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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Manischewitz cocktails: why not?

Posted By on 01.25.12 at 04:59 PM

Composed by Bradley Bolt, this Blind of Eye cocktail is a far, far classier version of the recipes contained herein
  • Andrea Bauer
  • Composed by Bradley Bolt, this Blind of Eye cocktail is a far, far classier version of the recipes contained herein
In this past week's Cocktail Challenge, Luke LeFiles threw down the ingredient Manischewitz. Now, I realize I'm not in quite the same spirit-swilling league as Hot Chocolate's bartender, and Bar DeVille's Bradley Bolt did make a great-looking cocktail out of the sweet, kosher wine, but someone needs to come to Manischewitz's defense. It's no challenge to make a cocktail out of Manischewitz, especially because it makes such a great mixer.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Melissa Kolbusz's found jewelry hits Europe

Posted By on 09.22.11 at 04:21 PM

Assemblage necklace by Melissa Kolbusz
  • Assemblage necklace by Melissa Kolbusz
She may not be Dumpster diving anymore, but Melissa Kolbusz still knows her junk. The founder of Wired Resistance “rewires” recycled and surplus industrial materials into couture, wearable pieces of art. The 12-year experiment is taking on international proportions: Through a promoter, Kolbusz was invited to the Berlin Fashion Week this July in Germany as part of the GREENshowroom, and this month Kolbusz will attend Paris Fashion Week, which she sees as the beginning of a long-term goal to delve into the European fashion industry.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The art mystery we'll give you $10 to solve

Posted By on 08.16.11 at 12:33 PM

The Chicago Reader receives dozens and dozens of pieces of mail every day. The vast majority of them are PR, with a few periodicals, letters to the editor, and notes from home (hi Mom!) sprinkled in; nothing too exciting. But yesterday an editor received a peculiar envelope with no return address that has some of us trying to wrap our heads around a bona fide mystery—a $10 art mystery, as it's been called, although it could be called the $1,000 art mystery.

The contents fof the mystery envelope
  • Andrea Bauer
  • The contents of the mystery package. The name of an editor has been removed from the large envelope.
Inside the envelope was another envelope that says "for you" on the front and "follow your Narrative Urge!" on the back; inside of that was a $10 bill, a small block of text on a strip of paper next to the number "65," and a note with a message book-ended with little hearts that says, in pretty handwriting, "Thanks for opening the envelope. The money is real. We are all parts of each others' stories. Let's create one together. Please join the project! Use the hints. Find me." Instead of a signature, the letter is signed with a "haiku clue" that hints at "a site to see." It reads:
robotic cranes dance
in singapore. in taiwan
appears tornadoes!

It was tagged with a scribble that was evidently a tiny tornado. That was it.

What was going on, we wondered. What project? Who's Whose (oops!) stories? Why just give away $10? Easing past the thought that this was a trap laid by some kind of modern-day Devil in the White City, we figured we were holding a kind of puzzle or conspiracy—we didn't know which.

As about an hour on the Internet revealed, the $10 art mystery turns out to be a really sophisticated and as-yet-unfinished narrative fiction experiment that hasn't quite made it out of the underground. We'd still love to figure out the mystery, and since we're obliged not to take the $10 bills due to our editor scolding us "ethics," we'll give you the $10 if you can figure out Chicago's part in the story.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

The Reader Gets Another Redesign

Posted By on 07.08.11 at 04:54 PM

As you may have seen in this week's Reader (page 20, since you asked), the paper is getting yet another new look this summer.

Ten Reader street boxes have been made over by the artists whose work is on display at We Are Here: Art & Design Out of Context, a design show at the MCA that opened this week. Some are curled up in blankets, others dolled up in nylon, and more. The project is sponsored by MCA Chicago, Gilt City, Blue Moon, and of course, the Reader. You can learn more about the re-visionaries who redesigned our boxes here, although we recommend that you just go see the show.

Pick up a copy from one of the boxes through the second week of August at the following locations: (1) Lake and Wabash; (2) Lake and Clark; (3) 18th and Halsted; (4) 18th and Allport; (5) 2041 W. Division; (6) 2105 W. Division; (7) 2545 N. Kedzie; (8) 2607 N. Milwaukee; (9) Webster and Sheffield; (10) Lincoln and Webster. And keep your eyes peeled for word on our redesign soiree at the MCA Warehouse.

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