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April 30, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Several musicians made the news in recent years after they got robbed while touring through Chicago. Oregon-based band Portugal. The Man lost $80,000 worth of gear after playing Lollapalooza in 2011. But the story has a somewhat happy ending: Chicago police officers recovered some of the gear after it was sold at the 40th and Ashland Avenue Swap-O-Rama later that summer. San Francisco-based band FayRoy parked their van, with all of their instruments inside of it, in Ukranian Village on Sept.
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NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
On any given night, a Chicagoan has dozens of opportunities to hear live musicians perform. But that also means a thief has at least as many chances to nab thousands of dollars worth of music gear from touring performers. Depending on who you ask within Chicago's music scene, the city may be the "Bermuda Triangle" of band gear. Or it may just be another major metropolitan area offering both peril and opportunity for indie musicians on the road. Consider the Louisiana band Brass Bed, who have been victims of theft twice while touring through Chicago on separate occasions, according to singer and guitarist Christiaan Mader, 29 . The most recent theft took place last fall, just after the quartet played at Subterranean in Wicker Park.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The University of Chicago had a small mystery in its hands, and it got a global response to solve it.  Written on a handful of pages of a copy of Homer's "Odyssey" from the 1500s were some cryptic notes, which appeared to have been written in the 19th century. The problem was, no one -- not even the donor who handed his collection over to the university -- knew exactly what they meant.  So the U. of C. library turned to the Internet for help. With a $1,000 prize from the book's donor, M.C. Lang, backing it, the library put up a short post on its news site.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Three women were shot to death in separate incidents in Chicago in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. On Monday, a 14-year-old girl was shot to death in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard in New City, police said. One day earlier, a 21-year-old woman was fatally shot in the 3600 block of West Fullerton Avenue in Logan Square, according to officials. On Friday, a 32-year-old woman was shot to death in the 11500 block of South Laflin Street in West Pullman, police said.
SPORTS
April 29, 2014 | By Emily Brown, RedEye
From the Original Six Blackhawks to six Bulls championships to the 1985 Bears, sports are deeply rooted in Chicago's culture. The newest addition to the city's sports scene is the Chicago Sports Museum. The venue, on the seventh floor of Water Tower Place, and opened earlier this month in conjunction with Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch restaurant. I visited the 8,000-square-foot museum recently to test its interactive exhibits and rated them according to their level of cool (detailed below)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
He may play a struggling actor in "Buyer & Cellar," but Michael Urie is anything but. The 33-year-old Texas native and Juilliard graduate, who rose to fame in "Ugly Betty" as Marc St. James, the boot-licking assistant to the show's diva-villain, Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams), was originally only cast for the pilot. The script called for Slater to hire and fire a new assistant every week, but Urie made such an impression that he was elevated to a co-starring role. And he's recently won Drama Desk and Clarence Derwent Awards for "Buyer & Cellar," the one-man comedy by New York playwright Jonathan Tolins about an imaginary encounter between Barbra Streisand and a fictional, out-of-work actor hired to manage a street of quaint "shoppes" in a faux mall that Streisand actually created in the lower level of her Malibu home to showcase personal treasures including a doll collection, vintage costumes and a frozen yogurt maker.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Sorry, mimosa fans, you can sit this one out. The city will welcome Chicago's Bloody Mary Competition, its first festival dedicated solely to a brunch cocktail, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Park West .  Guests can judge two-ounce samples from bars and restaurants including Fountainhead , Longman & Eagle, Riverview Tavern , Shoe's Pub , Three Aces , Stanley's Kitchen and Tap and nine others, then vote to crown a...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
***= Recommended shows On sale noon Thursday ***Bilal, Thursday, June 5 ($28-$38, all ages) at City Winery. On sale 10 a.m. Friday ***Beyonce, Jay-Z, Thursday, July 24 ($40.50-$251, all ages) at Soldier Field. Toby Keith, Sunday, July 13 ($24.25-$89, all ages) at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Bob Schneider, Dawn and Hawkes, Saturday, July 19 ($20, 18+) at Park West. On sale noon Friday Asgeir, Thursday, June 12 ($12 , 21+) at Schubas.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
Janelle Monae and Jeff Tweedy aren't the only worthwhile artists playing at the Taste of Chicago this summer. Local favorites The Autumn Defense, Marrow and The Right Now will appear on the free-admission Bud Light Stage during the 34th annual festival (July 9-13 in Grant Park), the city's department of cultural affairs and special events announced exclusively to RedEye. Other highlights include RedEye Rock 'n' Vote alums Pyro Fighter and Pet Lions, plus the winner of RedEye Rock 'n' Vote 2014 (to be determined May 22 at Lincoln Hall)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
The first thing Jared Rouben does when we meet is suggest we talk over a lunch of charcoal-grilled chicken, refried beans and arroz amarillo. We're here to chat beer - specifically, his coming-soon Pilsen brewery, Moody Tongue - but food is never far from his mind. "Beer is food. Brewing is cooking," Rouben said, explaining his style of beer-making which he calls 'culinary brewing.' "I became a much better brewer when I started using culinary techniques in the brewhouse, when I started thinking like a cook to create different flavors.
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