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Monday, August 31, 2009

Bucky's Back

Posted By on 08.31.09 at 10:30 PM

Scott Smith and John Fromstein's love letter to Madison and examination of Wisconsin's most mischievous mustelid returns to Landmark's Century Centre on Tuesday 9/1.

As detailed in my May feature story, Being Bucky takes viewers inside the UW PR machine and explores what it means for the seven young men who don the badger mask.

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You Shoot: Fall cleaning

Posted By on 08.31.09 at 07:14 PM

You really owe it to yourself to see the larger version of ejrfoto's pic.

Federal building window washing
  • Photo by ejrfoto

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Closing: Hejfina

Posted By on 08.31.09 at 02:31 PM

Time Out Chicago is reporting that five-year-old Wicker Park boutique Hejfina is closing, due to owner Heiji Choy Black's growing family and concerns about the economy.

Remind me never to go into retail—I was just telling a friend this weekend that I thought entrenched stores with a very fashion-aware clientele and loyal customer base, like Hejfina, would be OK.

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Sam Yahel Opens for Steely Dan

Posted By on 08.31.09 at 01:23 PM

Sam Yahel
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If you’re checking out any of the four Steely Dan shows that begin tonight, I’d advise you to get there in time to catch the opening act, Sam Yahel. Over the past decade or so Yahel has emerged as one jazz’s most exciting and original organists, eschewing the greasy blues-based sound of Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, and Jack McDuff in favor of more pianistic, single-note lines a la Larry Young. He’s fronting a quartet this week, with Michael Leonhart on trumpet, Walt Weiskopf on saxophone, and Joe Strasser on drums (though Chicagoan George Fludas will be behind the kit Monday night).

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Posted By on 08.31.09 at 01:09 PM


Here's a handful of new and building-out spots to be found around town, none of them as starkly cynical and unoriginal as the not-yet-open Houndoug's, currently under construction at 237 W. North. Watch out Doug Sohn, they're coming for you.

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"Elevator Aurora Borealis"

Posted By on 08.31.09 at 12:57 PM

Gorgeous capture at the Blue Line station at Washington from my friend at MBIMOTMOG.

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Michelle Obama Gets Schooled on Shorts

Posted By on 08.31.09 at 11:11 AM


Robin Givhan took Michelle Obama to task last week for wearing shorts as she descended from Air Force One after a vacation—an event that caused a flurry of comment from fashion- and Obama-watchers.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kent Lambert's Magical Balance

Posted By on 08.30.09 at 10:21 PM


"Using found footage collected from mysterious and amazing sources, Lambert’s work achieves a magical balance between respecting truly unbelievable source material and twisting it into something hilarious and touching."

That's how curator Alexander Stewart describes the video mixtape by Kent Lambert of art-pop band Roommate, screening tonight, Sunday 8/30 at Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

You Shoot: Street Fest

Posted By on 08.29.09 at 07:12 PM

Milwaukee Avenue Street Festival
  • Photo by johnmaloof

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9/30: Chicago Triathlon

Posted By on 08.29.09 at 02:06 PM

Chicago Triathalon
  • Photo by Zol87

The Chicago Triathalon kicks off at 6am tomorrow morning; registration is closed, but if you want to cheer the finishers, the course ends on Columbus south of Balbo. If it inspires you to get on a bike, there are two free tours on Sunday.

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