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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Michael Moore screening to benefit warehouse workers

Posted By on 09.30.09 at 06:39 PM

Here's one promo screening I don't mind flacking: Michael Moore's new documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, screens at City North 14, 2600 N. Western, on Thursday, October 1, 8 PM, with proceeds to benefit Warehouse Workers for Justice. Introducing the film will be leaders of the December 2008 worker sit-in at Republic Windows and Doors, an incident that provides one bright ray of light in a decidedly dark movie.

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Free fashion show with complimentary cocktails

Posted By on 09.30.09 at 06:30 PM

Local boutique Akira, Swedish shoe designer Tretorn, and jeans line AG Jeans put on "The Avalanche," an alpine-themed runway show at V Live (2047 N. Milwaukee), Thursday at 7:30 PM, preceded by a free cocktail reception from Hennessy Black and hors d'oeuvres from Xx at 6:30. RSVP required; email

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Chicago Hip-Hop on Derrion Albert

Posted By on 09.30.09 at 06:20 PM

The beating death last week of south-side honor student Derrion Albert hasn't provoked as much reaction from the hip-hop world as, say, Jay-Z dissing on Auto-Tune, but Andrew Barber at Fake Shore Drive is keeping track of what little response there's been. So far it's pretty much just a couple of still-relevant songs Longshot pulled from his archives, a statement from Molemen member Vakill, and an open letter from Nas. It would be nice to see some of the Chi's bigger names weigh in one way or another. It may not be as big a deal as someone interrupting someone else at an awards ceremony, but it still deserves more notice than this.

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Questions, Questions

Posted By on 09.30.09 at 05:39 PM

The City Council’s housing committee was breezing through its agenda on Wednesday—authorizing lease agreements worth millions of dollars, approving the sale of vacant city-owned land—when it was suddenly slowed up by a couple of people who had the nerve to ask a few questions.

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Free Tortoise Show

Posted By on 09.30.09 at 05:11 PM

Hometown post-rock heroes Tortoise play a free show at Reckless Records (1532 N. Milwaukee) this Sunday at 5 PM. Thrill Jockey released their latest album, Beacons of Ancestorship, in June.

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Von Freeman and Barry Harris Take It to the Parks

Posted By on 09.30.09 at 04:45 PM

Barry Harris
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The Jazz Institute of Chicago is best known for booking the Chicago Jazz Festival, but it programs lots of other valuable events, and one of the coolest is the monthly concert series JazzCity, which has been presenting free live jazz in Chicago parks since 1997. The artists are typically top-notch locals, but Friday’s concert in La Follette Park (1333 N. Laramie) is a cut above the rest, featuring Chicago tenor treasure Von Freeman fronting a quartet with excellent Detroit-bred bop pianist Barry Harris.

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Brooklyn Brewery's Manhattan Project: Where to Get It

Posted By on 09.30.09 at 04:19 PM

Brooklyn Brewery's Manhattan Project is an ale designed to taste more or less like an old-school rye manhattan. The brewery calls it "A robust rye beer, partially aged in Rittenhouse 100-proof Bonded Rye barrels from the Heaven Hill distillery, and then infused with the herbs and spices that flavor red vermouth and bitters. Then a dash of tart cherry, and the result is . . . " Well, you get the idea. Those botanicals include orange peel (bitter and sweet), lemon peel, gentian root, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, and cloves; the cherry flavor comes from organic fruit juice.

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Olympic Delegates: Decked Out by Chicago Designers

Posted By on 09.30.09 at 01:28 PM

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The delegates in Copenhagen to plug Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics will be attired in clothing by local designers and companies.

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Soul Power

Posted By on 09.30.09 at 12:06 PM

James Brown in Soul Power

  • James Brown in "Soul Power"

When the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle pitting Muhammad Ali against George Foreman was put off for Foreman to recover from a training injury, it was too late to reschedule the star-studded Zaire 74 concert, which brought together some of the era's greatest musical performers of the African diaspora.

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's Soul Power, screening Thursday 10/1, captures the buildup to the concert and performances from James Brown, B.B. King, Sister Sledge, Bill Withers, The Spinners, The Crusaders, Miriam Makeba and the Fania All Stars.

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Vote for Sheboygan!

Posted By on 09.30.09 at 11:06 AM


I don't find too many reasons to visit LinkedIn, but this one got me there for a minute or two. A Seattle interior designer is conducting a naming poll (reg. required) for a new restaurant run by a Wisconsin native and specializing in "mid Western comfort food and home made sausages." The choices: "Ohio," "Sheboygan," "Field Haus," "Benbow," and "Kitchen."

Of course the correct answer is obvious to you and me, but it doesn't look like its going to be a winner. "I am not sure how Sheboygan will go over here in Seattle," designer Laura Zeck emailed me. "It is so fun to say but might not drive ladies to the table."

Fair enough, but "Ohio"? That's what's leading the polls with 36 percent of the vote. The Bratwurst City and "Kitchen" are tied for third.

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