November 4, 2011 |
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?
March 25, 2012 |
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele" will be among the honorees (and performers) at the Chicago Improv Festival Benefit March 31. The comedy stars are making a special appearance to accept their "Ensemble of the Year Award" at the event, which kicks off at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Key and Peele will take part in a improv jam emceed by Chicago Improv Festival artistic director...
August 16, 2012 |
Some people are still feeling the afterglow from the largest street fair in the Midwest, Northalsted Market Days , and the monetary windfall will impact the Lakeview neighborhood even longer. With headliners The Pointer Sisters and Olivia Newton-John, Market Days drew tens of thousands of Chicagoans, all out to drink, dance and devour dishes from local favorites like D.S. Tequila Company and the Chicago Diner. An $8 suggested donation granted the masses access to the event, featuring three stages and over 40 musical acts.
October 11, 2012 |
The CTA is hosting various meetings this week for riders to weigh in on upcoming projects. > > On Thursday night, riders will get to see proposals to overhaul the Wilson station in Uptown. Work is expected to begin next year on the Red Line stop, the three-time winner of Going Public's Crust Station contest to dishonor the most disgusting CTA stop. Construction is expected to continue into 2015. The station is expected to become a transfer station for Purple Line trains.
October 9, 2012 |
Some Brown and Purple line riders will see relief from slow zones after work begins next year on a $66 million project to repair track between the Merchandise Mart and Armitage, CTA president Forrest Claypool and Mayor Emanuel announced Tuesday. The project coincides with a new labor agreement with iron workers, who will begin the track work in the spring. Construction is expected to last into 2014. Though the Brown Line underwent a major overhaul a few years ago, the work focused on stations and platforms, not track, the CTA said.
January 18, 2012
Lincoln Park residents will see improved mobile broadband coverage with AT&T according to a press release issued by the mobile carrier on Wednesday. Residents who live within the area bordered by N. Racine and W. Armitage streets; N. Damen Avenue and W. Diversey Parkway; and Division and Lincoln Avenue can expect faster file downloads and web surfing. "Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. We're always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage,” AT&T Illinois President Paul La Schiazza said in the press release.
April 24, 2012 |
Here's a curveball. Could jasmine increase the batting performance for baseball players? If you ask Dr. Alan Hirsch from the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, which studies how smells affect behaviors, the answer is yes. He'll be presenting his findings on Thursday to the Association of Chemoreception Sciences at its annual meeting in Huntington Beach, Calif. In a study conducted last summer, six White Sox players alternated between wearing jasmine-scented and unscented wristbands.
April 22, 2012 |
EAT Ramp-age Sola, 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-327-3868 Ramps - also known as chicagou, the wild onion-like plant that gave Chi-town its name - make their annual spring entrance. Chef Carol Wallack incorporates them into a three-course prix fixe featuring Scottish salmon with mango-ramp jam; Asian greens with quinoa and pineapple-ramp vinaigrette; and almond sponge cake with ramp-almond frozen yogurt. 5:30-10 p.m. $30; $45 with wine pairings. Bargain burgers Big Chicks, 5024 N. Sheridan Road 773-728-5511 Leave the Ramen noodles at home and head out for an even better bargain: a $1 quarter-pound burger or veggie dog - served with your choice of fries and a salad, no less - at this mostly-gay-but-hetero-friendly Uptown mainstay.
October 15, 2012
For one night only, we're giving Chicago an open shot at 10 years of RedEye live on stage. Expect plenty of improv, impersonations and self-deprecation. With special appearances* by... • Chicago's favorite quarterback (he really loves us, guys)* • His baby-mama* • Da Mayor (no, the old one)* • POTUS * * Let's be real: none of those people will actually be there, but their impersonators will be great. But REALLY Featuring: • iO Theater's Whirled News Tonight • Schadenfreude • Megan Gailey • Clark Jones • Sean Flannery Event Deets: Tuesday, October 30th 7:30pm, doors open at 7 Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway Get tickets for only $10 at www.fanfueled.com/RERoast Must be 21+ to attend, 2 drink minimum per person.