Thursday, January 27, 2011

This Blog Post About Law Schools Is Filler

Posted By on 01.27.11 at 06:04 PM

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Law school has nothing to do with sitting under trees, relaxing and smiling. Almost no one smiles in law school, because they're miserable and tired and anxious about their GPA or finding a job or getting denied bar admission for carrying too much student loan debt. Nevertheless, many law schools pretty up their web pages with filler photographs of smiling, tree-laxing people, instead of pix of sad-looking people with 40 pounds of textbooks on their backs and highlighter streaks on their clothes.

Now come librarians Jason Eiseman and Roger Skalbeck (of Yale and Georgetown respectively), who ranked 200 accredited American law schools' websites and actually docked schools three points for featuring bullshit pictures of happy students and trees. These guys think law school websites excel when they feature easily locatable contact information, updated news and RSS feeds—you know, stuff that will help current and prospective students actually learn about the schools, and what they're up to. "Eiseman and Skalbeck note that 34 law schools had no physical address on the home page, and 55 had no telephone number," reports the American Bar Association on its blog. "Sixty-five pictured students under, near or around trees."

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Sample Some Sample Sales

Posted By on 01.27.11 at 04:52 PM

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Once upon a time, sample sales were strictly invitation-only in-store events, open only to fashion editors and other in-the-know types. Today I can't open my in-box without seeing a half-dozen emails from companies such as Gilt, Ideeli, and HauteLook offering online sample sales, each of which I have to log into separately, and scroll through all of the offerings. Suddenly walking over to Nordstrom seems a lot more appealing.

The new site MyNines says it offers an easier way: it partners with sample sale sites and consolidates them for you in one place—only one username and password required—and allows you to search by site, designer, price, category, and more. In addition, they offer a calendar of upcoming sales, alerts on items or brands you have indicated interest in, and a rotating list of pieces chosen by fashion bloggers, stylists, and celebrities. Still not sure what the name is supposed to mean, though.

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This Week's Food and Drink Events

Posted By on 01.27.11 at 04:13 PM

A Super Bowl cooking class, a wine extravaganza, a tiki cocktail party, and more.

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Dinner & a Show: Thursday 1/27

Posted By on 01.27.11 at 01:59 PM


Show: Jayhawks Original Jayhawks members Mark Olsen and Gary Louris, who parted ways 15 years ago, appear to have realized that they do their best work together. At these shows a reunited version of the group will play two classic Jayhawks albums in their entirety: 1992’s Hollywood Town Hall on Thursday and 1995’s Tomorrow the Green Grass on Friday. “The band pushed past the Flying Burrito Brothers/Byrds template of their midcareer records on Hollywood, going for something more rocking," writes Peter Margasak. "Though their decision to admit the perfectionism of a producer like George Drakoulias into the process was odd for an alt-rock band of that era—they even went so far as to replace original drummer Ken Callahan with a session musician for the recording—the results are magnificent.”

8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, 773-472-0449, $30, 18+

Dinner: Sheffield's "For reasons I will never understand, there aren’t many places where you can get a decent pulled pork sandwich in Chicago, but the one here is pretty respectable, served with properly tangy coleslaw and a tasty and properly vinegary mustard-based sauce. Sides including red-skin potato salad, corn bread, and collards with bacon showed the care being taken in the kitchen," writes Kate Schmidt.

3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989,

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Shopping: Sales and Events

Posted By on 01.27.11 at 12:56 PM

Dovetail holds a spring cleaning sale of vintage items this weekend.
  • Dovetail holds a spring cleaning sale of vintage items this weekend.

In honor of designer Annie Novotny hitting the big 3-0, she's offering a deal at her Pilsen boutique, Workshop (818 W. 18th), through Saturday: buy one item on sale and get another discounted item at an additional 30 percent off.

Hipster-prep line Steven Alan is holding a sample sale in Chicago through Sunday, where you can get 30 to 75 percent off men's and women's clothing and accessories. It'll be at 67 E. Oak and runs from 8:30 AM to 8 PM Thursday and Friday, 11 AM to 7 PM on Saturday, and 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday.

