March 9, 2012 |
Among the numerous scary moments in HBO's "Game Change" - most having to do with how little vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin knew about current affairs or foreign policy - one stands out. "The news is no longer meant to be important," says Steve Schmidt, a top adviser for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. "It's just entertainment. " Schmidt goes on to explain what American politics has become: an over-funded machine that's more interested in finding a charismatic “star” to court the voters than someone with knowledge and experience - someone qualified to lead the nation.
August 10, 2012 |
I happened to be on a vacation in Europe when the horrendous news of the shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater showing Batman broke. BBC news covered the shooting of 71 people and the killing of 12 nonstop. But beyond the horror of the story itself, I was struck by the tone of the international reporting--every news story ended with incredulity that the shooter had gotten his two handguns, shotgun, assault-style rifle and high-capacity clips legally. It's not a tone seen in mainstream media reporting in the U.S., where the issue of gun control is the third rail of politics.
February 17, 2013 |
I get obsessed with things that are really funny. Funny things, you see, make certain chemicals in your brain go all goofy, thus giving you joy. That's why I follow politics, because the comedic value of politics is of titanic, gobsmacking proportions. Case in point: the media and conservatives' sincere belief that Florida Senator Marco Rubio can reach young and minority voters because he likes Tupac. This is so hysterical I almost fell out of my chair into another chair just so I could fall out of that one too. What is it with tragically unhip political parties and their inability to process the difference between being cool and being a dweeby shill for plutocrats and multi-national corporations?
October 31, 2012 |
It hasn't been forever since Kirk Hinrich left the shores of Lake Michigan for Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, but it's been long enough. RedEye looked back at the last few years and, yep, Hinrich might need a rundown of the big events he missed. Here is just such a primer: Aug. 17, 2010: In the first of two trials, former governor and hair model Rod Blagojevich was convicted for a scheme to sell a senate seat in exchange for campaign contributions. Just another day in the life of Chicago politics.
November 6, 2012 |
EAT Fishy Politics Ra Sushi 1139 N. State St. 312-274-0011 No matter your political affiliation, everyone can agree that free food is a great deal. Show your "I Voted" sticker and get a free California roll (regularly $6.50) with a $10 purchase. DRINK Rock the Vote Schubas Tavern 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508 The Lakeview bar's election results viewing party includes a set from rock band The Statutes of Liberty, a red and blue champagne toast and $2.50 Goose Island 312 drafts.
November 20, 2012 |
The "Boss" wasn't powerful enough to keep his Starz series on the air. Kelsey Grammer won a Golden Globe for his role in the series as fictional Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, a ruthless survivor in the cutthroat world of city and Illinois politics. "After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with 'Boss,'"Starz said in a statement Tuesday. "We remain proud of this award-winning show, its exceptional cast and writers, and are grateful to Kelsey Grammer, Farhad Safinia and our partners at Lionsgate TV. " Things didn't look good for the Chicago-set and -filmed series from the start of its second season.
April 30, 2013 |
Results of a poll released Tuesday by the Harvard Institute of Politics showed nearly a majority of Millennials favor strict gun control laws. Forty-nine percent support making gun laws more strict while 15 percent say they prefer less strict gun laws. The remaining 35 percent say they believe gun laws should be kept as they are. In the gun control debate, President Obama proposed and pushed for gun control legislation. But Millennials - 56 percent - say they disapprove of the way he is handling “gun violence.” The poll was conducted before the legislation failed in the Senate.
May 14, 2013 |
In efforts to tackle issues facing the African-American community, a group ranging from elected officials, business leaders and youth leaders will assemble at Chicago State University for the State of Black Chicago Congress on June 1. Amongst the notable participating in the SBCC, Ed Gardner--founder of Soft Sheen Products--and Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco have been named honorary chairs for the event. "The State of Black Chicago Congress will be a social think tank that all Chicagoans are invited to join," said Jahmal Cole, founder and author of Role Model Movement and youth ambassador for the SBCC steering committee.
June 12, 2013 |
Fred Armisen may be debating whether to exit "Saturday Night Live," but he's not leaving Portland any time soon. IFC has renewed "Portlandia" for a fourth and fifth season. The network made the announcement Wednesday, saying the comedy series from Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater Kinney) will premiere the new 10-episode seasons in early 2014 and early 2015, respectively. In the show, they lovingly mock the hipsters and other residents of Portland, Ore. "Portlandia has celebrated sustainable local agriculture, underemployment, avian crafting, gender politics, intense bicycle messengers and so much more," said Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC. "We can now celebrate two more seasons.
January 14, 2014
***= Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Friday Arcade Fire, Wednesday Aug. 27 ($29.50-$69.50, all ages) at United Center. Jesse Cook, Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2 ($39.50, 18+) at Park West. ***David Koechner, Friday, April 11 ($25, 18+) at Park West. Kraftwerk, Thursday, March 27 ($50, 18+) at Riviera. Lydia, Wednesday, March 12 ($15, 18+) at Lincoln Hall. Jennifer Nettles, Wednesday, March 12 ($35-$55, all ages) at Chicago Theatre. On sale noon Friday ***The Autumn Defense, Friday, Feb. 21, Saturday, Feb. 22 ($15, 21+)