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February 22, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Every once in a while, you come across a storyteller that really knows how to dazzle you. Last night my fellow geek journo Marc Bernardin shared a link this this video on Twitter with the following description: "I don't know what to call this short film, other than it's a multimedia curio that'll knock your socks off. " He was absolutely right! It's not a animated feature in a traditional sense, and it's not a graphic novel in the technical sense. It IS incredibly clever and compelling.
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May 28, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
West Town is facing an uptick in purse-snatchers this month, according to a Chicago Police Department alert. The alert said one or two men have been approaching women in the Near West Side community area, attacking them and stealing their purses. The Near West Side community area is covered by parts of the 12th police district. The incidents reportedly took place in the 1100 block of North Wood Street on May 12 around 9:40 p.m.; in the 1700 block of West Augusta Boulevard on May 22 at about 12:25 a.m.; and in the 1800 block of West Fulton Street on May 24 at about 5:07 p.m.   ...
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November 3, 2011
Welcome to the RE-mix! This blog is the love child of RedEye and Metormix Chicago and our mission here is a little different than you're probably used to. In addition to spotlighting events and promotions we do with sponsors, expect fun content dealing with music, nightlife, and cool things we come across. Who's your host? Thanks for asking! How kind of you. It's Ernest Wilkins. He's our man about town and will be the main person you hear from. His main goal is to bring you the awesome, so much in fact that he's starting to be known around town as "Chicago's Wingman".
SPORTS
May 19, 2014 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Through 30 minutes of Sunday's Western Conference finals opener, the Blackhawks had been out-shot, out-hit and out-skated by the L.A. Kings. A Jonathan Toews goal was wiped off the scoreboard, the Kings flicked one past Corey Crawford and the United Center crowd's collective hands were awfully warm thanks to their comfy homes underneath their butts. The 2012 champion Kings were just 38 hours and 2,000 miles removed from a Game 7, but they seemed primed for stealing home-ice advantage from the tentative Hawks.
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November 18, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
First "Community," now "Cougar Town. " What is the deal with the networks taking my favorite comedies off their schedules? Just a week after NBC disappointed "Community" fans by dropping it from the spring schedule, ABC has decided to leave its quirky Courtney Cox sitcom off its spring list - at least for now. The network says the series will be back at some point. Sadly, the network has dropped its episode order from 22 to 15. Annoooying. ABC also didn't offer premiere dates for new comedy "Apartment 23" and Shonda Rhimes' drama "Scandal.
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January 20, 2012 | By Ruthie Kott, RedEye special contributor
It was two days before DB Burkeman's sticker-history exhibit was set to debut, and there was still a lot to do. Burkeman, a London-born DJ, and his project manager of two days, Ned White, stood around plexiglass sheets, using a gummy tape to avoid damaging the delicate artwork and attaching dozens of Radiohead stickers, from the band's first album release in the early 1990s to today.  The Radiohead stickers are just a fraction of Burkeman's collection...
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March 4, 2014 | By Niki Fritz, @fritzfrack and For RedEye
Recently I did this crazy thing. I moved to Indiana, which, for a person whose family nickname is "Big Fancy City Girl," seemed like a rather ridiculous move. But after five years of living and loving Chicago, I was ready to go back to school, and Indiana was calling this big-city girl's name. But while I was prepared for the lack of public transportation and the slight southern drawl of southern Indiana, I was not quite ready for the drastically different dating environment. It's not that dating in a small town is worse, or better, than in a big city - it is just...
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February 3, 2014 | By Morgan Olsen and For RedEye
Wayne Brady's schedule is a multitasker's dream come true. He's gearing up to host this year's BET Honors in February, traveling the country for his "It's My Line" Tour, taping a new season of "Whose Line Is It Anyway," recording his own music and producing and selling sitcoms - and that's not all. All the while, Brady plays dad to his 10-year-old daughter, Maile, whom he is raising with ex-wife Mandie Taketa. The tales from their parenting adventures are pure gold. No, really. The divorced couple has their own production company, Frankie and Johnny, and...
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May 18, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Kingsbury Street Cafe 1523 N. Kingsbury St. 312-280-1718 Just past gentlemen's club VIP's on the edge of Old Town's Weed Street district might be the last place you'd expect to find this light-filled, art gallery-like cafe serving breakfast and lunch. A huge pastry case beckons with quick-grab pastries, while lemon-blueberry pancakes and maple-glazed bacon await those with time to sit down. Old Town Social 455 W. North Ave. 312-266-2277 Chef Jared Van Camp loves to infuse his dishes with southern flair, and his Soul Brunch on Sundays is...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Lolla ticket holders, are you hungry to hear what restaurants will be selling snacks at this summer's fest? Local chef Graham Elliot is in his fourth year as “culinary ambassador” to Lollapalooza, recruiting local chefs to set up booths at the fest's food court, called Chow Town, and the vendor lineup was released June 12. New Chicago restaurants joining this year's food court include Lakeview Japanese eatery Chizakaya, West Loop coffee roastery...
