Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What Streets Do They Sweep?

Posted By on 03.31.10 at 05:32 PM

A majority of aldermen didn’t show up for today’s special session of the City Council, which meant they didn't get to weigh in officially on Mayor Daley’s plan to overhaul the city’s street-sweeping system. But the meeting was more about bucking Daley’s authority than bitching about a bunch of street sweepers.

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This Week's Food and Drink Events

Posted By on 03.31.10 at 05:14 PM

An all-beer edition, including a chili cook-off with Dogfish Head, New Beer's Eve, and lots of events in honor of the Craft Brewers Conference and Stone Brewing Company's arrival in Chicago.

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Isn't Beck Clever?

Posted By on 03.31.10 at 04:22 PM

Beck's informal one-off supergroups may scream "Look at me and all my hip and talented friends!" but all the same they often turn out great. These "Record Club" bands, as Beck calls them, are one-day-only mutations that cover albums of their choosing. The sessions are obviously whirlwinds, so the renditions are rough—according to Beck's Web site, "nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time." Previous albums include The Velvet Underground & Nico, Songs of Leonard Cohen, and Skip Spence's Oar.

Once the session is over, one track a week is posted to the Record Club page on Beck's site. Right now tracks from the 1987 INXS album Kick are going up, covered on March 3 by Liars, St. Vincent's Annie Clark and Daniel Hart, Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes, and of course Beck. Check out the video for the first song, "Guns in the Sky," after the jump:

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So That's How They Stay Thin

Posted By on 03.31.10 at 04:08 PM

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  • nypost.com
In New York, the phrase "closet-size kitchen" is apparently all too apt.

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Sindri Mar Sigfusson, aka Sin Fang Bous, Comes to Schubas as One-Seventh of Seabear

Posted By on 03.31.10 at 12:59 PM

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  • Seabear
Last October Iceland's Sindri Mar Sigfusson, in his solo guise Sin Fang Bous (y'know, because it's so much easier to remember than his real name), opened for fellow Icelanders Mum at Logan Square Auditorium. On Friday night he's back with "his" septet Seabear (technically a collective) for a show at Schubas.

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4/2 — Free PB & J Sandwiches and Stories for Kids

Posted By on 03.31.10 at 12:59 PM

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  • International Board on Books for Young People
On Fri 4/2 between noon and 1 PM, Steve's Deli (354 W. Hubbard) will celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day by giving out free miniature PB & J sandwiches to kids 10 and under. It's also International Children's Book Day, so the deli will also host a free reading of stories for kids.

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How Will the Internet Change Our World in the Next Ten Years?

Posted By on 03.31.10 at 11:00 AM

What do you think our Internet world will be like in another ten years? (1) Totally cool. (2) Not so hot. (3) Are those the only choices?

The Pew Research Center has just conducted a “Future of the Internet” survey, and if you answered the above question with number three, Pew understands and agrees with you.

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Nite Cap

Posted By on 03.31.10 at 10:00 AM

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It was nearing three o'clock on a Sunday morning, the hour at which bars disgorge their more dedicated patrons. Eastbound on Irving in Portage Park, when a round-faced woman ran out from the Nite Cap calling, "I've got one more inside, will you wait please?" I turned on the meter and waited. The marquee above the door advertised a week's worth of heavy metal cover bands. She came back out with a blond version of herself in tow. "I can't believe I got a cab this quick out here, thought for sure we'd be stranded for hours," she said. "You're our hero!"

They were probably in their early 40s, dolled up for a night out, with makeup showing the strain of many hours' service. The brunette gave a Roscoe Village address and we shoved off. I hopped on the Kennedy to skip a few traffic lights and when we exited on Addison, they asked if we could stop at the White Castle on the corner of Kedzie.

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Morning Art: Mark Rumsey

Posted By on 03.31.10 at 08:13 AM

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Detail from Spring Cloud, an installation by Mark Rumsey opening Thu 4/1, 6-8 PM, at Northwestern University’s Dittmar Gallery, 1999 Campus Dr., 847-491-2348.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Anti-Choice Organizations Among Potential Beneficiaries of Lilith Fair's "Choose Your Charity" Campaign

Posted By on 03.30.10 at 07:57 PM

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lilithfairtour
Recently revived woman-centric traveling music festival Lilith Fair announced yesterday that in each of its 36 host cities it would donate a dollar from every ticket sold to a women's charity. After becoming a fan of the fest on its official Facebook page, people can vote for which organization in their town they want Lilith's bucks to benefit. The pulldown menu includes about ten choices for most cities, most of them women's shelters or health centers for the underserved, with a synopsis of the services each offers.

Minneapolis and Indianapolis fans are given the option of supporting Metro Women's Center and Indianapolis Life Center, respectively—institutions whose approach to women's reproductive health services (especially birth control and abortion) is guided by an explicitly anti-choice agenda. Several other cities, including Atlanta and Seattle, have potential beneficiaries that offer so-called abortion alternatives and faith-driven pregnancy counseling.

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