Thursday, October 28, 2010

We Must Close the Erection Gap

Posted By on 10.28.10 at 07:36 PM

Since there's a gaping hole where our Spire should be, New York will soon possess America's largest phallic symbol.

Openings & Closings

Posted By on 10.28.10 at 05:46 PM

* Randolph Street’s Avec, shuttered since an August fire that took the life of a firefighter, reopens tomorrow, October 29, at 3:30 PM.

* May Street Market, chef Alex Cheswick's West Town restaurant—which celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this month—has announced via Twitter that it will close Saturday, October 30.

* Ole Hardwood, a "Texas-style cuisine gastropub," opened last Friday in the South Loop quarters that housed Exposure Tapas, where it’s dishing up barbecue, including competition-style ribs and brisket tacos, along with grilled meats and plank-cooked fish. There are extensive cocktail and wine lists.

* Taylor Street's Three Aces (1321 W. Taylor, 312-243-1577) is awaiting the arrival of its liquor license before opening officially, but in the meantime is offering "neighborhood tasting menus" from chef Matt Troost, formerly of Fianco.

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This Week in Reader Music

Posted By on 10.28.10 at 04:23 PM

The Reader is heavy on the politics this week, from Steve Bogira's cover story on Pat Quinn to my column about rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith and his quest to become alderman of the 20th Ward. (I don't know if you've heard, but there's this election coming right up.) Jessica Hopper reviews a Shirley Collins reissue, two Oneohtrix Point Never remixes, a Residual Echoes record, and more, and Gossip Wolf takes on Cynthia Plaster Caster's run for mayor and rumors of a Nation of Ulysses reunion. Clayton Hauck shoots South African art-rave-rap phenomenon Die Antwoord for Photo Pit, and the List recommends for Monarch, the Black Angels, Wet Hair, Chromeo, Lil B, the Vaselines, and more.

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Dinner & a Show: Thursday 10/28

Posted By on 10.28.10 at 03:26 PM


Show: The Vaselines reunion started quietly in 2008—almost two decades after the band broke up—and went full-time last year, when Sub Pop gave the deluxe treatment to their scant complete recordings on Enter the Vaselines. Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee sing much better on the new Sex With an X than they did on their 80s recordings, but by and large their simple, succinct, and dangerously catchy indie pop doesn’t sound too different.

9 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501,, $22, $20 in advance.

Dinner: Red Rooster Wine Bar and Cafe Cozy, romantic French sibling to neighboring Cafe Bernard, more casual and affordable.

2100 N. Halsted St., 773-929-7660,

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Time Out Shines a Light on the Underground; the Underground Does Not Approve

Posted By on 10.28.10 at 03:21 PM

I ran into local DJ and dance-club fixture Matt Roan yesterday, and he was pretty happy with how the photo shoot he'd done for the cover of Time Out's "Underground Chicago" issue had turned out. Other people are, shall we say, not so psyched about the coverage. The magazine's collection of short-form profiles of underground venues and events is accumulating angry comments online from people outraged that Time Out would see fit to publicize enterprises that keep a purposefully low profile because they are, by city standards, illegal. "IF YOU WANT ANOTHER DIY VENUE CLOSED IN CHICAGO," one comment goes, "KEEP POSTING YOUR SHITTY ARTICLES." A commenter who goes by "dan" sums it up succinctly: "way to blow up everyone's spot, time out!"

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BREAKING: Adults Celebrate Halloween Now

Posted By on 10.28.10 at 03:21 PM


RedEye contributor Matt Kuttan heard the craziest thing on the el the other day: two adults wearing business attire, talking about what they were going to be for Halloween. Can you believe it? ADULTS! Halloween! What will they think of next?

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Death Penalties and Taxes

Posted By on 10.28.10 at 02:45 PM

Darby Tillis and Perry Cobb were sentenced to death in 1979 for a 1977 murder they didn't commit. The judge, the late Thomas Maloney, would himself be convicted on federal corruption charges in 1993.

Darby Tillis
  • Darby Tillis

In 1987 Tillis and Cobb were retried and acquitted. In 2001 they were pardoned on the basis of actual innocence and awarded $120,000 in compensation from the state of Illinois.

On Thursday, Rob Warden, executive director of Northwestern Law School's Center on Wrongful Convictions, announced more good news.

The IRS has decided to stop trying to collect more than $70,000 in taxes, interest, and penalties on Tillis's 2001 windfall.

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10/29—Free Pancakes for Kids at IHOP

Posted By on 10.28.10 at 02:25 PM


On Fri 10/29, all Chicago IHOPs will serve free buttermilk pancakes to kids under 12 from 7 AM to 10 PM. In honor of Halloween, the pancakes are named "Count Spatula" and come with a whipped cream mouth, strawberry nose, and Oreo cookies and candy corn for eyes.

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"Forget That Murder — Get In Here and Bring Your BlackBerry"

Posted By on 10.28.10 at 12:51 PM

Stewart Warren might have felt queasier if she’d given the letter her full attention. But it was late last Saturday afternoon, she’d been running errands all day, had two parties to get ready for in the evening, and she was exhausted. Thursday night she’d worked her second job, tending bar. Friday night for whatever reason she couldn’t get to sleep.

So the form letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield puzzled her when it should have frightened her. A lot of it was boilerplate:

1. Date of this certificate: 10/19/2010
2. Name of Health Plan: Sun-Times Media Productions Inc.
3. Name of any participant to whom this certificate applies: Stewart Warren

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Early Warnings Roundup

Posted By on 10.28.10 at 11:00 AM

The big news in this week's Early Warnings is the announcement of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival, hosted by Schubas, Lincoln Hall, and (for the first time) Metro during the frozen-toes part of winter (this year's fest is January 12-16). The bill includes a slew of indie darlings at Lincoln Hall (Besnard Lakes, Mystery Jets, Handsome Furs) as well as up-and-comers and intimate acts at Schubas (S. Carey, Marketa Irglova, Drink Up Buttercup). Hip-hop hasn't typically been a big part of the fest, but Metro is hosting a show with Freddie Gibbs and Rita J. on Fri 1/14 (tickets to that have yet to go on sale). Lineups will continue to fill out over the next couple of weeks.

Other Early Warnings highlights include Broken Bells at the Vic, Cake and Cradle of Filth at the House of Blues (on different nights, of course), Interpol at the Riviera Theatre, and Tapes 'n Tapes at Lincoln Hall.

Check out my full list of notables after the jump:

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