Twin sisters Ada and Ava have grown old together playing chess, having tea, riding their two-seater bicycle, and using the rock-paper-scissors method to decide which of them will tend the beam at the top of the lighthouse tower adjoining their snug home. Ava's death sends Ada into a tailspin. We watch her quiet but frantic negotiations with loneliness, sanity, and death in Ada/Ava, a shadow-puppet play by Manual Cinema. The piece mixes extraordinary technical sophistication—a rich quadraphonic sound design, cinematic transitions—with assertively naive children's-gothic-style storytelling. The combination can get clunky at times, but the overall effect is gentle, lovely, fascinating.
Ada/Ava can be seen one last time tonight at the Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton. The evening starts at 8 PM, with performances by That Sordid Little Story (a musical subset of the New Colony theater company) and puppeteer Mike Oleon.
If Chicago’s top cop has his way, marijuana possession is not going to be decriminalized anytime soon around here.
Despite calls for a major change in policy, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Saturday that cops aren't going to stop busting people they catch with small amounts of pot, though he said the department is studying whether it might process arrests differently—perhaps by issuing tickets rather than taking people to the station and locking them up.
“We will continue to make arrests for illegal behavior, whether it’s public urination or whether it’s carrying a firearm,” McCarthy said after participating in an anti-violence march in the Austin neighborhood with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and area residents. McCarthy said he and the mayor had spoken about the issue and were in agreement.
The remodel is complete down to the name—the pub section of the venue is now called the Green Room. It has wall-mounted guitars, a flashy drum-set chandelier, cheetah-print tabletops, and a new outdoor lounge. Food and drink menus have also gone through a revamp.
To check out the facelift firsthand as well as watch the premiere of the Abbey's episode of the show, stop by the bar Sun 7/31 at 8 PM. The night will begin with a menu sampling, followed by the broadcast at 9 PM. Live music gets going after the premiere.
There's a lot of Internet out there, writes Batsha. And people search for some pretty heady shit! "It should come as no surprise then that, with this amount of data sitting on our desktops, nestled away in our pockets, we channel our existential angst through the search box, believing that somewhere in that tangle of information must be stored some crucial piece of advice." Well . . . maybe. Still, it's an interesting read.
My internal class warrior of course seethes at the news (and has in fact long been tempted to hack into his bank accounts and give all of his money away to charity) but it fits in with how insane Soulja Boy's career has been. It also gives me a reason to post the video (after the jump) for the special birthday boy's song "Louis Vuitton" which may well be the best rap song in the world right now, and which puts me in the unexpected position of thinking that Soulja Boy might be a complete genius after all.
In other news, the city of Chicago is celebrating the installation of its first on-street bike parking corral today at 5 PM outside the Flatiron Building (Milwaukee just south of North avenue). It'll provide parking for about 12 bicycles in a space that would otherwise be occupied by one or two cars.
Today the city announced the dates for the Millennium Park fashion shows happening as part of the seventh annual Fashion Focus Chicago. As it did last year, Macy's kicks things off with runway event on Tuesday, October 18, featuring the 2011 designers-in-residence of the Chicago Fashion Incubator as well as selected alumni. Other shows include the culmination of Mario Tricoci's "Mario, Make Me a Model" contest, featuring clothing by local designers, on Wednesday, October 19th; Vert Couture, which focuses on eco-fashion, on Thursday, October 20; and The Art of Fashion on Friday, October 21. Missing this year is what had become one of the more popular shows, the one devoted to the work of student designers from area institutions—the schools are increasingly opting to do those on their own. Looks like smaller events such as trunk shows and seminars won't be announced until later in August.
This is a phenomenal gap. A.J. could strike out his next 110 trips to the plate and still be way behind the Big Breeze, who by then would have piled on a fresh batch of 30 Ks or so, since he's not one to rest on his laurels. Dunn probably has more categories of strikeouts than A.J. has strikeouts: swinging and missing, foul-tipping, caught looking, caught yawning, caught belching....
For A.J., striking out is one of those events, like getting caught in the rain, that happens periodically no matter how you try to avoid it. For Dunn, striking out is just something you do three or four times a day, like eating a meal.