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April 14, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Chicago man was accused of breaking into an Old Town home Tuesday morning after he set off the home's alarm system and fled with a diaper bag, county prosecutors said. Raymond Hampton, 53, of the 1300 block of North Hudson Avenue, was arrested near the allegedly burglarized home on North Cleveland Avenue carrying a diaper bag he purportedly grabbed from a kitchen table counter after breaking into the home, according to the police report. Hampton broke into the home's rear door with a knife, the police report said, setting off the home's alarm system.
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April 10, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A state lawmaker is holding a town hall this month to discuss the possible rehabilitation of the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) is hosting a town hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 22 at Proviso Math and Science Academy Auditorium, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park. State and local transit officials will answer questions about proposals to expand the Eisenhower Expressway and overhaul the Forest Park Blue Line branch. Nearly 30 percent of the branch is under slow zone, according to March data...
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April 2, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Air Force One has barely landed, and the traffic headaches are already here.  President Obama is in town briefly Wednesday to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle. Closures can be expected on Lake Shore Drive in the next few hours as the president makes his way from the airport. A WGN traffic reporter has these specifics via Facebook: "Closures starting to take place on 18th just south of Soldier Field," an update reads.
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March 4, 2014 | By Niki Fritz, @fritzfrack and For RedEye
Recently I did this crazy thing. I moved to Indiana, which, for a person whose family nickname is "Big Fancy City Girl," seemed like a rather ridiculous move. But after five years of living and loving Chicago, I was ready to go back to school, and Indiana was calling this big-city girl's name. But while I was prepared for the lack of public transportation and the slight southern drawl of southern Indiana, I was not quite ready for the drastically different dating environment. It's not that dating in a small town is worse, or better, than in a big city - it is...
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February 21, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
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February 3, 2014 | By Morgan Olsen and For RedEye
Wayne Brady's schedule is a multitasker's dream come true. He's gearing up to host this year's BET Honors in February, traveling the country for his "It's My Line" Tour, taping a new season of "Whose Line Is It Anyway," recording his own music and producing and selling sitcoms - and that's not all. All the while, Brady plays dad to his 10-year-old daughter, Maile, whom he is raising with ex-wife Mandie Taketa. The tales from their parenting adventures are pure gold. No, really. The divorced couple has their own production company, Frankie and Johnny, and recently sold a sitcom...
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January 17, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Wine lovers, "Cougar Town" will return Feb. 14. The Courteney Cox sitcom will premiere its will premiere its 15-episode Season 3 at 7:30 p.m. CT, the time slot held briefly by the now canceled "Work It. " ABC made the announcement Tuesday. The news comes less than two weeks after the multi-city "Cougar Town" tour launched by show co-creator Bill Lawrence came to Lincoln Park bar Racine Plumbing, where fans watched the two episodes from Season 3, played Penny Can and chatted up star Busy Philipps and writer Melody Derloshon.
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April 10, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A state lawmaker is holding a town hall this month to discuss the possible rehabilitation of the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) is hosting a town hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 22 at Proviso Math and Science Academy Auditorium, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park. State and local transit officials will answer questions about proposals to expand the Eisenhower Expressway and overhaul the Forest Park Blue Line branch. Nearly 30 percent of the branch is under slow zone, according to March data from the CTA. The CTA last year...
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January 27, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department is warning West Town residents of burglars reportedly breaking into local residences through their bedroom windows. In a community alert released Sunday, police officials said they have seen an uptick of reported residential burglaries in the past week in which one or more people were breaking into residences through bedroom windows that were not secured. The alert said in at least five incidents reported this month within the 12th District, which includes West Town, burglars entered homes to remove property during the morning or afternoon...
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January 24, 2014 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
UPDATE, May 6, 2014: Founder Robert Finkel said the East Village Assocation voted on May 5 to support lifting a two-block liquor moratorium that would have prevented Forbidden Root from opening its taproom at 1746 W. Chicago Ave. He said the brewery already has received zoning approval and the stated support of Ald. Moreno. Moreno is expected to introduce legislation to lift the liquor moratorium during an upcoming City Council meeting.  A community meeting to a discuss proposed taproom in West Town drew...
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