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Frontman performs on the sidelines

October 6, 2015


Filed under Reviews

While most frontmen take the stage representing their band, one artist took a more modest approach to his performance. Toro y Moi walked onto Higher Ground’s funkadelic stage decorated with bright neon lights Sept. 29. Musical genius Chaz Bundick, the man responsible for most of Toro y Moi’s recorded mu...

Pingala: Vegan Food for Omnivores

Pingala: Vegan Food for Omnivores

September 14, 2015


Filed under Features

   As both an omnivore and a nitpicky jerk, it’s always bothered me a little to be called a carnivore. The confusion, if that’s what it is, likely stems from the fact that I eat meat with obvious enthusiasm. I’ve heard the term directed at other people who eat meat, usually by those who do n...

A review of Demetri Martin’s comedy

September 14, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Editorials

I received a message late one night from my friend Ilyssa, explaining to me that a young well-known comedian named Demetri Martin would be performing at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.Given my infatuation with stand-up comedy, I found myself buying the ticket almost instantaneously.The decision wa...

Sugar Shack Celebrates Syrup

Sugar Shack Celebrates Syrup

April 24, 2015


Filed under Features, Food, Reviews

 [dropcap style="normal or inverse or boxed"]I[/dropcap]t takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup, and 30 to fuel Misery Loves Company’s springtime Sugar Shack event.That figure doesn’t factor in the four gallons of syrup that chefs Nathaniel Wade and Aaron Josinsky also us...

Eat a Real Donut: Ren Wiener at Scout & Co

Eat a Real Donut: Ren Wiener at Scout & Co

March 29, 2015


Filed under Features, Food, Reviews

[dropcap style="normal or inverse or boxed"]D[/dropcap]o you ever find yourself dwelling on cartoon depictions of ordinary food items, taking in their eye-popping colors and lushly plump contours and wishing that they’d leap into your hand from the television screen? More specifically, have you sympathiz...

Film illustrates life of playboy

Colin Kamphuis

March 10, 2015


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Alcoholic, playboy, baby daddy; words one might use to describe the ill-tempered  Joseph Turner, played by Timothy Spall, who is perhaps Britain’s greatest artist and the titular character of the film “Mr. Turner.” “Mr. Turner” tells the story of Joseph Mallor William Turner,  a British pai...

‘Birdman’ nails it

Colin Kamphuis

February 10, 2015


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Great pacing, an endearing cast and brilliant writing left me fixated for the entire 119-minute run. The movie is about former action hero Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton, who at the end of his career puts on a play adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About L...

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