May 9, 2013 |
The sequel to Collaboraction Theatre Company's hit play, “Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology,” set for release this summer, targets the issue of violence in the city head-on. With the help of the Chicago Park District, the company will take “Crime Scene Chicago: Let Hope Rise” to four public parks--Austin Town Hall Park, Hamilton Park, LeClaire Hearst Park and Sherman Park--and offer free admission. Collaboration hopes to engage and connect with people in the communities by not only performing but also providing them with discussions, free workshops on how...
September 24, 2013 |
The message is simple: Stop the shooting. Put down your guns. If you see something, say something. And it's a message that is spread by the Chicago Ruff Ryders, a group of motorcycle riders who have traveled as far as Gary, Ind., to come to violent hot spots in Chicago where shootings have been reported. Tuesday is expected to be the last of the weekly rides that have occurred over the past two and a half months due to the weather, said organizer Dawn Valenti. “When they see us, don't be nervous.
March 20, 2013 |
No matter how much or how little time has passed, the heartache was still very real for parents who on Wednesday shared tearful stories about children they lost to violence in Chicago. “I have not yet accepted the fact that my daughter has been murdered,” said Cleopatra Pendleton, whose 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya, was shot and killed in January at a park near President Obama's home. “I was looking forward to her Sweet Sixteen. I was looking forward to teaching her how to drive,” Pendleton said.
June 10, 2013 |
Chicagoans are calling for a day of peace on Monday. What started as a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence plaguing the city has transpired into a pledge for no violence on June 10 to help inspire change. Earlier this year, South Sider Bryant Cross, 28, asked Chicagoans to send photos of themselves angry over how many people are killed in the city. A few months later, hundreds of photos are part of the 500 Campaign created by Cross. He tweets the photos, posts them to Facebook and uploads them to Instagram ...
February 4, 2013 |
History continues its onslaught of promotional material for its first scripted drama, "Vikings," which is set to premiere at 9 p.m. CT March 3. On Monday the network released the series' key art, which shows the hero of the story, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a "curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. " Here's a breakdown of the symbolism in the key art from History: Covering Ragnar's face is the bold "Vikings" logo that captures the spirit of the Viking culture.
October 3, 2013 |
Alex Kotlowitz, a professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and resident of Oak Park, won an Emmy on Tuesday for his documentary “The Interrupters.” The film follows three individuals with CeaseFire Illinois, an organization that works to “interrupt” acts of violence in some of Chicago's most turbulent neighborhoods. The group sees violence as a social disease, and attacks the disease at its source - which means intervening with conflicts on the streets before they turn into violent acts.