I like all of Google’s products. I’m a big fan of Google Earth, and lately have been using Google Fridge to exhume my leftovers and Google Hamper to sort my laundry. (If you want to see the satellite view of my laundry, let me know.)
Also on this week's B Side, I take a look at Danny Brown, the "hip-hop illuminati," and DJ Khaled—which are, respectively, my favorite rapper of the year, my favorite conspiracy theory of the decade, and the man responsible (somewhat) for my second favorite ringtone ever. (It's hard to beat my first favorite.) An especially entertaining installment of In Rotation brings together Peter Margasak, Drag City cofounder Dan Koretzky, and Miguel "DJ Dirty Migs" Castillo, who you may recognize as the former bassist for Catfish Haven. (True story: I actually own the guitar that Derek Kenney from Jihad played on that split with Ottawa.) Three Beats has news on a long-overdue solo debut by a ubiquitous jazz sideman, a beef over band names in the local indie-pop scene, and the latest Chicago label to start dabbling in cassettes. Gossip Wolf's scoops this week are a unique blend of darkwave, twee pop, and old punks. We also have a guide for the Logan Square love-in known as the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. And Soundboard plans out your next week of live music with shows from Jill Scott, Richard Buckner, Omar S, Dolly Parton, Paul McCartney, and more.
The Neo-Futurists are nearly three-quarters of the way through their annual series of what Reader critic Kerry Reid called "slapdash but full-out performances of ostentatiously bad movie scripts." Tonight at 8 PM, they offer up their own, live version of The Apple, a futuristic, Old Testament-inspired disco opera written and originally directed by Menahem Golan. Here's the trailer for the 1980 movie, thanks to Donnell Williams, who choreographed tonight's show.
Birth centers were illegal in Illinois until a 2007 legislative measure allowed for the construction of ten new ones. In 1997, Angela Bowman wrote in the Reader about Illinois's resistance to allowing the centers—at that point they were legal in 34 other states. Why not here? Bowman also included a lengthy discussion about evolving standards of care for women in labor, an evolution with a Dark Ages-like 1950s that gave way to the natural-childbirth movement:
Right now Krista K, 3530 N. Southport, is holding an end-of-season sale—clothes and accessories are 50 to 75 percent off.
On Saturday, local designers Anna Fong and Evil Kitty team up for a studio sale of samples and fabric from 1 to 6 PM at Creative Lounge Chicago, 1564 N. Damen, suite 303. Nearby, Dovetail and Eskell join forces for a flea market with clothes, jewelry, books, and the like. It runs Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM and Sunday from noon to 5 PM in the back lot of Eskell, 1509 N. Milwaukee.
And finally, the massive Randolph Street Market is back Saturday and Sunday with vintage vendors, fashion designers, furniture, antiques, and housewares. It's 10 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday at 1340 W. Washington; admission is $8 online, $10 at the gate.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made headlines again yesterday when she reiterated what she'd told us a few weeks ago: it's time for the Chicago Police Department to stop arresting people for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
But the police department isn't ready to do anything different just yet, because some of the guys in the upper ranks continue to see pot busts as a way to get "gangbangers" off the street.
Preckwinkle, facing an estimated budget gap of more than $300 million for the 2012 fiscal year, says it's too costly to detain people for marijuana possession. She told a group of reporters yesterday that she's made this point to CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy but has yet to hear back. “I suggested to him that although the law is pretty clear that such possession is a violation of the law, that since the judges routinely and almost universally dismiss such low-level drug charges that the police might stop arresting people for this since it clogs up our jail and these people their cases will be dismissed out anyway,” she said.
In an interview with Ben Joravsky and me a couple weeks ago, Preckwinkle was even more blunt, saying she'd asked McCarthy to "stop arresting people for small amounts of drugs, because you're wasting our time."
Per the Chicago Public Library: "The Richard M. Daley Branch is named in honor of Mayor Richard M. Daley, who during his 22 years as mayor provided unprecedented support to the growth of libraries in the City of Chicago. During Mayor Daley's term in office, the City of Chicago built or renovated 59 new libraries across the City of Chicago."
It seems Daley was as passionate about libraries as he was about trees.