November 18, 2011 |
Kermit, Miss Piggy and their Muppet friends return to the big screen Wednesday with "The Muppets," a new movie starring Amy Adams and Jason Segel. To gear up for the big opening, the Muppets collaborated with OK Go on their newest theme song, Miss Piggy released a makeup line and, now, nail polish manufacturer OPI offers a holiday collection of 12 colors inspired by the iconic show. Yes, Muppet maniacs can tint their tips and toes with colors like "Gone Gonzo" and "Animal-istic.
May 16, 2012 |
Thrill seekers looking for a new kind of rush can head to Six Flags Great America, where X -- or the new X-Flight roller coaster -- marks the spot. The first batch of riders boarded the Gurnee theme park's wing coaster at a preview event May 10, getting their morning pick-me-ups via 55-mile-an-hour speeds, a 120-foot drop -- that flips upside down -- and five freaky inversions. But what makes X-Flight so extreme, and gives the ride its distinctive wing coaster classification, is the inventive train design, park leaders and coaster lovers said.
June 27, 2012 |
Untitled 111 W. Kinzie St. 312-880-1511 Rating: 2 (out of four) Give it some time The scene: Talk about a cavern. This subterranean "speakeasy" (read: no sign on the door) is, to put it delicately, huge. A wide staircase empties patrons into an industrial-looking foyer containing a hostess stand and bathrooms. From there, three main rooms branch off, each containing a full bar and enough seating to be a restaurant in itself. The center room, the largest, features a raised stage where, during our visit, a band played as swing dancers shimmied.
November 8, 2012 |
James Bond is a character who has been played by six different actors in 23 films. That's heavy. What's even heavier is the fact that Adele's theme song for the new "Skyfall" movie has four times as many YouTube views as the movie's official trailer. Music supervisors go out of their way to find cool songs to complement what viewers see on the screen. Personally, I get a ton of exposure from having my music featured in TV shows and movies, and it rocks. It rocks very much. When it comes to movies and TV, what you hear is equally as important as what you see on the screen.
November 28, 2012 |
Brace yourselves: Furbies are back. Just in time for Christmas, the owl/Mogwai/demon hybrid toy sensation of the '90s has been resurrected and given a makeover. Your new Furby will have an app that translates his native Furbish language to English and LCD eyes (though looking into them is to stare into the face of madness). It also will cost you $60 which, if you ask me, seems like an absurd amount to pay for a terrifying toy. I still remember the time my Furby "died" and then, years later, came back to life when I was cleaning out my closet.
April 26, 2013 |
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again, they say. Then try 58 more times and maybe write some songs about it too, they say. At least that's what they do if you're Logan Square's Sam Zelitch, who bombarded Patton Oswalt's Twitter account with tweet after tweet inviting him to attend 826 Chicago's Promi-con this weekend. Zelitch, 26, volunteers for 826Chi, a non-profit writing and tutoring center, and once the staff found out Oswalt was in town for the C2E2 convention, they set their sites on getting him to their prom, an annual event that always has a differnet theme.
November 2, 2011 |
When Cesar Rolon Jr. founded Latino Fashion Week five years ago, he had zero experience in the field, but he wanted to showcase designs from the community. "What really means a lot to me is supporting local artists," said Rolon, who works in community affairs, marketing, promotions, planning and development. "I don't think there's enough of that in Chicago. Even though I did this for my community, I really can't say enough about how much amazing talent there is in this city.
May 1, 2012 |
Let's get digital. Mayor Emanuel tonight will host his third Facebook town hall meeting to discuss topics such as food trucks and education reform. The hour-long event is set to begin at 6 p.m., livestreaming at facebook.com/chicagomayorsoffice and livestream.com/chicagomayorsoffice . Seven hundred people submitted more than 300 questions at askchicago.org for the session, said Kevin Hauswirth, Emanuel's director of social media. Participants voted on which questions the mayor should address.
May 24, 2012 |
The West Loop will soon have not one, but two new Mexican spots to add to its growing restaurant roster. Zenba Mexican Grill (605 W. Lake St.) opened May 2, and Blue Agave Tequila Bar & Restaurant (555 W. Kinzie St.) - a second location of the Gold Coast spot with the same name - is scheduled to open in mid-June. Expect traditional Mexican fare at Zenba: guacamole, enchiladas, fajitas, grilled skewers, and entrees such as carne asada and grilled blackened tilapia (nothing's more than $15)
July 3, 2012 |
Six things you might not know about Andy Griffith, who died Tuesday at 86. Vital stats: Born Andrew Samuel Griffith, June 1, 1926, in Mount Airy, N.C. > > In the early 1950s, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy. In 1953, he recorded "What it Was, Was Football," a monologue from the point of view of a southern preacher seeing a college football game for the first time. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNxLxTZHKM8 ). The naïve country preacher describes it as "the awfullest fight that I have ever seen ... in my life!"