February 24, 2014 |
A city so desperate for a sign of spring has officially lost it. This Saturday, March 1, Empty Bottle will host "Music Frozen Dancing," an outdoor (you read that right) block party on a day where the current forecast calls for a high of 23 degrees. " We're thinking this is the worst winter we can remember and god dammit, we're gonna have some fun outside if it means freezing our asses off," the Ukrainian Village Bar states on the event announcement. The free event will begin at noon and feature performances by Marnie Stern, Heavy Times and Diarrhea...
February 17, 2014 |
While you spent this winter languishing under the covers, clearing your social calendar of anything but Netflix or Facebooking screen grabs of Chicago's relentless snow and subzero temperatures, Erika Henning slipped into her favorite North Face jacket and ski mask and hit the slopes - errr, trails. Henning, of Lakeview, actually prefers running in the snow and slush to the sunshine and heat of summer. This season's below-freezing temps remind her of growing up in southwest Minnesota, where wind chills of 20-below are the norm in...
February 16, 2014 |
As a veteran of the Midwest, I say this with a long history of vitriolic loathing for snow, ice, sleet, cold and that disgusting feces-colored slush that soaks everything while we wait for spring: This has been the worst winter of my lifetime. I've spent considerable time this winter in Ohio, Chicago and Iowa, crossing the barren fields of Indiana, and stuck in post-apocalyptic traffic jams in the outer wastelands of Illinois. You've done it, winter. You broke me. You win. You are Jack Bauer and I'm a terrorist who knows the code to disarm the nuke.
February 13, 2014 |
0.5 stars (out of four) The poster for “Winter's Tale” states, “This is not a true story. It's a love story.” Already we have a problem: Does this mean love stories are inherently fictional? And do the filmmakers really think anyone watching magical horses and human-looking minions of the devil needs to be told it's a bunch of hooey? Adapting a 1983 novel by Mark Helprin, writer/first-time feature director Akiva Goldsman (“The Da Vinci Code”) delivers insulting mush wrapped in a twinkly...
February 3, 2014 |
Think you're a gold medalist in Olympic trivia? Here's your chance to find out. The Games begin Thursday in Sochi, Russia, and you probably should have these rules down so you can brag to your friends/win bar bets/sleep better at night. Just sayin'. True or false 1. Backflips are legal in Olympic figure skating. 2. A bobsled must cross the finish line upright. 3. In ski jumping, lighter athletes must use shorter skis to cancel out their advantage. 4. In skeleton, competitors who intentionally slow down are disqualified. 5....
January 13, 2014 |
Plunging temperatures and piles of snow don't deter a dedicated group of cyclists who ride through the Chicago winter. Bicyclists, it's cold outside. But the plunging temperatures and piles of snow aren't about to deter a dedicated group of city riders who plan to ride through the colder months. Since this is the first winter for Divvy, Chicago's bike sharing program, there could be more cyclists on the road this season than ever before. Jason Jenkins, education specialist for the Active Transportation Alliance, a local advocacy group, said riding in the winter is no less...