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November 20, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
Mistakes happen. Even though he didn't tune in for Monday's Season 2 premiere of Anthony Bourdain's “The Layover,” in which the chef and culinary media personality tours cities' food offerings in a short period of time, Longman and Eagle owner Bruce Finkelman was in a forgiving mood. A graphic for the Travel Channel show that introduced the Logan Square spot incorrectly spelled its name “Longmen and Eagle.” Finkelman didn't seem fazed when RedEye let him know about the error.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2012 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Potential patrons in search of stars at the Adler Planetarium have been out of luck for the last couple days, as the "American Idol" entourage took over the museum in search of their own kind of star. The show has previously discovered finalists like Jennifer Hudson and Crystal Bowersox in Chicago, and based on judges' comments at a Wednesday press conference, the group likes its chances to find another phenom from the city. Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Ryan Seacrest were all on hand for the conference, sitting pretty in a glass-cased wing of the building, overlooking a view of the skyline that Seacrest called "incredible.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Slingin' cocktails for a whole party full of people is difficult, especially if you're trying to replicate drinks as good as those you'd find at a fancy bar. Crafthouse Cocktails aims to help. The new Chicago company launches with three flavors of premixed, booze-included drinks, due to hit stores this weekend or early next week. Helmed by top Chicago mixologist Charles Joly - a bartender at The Aviary who last week was named Best American Bartender at beverage industry event Tales of the Cocktail - along with nightlife veteran Matt Lindner, Crafthouse hopes to bottle drinks that are cocktail bar-quality.  "We'd have guests come in [to the bar]
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Austin, the Near West Side and Woodlawn each recorded one homicide this week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. In Woodlawn, a 39-year-old man hit by a car Tuesday died of head and neck blunt force injuries. The Medical Examiner's Office determined the case to be a homicide. In Austin, a 38-year-old man was fatally shot Monday in the 5800 block of West Superior Street, police said. One day earlier, a 28-year-old man was shot to death in the 2400 block of West Flournoy Street on the Near West Side, according to officials.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
Hot off the Grammys (and their extremely questionable Best New Artist win), Fun will headline the opening night of this summer's Taste of Chicago (July 10-14) in Grant Park, fest organizers announced Monday morning. The group, whose eagerness to write hits detracts from the quality of most of the sometimes-catchy material on breakout album “Some Nights,” will perform at the Petrillo Music Shell after California indie rockers Delta Spirit, who have appeared at approximately 20 recent Lollapaloozas.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Update, Dec. 20: DonutFest announces online ticket sales will begin through its website Monday, Dec. 23. Did you think last year's first annual Poutine Fest was the zenith of the city's indulgent food events? Loosen your belts, because Chicago is about to welcome Donut Fest . From the same organizers as Poutine Fest, Donut Fest - coming in January, though an exact date has yet to be released - will pit the city's bakeries against each other in a battle for deep-fried domination.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
*** 1/2 ( out of 4) "This joke doesn't connect to anything I've talked about and won't connect to anything else I'm doing, aw hell, let's get into it. " That setup (followed by an unprintable punch line) may seem odd, but if there's anyone on Earth who can take a that vague sentence and turn it into a great line about palm readers and masturbation (told you we couldn't print it), it's Hannibal Buress. In his third stand-up special (after 2012's "Animal Furnace" and his breakout 2010 special, "My Name Is Hannibal")
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Five people gathered outside AMC River East on Friday, donning horse masks and wielding signs in protest of "The Hobbit," the recent Hollywood blockbuster facing allegations of animal abuse and neglect after several animals died during its production. The protestors were with PETA and led by Katie Arth, a PETA campaigner. She said the goal of the day's rally was to inspire people to contact the film's director, Peter Jackson, and ask him to stop using live animals for his films and "utilize the great CGI he is already known for. " Jackson, for his part, has vigorously denied the accusations against the set, which include the deaths of three horses and several farm animals such as chickens and goats, tallying to 27 deaths total.
NEWS
February 20, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Two teenagers were shot and killed last weekend in what is shaping up to be a deadly year for this age group compared to last year. A 17-year-old boy was shot to death Saturday in the 2400 block of West Cermak Road on the Lower West Side, police said. One day earlier, an 18-year-old woman was fatally shot in the 1100 block of North Pulaski Road in Humboldt Park, according to officials. Fifteen homicide victims this year were between the ages of 13 and 19, representing about 29 percent of the 52 killings, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data through Wednesday afternoon.
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | By Megan Crepeau, @crepeau and RedEye
The Rock and Roll McDonald's in River North was mostly empty Thursday morning. Then the congresswoman, the Hamburglar and the group of protesters walked in. “They said if you want to make a purchase, you're welcome to do so,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) told the strikers after speaking to a security official. Everyone laughed. Chicago was one of 50 cities in which workers walked off the job Thursday as part of the “Fight for 15” movement for a living wage, timed to fall between the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Labor Day. They gathered in front of the cash registers, read a list of demands - higher wages, the right to unionize without retaliation, better working conditions - and waited for a manager to respond.
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