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Meet Flyleaf’s Lead Singer Kristen May

Flyleaf Comes to Chicago

October 17, 2014

“We all want hope and passion in our lives, and I’m just trying to create music that relates to people on that level,” said Kristen May, lead singer of Flyleaf, a rock band that continues to capture crowds with their powerful and catchy sound. It’s this desire to connect May describes that sets the band apart from others in its genre, because there’s a soulful element in their music as well. May was calling from Washington, D.C., one of many tour stops for the band (who are playing in a different city almost every night), while debuting their new album, Between the Stars. The six-week tour, which has the band traveling to all …  Read more

Dance, Destiny + Hard Work: Meet Iona Calhoun-Battiste

The Lifelong Dancer Discusses How She Made Her Dreams Come True by Helping Others

September 19, 2014

“We want to include everyone and make everyone feel important and special,” said Iona Calhoun-Battiste, founder of the Iona Calhoun School of Ballet at the South Shore Cultural Center. “But we recognize that not everyone is at the same level, so how do you support the girls who are really good and want to dance as a career, and how do you support those that dance recreationally, but it’s still important to them?” It’s this type of supportive mentality that has built the foundation for her school and sets it apart from others in the field. “Other schools will say, ‘If you can’t do it, then you can’t stay,’” Calhoun-Battiste said. Having gone …  Read more

Behaving Badly’s Jennifer Blake

Jennifer Blake Talks Shop about the New Hit Behaving Badly

August 1, 2014

“I felt like the new kid in school when I first got there,” Jennifer Blake said (of the Behaving Badly set), “but everyone was really warm, and we all had a lot of fun.” The new kid metaphor is fitting for the comedy about a high school boy, played by Nat Wolff, trying to get his dream girl, played by Selena Gomez. Oh, and the film also stars Gary Busey, Heather Graham, and Elisabeth Shue, who plays a creepy cougar. “Elisabeth Shue was great to work with. She is so funny,” Blake said, her Alabama drawl making her sound like a gal you want to just sit on a porch with and …  Read more