Of course, not everyone can make the cut. But following these guidelines will ensure that you at least have a good shot:
• Red American Apparel hoodie (check)
• Gray discarded milk crate (check)
• Ragged white blanket (check)
• Savvy bike posse (check)
• Keen ability to outwit the Man (check)
• Anxious, stumpy brown alien (still looking)
• Power of flight (when I find the alien)
Street View is a series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights fascinatingly fashionable Chicagoans.
Zombies are the stuff of comic books, low-budget horror films, and uninspired Halloween costumes. They enjoy a cyclical popularity and are presently registering on our collective radar thanks to a spate of baffling conflations with literature (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and history (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). And of course, AMC's version of The Walking Dead has helped catapult zombies from the confines of nerdy fandom into the average American living room.
Hildwine acknowledges the zombie's pop status and says he began painting them in an attempt to break free of the theory-heavy critiques of graduate school. Like a teenager escaping the confines of his parents' authoritarian home, he seized the opportunity to make his own rules. To him that meant focusing on "the pure physical pleasure of figurative realist painting and the voyeuristic pleasure of enjoyable subject matter."
In other words, Hildwine wanted to paint what he wanted, how he wanted, without having to justify the work in an academic context.
Our pals at NBC livestreamed the debate for everyone unlucky enough not to be there. Here are a few of the livelier moments, starting with Reader politics reporter Mick Dumke on whether Obama lived up to his promises. His grade for the president brought a couple of interesting answers.
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Along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor—particularly in Logan Square—there's almost a glut of Mexican restaurants. I say "almost" because I'm not sure whether there can really be too many establishments that sell refried beans and lots of things that are covered in cheese and cilantro. But it would take a dedicated lover of cilantro-covered things to sample food from every Mexican place along Milwaukee from, say, Pulaski to Western. I am not that person.
I am, however, a person who's happy to fall for the ol' 99 cents trick. By which I mean that I won't spend $30 for that rickety piece of shit I just saw in an infomercial—but $29.99? Well, that's reasonable. This tried-and-true psychological sales strategy translates well to the restaurant industry. Two-dollar tacos? Yeah, that's great, but show me a $1.99 taco and we'll talk.
Taqueria Moran is even better at this trick. In fact, when they play it, it's not even a trick anymore, they're just giving customers a really good deal: $1.75 tacos. Good ones.
This year's release was unleashed last week. Called Silver Lining, it's based on a German krauter liqueur, a disgestif typically made from a blend of herbs and botanicals. They're often bitter, often sweet and syrupy, sometime medicinal. You may be familiar with its Italian cousin, amaro, or with its most infamous expression: Jagermeister.
Sasha has continued down her own path as national interest in the burgeoning drill sound has grown. Some of that interest, of course, has been spurred by well-reported incidents of violence dogging the scene, most notably the murder of aspiring rapper Lil JoJo. In a recent Fader cover story on Chief Keef and the drill scene, writer Felipe Delerme spoke with Sasha about the violence in her music and image:
"I came a long way from my old songs like 'What We Do,'" Sasha says. "I pulled out a gun in the video, but now I look at it like, Man, why I do that? It's a lot of young people watching me. I just learn from it and be more careful with my music because I care about my fans and I want them to feel safe listening to my stuff, 'cause Chicago, it's crazy out here."
Sasha decided to focus on relationships for her new mixtape, Hip-Hop vs. Love, a collaboration with M.I.C member Il Will that drops today. (You can stream and/or download it after the jump.) She headlines a show at Reggie's Rock Club tomorrow night with the GTW and Bengfang. Last week I met up with Sasha to talk about her rap roots, the violence plaguing the Chicago scene, her new mixtape, and working with MCs from the west side.
Not for lack of trying. A scheduled rally last night turned at the last minute into a "storm relief event" that sounded, per Buzzfeed, a little awkward. The plan was to ask attendees for canned and dry goods donations, which Romney would get photographed loading into the back of a rented truck, to be sent off east. The campaign worried they'd come up short, though, and McCay Coppins reports that "the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in."