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March 17, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Millie Brown may not have become a household name last week when she performed at South By Southwest with Lady Gaga. Then the 27-year-old "vomit artist" showed off her gag reflex March 13 by puking numerous times all over Gaga during the singer's performance of "Swine.” "I wasn't expecting so many reactions from it," Brown tells elle.com . "It was quite a powerful performance. " And messy. But it fits in Brown's oeuvre . Her puke paintings - that's right, she regurgitates colorfully on canvas - sell for about $20,000 each, she tells Elle.
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May 30, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
I first discovered Rob Schamberger on Twitter , around the time the Kansas City native was promoting his artwork and prepping for a trip to Wrestlemania 29. His work has featured the likes of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; Hulk Hogan; Randy Savage; Mae Young; and even 11th Doctor Matt Smith. His recent work includes a special mural image celebrating the 30th anniversary of Wrestlemania, commisioned by the WWE. (See gallery above) Schamberger and I chatted via e-mail about his artwork; who inspires him; how his artistic process works; and what he'll be up to in Chicago while...
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June 26, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA has never looked so good. An Uptown artist plans to unveil a large-scale oil painting of a CTA service map Thursday. Jeffrey Littleton of the Uptown Arts Center said he spent 150 hours on the 8-foot-by-5-foot piece, which will be displayed for about two weeks starting Thursday at 4101 North Broadway. A reception at that space will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday. "I like the rail maps," said Littleton, a Red Line rider. "[The CTA] is like the connective tissue for Chicago.
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May 12, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The definition of graffiti depends on whom you ask. Anything scrawled with paint pens, spray paint, markers and even shoe polish on private or city property is blight, according to Debbie DeLopez, a program manager at the city's Graffiti Blasters. The definition is different for Jenna Johnson, 19, of the South Loop, who sees it as art. “I do it to make people question the world around them,” said Johnson, who identifies her work with the tags “Ghost” and “Spirit.” “To be curious, to make a statement.
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October 1, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) Horrendous dialogue like "Leave your stupid comments in your pocket. " Awkward casting sessions that make people auditioning think they're about to be murdered. A filmmaker who shoots on an indoor set of a roof instead of an actual roof. Obviously, I'm talking about "The Room. " "The Disaster Artist," co-written by "The Room" co-star Greg Sestero, provides an extraordinarily entertaining inside look at his unusual friendship with star/writer/director/producer Tommy Wiseau, leading to Sestero's involvement in the 2003 film many now consider...
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June 17, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
A Dekalb tattoo artist will compete for the title of "Ink Master" when Spike TV hit returns for a third season in July. Chris May, the owner and a tattoo artist at Proton Tattoo in Dekalb, decided to audition for the competition series after almost becoming a cast member on another Spike TV series, "Tattoo Nightmares. " "I got an email from a friend saying, 'You should audition for "Ink Master,"' so I did," May said. "I really didn't think much of it until I got called back for a video interview.
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August 9, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) The Beatles. Simon and Garfunkel. Rodriguez. What? Apparently, South African music fans in the '90s put little-known early '70s folk singer Rodriguez on the same level as those legends. The Detroit-native musician, however, dropped from his label after two albums, had no idea of his fame across the ocean. And everyone in South Africa thought the guy was dead. Director Malik Bendjelloul's stranger-than-fiction documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” chronicles the unusual...
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October 28, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
The power of a quality team-up can't be understated. From the Hart Foundation to Jordan and Pippen, putting together a cohesive unit can help an individual achieve greater success than on his or her own. Two amazing rappers who have not found the mainstream audience they probably deserve have taken note of this and combined their efforts. Starlito (who briefly was affiliated with Cash Money Records) and Don Trip (2012 XXL mag freshman who until recently was signed to Interscope) first united in 2011 for “Step Brothers” (inspired by the Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly film)
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November 29, 2011 | By Anthony Roberts, For RedEye
It's not just the economy that's in a slump. Mainstream music also is in a recession. It used to be that I was always able to turn to the indie scene for fresh beats, bands, rhymes and guitar riffs. But with the Internet now largely replacing the experience of rummaging through racks of records at stores such as Dr. Wax and Reckless Records (thankfully, Reckless still is open), the floodgates have been opened for a litany of new material, a lot of which sucks. Yes, the rise of digital music distribution has given a voice to acts that, say, 10...
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November 4, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
***1/2 (out of four) I don't know how many artists have appeared naked on their debut album's cover, but it can't be very many. With a facial expression that says either “Why do things have to be so tough?” or “What are you doing in my shower?” Sky Ferreira's photo for her long-delayed “Night Time, My Time” presents not just physical vulnerability but an emotional openness that many young singers - cough, Selena Gomez - omit from their personality-free material. The approach matches Ferreira's startling appearance at Pitchfork 2013,...
