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Chicago’s lakefront opens for summer

Celeste Piraino

May 31, 2011


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Blooming tulips and looming finals can only mean one thing … summer vacation is just around the corner. And to top it off, all of the beaches in Chicago officially opened to the public Friday, May 27, for the Memorial Day opening at 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.Since Fullerton Beach is just blocks aw...

‘On Stranger Tides’ replaces characters, loses viewer approval

Debra Lipson

May 31, 2011


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The latest installment of Disney's swashbuckling franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides" set sail in theaters May 20. While the blockbuster raked in $400 million internationally within its first week, "On Stranger Tides" was a confounding diversion with even more unsolved plot holes th...

Michigan Avenue blushes with blooming tulips

Sarah Rens

May 31, 2011


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As you walk down Michigan Avenue, your eyes are naturally drawn to the illustrious skyline. But if you look a little lower you can really see what makes Chicago bloom. Beneath the gleaming metal towers lie fields of vibrant tulips growing within the gritty streets of Chicago.While as a unit, all the t...

Blues festival returns in June

Kyle Widenski

May 31, 2011


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Known as the largest free blues festival in the world, Chicago Blues Festival is the largest of the city's music festivals. Less than a month away, more than 300,000 blues fanatics will flood Grant Park for three days of blues delight. Regarded as the "Blues Capital of the World," the festival demonstrates th...

Electric Forest: Festival impresses Rothbury fans

Joanie Faletto

May 31, 2011


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div.imageRight,div.imagetop{display:none;}Consider what you know about an electric fence and electric chair. An electric dog collar, even. Using those context clue-reading skills standardized testing taught you so well, you may read an electric forest as terrifyingly "Saw VI"-like. Luckily, with wate...

Survival guide for graduates

Joanie Faletto

May 31, 2011


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Confession: I don't exactly know how to do laundry. I get the basic principles, but separating colors? Weights? Textiles? Countries of production? These are foreign concepts. But come 12 months from now and I'll be a real live citizen in the world. Yowza.My case is sadly and pathetically not unique. I...

Sundance in Chicago

Rafal Nowak

May 5, 2011


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This Saturday May 7 the Sundance Institute, known for their annual Sundance Film Festival, is presenting the first ever Chicago ShortsLab workshop with keynote filmmakers Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite") and Aaron Schneider ("Get Low," "Two Soldiers").Among New York and Los Angeles, Chicago will host...

Lost but not forgotten: Found Footage Festival comes to Chicago’s Music Box Theatre

Tom Conroy

April 11, 2011


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Have you ever found a videotape hidden in someone's basement or attic, popped it in a VCR and been blown away by what you see.Or, have you ever come across an infomercial, a cartoon or an instructional video and just had to share its inadvertent hilarity with your friends.Two high school pals from Wiscon...

Elaboarte sets and heavy substance in ‘The Hot L Baltimore’

Eduardo Sayago

April 11, 2011


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The best thing about going to a play is going with a friend who can observe things I miss (and wish I hadn't missed since I'm playing the role of theatre critic).While I was busy jotting down notes in my journal about one particular scene in act one, my friend Colette saw for a brief second what was ...

Pretty in pink, life lessons included

Brianna Kelly

April 11, 2011


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The Theatre School's spring play, "Pinkalicious," is a "pinkerific" musical for all ages.It is about a spunky little girl who's passion for the color pink gets her into a vibrant dilemma. She learns to resist her impulses with the help of her friends and family, who also go on journeys of their own withi...

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