April 7, 2013 |
Strange things sometimes happen to me, and my mother recently reminded me of where this particular curse-blessing (a curse because they often suck, but a blessing because then I can write about them) may have originated. My mom is currently teaching a seminar on bathrooms. You did not read that wrong. My mom, a respected scholar in her field, is teaching a class on bathrooms at the liberal arts college where she works (I mean, how has this not been on “Hannity” yet?). I assume next semester, she'll lecture on Sour Patch Kids or wainscoting.
June 25, 2012 |
Even in small roles, Elizabeth Banks often has a major impact on her movies. Consider her memorable, unbridled scene in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” in which she teaches Steve Carell's character about the, uh, talents of a handheld showerhead, or the fact that the romantic trajectory of “Wet Hot American Summer” results largely from Banks' character tasting like a burger. “It's true,” the 38-year-old actress says with a laugh. “I think that Paul [Rudd]'s character just wanted a little side strange.” Now, of course, Banks takes up far more screen time,...
May 1, 2013 |
I attended high school in Chicago's upper-class Lincoln Park neighborhood, surrounded by brownstone mansions and designer boutiques. Though I was no stranger to the concept of violence-- we went through metal detectors and had police officers on staff at Lincoln Park High School--I never thought that one of my classmates, Frankie Valencia, would be brutally shot and killed by a gangbanger outside of a Halloween party. And I definitely couldn't have imagined that one of his best friends, Ricky Pike, another classmate of ours, would also be senselessly lost to gun...
May 1, 2013 |
When Joy McCormack's son was murdered after a Halloween party in 2009, she was lost: not only in trying to rationalize why this senseless act occurred, but also in the horrific aftermath of navigating everything from emergency rooms to courtrooms. "I looked in the phone book, I looked online, but I could find no resources to help me," McCormack said. "I was so outraged and so shocked. I thought, 'How could this be happening to me? What's going on? Why is no one helping me?' " McCormack's son--Francisco "Frankie" Valencia--was a...
March 17, 2012 |
You know how The Roots band leader Questlove kind of always seems to be in Chicago deejaying at a nightclub nearby? If you didn't previously think that these sets were not to be missed, i'm telling you: Don't miss a Questlove DJ set if you can help it. Headlining an all-star lineup of DJs at the live Turntable.fm showcase at SXSW on March 15--with A-Trak and Diplo--Questlove led a group of dance-hungry kiddos (like myself at the time, let's be...
May 29, 2012 |
Long time comic-book readers know that it can be pretty tough to come up with something new to say in the medium. On top of that, the market is glutted with superhero books, most notably from Marvel and DC Comics , which makes getting noticed on store shelves quite a challenge. So how does an independent comic book creator get their ideas noticed in today's market? Mark Millar would like to present his magazine CLiNT as the answer to that question. Published by Titan Magazines , CLiNT is comprised of comic...