May 23, 2012 |
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St. 773-477-4646 This blues club has earned its reputation not just for its size (two stages in adjoining rooms), but also its endurance (open since in 1968) and late-night hours (listen until 4 a.m. most nights, 5 a.m. Saturdays). Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2501 Although slightly larger than its sister club Schubas, this music venue shares the intimacy, sound and musical reputation of its Lakeview sibling. Past indie and rock acts include Wilco, Mumford & Sons and Chicago's own Smith Westerns.
June 7, 2012 |
Lit After Dark is a night extension of Printers Row Lit Fest, featuring live music, rap battles, poetry slams, improv actors, literary variety shows, and the like. The lineup features extremely talented and energetic Chicagoans. Lit After Dark is Saturday Night only from 6-10pm. Did I mention that it's free? Because it is. 6pm Essay Fiesta - Its mission is to bring together a cross-section of Chicago's art and writing communities for a night of humorous and poignant personal essays and charity.
October 10, 2012 |
Without a doubt, Chicago is the biological parent of the spoken word. The city might laud and favor improv and sketch comedy out of all its performance art children, but there's an even younger sibling that's growing up--fast. Live lit has taken the ageless practice of storytelling to a whole new level of artistry and it's booming in the Windy City. Yes, old-fashioned first-person narrative and essay--the kind you were forced to write through every stage of your academic life to learn how to communicate thought in a formalized and coherent manner--has become a fun way...
April 8, 2012 |
EAT Branch out Branch 27, 1371 W. Chicago Ave. 312-850-2700 Breaking news: It's National Library Week! Dust off your library card and take it to this River West bistro located in the former 27th Ward library branch for a 15 percent discount on food items including the $13 Mussels Monday special, which features your choice of four mussels preparations served with a Goose Island Summertime draft. 5-10 p.m. Over a barrel The Barrelhouse Flat, 2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421 Chef Nick Hertel and mixologist Stephan Cole team up...
October 17, 2012 |
Margie Simmons was conceived by MySpace but born on OKCupid. She was brought to life by Shawn Bowers, a 27-year-old Chicago comedian. Bowers had been an OKCupid user for a few years, but his page just didn't seem to garner the same attention that some his female friends' accounts received. He credits boredom for his next step. Lakeview resident Bowers took bits and pieces of a photo found on an active MySpace profile--he didn't feel too bad doing this because the account had been inactive for years--and created a fictitious profile for Margie.
November 10, 2011 |
“Grimm” star David Giuntoli credits his time in Chicago with pushing him out of the woods and into the acting business. “I was kind of lost and I found myself largely in Chicago,” the 31-year-old who grew up in St. Louis told me last week. In “Grimm,” Giuntoli's back in the woods, so to speak, playing Portland Det. Nick Burkhardt, a cop who learns that he's descended from the Grimms, a family of slayers along the line of Buffy Summers. Instead of slaying vampires, the Grimms battle demons, witches, big bad...