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May 11, 2014 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
It's not surprising to learn that Bobby Krlic, the 28-year-old London native behind the Haxan Cloak, is heavily influenced by film scores, considering the artist's sophomore album, the creepy, ambient “Excavation,” would double as an excellent alternate soundtrack to a goosebump-inducing horror flick. “Before I wanted to be a musician I thought I was going to be a filmmaker,” said Krlic, reached at home in early May as he finished preparations for his first U.S. tour. “And I think a lot of the music has roots in the kind of films I would watch growing up.” In fact, the musician...
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May 1, 2014 | By Veronica Wilson and For RedEye
One minute it's snowing. A few days later everyone's in shorts. It seems Mother Nature cannot make up her mind about whether or not spring will come. While she gets her life together, there's also the option to wear pieces of spring until it actually does arrive. . With nature-inspired jewelry from these three local artists, it's easy to bring the outdoors into your wardrobe. And don't forget, Mother's Day is May 11 -- what mom doesn't like a new necklace?   Nthandmade While English might not come so naturally...
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March 17, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Millie Brown may not have become a household name last week when she performed at South By Southwest with Lady Gaga. Then the 27-year-old "vomit artist" showed off her gag reflex March 13 by puking numerous times all over Gaga during the singer's performance of "Swine.” "I wasn't expecting so many reactions from it," Brown tells elle.com . "It was quite a powerful performance. " And messy. But it fits in Brown's oeuvre . Her puke paintings - that's right, she regurgitates colorfully on canvas - sell for about $20,000 each, she tells Elle.
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March 5, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Common, Big Boi and eight other hip-hop artists have teamed with HBO to create "Catch the Throne: The Mixtape," a compilation of songs inspired by the hit show "Game of Thrones. " "'Game of Thrones' centers around battles for power, and rap is definitely a battle for power," Common, the Chicago hip-hop artist and actor, says in this video from Vibe Magazine. The video shows a sampling of his rap, which seems to echo the sentiment: "I sit and think when I'm in my zone / This life is like a Game of Thrones.
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January 14, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and For RedEye
Gail Bullock got the letter in the mail at what seemed like the perfect time. In 2012, she was living paycheck to paycheck. She had just been laid off from her job as a home care aide. She was on the verge of losing her apartment. And then she opened a letter that said she had won more than $1 million in a sweepstakes. "I figured that would be the answer to my prayers," said Bullock, 48, who lives in Woodlawn with her daughter. To get her winnings, all she had to do was send more than $400 through Western Union for a processing fee. She was...
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January 9, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
I first discovered digital artist Calum Jones while scrolling through my Instagram feed. As I'm always on the lookout for cool Star Wars -related images, Jones' gallery tickled me with the way he took SW action figures and re-created scenes from the movies. In some cases, he went "off the screen" and depicted events that never took place in the films, and yet one could imagine happening. After "liking" most of his photos, I reached out to the London-based artist to ask him some questions.
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May 11, 2014 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
It's not surprising to learn that Bobby Krlic, the 28-year-old London native behind the Haxan Cloak, is heavily influenced by film scores, considering the artist's sophomore album, the creepy, ambient “Excavation,” would double as an excellent alternate soundtrack to a goosebump-inducing horror flick. “Before I wanted to be a musician I thought I was going to be a filmmaker,” said Krlic, reached at home in early May as he finished preparations for his first U.S. tour. “And I think a lot of the music has roots in the kind of films I would watch growing up.” In fact, the musician...
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October 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA said Tuesday it is reviewing applications from artists to create artwork at seven North Side Red Line stations undergoing rehabilitation. The CTA would not say how many applications it received before the Oct. 10 deadline. From these submissions, the CTA in December will pick about 25 artists and pay them $500 to pitch their artwork. Then the CTA will choose seven artists in March to create work for the Jarvis, Berwyn, Lawrence, Argyle, Thorndale, Granville and Morse stopps.
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January 7, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA has selected nine artists to create work for eight South Side Red Line stations that underwent renovation last year. The works will join other artwork at the stations between 35th and 87th Streets. Cermak-Chinatown, meanwhile, will receive its first piece of artwork. All but one artist is from Chicagoland, and installation of the art will begin late this year. Two artists will be working on the 63rd Street stop. Nine Red Line stations south of Roosevelt Road were closed for five months last year so the CTA could install new track and update the stations.
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December 11, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
"Best Ink" hits close to home for Chicagoans in its third season; the city can boast about contestant Amy Zager, an Uptown tattoo artist, and Pete Wentz, the show's host. Fall Out Boy bassist Wentz is back for a second season of the show, currently airing at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on Oxygen. Zager is one of the 14 tattoo artists vying to create the best ink and win the tattoo competition in which they must complete a series of art and tattoo challenges judged by Joe Capobianco, Sabina Kelley and Hannah Aitchison.
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