In other news, the annual Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival at the Congress Theater celebrates its third year by expanding into a three-day event and hosting shows at Double Door and Lincoln Hall. Only a few acts have been confirmed thus far, including headliners Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. I can only assume that some bluegrass and/or blues will appear in the lineup at some point.
Highlights this week also include Raekwon at the Logan Square Auditorium, Vincent Gallo's Rriiccee at Lincoln Hall, Mavis Staples at Park West, and a New Year's Eve show with Yeasayer and Health at Metro.
As usual, check out the rest of my list after the jump:
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This is from over a week ago, but I missed it while in the mountains, which is a damn shame. Basically, a University of Chicago law school professor posted some poutrage about our Marxian (his word, not mine) president. The subject of his fine whine: how difficult it is to make ends meet for a law prof/doctor couple making low-medium six figures living in an expensive house—a couple blocks from the president, which I assume to mean Kenwood, which contains some of the best housing stock in Chicago—while employing a lawn service, housecleaner, and nanny, and spending $60k on education and day care for three children while living under historically low tax rates for the wealthy.
Ezra Klein, Brad DeLong, and Michael O'Hare do a fine job pointing out that the professor needs to help himself to a steaming cup of shut the fuck up. But they still missed the thing I found most offensive.
I was almost completely off the Internets last week, which meant that while I wasn't able to completely miss the shitfit between Chicago Now and Time Out Chicago, I at least got to avoid it while it was going on, which was awesome.
Megan Cottrell provides the story, but in short: CN blogger wrote a thing. TOC prez/EIC Frank Sennett began a dispassionate and thoughtful discussion of whether it was racist. Chicago Now removed the post. Everyone went home angry. No one really addressed what was actually going on in the original post.