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March 15, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and For RedEye
2 for $30: En Hakkore 1840 N. Damen Ave. 773-772-9880 I'd love to see the word "fusion" retired from restaurant menus. It gives me unpleasant flashbacks to the late '90s, when suburban Brazilian-Japanese-American hybrids flung together ingredients with utter abandon, covered everything in soy sauce and called it a day. Fast-forward to the present day, and counter-service Bucktown restaurant En Hakkore has come around to redeem the...
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January 29, 2013 | By Molly Fedick, @mollyfedick and For RedEye
Two weeks ago, a friend posted a link to my wall about a new mobile dating app called Tinder. Within an hour there were 20 comments under this link from "friends" convinced I would meet my future husband on this thing. I would have taken offense if three years earlier I hadn't declared that I had met my soul mate on Chatroulette. Seriously. Long story short: I tried it, and I am addicted. Here's how it works: You see a picture of a person who lives no more than 100 miles away and are prompted to press an "X" or a heart symbol.
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January 6, 2013 | Andy Downing for RedEye
"Oh, you were a part of me," sings Christopher Owens near the close of his solo debut, "Lysandre. " "That part of me is gone. " While it's clear Owens is singing about a girl, he could just as easily be singing about Girls, the much-loved indie-rock crew he unexpectedly dissolved late last year. In that sense, it's fitting that "Lysandre" often plays like a breakup record, packed with quieter, more introspective songs and delicate, almost fragile instrumentation. Owens, 33, even described the band's split the way some might describe the end of a romantic relationship.
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January 4, 2013 | By Tony Peregrin and For RedEye
Half-submerged Buddha head sculptures started popping up in five Chicago neighborhoods in the fall, and in 2013, the next phrase of the public art installation is set to turn even more communities on its head. Ten Thousand Ripples - a collaborative citywide project presented by Changing Worlds, an educational arts nonprofit organization - is intended to spark a public dialogue about peace and nonviolence and to create innovative solutions to address contemporary social issues. "The image of the Buddha growing out of the earth represents for me the spiritual growth that we all struggle to achieve as we travel life's path," explains artist Indira Freitas Johnson in her artist statement on the project's website.
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December 20, 2012 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
It's a problem every self-styled Clark Griswold is going to face at some point when stringing up lights during the holiday season. "You have a light set of 100 and half of the set's out," said 22-year-old Glenview resident Brian Gusak. "A lot of people would think that you have to replace 50 bulbs, but realistically it takes one point of interruption to put a series of lights out because of the way they're wired. " The bells on bobtails ringing don't make spirits nearly as bright as the colorful decorative light displays illuminating our homes.
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December 19, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Headquarters beercade keeps tabs on what games its patrons would most like to see added to its lineup, and for the holidays, they're doing their best to make those wishes a digital reality. For Christmas, the Lakeview bar plans to throw an X-Men X-Mas, where it will unveil the bar's newest gaming addition, the multiplayer "X-Men" arcade game. The game was highly requested on the bar's in-house receipt, and everyone there will be able to participate in a tournament-style promotion all day Christmas Day. It will remain industry night even with the holiday, so industry professionals still receive 50 percent off. The headliner of HQ's holiday additions, though, is "Killer Instinct," the 1994 fighting game that was the overwhelming favorite on a Facebook post asking what game the bar needed to add most.
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December 5, 2012 | Stephen Markley
“Ah, so this is something we will all have to deal with now,” I thought. This after waking up Wednesday morning to discover that both my Twitter and Facebook accounts had been hacked and were sending people all kinds of strange messages. I was alerted to this fact simultaneously by my friend Cord (not a celebrity) and celebrity writer Jon Ronson (totally a celebrity), who tweeted me that he'd gotten a “dodgy DM” from me. Indeed, it appeared as if my hacker had hacked my hacking virginity to direct message some 200 or so people with messages like, “you ar famous now ahah” and “what r u doing in this?
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November 1, 2012 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
There's a monster in my living room. It just sits there, its dark, blank face staring. I feel it in my bones - it's plotting against me. People on the street know it as "the TV. " I know it as the evil succubus that wants my very soul. I keep clear of it most of the week. But on certain evenings I'm compelled to sit before it, a root beer in one hand, Funyuns in the other. That's when I finally lock eyes with it and succumb to its hypnotic glow. It tells me when to laugh and I do. It tells me when to cry and I do. It tells me when to say, "Oh, no she didn't!"
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November 1, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey and RedEye
A recent Cook County court ruling makes it possible for transgender people in Illinois to correct the gender on their birth certificates without undergoing genital surgery, but advocates say there's more work to do and that the current law still requires surgery that can be dangerous, expensive or unwanted. “It certainly is a step forward,” said June LaTrobe, vice chair and public policy director for Illinois Gender Advocates, about the drop in the genital surgery requirement.
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October 17, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
In her native England where her new album “Fall to Grace” debuted at number two, Paloma Faith performs to an average of 5,000 people. She recently played for a crowd of 40,000 as part of a BBC radio event, also featuring Emeli Sande and Jessie J. During her first U.S. tour, the remarkable 27-year-old singer (who's approaching 300,000 twitter followers) says she's playing to about 200 per night. “Which is kind of strange but also exciting,” says Faith, whose record comes out Dec. 4 in the states.
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