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NEWS
November 3, 2011 | By Jessica Galliart, Redeye
And just like that, the holiday season is upon us. Brace yourselves for lots of funky holiday shopping events, seasonal ceremonies, family-style dinners, brew fests and a few non-holiday bashes in between, for when the spirit begins to overwhelm you.   3-6: SOFA Chicago 2011 Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Short for the International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, this annual art bash will make even the biggest...
NEWS
November 30, 2011 | By Matt Pais, Redeye
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SPORTS
November 3, 2011 | By Ryan Smith And For Redeye
The home of the boys of summer is about to be invaded by the stuntmen of winter. Wrigley Field normally is under wraps this time of year, but it's the site for Saturday's Red Bull Fuel + Fury, a freestyle snowmobiling competition featuring eight of the world's top snowmobilers. The lineup of competitors consists of Daniel Bodin, Heath Frisby, Ted Culbertson, Fred Rasmussen, Cory Davis, Jimmy Fejas and Jeff Mullin and 2004 Fuel + Fury winner Justin Hoyer. There are plenty of Chicagoans who might not know a Ski-Doo from Scooby Doo, but it's an easy sport to follow, said Levi LaVallee, a seven-time Winter X Games medalist and host of the event.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Matt Pais And Redeye Movie Critic
** (out of four) Apparently nobody in “The Son of No One” has heard of self-defense and accidents. Otherwise, rookie cop Jonathan (Channing Tatum) wouldn't be freaking out over the reporter (Juliette Binoche) who follows anonymous letters about two unsolved murders that Jonathan committed as a scared kid in 1986 Queens. (Clearly whoever's texting Jonathan messages like “We know what you did” is an “I Know What You Did Last Summer” fan.) Writer-director Dito Montiel (“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” “Fighting”)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011 | By Curt Wagner And Redeye
Don't expect to catch a high-speed train when tuning in to AMC's Western "Hell on Wheels" ( 9 p.m. Nov. 6; 2.5 stars ). The new series that explores the building of the Union Pacific railroad chugs along at its own, slow pace. Set in 1865, just after the Civil War, "Hell on Wheels" is basically a story of revenge, not unlike the Clint Eastwood's spaghetti Westerns. Former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount) is out to kill the group of Union soldiers who raped and murdered his wife.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011 | By Scott Bolohan For Redeye
Tracy Morgan has earned a reputation as a wild card in his performances. But there's also a serious side to him, one that often comes out in interviews. This was not one of those interviews.   The serious questions we prepared for him quickly became irrelevant. He spent most of the interview half-yelling, straddling the line of is-he-serious-or-not as only he can. You can laugh (or not) when he plays the Improv this weekend.   How's it going Tracy?   I'm good, how are you?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011 | By Curt Wagner And Redeye
Detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin investigate a home invasion in the latest episode of "Grimm" debuting at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 on NBC. But as you'd expect in a show about fractured fairy tales and an episode titled "Bears Will Be Bears," it isn't your normal case of breaking-and-entering. Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) meet a mysterious family whose cultural background blurs the line of right and wrong, not to mention human and, um, not human. Nick also asks his new wolf buddy, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011 | By Anthony Roberts And For Redeye
Clinton Kelly has fashioned time to fit him. Between cooking up commentary on the ABC daytime show "The Chew" and advising people "What Not To Wear" on the TLC mainstay, the style guru is partnering with Canadian tailoring company Stitch It to launch Perfect Fit By Clinton Kelly.   The newly branded shop opens its doors in the Orland Square Mall in Orland Park on Friday and promises to help guys in need find just the right look and feel to form an unforgettable outfit.   Kelly, a former Northwestern graduate student, is more than happy to school scruffy Chicago guys on the finer points of style.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Redeye Staff
There's no question that Chicago is a big burger town, but the scene just got a major boost with four new burger joints firing up their grills. We took an early look to see how they're stacking up. The Burger Point 1900 S. State St. 312-842-1900 Best for: South Loopers looking for a closer option than Epic Burger. It's not necessarily worth a trip unless you're in the neighborhood. Who's there: Condo owners from the building upstairs. Tasting notes: Though we weren't asked how we'd like our patty cooked (it arrived medium well)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011 | By Curt Wagner And Redeye
Rapper-turned-movie-actor Common wasn't looking for a TV role, but something about Elam Ferguson drew him to AMC's new Western "Hell on Wheels. " "I hadn't seen any material written this great for a black character, especially of this time period, and I was so attracted to the role because I felt like, man, this is some depth. There's depth in this human being," the Chicago native said during a phone interview last week. "They wrote Elam Ferguson as a person who was a slave that had been oppressed but [was]
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011 | By Curt Wagner And Redeye
General Krell continues his relentless assault on the planet of Umbara in "The General," the latest episode of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" debuting at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 on Cartoon Network. It's the second of four episodes about the attack on Umbara, and was directed by Walter Murch, who won Oscars for both sound and picture editing of "The English Patient. " (He also has an Oscar for his sound editing of "Apocalypse Now. ") The A longtime friend of George Lucas worked with the "Star Wars" creator on the films "THX 1138" and "American Graffiti.
NEWS
November 6, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For Redeye
I recently sold the movie rights to my memoir, "Publish This Book," which basically means two things: 1) I don't have to eat cans of that weird generic soup from Aldi that always seem to have minor deformities in the carrots anymore and 2) It is now possible that someone will make a movie of my life and thus hire an actor to play me. This is disturbing on quite a number of levels. Do I want someone better-looking than me, thereby causing people to be extremely disappointed when they meet the real me?
SPORTS
November 6, 2011 | Redeye
It's not just you - the Bears and Philadelphia really have played each other an awful lot despite being in different divisions. They've crossed paths in the regular season the past four seasons, and each game has been decided by five points or fewer. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a rivalry. As the Bears (4-3) and Eagles (3-4) prepare to bump heads again Monday, here's what their most recent meetings have brought to the table.   Nov. 28, 2010: Bears 31, Philadelphia 26 Key ingredient: Validation The Bears had their share of doubters leading up to this game despite leading the NFC North at the time.
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