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Monday, August 31, 2015

A Union Sushi + Barbeque bartender makes a fishy manhattan with pickled herring

Posted By on 08.31.15 at 02:42 PM

Adam Staniszeski of Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar had never tried pickled herring before Carl Moberg (Webster's Wine Bar) challenged him to create a cocktail with it. "I absolutely hate it," Staniszeski says of the pickled fish. "No offense to the people who do like it, but it's pretty bad. It's really tough to make into a cocktail, that's for sure."

He toyed with the idea of encasing bits of pickled herring in ice cubes, making a drink that would become progressively less palatable as the ice melted. Instead, he ended up taking his inspiration from the foods and flavorings that herring is typically paired with, like rye bread, sour cream, dill, lemon, and caraway.

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Local posthardcore band Slow Mass enters the world with 'Nice But Not Kind'

Posted By on 08.31.15 at 12:00 PM

Courtesy of Slow Mass's Facebook - EMILY BURTNER
  • Emily Burtner
  • Courtesy of Slow Mass's Facebook

Local punk stalwart Dave Collis wears many hats. He books DIY and aboveground shows all over town and is simultaneously playing in more bands than I can keep track of—the first that caught my ear was an eccentric outfit called My Dad, which went on indefinite hiatus last year. Collis had been working on new material for My Dad before the band played its final show, and about a year ago he started reworking one of the tracks with drummer Josh Sparks, who plays in Into It. Over It. and recently launched a band called Recreational Drugs. The pair eventually teamed up with guitarist Josh Parks (who also plays alongside Sparks in the live version of Into It. Over It.) and bassist-vocalist Mercedes Webb (formerly of Morning Arms) and launched Slow Mass. Today the Reader premieres the group's first single and video, "Nice But Not Kind."

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Did you read about Lincoln Square Lanes, Wes Craven, and Uniqlo?

Posted By on 08.31.15 at 11:34 AM

The state of Lincoln Square Lanes last night - ASHLEE REZIN/SUN-TIMES MEDIA
  • Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times Media
  • The state of Lincoln Square Lanes last night

Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

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State reps Guzzardi & Reaves-Harris talk the budget at the Hideout!

Posted By on 08.31.15 at 11:14 AM

Governor Bruce Rauner and Speaker Mike Madigan will be on everyone's mind when we gather at the Hideout to talk politics. - DERIK HOLTMANN/BELLEVILLE NEWS-DEMOCRAT, VIA AP (RAUNER); AP PHOTO/SETH PERLMAN (MADIGAN)
  • Governor Bruce Rauner and Speaker Mike Madigan will be on everyone's mind when we gather at the Hideout to talk politics.

As the state's budget impasse heads into its third or fourth month—it's hard to keep track—Mick Dumke and I will be searching for clues to what it all means when we gather tomorrow for our First Tuesdays show at the Hideout.

First Tuesdays is the monthly political talk show that Mick and I host at a bar on the grounds that true enlightenment can only be achieved with a little liquid stimulation.

Though I don't think all the liquids in the world can make sense of the latest remarks by Tim Nuding, Governor Bruce Rauner's budget chief.

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Summer gets its walking papers from the pundits

Posted By on 08.31.15 at 09:09 AM

Sorry, kids—we're trading pools for piles of leaves early this year. - THINKSTOCK
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  • Sorry, kids—we're trading pools for piles of leaves early this year.

The other day I sent a friend an e-mail letting him know I couldn’t go to his birthday party because our grandson was turning one in Michigan. When I told my wife I’d spotted the conflict and dealt with it she pointed out that the birthday party is at the end of September and our grandson was born a year ago this past Sunday. Even if 75 is the new 30, August isn’t the new September.

But I think it might be. If I'm confused it's because I read the newspapers, whose bells have tolled the passing season weeks before it passed. "It's the end of summer," John Kass wrote a week ago. "You don't need the kids going back to school to tell you. I spotted it the other afternoon, earlier than usual, enjoying a good Nicaraguan cigar on the deck, a jalapeño margarita in my hand. So I finished my drink, stared down at my tomato patch full of regrets. That's when I felt a hint of a chill on my arm."

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

The end of Weekly Top Five: Peter Bogdanovich's five best films

Posted By on 08.30.15 at 08:00 AM

Paper Moon
  • Paper Moon

I'm all done writing top five lists for the Reader. Last week was my final week on the job, and I've had a lot of fun concocting these posts for the last couple years. Hopefully one or two of you enjoyed reading them. If you'd like to go back and see the others, they're archived here.

She's Funny That Way, Peter Bogdanovich's new film and his first theatrical release since 2001, is in the midst of a weeklong run at the Gene Siskel Film Center. It's another screwball escapade, full of bubbly dialogue and narrative crisscrossing, and it's a strong reminder of the director's grasp of classic Hollywood. His run of similarly themed films in the 70s—The Last Picture Show, What's Up, Doc?, and Paper Moon—maintained a certain tradition while his New Hollywood peers emulated the then-fashionable modernism of European art cinema. 

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tropicalia makes an appearance in Logan Square

Posted By on 08.29.15 at 08:00 AM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.


SAIC student and new-media artist Paula Nacif imparts all things tropical and vibrant, but with a contemporary touch. Born in Brazil and raised in Portugal, she radiates warmth and a sweet playfulness, as seen in her dress by Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de La Prada, a neon-infused update on the flower power movement. Paula will be performing her new work, "Fado vadio / Credo mudo" at Defibrillator tonight during the Collected Woes event. More info, as well as more pictures, below.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Brando is back, plus more new reviews and notable screenings

Posted By on 08.28.15 at 02:15 PM

Listen to Me Marlon
  • Listen to Me Marlon

In this week's long review I mull over the story of fathers and sons weaving through the Marlon Brando documentary Listen to Me Marlon; it opens today at Landmark's Century Centre. Also this week, Ben Sachs lays down the beat for We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron as an aspiring creator of electronic dance music.

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Mayor Rahm to Dyett activists: No free choice for you!

Posted By on 08.28.15 at 01:33 PM

The Dyett High School activists and their allies, including Rev. Jesse Jackson (fourth from right) - MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA/SUN-TIMES
  • Maudlyne Ihejirika/Sun-Times
  • The Dyett High School activists and their allies, including Rev. Jesse Jackson (fourth from right)

As the hunger strike by Dyett High School activists moved into its 12th day, Mayor Emanuel finally broke his silence on the issue to declare that he wasn't sure there were enough students on the south side to justify opening another high school.

"There's a lot of high schools in that area," the mayor told reporters yesterday. "How do you talk about another one when even some of the high schools within the three-mile radius are not at capacity yet?"

The mayor has a point—though he picks a funny time to make it.

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Kenny Rasmussen's library shows head to West Town this weekend

Posted By on 08.28.15 at 12:00 PM

Path IV
  • Path IV

Kenny Rasmussen started hosting free, all-ages, daytime punk shows at the Bridgeport Library back in January for people who typically can't make it out to bars and clubs to see great, local live music. Since then, his library gigs have picked up steam and have started popping up at other branches around town. This weekend his series will make its first appearance at the West Town Branch Library, and will feature the harshest lineup yet: noise-rockers Den headline, with support from hardcore band Rumores and crusty screamo trio Cracked Vessel, whose "Effigy Vessel," off of last year's Path IV cassette, is today's 12 O'Clock Track. The band throws together a dizzying, black-metal-flavored blast-beat fury on their tapes, and this ripper is a prime example of the darkness they bring. These bands should be a riot to catch in a low-key library setting. As always with these shows, things kicks off at 2 PM, are free, and all ages are welcome. Check out "Effigy Vessel" below.

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