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ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Miki Turner And For Redeye
Although Margaret Cho's latest concert film, "Cho Dependent," will close Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival that begins Thursday, the comedian herself cannot make the 30th annual event. She's on the road. In "Cho Dependent," Cho performs her stand-up and musical numbers that riff on sex, drugs, rock and roll, politics, reality TV, "sexting" and her mother. “Cho Dependent” will be shown at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. For more info, go to reelingfilmfestival.org The San Francisco resident spoke with RedEye on the phone about the inspiration for the project which marries her comedic and musical skills, and shared her thoughts on gay rights, “Dancing with the Stars,” hot spots in Chicago and the gayest city in America.
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Erin Vogel, Redeye
When Cesar Rolon Jr. founded Latino Fashion Week five years ago, he had zero experience in the field, but he wanted to showcase designs from the community. "What really means a lot to me is supporting local artists," said Rolon, who works in community affairs, marketing, promotions, planning and development. "I don't think there's enough of that in Chicago. Even though I did this for my community, I really can't say enough about how much amazing talent there is in this city.
NEWS
November 2, 2011
(CNN) -- Devilish but divine - November 2 is National Deviled Eggs Day. Don't fear these wicked treats based on the name. Deviled eggs are the perfect snack to keep on hand during the holidays for your family or those friends that just love to drop in … any time they want. "Deviled" actually refers to a technique coined in the 1800s. Apparently, using hot spices was enough to classify anything with paprika or other notorious additions as "deviled. "Today, deviled eggs are made by hard-boiling eggs, and then peeling them, slicing lengthwise and popping out the yolks.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais And Redeye Movie Critic
*** (out of four) I fell madly in love with the best scenes in “Like Crazy,” and there are several of them. So it's nearly as heartbreaking as the film itself to recognize that it's merely a good movie with some greatness in it.   To call the plot simple would be suggesting that relationships are simple, and the whole point of writer-director Drake Doremus' fourth film is that they're not. At least, not as simple as they should be,...
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Erin Vogel, Redeye
Zoe Damacela just might be the most famous fashion designer you've never heard of. The Northwestern Student has posed with President Obama in the Oval Office. She has been featured on Oprah's Angel Network. And last month, the editors of Seventeen magazine splashed her across the cover of the October issue. She counts Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model" fame among her mentors and clients. But at 19 years old, Damacela has been in the game for fewer seasons than "Project Runway," which, for the record, caps its ninth cycle Thursday with a very special "Behind the Seams" episode.
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz And Redeye
South Shore has seen two homicides in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. On Tuesday, an 18-year-old man was shot to death in the 2400 block of East 75th Street, police said. Four days earlier, a 50-year-old man was fatally shot in the 7800 block of South Yates Boulevard, officials said. South Shore has seen 16 homicides so far this year. The South Side community area recorded 15 homicides last year, according to RedEye data. Citywide, gunshot homicides were logged in the last week in Austin, Chicago Lawn, Brighton Park, Englewood, Gage Park, New City and North Lawndale, RedEye determined.
SPORTS
November 3, 2011 | By Bag Boy And For Redeye
It's time for a special episode of "Chicago Story. " Warning: it's a rerun. Someone is clearly on his way to greatness here, has a falling out, goes and achieves greatness somewhere else and returns here for the twilight years. Think Greg Maddux. Can't help but think of that one as Jerry Reinsdorf is wooing Tony La Russa. "Should never have fired him. " "Worst mistake ever. " "I wanted to make sure he landed on his feet. " I'll recap: Sox can La Russa, he goes on to win multiple titles with the A's and Cardinals.
NEWS
November 3, 2011 | By Connie Reyes, For Redeye
"Irreconcilable differences. " Those two words appear in Hollywood more often than "wedding anniversary. " Kim Kardashian is the latest culprit to use this phrase in describing why she filed for divorce from her husband of 72 days, Kris Humphries. Well, I call unfair! Living on Earth, we are all forcibly exposed to the Kardashian world and provided more information about them than we may care to know. And now, after watching butt X-rays and intimate family feuds, we aren't given so much an explanation as to why she wants a divorce?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz And Redeye
The Chicago culinary scene is bigger in Texas. At least five Chicago cheftestants have been awarded the coveted “Top Chef: Texas” jacket in the latest season of the show, which premiered Wednesday night. The final slate of 16 cheftestants, which may include a sixth Chicago chef, likely will be revealed next week. In Wednesday's episode, some of the chefs worked with pig and rabbit to create their dishes. Yawn. It seems “Top Chef” has fallen into the “Project Runway” trap of repeating lame ideas for challenges.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett
It looks like we're going to see a whole lotta Chicago on "Top Chef: Texas. " In a qualifying round on last night's first episode, five of the six Chicago hopefuls were awarded a spot in the season's cast of 16 cheftestants. That included Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia , Heather Terhune of Sable , Chuy Valencia of Chilam Balam as well as Chris Jones and Richie Farina, both from Moto . The sixth Chicago hopeful, Beverly Kim of Aria , has yet to compete in her qualifying challenge and won't appear until the second episode next Wednesday.
NEWS
November 3, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, Redeye
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais And Redeye Movie Critic
*** (out of four) Fortunately, “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” consists of more than just Santa holding a bong. Though it has that too. Cheerfully honest about the absurdity of its 3D and the gratuitousness of its nudity (cue the hot nuns in the shower and topless angels in heaven), the film's funny and playful--but only for viewers who'd attach those words to a beer pong showdown with underage kids and a breakfast-assistant toy called the Wafflebot that falls in love with Kumar.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais And Redeye Movie Critic
** (out of four) I support liking brie on your burger, but snooty businessman Arthur Shaw's (Alan Alda) extravagance catches up to him when the FBI snags him for securities fraud. Since the stolen money includes the pensions of all the staff in Arthur's building, a ragtag crew of the tower's employees/residents (Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena) recruit an amateur thief (Eddie Murphy) to help swipe $20 million from the crook. If ever there was a victimless crime, this is it. The buzz: Not only does the plot and rhythm of the occasionally funny, mostly lazy “Tower Heist” largely resemble a lobotomized version of 2001's “Ocean's Eleven,” “Heist” is co-written by “Ocean's” scribe Ted Griffin.
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