IMG_20150425_194908 IMG_20150425_195029By Jeramie L Bizzle  @jeramiebizzle87
Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has been known to be called the prom for the nerds. The event took over McCormick place April 24th-26th and thousands of fans of the comic, video game and art world came out to support the love of being a fan. Many fans came dressed as their favorite character, from shows and movies including Arrow, Fire Fly, and Lord of the Rings. Smiles and superhero poses filled the cosplay arena for many tried to take advantage of everything the convention had to offer over the three-day weekend.
The event featured varies contest including the Cosplay competition and a brutal Mortal Kombat X tournament featuring 32 participants with the winner winning a portable gaming case that comes equipped with a 13 inch televesion that is made for online gaming. Video gamers also had a chance to time travel as various booths were selling classic gaming consles and cartridges.
What is C2E2 without the guest. This years guest include mixed martial artist CM Punk, Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee, Cosplayer Ivy Doom Kitty, and wrestling hall of famers Rikishi, Booker T, Jerry the King Lawler, Scott Hall and X-Pac.
If you missed this years event, start your planning early for next year as C2E2 will be returning to Chicago’s McCormick Place April of 2016. Get your costumes ready as it will be here beofre you know it.

About Red Pop
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture world. ReedPOP is dedicated to celebrations of popular culture throughout the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East, South and Australia, Emerald City Comicon, BookCon, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Paris Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, TwitchCon, Shanghai Comic Convention and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India and Australia. (www.reedpop.com)

Beyond The Spot. An Interview with Sara Goehner

Posted: April 2, 2015 by 5thave in On Campus

The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest presents IMG_9868color 7900 W. Division, River Forest.  Concerto competition winner Ben Ellenbogen will perform the third movement of Saint-Saёns violin concerto.  Also on the program are Chabrier’s España and deFalla’s Three-Cornered Hat.  The award-winning Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest is conducted by Music Director Jay Friedman with Assistant Conductor Maurice Boyer.  Tickets are $28; students through college are admitted free of charge with ID.  Contact the box office at 708-488-5000 or go to SymphonyOPRF.com.

SNL40 Has it really been 40 years? Believe it or not, Saturday Night Live is celebrating 40 years on the air. The man that made this possible, producer Lorne Michaels. Michaels was just a 30-year-old Canadian, with no live TV experience, since then, it has been a roller coaster of high and low ratings, and the coming and going of several talented people.

In 1975, the first Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time players were of course: Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, , Chevy Chase, Jane Curtain , Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Lorraine Newman, and Gilda Radner.

Those who auditioned for Lorne Michaels, and did not make it: Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow, and Jim Carrey. He has admitted in an interview that he regretted not hiring these four talents.

As I write this article, I have an episode of SNL playing on Netflix. It is cast member Bill Hader’s last episode as he has decided to leave. Watching Hader hug his fellow cast mates, as the credits roll, you can see most of them very near tears. I myself, a huge saturday_night_live_archiveBill Hader fan, am also choked up just watching them.

Here’s hoping they last another 40 years.

Top Phone Apps

Posted: March 3, 2015 by 5thave in Entertainment, On Campus, On the Street
For Apple:

Flixster   (Free)

This app is great for finding movies playing locally, and buying tickets. You can also watch movies that you purchase online or on Ultra Violet. Also for Android.

EasilyDo  (Free)

This app works as a personal assistant, which connects online services like email, calendar, Facebook, etc. Great for task keeping, planning, and remembering birthdays. Also for Android.

Converter Plus  (Free)

This is an all-in-one calculation app that converts everything from loan interest figures, metric and imperial measurements for temperature, cooking volumes, length, and more. Available for Android for $2.99.

Dropbox  (Free)

A cloud storage app, it is great for the person who has files everywhere- your office computer, home desktop-and may need to access them from anywhere. Easy uploading, and simple syncing across all your accounts. Also available for Android.

Redlaser – Barcode Scanner and QR Code Reader  (Free)

This app turns your iPhone into a bar code scanner. When shopping, you can scan any item and find out detailed information about an item, including whether you can get it for a better price nearby. Also for Android.

QuizUp (Free)

This quiz game can be addictive, as you can play against international trivia enthusiast- and Facebook friends. The list of challenges include: history, geography, language, general knowledge, and TV/movie trivia. Also available for Android.

Evernote Scannable  (Free)

Quickly scan a stack of business cards, notes from a meeting and documents using your smartphone and its camera. Available for Android also.

For Androids:

Avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus

Sure it is not as likely you will get a virus on your phone, but if you do a lot of web browsing on your phone, it is a good possibility. This app has antimalware tools, anti-theft tools, privacy tools and more. Also available for iPhones.

Duolingo  (Free)

This app sends you daily prompts, reminding you to practice learning another language. You work through several levels, by doing exercises regularly, and it has you listen to the language, and asks you to speak Spanish words and phrases. Also for iPhone.

Google Keyboard  (Free)

Cleaner and easier than the Samsung keyboard, it has a swype-like gesture typing. This app is great if you hate your phones keyboard, and it may be a good idea to have a backup keyboard, just in case the phones keyboard malfunctions. Also available for iPhone.

WebMD  (Free)

This app is great if you often have a need to lookup first aid information, local heath listings, and symptom checker just to name a few of it’s features. Also available for iPhone.

Yelp  (Free)

Look up reviews for businesses you are thinking of visiting, and see what others are saying about a restaurant(or other merchant) you want to try. Also available for iPhone.

Spotify  (Free)

Spotify also offers a premium member ship with other features, but Spotify has great music. Finding your favorite recording artist, and making playlists is easy. Available for iPhone also.

MyFitnessPal  (Free)

The calorie counter, and exercise tracker will help you lose weight. Other features also include a barcode scanner to track bad ingredients, and receive suggestions based on your profile. Also available for iPhone.

Facts gathered from:  www.pcmag.com