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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Santa's helper finally gets the medical marijuana she desperately needs

Posted By on 11.12.15 at 07:00 AM

On Tuesday, Michelle DiGiacomo donned a marijuana lei as she made her first legal medical pot purchase at EarthMed in Addison, one of eight dispensaries that opened for business this week in Illinois. - COURTESY MICHELLE DIGIACOMO
  • Courtesy Michelle DiGiacomo
  • On Tuesday, Michelle DiGiacomo donned a marijuana lei as she made her first legal medical pot purchase at EarthMed in Addison, one of eight dispensaries that opened for business this week in Illinois.

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Every so often we ask you to show us something. This week it's Michelle DiGiacomo's medical marijuana card.

As she placed the eyedropper in her mouth and administered a homemade tincture of marijuana, Michelle DiGiacomo felt a distinct pang of paranoia.      

Earlier in the day she had made her first legal pot purchase from EarthMed in suburban Addison, one of eight dispensaries that began operating this week as part of the state’s Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. The 55-year-old, who runs a letters-to-Santa program serving CPS students through her Direct Effect Charities, hoped the glycerin-based solution would relieve her chronic pain and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and other debilitating conditions.  

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Monday, August 17, 2015

A north-side bodega has become a gallery of food-packaging collages

Posted By on 08.17.15 at 04:00 PM

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spelled out in adhesive letters, a 9 standing in for the G, hangs above the cash register of Kim's Corner Food at 1371 W. Estes in Rogers Park. On many surfaces throughout the aging bodega, proprietor Thomas Kong has hung the small collages he's been crafting for the last four years using Black & Mild containers, Coffee-mate packaging, and other scraps of stray paper and cardboard destined for the Dumpster. Kong's colorful, sometimes odd works adorn walls, endcaps, even the interiors of beverage coolers. 

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wheel to Reel at Sportsman's Club makes audio geeks' analog dreams come true

Posted By on 03.28.15 at 08:00 AM

Scott McNiece of Uncanned Music calls the Akai GX-635D reel-to-reel deck at Sportsman's Club
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  • Scott McNiece of Uncanned Music calls the Akai GX-635D reel-to-reel deck at Sportsman's Club "an indeniably sexy machine."

Every so often we ask you to show us something. This week it's Sportsman's Club's reel-to-reel tape player.

"For the record," Scott McNiece says, "threading and maintaining a reel-to-reel machine is not that difficult, once you get the hang of it." McNiece has certainly gotten the hang of the vintage technology since he founded Uncanned Music, a music programming service and audio consultancy for the hospitality industry. Over the last three years, Uncanned has set up digital music programs at nearly 20 bars and restaurants, including Bavette's Bar & Boeuf, the Drifter, Formento's, Mott Street, Trenchermen, and Xoco. But at Au Cheval and Sportsman's Club, McNiece went old-school, installing reel-to-reel tape decks. In doing so, he also assumed the task of teaching staff members the idiosyncrasies of playing music off strips of magnetic tape. This was an adjustment for employees accustomed to setting an iPod to shuffle and not giving another thought to the soundtrack of their shifts. "The places that have succeeded with implementing the [reel-to-reel] programs," McNiece says, "are the ones that understand the necessity of going the extra mile to make service special."

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The food at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art really rocks

Posted By on 03.21.15 at 08:00 AM

This breakfast rocks.
  • Courtesy of the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
  • This breakfast rocks.

Every so often we ask you to show us something. This week it's Sylvia Josefek's food-shaped rocks.

"The Rock Cafe" is serving up some seriously solid foods at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art through June 7. Among the three meals on display is the "Paul Bunyan breakfast," which includes bacon made of onyx marble, sunny-side up eggs, the yolks of which are Mexican onyx, and a side of aragonite grits. For a midday snack: fruit salad (more Mexican onyx), cheese (feldspar), and to wash it all down a glass of ice water (calcite stands in for the cubes). The decadent dinner course consists of caviar (black onyx) with crackers (quartzite), steak (petrified wood), spinach souffle (jasper), and a dessert of gelatin squares (fluorite).

