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July 13, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Arachnophobic Chicagoans want to hear "flying" and "spider" in the same sentence probably as much as "ketchup" and "hot dog. " But that's the phrase that the bug-squeamish have been treated to this week, when a note posted to guests at the Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites was passed around online Wednesday. The note warns guests to keep their suite windows closed during their stay, as "the annual migration of High Rise Flying Spiders" has begun, labeling the arachnid "known specifically as the Larinioides sclopetarius" as a "Chicago Phenomenon.
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July 13, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Arachnophobic Chicagoans want to hear "flying" and "spider" in the same sentence probably as much as "ketchup" and "hot dog. " But that's the phrase that the bug-squeamish have been treated to this week, when a note posted to guests at the Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites was passed around online Wednesday. The note warns guests to keep their suite windows closed during their stay, as "the annual migration of High Rise Flying Spiders" has begun, labeling the arachnid "known specifically as the Larinioides sclopetarius" as a "Chicago Phenomenon.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Let's take a vote on what's more compelling: People facing difficult emotions and dealing with them, or staring off into space for a while and ultimately experiencing minimal conflict? Thought so. Chicago-based writer-director Stephen Cone's “The Wise Kids” boasts better performances than his recent, underwhelming “In Memoriam,” but the filmmaker still takes a disappointingly superficial approach to worthwhile situations and characters lacking interior lives.
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November 1, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Let's take a vote on what's more compelling: People facing difficult emotions and dealing with them, or staring off into space for a while and ultimately experiencing minimal conflict? Thought so. Chicago-based writer-director Stephen Cone's “The Wise Kids” boasts better performances than his recent, underwhelming “In Memoriam,” but the filmmaker still takes a disappointingly superficial approach to worthwhile situations and characters lacking interior lives.
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October 23, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
***1/2 (out of four) If you've written off Taylor Swift because she's a “country” artist or because her audience is largely teenage girls, you can start paying attention now. The official promotional pitch for her new album, “Red,” points out as much: She's enlisted a series of noted pop producers, helping her land a number one single (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”) and trade in pickup trucks for Maseratis in her lyrics. Swift has always been a singular songwriting talent, though, and the real step forward on “Red” is her increased maturity and thematic refinement.
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April 3, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
For the last couple weeks, Star Wars fans everywhere have been voting in the "This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tourney. " If you've been following along here at Geek To Me , special guest commentator - and fellow Star Wars geek - Ben Finfer of The Score 670 AM has been giving his predictions. I've also been giving my own, and to this point haven't missed a pick. Finfer's record is blemished only by a Clone Wars related match-up in the first round. Now we're going to bring...
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