Norris’ Mini Courses: Big Things Come in “Mini” Packages

(This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) A lively piece of classic swing music plays over speakers as a 56-year-old barefoot man with two hoop earrings and a beard enthusiastically calls out directions: “If you screw up a pretzel, you just gotta bail!” This scene is the Ballroom Dance Mini-Course that takes place […]

New Star Wars? Why the Hell Not

(This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) Guess what you guys, Disney just spent a cool four billion dollars on Lucasfilm and now STAR WARS EPISODE VII IS HAPPENING. Now, depending on who you are, that all-caps shouting could mean one of two things. Either you’re excited beyond belief […]

Eastwood’s Artistry: More Than An Empty Chair

Sara Vaux, Northwestern professor and expert in all things Clint (This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) Don’t worry- Clint Eastwood saved you a seat in Tampa. His speech at the Republican National Convention in August certainly caused some concerned murmurs among viewers. As always, Eastwood didn’t hide […]

Eastwood’s Artistry: More Than An Empty Chair

Sara Vaux, Northwestern professor and expert in all things Clint (This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) Don’t worry- Clint Eastwood saved you a seat in Tampa. His speech at the Republican National Convention in August certainly caused some concerned murmurs among viewers. As always, Eastwood didn’t hide […]

Twin Peaks: The Abby and Brittany Story, Reexamined

(This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov. 10, 2012.) Can anyone remember the exact moment TLC went from “The Learning Channel” to “modern day freak show with a thin veneer of condescending compassion?” Was it when they started running all those dwarf shows? In any case, while the rest of […]

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