You: Hot. Really hot. Traveling with coworkers to Chicago. You work for a big advertising firm. Me: Your stewardess. Our company does not allow me to use your passenger information to track you down. Didn't think to give you my number until a while later. Want to meet me for a drink, coffee, or Wendy's hamburgers? I’d love to hear from you.
WHEN: Thursday, November 28
WHERE: An airplane flying to Chicago
Chicago Diner, the city's foremost purveyor of veg Reuben sandwiches and other meat-free foods, turned 30 this year, and co-owner Jo A. Kaucher released a cookbook to celebrate. The gang hosts a book-release party for The New Chicago Diner Cookbook: Meat-Free Recipes from America's Veggie Diner at the Center on Halsted.
Mexican pop star Natalia Lafourcade performs at Joe's Bar. Peter Margasak calls her album, Mujer Divina, "as gorgeous and cohesive as anything she’s done." Ulises Hadjis opens.
The Ernst Lubitsch classic Ninotchka plays today at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.
The Goodman's New Stages festival will feature three staged readings and two full productions of new work by five Latino playwrights, including Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegría Hughes and finalist Kristoffer Diaz. Brag about how you saw them first, before they became classics. Reservations required.
The winter edition of the Renegade Craft Fair moves indoors to the Pulaski Park field house to allow you to browse and purchase works in a toasty and climate-controlled environment. If you desire, you can also get a free trolley ride from the Damen and Division Blue Line stops.
Chicagoan Rae Amitay's band, Immortal Bird, plays Cobra Lounge tonight. Monica Kendrick calls the group's EP Akrasia "sick and greasy black metal that does an admirable job inventing the sound of a mind tearing itself apart." Crusader and Gnarhval open.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's Agenda page.
Earlier this week, members of the faculty union at the University of Illinois at Chicago voted solidly to authorize a strike if one should become "necessary." The union, UIC United Faculty, says 79 percent of union members voted, and the vote was 95 percent in favor of the authorization.
The union is demanding, among other things, a minimum $45,000 salary for full-time, non-tenure-track faculty.
Today the UIC administration responded with a letter to the faculty, denying union claims that the university has amassed a billion dollars in surplus funds or that it's trying to weaken faculty governance.
The letter, from provost Lon Kaufman, also warns that it's important, "per the federal mediator, for both sides to refrain from using social media to discuss issues being presented and discussed in mediation."
Here's the provost's letter:
I opened this morning's Tribune and what did I see? An essay, penned by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, extolling the virtues of our very own Mayor Emanuel!
Hey, hey—apparently these fellas have a bipartisan mutual-appreciation society. I'm thinking Walker/Emanuel for a third-party run in the 2016 presidential—on a newly formed Plutocrat Party.
Anyway, the specific mayoral virtue Walker extolled was the mayor's eagerness to whack the crap out of a bunch of geezers by cutting the pensions of retired cops, firefighters, and teachers.
In the name of reform, of course.
Governor Walker wrote that Mayor Emanuel has no choice to impose cuts because the mayor has tried "to reach agreements on benefits cuts with individual unions, though such efforts so far have fallen flat."
Wow! This is breaking news! I didn't realize the mayor had been negotiating with the unions. Could this be true?
It's hard not to like Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar; his excellent 2012 album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, made the man one of the few big sticks by which everything else in hip-hop has since been measured, and in August his rap-game hydrogen-bomb contribution to Big Sean's "Control" made the tune the focus of more passionate conversations about the state of the genre than any Big Sean song has any right to be. Lamar's a thoughtful, gifted MC and he's a crossover pop star that "true hip-hop heads" and Top 40 fans both admire, so it isn't all that surprising to see him take the spotlight in a new advertisement campaign—he stars in a promo for Beats Pill speakers, another audio product in the Beats Electronics LLC line. It's a natural fit considering company founder and rap icon Dr. Dre not only served as an executive producer for Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, but he also coreleased the album through his Interscope imprint, Aftermath.
Dr. Dre also appears in the ad with Lamar, tinkering away on an unheard track. Now that Lamar's become a name worthy of checking on a grand scale, this advertisement began popping up on handfuls of music sites not long after it got uploaded to YouTube yesterday—most write-ups usually have a headline about Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar working on a new track in a Beats by Dre ad. The clip is synergy gold, as fans of Lamar and Dre will eagerly watch the ad to hear a snippet of an unreleased song, and they'll see their idols using Beats Pill.
But on November 20, the NWA's board summoned the workshop leaders to a meeting in its downtown headquarters and announced that it would be shutting down, effective immediately. Now, two weeks later, the workshop leaders and participants are trying to understand what happened and see if anything can be salvaged.