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Call for submissions to the Reader's fifth annual photo issue

Posted By on 11.28.11 at 04:42 PM

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It's getting to be that time of the year again—that's right: it's time to take a shot at getting your work into the Reader's annual photo issue. For this year's issue, we decided to go with a theme absolutely no one is talking about: money. Submit your photos—based however loosely on the concept of money—by December 8 by e-mailing photoissue@chicagoreader.com. Finalists will be posted on the Reader's Facebook page by December 14, and voting will take place on Facebook between December 14 and 21. Winners will receive prizes and have their photos featured in the January 5 issue.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Show us your . . . clear guitars

Each week, we ask you to show us something. This week it's Geoff Benge's CLEAR GUITARS.

Posted By on 08.30.11 at 10:52 AM

Geoff Benge - ANDREA BAUER

About four years ago somebody handed Geoff Benge a clear piece of plastic—brand name Lucite; another form of the stuff is Plexiglas—and he decided to apply his trade to it. Benge, who owns an instrument repair shop in Roscoe Village, made the plastic into a guitar.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Show us your . . . ugly pet

Posted By on 08.15.11 at 10:22 AM

Each week we ask you to show us something. This week it's Christina Jimenez's UGLY PET. Got something to show us? showus@chicagoreader.com

In late 2007, Christina Jimenez visited the Humane Society in Lawrence, Kansas, out of curiosity. She had tracked down a particularly bizarre-looking cat on petfinder.com, and against the advice of her family and friends, brought her home.

"It's not like she's in pain or anything," says Jimenez. "Sometimes it's necessary to explain that to people."

Jimenez takes great pride in Ambrosia's "ugliness," and rightfully so. Aside from donning a tattooed portrait of the Himalayan on her arm, she also has the honor of trumpeting Ambrosia as the 18th-ugliest cat on the Web, as judged by buzzfeed.com.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Show us your . . . snow globe collection

Posted By on 08.06.11 at 11:00 AM

Each week we ask you to show us something. This week it’s Kara Selberis’s SNOW GLOBE COLLECTION. Got something to show us? showus@chicagoreader.com

Kara Selberis started her snow globe collection 14 years ago when she went to Greece. Since then she’s amassed more than 120 from all over the world, mostly thanks to friends who’ve brought them back for her. “I have a lot of friends who travel a lot, a lot of friends who tour, a lot of friends who are really thoughtful and sweet,” she says.

Some people have even made snow globes for her. “My friend Tim took a photo of himself, and it’s of him with a cigarette in his mouth on a bus, so it’s pretty funny when you shake the globe and it’s snowing on the bus,” Selberis says.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Show us your . . . bodily tribute to a country icon

Posted By on 07.28.11 at 09:17 AM

Each week we ask you to show us something. This week it’s Liz Weck’s BODILY TRIBUTE TO A COUNTRY ICON. Got something to show us? showus@chicagoreader.com

For their anniversary, Liz Weck’s partner gave her a ring engraved with the words WELL, I HAVE JUST BEGUN, taken from Dolly Parton’s 1993 song “More Where That Came From” (“Just when you think I can’t love you any better / Well, I have just begun”).

It’s not the only Dolly-related paraphernalia that’s passed between them: Weck’s partner tattooed Parton’s signature onto her shoulder just two weeks after they started dating—“which is really lesbian of us,” Weck says. She’d long wanted a Dolly tattoo. She grew up listening to country music, and at about 12 years old was inspired by Parton’s famous quip, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”

“I think I’ve always kind of lived that,” says Weck.

Parton plays tonight at the Rosemont Theatre; see Soundboard for more. After the jump, the video for "More Where That Came From."

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Show us your . . . bedroom

Posted By on 07.22.11 at 10:17 AM

Each week we ask you to show us something. This week it’s Dan Maloney’s BEDROOM. Got something to show us? showus@chicagoreader.com

It’s not so much that Dan Maloney’s bedroom is nautically themed—it’s more that his life is. Maloney, who works at Reckless Records, plays in a band called Death Ships; their records are released on the Faithful Anchor label.

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