Category: Opinion

Columns and opinions from Illinois.

Squire’s Corner: Re-inventing yourself

I recently went to GLLA’s (Great Lakes Leather Alliance) 15th Anniversary in Indianapolis. It’s one of those great events where you can reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while, go to the contest, workshops and enjoy the diverse play spaces offered depending on your interests. I’ve attended at least half of their 15-year…

30 Days to GLLA: Illinois LeatherSir Diary

This has been an experience that mere words cannot describe… While the title system is not for everyone, it helped me dramatically. It brought this person who was never sure of himself, timid, shy, and introverted, and unveiled a man of confidence, strength, and community. Nothing has “changed” about me; I have just been revealed.…

Guest Column: Last Weekend, Tonight

By Sir Shadi Confession: I had honestly never heard of CLAW before this year. When I heard that the event occurred during the final weekend of April, I easily dismissed it as an impossible endeavor, as academia implodes at about that time each spring. Though I am by no means superstitious, a rather odd convergence…

Movie Review- So, Where’s All This Activity That’s Supposed to be in ‘Paranormal Activity 4’?

April Barkley WCB Movie Writer Director- Henry Joost and Ariel SchulmanStudio- Room 101Starring- Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton,Brady AllenRating- 1.5 out 4 stars The now famous paranormal movie franchise has released their newest movie: Paranormal Activity 4. This series is starting to feel like the Saw movies. They keep making more and more but downgrading on…

Album Review – Fun, “Some Nights”

Megan PurazrangWCB Music Writer Fun, Some Nights Released – February 14, 2012 Label – Fueled by Ramen Producers- Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One Indie-rock today is a completely blended genre. Finding an album that can stand uniquely alone is borderline impossible. “Some Nights” the second record from the native NYC indie-rock trio fun. will appease listeners for…

Movie Review- A Few Dead Ends With ‘House at the End of the Street’

April Barkley WCB Movie Writer Director- Mark TonderaiStudio- FilmNation EntertainmentStarring- Jennifer Lawrence,Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows,Elisabeth ShueRating: 2 out of 4 stars  “The Hunger Games” Jennifer Lawrence isn’t fighting to the death in the woods anymore but she is fighting to survive. “House at the End of the Street” does have a few dead ends though.…

Album Review- Green Day, “Uno!”

Megan PurazrangWCB Music Writer  Green Day Uno!Released – September 24, 2012Label – RepriseProducers – Rob Cavello, Green Day Green Day “Uno!” (Reprise) For those who loved Green Day in the beginning and lost faith in the band along the way – have no hesitation. The younger years that were seen during the hit record “Dookie” (1994)…

Album Review – Young the Giant, “Young the Giant”

Megan PurazrangWCB Music Writer  Young the Giant, Young the GiantReleased- October 26, 2010Label – RoadrunnerProducer – Joe Chicarelli, Young the Giant Young the Giant’s self-titled debut is a refreshing indie/alternative rock discovery. The music is mellow yet inviting, and tends to reflect emotions that we feel in everyday life. The record begins with “Apartment,” a…