alongside baseball and football as a great American pastime generating billions of dollars in revenue. And like those sports, poker’s past is a turbulent one filled with colorful characters.
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Space-age soul power

Music and movies mix in local sci-fi production


Music motivates and inspires. It makes us run that extra mile, walk with more pep, paint with new hues and kiss with added passion. For Chicago-based underground moviemaker Joseph Lewis, music helped him create another world — one that will be on display when his latest film, Sci-Fi Sol, premieres at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival this weekend.
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Bang your head darkly

Traveling exhibition explores black metal through art


When one thinks of heavy metal, thoughts instantly turn to Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer or one of many other popular acts. Metal exists beyond those who broke big, though. More than any other musical genre, metal is ripe with tangential subgenres: death, doom, speed, stoner, thrash, power, math, emo, drone and sludge. The varieties are endless.
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A celluloid time capsule of Chicago

Forgotten film about a South Side band's struggles resurfaces at Siskel Center


When lists are compiled of the best movies filmed in Chicago, the selections are obvious. Call Northside 777, Medium Cool, Cooley High, The Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Dark Knight are always name-checked. Even more obscure flicks such as horror great Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Philip Kaufman’s early independent effort Goldstein find slots.
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Welcome to the dollhouse

Documentary highlights local ties to murder investigations' past


Cold Case. Bones. Criminal Minds. CSIs stretching from New York to Miami. A bajillion incarnations of Law and Order. The list goes on and on.
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Pressing Matters

Chicago's printmaking community in the spotlight


Technology has made our lives easier. That’s a no-brainer. It runs macro to micro — from being able to zip across the planet at a moment’s notice via jet plane to accessing information, whereabouts — well, practically anything it an instant via mobile devices and smart phones. Ease of use is today’s standard bearer.
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Sending off to Southwest

Hideout's annual fete features local bands looking for the spotlight


This winter, with temperatures barely dipping below freezing and not one opportunity to call “dibs” on a parking spot, the distinctions between the seasons might be tough for us Chicagoans to recognize. For music fans across the country, though, there’s one unmistakable sign that spring is in the air: the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas.
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