Just got back from the Velvet Perineum, and boy, are my arms tired . . . from raising can after can of ice cold, refreshing Pabst Blue Ribbon to my pie hole. Eeyowch! Nobody's safe here tonight!
Like past incarnations of the Horizontal Action Blackout, this year's festival—the first since 2006—offered a diverse party platter of wild sounds for discerning hedonists young and old.
The Illinois House approved plans yesterday for a casino in Chicago, while senate president John Cullerton called Gov. Quinn “irrelevant” to the current budget process. Skokie Democrat rep. Lou Lang said Mayor Emanuel's lobbying was "key" to the gambling bill's passage. (Tribune)
As the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s suicide approaches, Hemingway societies are ignoring the date. (Tribune)
Notes on reading the Tuesday Tribune:
Is this bait-and-switch being played on the op-ed page? "Weeding out some of the GOP hopefuls," says the headline to the Dennis Byrne column, which turns out to be an exercise in flogging Barack Obama with the memory of Harry Truman. Key passage:
A moment of silence, please, as we take this time to remember our rodent friends who lost their lives crossing Lake Shore Drive. Honor their memory with this soap, cast from a raccoon skull and made from goat's milk, complete with its own concrete pedestal. $8, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, etsy.com/people/iamhome.
If I had my way, everyone would know that these earrings made from bullets and feathers by Cities in Dust are a warning to the band behind the awful "Hotel California." $38, available at Post 27, 1819 W. Grand, and other Chicago stores, etsy.com/people/citiesindustinc.
From the They Tasted Almost Good But Then I Started Freaking Out Department, compliments of the the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gazette:
IOWA CITY — Two Iowa City teenagers were charged with possession of marijuana after their roommate called 911 because her heart was racing after eating pot brownies, police reported.
Featured this week on Local Wares, the Reader's column listing cool stuff made by Chicagoans, was a necklace by Stevie Koerner. Pretty, stylish, and most importantly a show of loyalty to a great state, the heart Illinois necklace (pictured) is one of a number of metal necklaces of heart-inscribed states Koerner sells under the line tru.che.
If allegations Koerner made Wednesday prove true, and the Webiscite (that's Web+plebiscite) is voting in her favor so far, then it might turn out buying a necklace from Urban Outfitters is a pretty unstylish thing to do.
Mike Sula reviews the Aviary, the Fulton Market lounge cum restaurant next to Next. Working under partners Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, executive chef Craig Schoettler has devised a menu of eye-popping cocktails like the Blueberry, a porthole-shaped vessel filled with a rye-based liquid in which bob fruits and botanicals. (A few of the YouTube videos of his test runs are here, here, and here.) In addition to the drinks there’s a concise menu of small bites like tempura-fried crab coquettes and corn-pudding-loaded chowder balls.
In Key Ingredient In Fine Spirits chef Marianne Sundquist makes a rich ragout out of pork cheeks she seared in rendered pancetta fat, slow braised, and served with ricotta gnocchi. Pork cheeks are “underused,” she says, which is too bad because “it’s really inexpensive, and I think something magical happens when it’s braised.” Next up is Abra Berens of Bare Knuckle Farm in Northport, Michigan, working with yinzen silver needle white tea, a favorite of Sundquist’s.
If you’re tired of Obnoxious Olivia, Self-Absorbed Sal, and their sad and pointless Facebook status updates, it might be time to defriend them. How to muster up the courage? Try this approach.