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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Free meat on the street from Horrible Bosses

Posted By on 06.29.11 at 03:08 PM

Jennifer Aniston mistakes costar Charlie Day for a free meatball.
  • Jennifer Aniston mistakes costar Charlie Day for a free meatball.

Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell are the title characters in the new Warner Bros. comedy Horrible Bosses, opening July 8. As part of the promo campaign, street vans will dispense free meatballs tomorrow from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at three downtown locations: Merchandise Mart (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza), Chase Tower (Dearborn and Monroe), and the corner of Monroe and Wacker.

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Make way for ducklings

Posted By on 06.29.11 at 10:40 AM

Firefighters and Good Samaritans staged “a daring rescue” of a mother duck and five ducklings attempting to cross Lake Shore Drive last night. (Tribune)

Ugh. A south suburban women allegedly killed her baby, then took it shopping. (Sun-Times)

A second Lakeview Walmart? (Curbed Chicago)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Auctioned Warhol Mao painting has Chicago connections

Posted By on 06.28.11 at 07:07 PM

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Despite all the crumbling going on with America's economy these days, our high-end art market is doing quite well(as it can ensure the safety of money during the crisis), as the New York Times reminds us today in an article about Christie's latest contemporary art sale. Among the pieces going for beaucoup bucks was a purple-centric 1973 portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong that sold for $11.1 million. The owner was Stefan T. Edlis, a retired plastics executive and big-time local collector who serves as secretary of the the Museum of Contemporary Art's board of trustees. Edlis seems to be quite the collector of Warhol's work: In 2007, he sold a Turquoise Marilyn for at least $80 million, making it one of the world's most expensive paintings ever.

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Today in Thax Douglas news

Posted By on 06.28.11 at 01:41 PM

It's been a while since Thax Douglas, former poet laureate of Chicago's indie-rock scene, left us for Austin, in the process stirring up no small measure of controversy. I haven't heard much about him since, but today he popped up on music-news aggregator the Daily Swarm in a post about an Austin band, Zorch, that's writing songs dedicated to specific music critics—an unabashed attempt to attract Internet attention, which the Daily Swarm admits in its headline has worked, considering the fact that it's getting written about on the Daily Swarm. (Disclosure: I think the band is terrible, and this only has a tiny amount to do with the fact that they haven't written a song about me.)

Click through to see Thax in melodic mode, taking the lead vocal on the group's music-theater-inflected ode to the founder of Pitchfork, "Rising for Ryan Schreiber." He dances too. Seems like living in Austin really agrees with him.

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Summer Dresses Around $100

Posted By on 06.28.11 at 01:21 PM

Now that the heat of summer is finally here, it's time to break out those little summer dresses. The perfect hot-weather dress is affordable, but sturdy enough to hold up to a lot of washings (hint: always let them air-dry!). Et voila, we provide some good options from around the Web.

The stripes trend shows no sign of abating—and why should it? It's cute and classic. Throw on this Max & Mia number, above, over a bathing suit and sandals, or it could go more bohemian with suede boots and a denim jacket ($68 at

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Blago, no one else ‘stunned’ at verdict

Posted By on 06.28.11 at 11:04 AM

Rod Blagojevich is the third Illinois governor to be convicted of corruption, and the fourth to face prison time since 1973. He said he was “stunned” at the verdict, which found him guilty of 17 of the 20 counts brought against him. Now the question is how much prison time will he receive? (Tribune)

The former governor says he’s using the experience to teach his two young daughters how to deal with adversity. (NBC Ward Room)

Here’s how Illinois newspapers covered the event on their front pages. The Sun-Times nicely captures Blago’s affinity for Elvis. (Newseum)

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Former Illinois governors awarded pen names

Posted By on 06.28.11 at 05:58 AM

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The State of Illinois today announced the renaming of several of its facilities in recognition of the achievements of certain past governors.

Effective immediately, the Stateville prison is the Honorable Otto Kerner Jr. Correctional Center.

The Big Muddy River Correctional Center is the Honorable Dan Walker Correctional Center.

The penitentiary in Pontiac is the Honorable George H. Ryan Correctional Center.

The Illinois River prison is the Honorable Rod Blagojevich Correctional Center.

The governor’s mansion is now the House of Ill. Repute.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Don't do cocaine or your ears will fall off

Posted By on 06.27.11 at 06:21 PM

  • Image by Grisei via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
Over the past few days, various news outlets have reported on how almost all of America's (and increasingly the world's) cocaine now contains levamisole—a veterinary drug that sometimes causes people's ears, noses, and cheeks to turn purple and black and rot away. Not everyone who does cocaine experiences flesh-eating issues—the technical term is necrosis—but there's really no way to predict who will develop them, and who won't. So you have to either do some cocaine and wait and see what happens, or choose a more sensible and cheaper option, like avoiding cocaine altogether.

Last week's news reports—inspired in part by a new Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology study detailing the conditions of six affected patients in L.A.—mainly focused on cases of LevamiCoke-related necrosis in New York City and Los Angeles. But what about Chicago cocaine? Is it also spiked with this stuff, or what? (Or what?)

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Live Jesus Lizard DVD drops on August 23

Posted By on 06.27.11 at 04:06 PM

Club documents the Jesus Lizard's first U.S. performance in a decade. Directed by Matthew Robison and produced by Henry Owings of Chunklet fame, the DVD celebrates the band's triumphant return with a taping of their show at Nashville's Exit/In on July 14, 2009, just a few days before they returned home to play Pitchfork. I know it's just a teaser and all, but it's 4 PM on a Monday, and you're probably tired of hearing about the Blago verdict:

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The jazz in Jaga Jazzist

Posted By on 06.27.11 at 12:37 PM

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In this week's issue I preview Wednesday's concert by Norwegian group Jaga Jazzist, noting their obvious admiration for Tortoise. Another thing linking the two groups is the presence of hard-core jazz musicians in their ranks. Tortoise's lineup includes guitarist Jeff Parker (and drummer John Herndon has been turning up more and more often in improvising combos like Starlicker, Exploding Star Orchestra, and Powerhouse Sound). Jaga Jazzist has even more members who also play jazz.

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