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Columbia College Chicago Holiday Tradition Continues

Join WCRX-FM Tuesday December 5, 2017 for our 15th Annual Holly Jolly Food Drive.  The LIVE Broadcast celebrates the season with visits from Chicago performers, celebrities and dignitaries all for a great cause, bringing meals to those in need.

Since 2002 Columbia College Chicago students, alumni, faculty and staff have helped raise over 45 thousand dollars and over 3 tons of non-perishable food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Everyday the organization distributes 160,000 meals and works with more than 700 partner agencies and programs including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.  Our collective efforts have fed thousands of people during the holiday season.

Stop by our live broadcast and donate a non-perishable food item or a canned good, bid on our auction items from supporting local businesses and celebrate the holiday season.

If you or your organization that would like to partner with WCRX-FM to help feed those in need, contact the station advisor Matt Cunningham at MCunningham@colum.edu, bring a food donation to the station or mail a check to Greater Chicago Food Depository to WCRX Holly Jolly, 33 East Congress, Chicago 60605.

Happy Holidays!

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The SpongeBob Musical: It’s Not Guys in Big Foam Costumes

By Jazmine Chartrand

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The SpongeBob Musical…I know what you’re thinking.  It’s going to be a lame musical for kids where the people on stage are wearing silly, bulky costumes made out of foam.

IT’S. NOT.

 

It’s something totally new. You’re immersed in a Bikini Bottom made of found objects that might sink to the bottom of the ocean- blue pool noodles, beach balls, pipes & tubes, tires, food cans, kiddie pools, hula-hoops, and garlands of flip flops. The characters themselves are just people dressed in normal clothes with special tweaks to make their characters come to life. There’s so many things about this musical that make it different.

They bring everything you expect.

That one fish that always shouts, “My leg!” in the show? He’s there. That French narrator dude? He’s there too. Sandy makes random similes about life. They do karate (or care-rah-tay). There’s jokes for adults and kids alike. The creators of the musical tried to jam-pack this thing with the details that make the TV show worthwhile. SPOILER ALERT: A certain number one fan of SpongeBob‘s is there to see the musical as well.

The music is unique.

The whole score is basically one big collaborative love letter to SpongeBob by renowned musical artists like Aerosmith, Panic! At The Disco, Cyndi Lauper, and John Legend to name a few. There’s even a song by David Bowie. The musical includes a bunch of different styles and genres of music just like the TV show.  And to set the mood while your finding your seat, the musical includes quirky little tunes on bongo drums and kazoos.

It’s fun!

Yes! Really! It’s fun to watch, cheer, and kinda participate in the show. It’s like you’re inside Bikini Bottom with them instead of watching it on a screen. You can’t help but smile when Patrick and SpongeBob sing a song about being BFFs or when men in pink flapper costumes dance across the stage. The show pushes the theme to find the best in all situations, even the bad ones, and to stick with your friends when they need you the most. The show’s co-creator and director, Tina Landau, says, “SpongeBob is a presence and a spirit that is here to say ‘Lets have the best day ever'” and the show truly gives you that.

spongebob 2I recommend this musical to both children and adults alike.

Listen to Jazmine Chartrand every Tuesday from 11-3pm on WCRX FM.

 

Maltese Falcon Review- One of Hollywood’s Greatest Detective Stories!

Written by Joshua Winchester

Some of the best films ever made by Hollywood over the years have been tales of mystery and intrigue, often revolving around the protagonist and supporting cast dealing with an object of immense wealth and intrigue.

Warner Bros. 1941 classic The Maltese Falcon, directed by John Huston, is one of the seminal examples of classic detective films. Adapting the story written by celebrated mystery and crime author Dashiell Hammett (originally published in 1929), this films stands high and proud as of the great films of Hollywood’s Golden Age thanks to John Huston’s successful adaptation of the story (two prior adaptations from 1931 and 1936 were box office flops).

Maltese Falcon is a intriguing and compelling piece of detective cinema. With an in-depth plot beginning with the murder of Detective Sam Spade’s partner Miles Archer, the plot escalates into an adventure of blackmailmore murder and deception, all while various parties race to obtain the mysterious and valuable Maltese Falcon statue. But what else helps make the movie stand out from other detective stories is the cast, in particular Humphrey Bogart.

Bogart has often been hailed as one of the great serious actors of classic Hollywood. His role as  Sam Spade in Maltese Falcon helped launch his fledgling career which was further cemented with his starring in the war-time drama/romance Casablanca (released the following year in 1942). After these two breakout films, he would go on to make many other fabulous movies including Dark Passage, Key Largo and The African Queen.

The movies supporting cast includes screen beauty Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Gladys George and Lee Patrick.

Maltese Falcon is a movie that has continued to stand the test of time and hold its own alongside other great films over the years. It is an exciting and thrilling story that audiences of all ages will enjoy and continue to enjoy for generations to come.

If you want to hear more about my passion for movies and pop culture, tune into The Comic Boys every Wednesday night from 7pm-8pm on WCRX 88.1FM and online at WCRXFM.com