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Author, A Sixties Story

Updated on January 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Recent Reviews

Re: “Club Lago

Club Lago gets my highest rating because it's been our favorite restaurant for many years--before and after the fire. It's one of those wonderful places with a neighborhood feel to them that is becoming harder and harder to find in Chicago. My mother loves the spaghetti and meatballs and says it's the best she's ever had. I've never had a bad mea, but tend to order the scampi grilla with a side of their delicious broccoli. My husband usually orders chicken muniere but a chicken saltimbocca special got a high rating. We've taken many people to Lago and never had anyone be disappointed. Go if you can.

Posted by toni apicelli on 11/09/2013 at 2:52 PM

Re: “The Magic Flute

We really enjoyed the performance, despite a few missed high notes. Papageno was wonderful, as were the other characters. The music was varied and the comedy well placed, which made for a truly fun evening.

Posted by toni apicelli on 01/13/2012 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Andy's Jazz Club

The Windy City Allstars are a great dixieland group led by Russ Phillips, who also heads a wonderful jazz standards group called The Russ Phillips Quartet. Both groups are staffed with great musicians who really know their stuff. Sometimes there is an added treat of a guest performance by Jeannie Lambert, who is a great jazz singer/stylist--and other great performers who sit in when they stop by. Andy's is fun place with good food and reasonable prices. The jazz is always good.

Posted by toni apicelli on 01/13/2012 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Katerina's

Jeannie Lambert, a great singer/stylist of jazz standards, is at Katerina's the first Monday of every month, usually accompanied by the smooth guitar stylings of 'sweet' Andy Brown. Don't miss it. It's a real treat.

Posted by toni apicelli on 01/13/2012 at 9:33 AM

Recent Comments

Re: “Let's Get Working

We're really looking forward to this!!

Posted by toni apicelli on 05/09/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “A party for Mayor 1%

I was one of the people who voted for Rahm thinking that his better side might win out at least once in a while. If a good candidate comes forward, I think the next election might turn out differently.

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Posted by toni apicelli on 11/26/2013 at 11:21 PM

Re: “D.W. Griffith's Intolerance journeys through time and space

We just got tickets for Intolerance, Russian Ark, and three Sunday French film double features--all in October at the Siskel Film Center. Can't wait!

Posted by toni apicelli on 10/11/2013 at 12:17 PM

Re: “What if you didn't know you were giving a party and nobody came?

I had a similar experience on LinkedIn, although I think I had inadvertently done what your advocate described. For months I had people I knew responding to the invitation I didn't know I had sent. Some were not too happy that I'd asked them to sign on to yet another social media thing, some accepting without question. Sometimes the social media does seems to be in control. I never put anything online that I don't want the world to know, so no big deal. It's interesting though. Glad to hear I'm not alone.

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Posted by toni apicelli on 10/11/2013 at 12:03 PM

Re: “The migration of the hipster

There was a whole scene in Chicago during the sixties and seventies that really doesn't qualify for the term hipster (and I'm fine with that). They labelled us with lots of names I don't want to repeat, but counterculture and hippy are a good start. It was politics, the arts, music, film, The Reader started then (after the Chicago Seed or was it an offshoot? don't know). I just thought I'd mention a few places in Old Town and Lincoln Park. There was the Solidarity Bookstore, the Oxford Pub, the Guild Bookstore, Orphan's. Somebody Else's Troubles, the Earl of Old Town, O'Rourke's, Big John's, head shops on Wells street, and so many other places ... We lived there because it was cheap and we were students, artists, writers, musicians and didn't have much money and there was a counterculture world that we were part of that was pretty safe from those who hated us. Much what we now call gentrification took place as people bought and redid buildings that were in bad shape, so things changed and moved somewhere else as places to live and be got more and more expensive.

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Posted by toni apicelli on 10/11/2013 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Mayor Rahm holds a budget hearing—invitation only

So it's the liberals who wanted Daley to spend all the parking money? Really? Where did you get that idea? All the liberals I know (and I admit I don't know all of them) were and are furious, just as you are, about the parking deal. When you say:

""Not because he was done with the job, didn't really care anymore, and was fine leaving the next mayor holding the bag knowing that on the way out the door he could pull his usual bullshit routine of "hey, don't look at me! Whaddaya want, I'm just the all powerful mayor of a 1 party town!""

we agree with you. I think the parking rates are outrageous as is the crazy 2-hour time limit (bad for businesses), all that. And I don't own a car. I just wish my friends in the city with cars, and those from the suburbs, weren't right about not wanting to go out in the city because parking's expensive and a hassle in general. Public transportation gets us most everywhere.

And I think Ben is right on about Emmanuel, the way he's governing and the deal's he's making. I'm one of the many liberals who wish there had been a better candidate to vote for. Chicago politics as usual is just not good enough reasoning for what he's doing. I'd vote for another good candidate.

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Posted by toni apicelli on 10/11/2013 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Deep Chicago Rhythm Owls

We saw this group on Friday, April 13, and they are so great. It was our second time. We were at the Chicago Clipper and danced the night away. It's a great venue and the band is great. How can you miss?

Posted by toni apicelli on 04/16/2012 at 11:24 AM

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