The last time I went to a big sale at vintage shop Dovetail Chicago, I came home with a beautiful Marni-esque textured trench for about $60. Similar great deals can be had Saturday at the store's Early Spring Cleaning Sale, where merch is going for up to 75 percent off. And you can get snacks too. It runs from 11 AM to 8 PM at 1452 W. Chicago.

Upscale women's clothing boutique Sarca (710 N. Wabash), which offers exclusive labels from all over the world, offers 40 percent off winter and fall items plus 25 percent off new pieces through Monday.

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This Week's Movie Action

Posted By on 01.27.11 at 11:52 AM


This week I review America (1924), D.W. Griffith's silent epic of the American Revolution. It screens at 7 PM on Sunday night as part of Doc Films' weekly series on the late filmography of the great screen pioneer. We also have a Critic's Choice by Andrea Gronvall for Biutiful, the latest drama from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel). The movie has just nabbed two Oscar nominations: Best Foreign Film and Best Actor for Javier Bardem.

Check out this week's issue for new reviews of Films by Vivienne Dick, a program on the 70s no-wave filmmaker on Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center; Family Affair, a documentary about a family riven by sexual abuse; Koolhaas Houselife, which shows what chores await a housemaid inside a modern architectural landmark by Rem Koolhaas; The Mechanic, a remake of the old Charles Bronson action flick, with Jason Statham in the lead; Nora's Will, a Mexican drama about a man dealing with the posthumous demands of his ex-wife; Queen of the Sun, a documentary by Taggart Siegel (The Real Dirt on Farmer John) about colony collapse disorder among bees; The Rite, a new exorcism chiller with Anthony Hopkins; The Secret to a Happy Ending, which profiles southern rockers the Drive-By Truckers; Strongman, a documentary about a weight-lifter and performer who goes by the name Stanless Steel; and A Useful Life, a Uruguayan drama about a cinematheque programmer who manages to break out into real life.

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Early Warnings Roundup

Posted By on 01.27.11 at 11:41 AM

Hunx & His Punx
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The floodgates burst open this week as venues and production companies prepped for the onslaught of spring tours. A ton of Early Warnings came down the wire, from candy-coated mega-trifle Katy Perry to sassy bubblegum-pop crew Hunx & His Punx.

Other big names this week include the Black Lips and Vivian Girls at Logan Square Auditorium, Cake at the Riviera Theatre, the reunited Diplomats at Congress Theater, the Flaming Lips at Aragon Ballroom, Sebadoh at Lincoln Hall, YACHT at Metro, and Yelle at Bottom Lounge.

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Morning Art: María Teresa Ponce

Posted By on 01.27.11 at 09:05 AM

R1, by María Teresa Ponce, part of Encumbrimientos, a group show opening Thu 1/27, 6 PM, at Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio, 312-335-1996.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Geoff Dougherty Leaves Reader

Posted By on 01.26.11 at 05:46 PM

Interim editor Geoff Dougherty abruptly parted company Wednesday with the Reader, which he joined last July as associate publisher. Dougherty succeeded editor Kiki Yablon, who resigned last December. Yablon, the former managing editor, had succeeded Alison True, who was fired as editor last June by publisher Alison Draper.

Draper says she intends to name a permanent replacement to Yablon within two weeks, hopefully sooner. She called Dougherty's departure a "personnel matter" and had no comment on it. Neither had Dougherty.

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This Looks Like a Dream I Once Had

Posted By on 01.26.11 at 01:20 PM

I will definitely never listen to Jogger's "Nephicide" again on purpose, but I kind of love the video—even though the comedic possibilities of putting corpsepaint on unexpected people (in this case, children) have been almost completely exhausted. If these kids' blackened-electronics band were real—and sounded less like Jogger and more like what I hear in my brain when I see two corpsepainted children playing in a garage—I would definitely go see them whenever I could. Also the scene where one of them knocks the Capri Sun out of the mom's hand is just about perfect.

Clip after the jump.

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