By 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.
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Sunday, March 22, at Dominican University Performing Arts Center, “Images of Spain” at 4 p.m. Free with College ID.Posted: March 3, 2015 by 5thave in Entertainment, On Campus, On the Street
The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest presents 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.
Entertainment, On Campus, On the Street
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 Bill Hader fan, am also choked up just watching them.
Here’s hoping they last another 40 years.