June 26, 2013 |
From last month's Met Gala theme to an upcoming karaoke fundraiser in Wicker Park, punk is back in. The First Ward is hosting the Wicker Punk Ball on July 12 at the Double Door to raise money for 826 CHI, a local nonprofit writing and tutoring center. A quarter of the event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit and The Boring Store. The rest will go to the ward political organization. Making a guest appearance will be Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st), also ward committeeman, who plans to hold the mic and sing karaoke with a live band.
September 6, 2012 |
If someone would have walked up to Jay-Z on the day he started his rap career and said, "One day, the president of the United States will introduce you at your own music festival," I am sure Young Hov would not have believed it. Yet nobody seemed to find this surprise unusual when it happened in Philadelphia during Labor Day weekend. Well, except the angry folks who vented online about President Obama "hanging out with an ex-drug dealer. " Those folks seem to have forgotten that George H.W. Bush once invited the "original gangster," Eazy-E, to...
March 27, 2013 |
I've been mulling over a recent column by Gawker's Hamilton Nolan in which he excoriates politicians and pundits over their cowardice. He uses the examples of Democratic and liberal support in the lead-up to the Iraq war (Here on its tenth birthday! Happy birthday, colossal strategic blunder and waste of human life and treasure!) and the decades-long refusal of left-leaning politicians to support gay marriage. The calculation of politicians makes for an easy target, and in the case of the Iraq war, I could not agree more.
August 9, 2012 |
What started as a way to highlight a neighborhood's liberal, artsy atmosphere 30 years ago has turned into one of the city's biggest street festivals. Northalsted Market Days, taking place Saturday and Sunday, celebrates three decades this year. Organizers expect a crowd of more than 100,000 to converge on Halsted Street, ground zero for the fest that features three stages and more than 40 musical acts, food and arts and crafts vendors. Mickey Hornick, owner of Chicago Diner in the Halsted business district, has been part of the fest since the beginning.
August 28, 2012 |
What's really going on at the Republican National Convention? John Giokaris, political director of the Chicago Young Republicans, is in Tampa, Fla., and giving RedEye a behind-the-scenes peek at the event. Hurricane? What hurricane? While our thougths are with the communities in Isaac's path, Tampa barely was touched. As it turned out, there was really no need to cancel Monday's events. It just gave everyone an excuse to party. Ybor City and The Cuban Club are the hot spots around Tampa Bay. Anyone who wasn't working was drinking and socializing there - not just...
April 1, 2012 |
Is there anything more darkly amusing than how Americans think and talk about gasoline prices? It's a discourse that rarely attains the sophistication of a toddler who's dropped a candy bar. From our politicians to news networks to your average consumer at the Shell station, the collective wisdom of this country when it comes to gas prices still seems to be, "I want magic juice! Make vroom-vroom box go fast!" Whenever gas prices begin to tick up, we have to put up with the same moronic pontificating on how it will affect an incumbent...