The night began with an extensive line going down Southport Avenue, in front of the Music Box Theater. Young adults sporting teased hair and an abundance of eye makeup were present, ready for an evening dedicated to the cult driven classic, “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Doors opened at 12:00 a.m. as this is the traditional call time for this monthly event.
Marisa Garnjobst, a freshman studying music composition at Columbia College Chicago, stood at the front of the line.
“I wanted to make sure I got here super early so I would have a seat in the front. I have been to this show before and it is such a fun and unique experience. Everyone that comes to these shows is so accepting of everyone else,” said Garnjobst.
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a musical which centers around a transvestite scientist who lives in a mansion with many other extroverted characters. When the movie is shown live in theaters it has become a ritual to watch the film in sync with live performers in front of the screen acting out the scenes. Many audience members and theater staff, yell out ironic and mocking words while the film is rolling. In addition to this, the audience has the choice to buy a kit in which they can throw different objects throughout the theater, such as confetti, toilet paper, and squirt guns to add to the fun.
Allan Macejak, a Music Box Theater board member, said that each show turns out better than the last and the amount of energy and creativity is what keeps this event strong each month.
“The cool thing is that I get to scream out vulgar things while watching my favorite musical and get paid for it. I could not ask for a better job,” said Macejak.
The theater was filled with excitement for the full duration of the film and as the performers were moving on and off stage, thunderous laughter and clapping occupied the room.
At the end, many stuck around talking amongst each other, sharing their favorite moments of the night.
“This was my first “Rocky Horror” experience and it was a great way to spend time with friends and have a good laugh. I felt like I could be goofy and engage with the audience easily which was really nice– dancing to “Time Warp” was my favorite part,” said Brookie Natal, a business major at DePaul.
This event takes place every third Saturday of the month at the Music Box Theater and tickets are $13.
With the Illinois primaries in full swing, young Chicago voters are making sure they get their vote out there as for some this is their first time experiencing the polling place and being apart of the election process.
Zoe Goulet, a 20-year-old hostess at Bandera, explained how her first experience was easier than she initially anticipated but still somewhat confusing.
“Even though the voting was pretty easy and I enjoyed learning how the ballot worked, I don’t think there was enough staff on hand so there was a lot of confusion as to where to submit ballots, which consequently made me enter it in the wrong machine and I got yelled at by a worker. So that was fun,” said Goulet.
In spite of the confusion some new voters have faced, the knowledge they have gained to become better prepared to vote has seemed to come mostly from the online presence politicians currently hold and the interactions made with others users.
“My age group is all about social media. It’s the young people who are tweeting and posting, not so much the older generation. The young people are getting their voices out there while the older people are stuck behind their television screens yelling at Fox News. They aren’t communicating with the rest of their community,” said Goulet.
With the enhancement of social media in 2016, Millennials have become a major role in the Presidential candidacy and politicians image on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat has become the new normal.
“The Millennials are the ones most likely to be present on social media platforms and I have noticed a lot of presidential candidates and other politicians using it as a way to get their ideas out to the public,” said Hannah Tymosko, student at Columbia College Chicago.
With the heavier use of the online world in this election season there are positive and negative elements that come along with it.
Dante LaVia, a student at Roosevelt University, said, “I believe social media has changed this election a lot because it is a platform that anyone can use to state their opinion. However, I think that online users can easily make statements with no prior research that may not be reliable. Everyone is a journalist nowadays so where is the line? How can one decide what’s true and what’s not?”
As the managing editor at San Antonio Express-News, Jamie Stockwell knows exactly what she is looking for when hiring a news reporter at the publication.
Though the publication still has a focus on print journalism with their daily newspaper and book releases throughout the year, “the emphasis is on digital first and print second,” according to Stockwell.
“Reporters must come with immense video skills, social media skills, and audio recording skills. Most importantly, to be able to visualize data,” Stockwell said.
Though these skills are important during the hiring process, Stockwell explained how if the potential new hire seems to be curious and has an urge to experiment then it may be a fit.
While walking through a museum or gallery, one might see drawings or paintings made by an artist including captions which describe their specific artwork. However, rarely are there captions seen describing the frames in which these pieces are surrounded.
Chris Russo, a student artist at UIC, explained how he considers framework as its own form of art but believes that in the future, due to the trendy look of modern art, genuine and handmade frames will be seen as ancient.
“When I walk through the Art Institute of Chicago, I tend to notice the frames a lot more around the Renaissance paintings because they are more extravagant and include detail. I prefer modern art personally, and most modern art is evident on canvas without any frame at all,” said Russo.
Since 2000, the art and framing industry has declined by over 55% and the 19,800 framing businesses that were thriving at the turn of the century, has declined to 7,800 according to the data given by the world’s leading custom frame distributor, Larson-Juhl.
“With technology advancing at historic speeds in all electronic gadgets, and impulse buying online being at an all time high over the past 5 years, the market for framing continues to fade,” Larson-Juhl sales representative, Joe Petta said.
The frame industry has changed in the art world in the past decade as artists have begun to choose frames that will be minimalistic to further draw the viewer to the art piece itself rather than the frame taking away the overall affect of the artwork.
“If too much focus is placed on the frame or matte design, so as to distract the subject matter, then the framing package has failed its job,” Petta said.
Martina Nehrling, a Chicago artist whose pieces are shown in exhibitions around the city, has a distinct and colorful aesthetic toward her paintings and explains her opinion over the use of frames.
“The artwork I have been creating as of recent, has all been on canvas. My inspiration has been an imagery from my childhood. I use a lot of brightly colored paints and my brushstrokes are completed by using a vivid and thick technique. I want the artwork to appear to float rather than be pinned in,” Nehrling said.
Nehrling describes her artistic style as being “staccato” and having a sort of graphic quality in which would be taken away if a frame were to be added.
“The goal for each of my paintings is for the onlooker to see something almost three dimensional. Within my art, I am releasing the inner optimism I hold within,” Nehrling said. “With a white canvas, this is the easiest way to portray that. If I were to go with a frame I would make sure to choose one that aesthetically jives with the context of the room it is in.”
According to Bryan Gordy, fine frame maker for Larson-Juhl, a lot of artists have this state of mind in today’s age.
“I have been making frames all of my life. It is my art and I intend to keep at it until the day I die,” Gordy said.
According to Gordy, he used to create a majority of his frames for individual artists whose pieces would go into exhibits. Most consumers of his frames today, are those looking to buy a frame to surround a family portrait or a graduation picture.
“Everything is so sleek nowadays. You walk into a gallery, and every frame is black or a matte neutral tone…. or it is on a canvas board. I haven’t made a “sexy” frame in quite a while,” said Gordy laughing.
However, the process of making a frame is quite complex and involves a lot of wood cutting and time according to Gordy.
The overall future of the frame is still unknown, however sales representative Joe Petta said, “Although the fine art and frame industry continues to shrink, there will always be a need to preserve art and memories. Beautifully designed and constructed frames will always be in demand to enhance these important pieces of life.”