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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Sunday 10/31

Posted By on 10.31.10 at 11:19 AM


Lil B
  • Lil B
Show: Lil B the Based God Lil B's slurred freestyles demand to be judged by standards all their own: though he's far from a master technician, there's something hypnotic about his druggy delivery, and it's weirdly compelling that he only raps about getting high, the ladies who give him blow jobs despite his addiction to skinny jeans, and the extent of his "swag." Phil Ade, Black Orchard, the Basix, Rockie Fresh, Vyle, SG, and Prez open.

8 PM, Wild Hare, 3530 N. Clark, 773-327-4273,, $15, 17+.

Dinner: Chicago Diner offers creative veggie, vegan, and gluten-free dishes in a comfortable space lined with old-fashioned wooden booths.

3411 N. Halsted St., 773-935-6696,

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Saturday 10/30

Posted By on 10.30.10 at 03:29 PM

  • Chromeo

Show: Chromeo "On their new Business Casual Chromeo once again scuff together a tidy pile of vintage house, funk, and pop R&B and hit it with a massive dose of unabashed lasciviousness, but their formula is so much more focused this time that the songs make their earlier efforts sound like trial runs," writes Miles Raymer. "Expect to hear 'I'm Contagious' at dance clubs for the next gajillion years." A-Trak, Kid Sister, Theophilus London and others open.

7:30 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-0852, $35, 17+.

Dinner: Chilapan "We barely suppressed our smirks when our server confided that the only restaurant in Chicago that could compete with Chilapan was Topolobampo. Oh, reeeally? As the food, by chef Jorge Miranda (Las Palmas, Adobo Grill), started to arrive, however, we grew humbler," writes David Hammond.

2459 W. Armitage, 773-697-4597,

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Now Playing: Saw 3D

Posted By on 10.29.10 at 05:53 PM


Reader contributor Ignatiy Vishnevetsky weighs in on the latest Saw movie: "Strange, dumb, and sometimes even fun, the seventh and last installment in Lionsgate’s torture-porn franchise would have been just as dull and pretentious as its six predecessors if it had been competent, but its deficiencies make it the series’ most enjoyable entry. A self-help phony, a cop-turned-serial-killer, an internal affairs officer, and the wife of a different serial killer all figure in the convoluted plot, but the movie has so little sense of space, time, pacing, or characterization that they might as well be anonymous people; in its Grand Guignol gauntlet of flashbacks and 3D dismemberments, who’s doing what to whom, or why, doesn’t really matter. This is probably better (or at least weirder) if you’re unfamiliar with the series." Trailer after the jump.

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Mark Kipnis — Out From Under

Posted By on 10.29.10 at 05:37 PM

The hell with Conrad Black, and his good name, such as it is.

Today, Mark Kipnis stands in the eyes of the law guilty of nothing.

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New "Apple Station" Gets Attention From the Big Apple

Posted By on 10.29.10 at 05:01 PM

Apple's $4 million investment in sprucing up the North/Clybourn CTA station, located next to its new Lincoln Park store, got some attention from the New York City website Gothamist today. Writer Zoe Schlanger heard about Apple's collaboration with CTA and wonders if New York's transit agency should consider pursuing similar projects as an alternative to rate increases, which have pushed the monthly pass price to $104. "Whatever pays the bills, man," she concludes.

In case you haven't heard or noticed, Apple funded the North/Clybourn overhaul in exchange for the right to plaster its brand all over the station. The Trib has shown great enthusiasm for both the store and the station renovation, with WGN feature reporter Marcus Leshock posting a preview of the store's opening, columnist Mary Schmich renaming North/Clybourn "the Apple stop," and RedEye blogger Scott Kleinberg producing a photo gallery of the store's opening day. Hooray for corporate boosterism!

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This Week in Food & Drink: What's New

Posted By on 10.29.10 at 04:57 PM


Mike Sula gets the uncanny feeling he’s dining among Van Gogh’s potato eaters at Andersonville’s Vincent, where chef Joncarl Lachman (HB Home Bistro) has turned the former La Tache into a dark Dutch boite and in addition to eclectic contemporary American dishes is serving the food of his heritage, from maatjesharing shots of genever (aka Holland gin) to zaansemosterdsoep (mustard soup) to a $25 three-course prix fixe Dutch meal. Anne Spiselman checks out Davanti Enoteca, Francesca honcho Scott Harris’s new Taylor Street spot, where you can order wine by the glass, quartino, or bottle or opt to select one from the retail list for a $7 corkage fee. And Kristina Meyer finds that Old Town’s Chicago Q, a posh new place from barbecue competition vet Lee Ann Whippen, is more than holding its own in a suddenly crowded field, offering excellent Saint Louis-style spare ribs and baby backs, first-rate Kobe beef brisket, and a whiskey list that's a "boozy amusement park" for bourbon and rye drinkers.

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Something Else to Consider in February's Mayoral Race: Height

Posted By on 10.29.10 at 04:57 PM


Not the candidates' height, mind you—rather, their positions on skyscrapers.

As Chicago News Cooperative reporter Daniel Libit points out in the New York Times, come 2013 the Willis Tower will lose its title as the nation's tallest building to One World Trade Center, currently under construction in New York City. If this leaves you feeling vexed or powerless, just remember: The vote you cast in February's mayoral election could determine whether the Second City ever reclaims its title as First in Height. Libit paraphrases Chicago Architecture Foundation president Lynn Osmond, writing that "Chicago’s future hope at besting Manhattan might be clearer after the mayoral election in February."

Now there's a way to rise above in a crowded candidate pool: run on a pro-skyscraper platform.

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Social Media Mission Control

Posted By on 10.29.10 at 04:33 PM

Whenever I read about the finer points of big business, I feel like I've wandered into Don DeLillo's head:

Gatorade staffers monitor social-media posts 24 hours a day in the glitzy hub, hoping what they see and learn will help the company more effectively promote its new G-Series of drinks, which launched last spring.

Whenever someone uses Twitter to say they're drinking a Gatorade or mentions the brand on Facebook or in other social media, it pops up on a screen in Mission Control. On Saturday, the staff jumped into a Facebook conversation to correct a poster who said Gatorade has high-fructose corn syrup.

"It's like we're a person in their social circle now," said Chief Marketing Officer Sarah Robb O'Hagan, who is leading Gatorade's makeover.

[Waves to Mission Control]

Update: a friend: "somewhere buried deep beneath the streets of San Francisco there is a fragment of cement wall with the words ' Command Center' stenciled on it"

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Slouching Towards Election Day

Posted By on 10.29.10 at 04:08 PM

David Kurtz: "The most striking thing about the Illinois Senate race is that neither party is particularly thrilled with the quality of its nominee." Talking Points Memo runs the numbers, lending credence to the idea that, despite having raised less than $5k, LeAlan Jones could play a factor (and to a lesser extent, Mike Labno), though TPM points out that third-party candidates tend to poll better than they actually do on Election Day. Fivethirtyeight currently projects the Democrats to lose five to eight seats in the Senate.

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A Split Decision for Conrad Black in the 7th Circuit

Posted By on 10.29.10 at 03:51 PM

Conrad Black was convicted of three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice in 2007. On Friday the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed his convictions on two of the four counts.

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