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Friday
Oct042013

4000 Miles at Northlight Theatre

Thebus and Salt from 4,000 Miles

by Andrew DeCanniere

Last Friday, I saw a play that I’ve been eagerly anticipating all summer, 4000 Miles, written by Amy Herzog and directed by Kimberly Senior, at Northlight Theatre. The play is centered around a twenty-something named Leo Joseph-Connell (Josh Salt) who unexpectedly shows up on the doorstep of his grandmother, Vera Joseph (Mary Ann Thebus)’s West Village apartment, the decor of which seems frozen in time, as though virtually nothing has been changed since the late 1960s.

Though at first we know very little about why Leo shows up unannounced — and in the middle of the night, nonetheless — or why it seems as though he has no place else to go and no one else to turn to in New York City, the blanks soon start to be filled in for us. It turns out he has found himself in New York City at the end of a cross-country bike trip, which he began with a close friend of his, who has recently passed away. Though being his grandmother’s roommate wasn’t necessarily what he envisioned when he arrived on his bicycle, his prior plans — staying with his girlfriend in her dorm room — have fallen through.

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Wednesday
Jul242013

Official Lollapalooza Pre-show Nelarusky to Benefit Special Olympics Illinois


by Andrew DeCanniere


With just a little more than two weeks to spare until Lollapalooza, an e-mail landed in my inbox about Nelarusky, an official Lollapalooza pre-show, that had somehow managed to fly under my radar. The pre-show got its start back in 2007 when Lauren McClusky, then a junior in high school, and her friends were approached by some other friends of theirs who were in a high school band. They hoped to put on a benefit concert and wanted to see if they had any ideas. It was right around then that it occurred to them that the show should be a benefit for the Special Olympics and should be held at the Metro, a well-known concert venue in Wrigleyville. “Back then,” said Lauren, “it was all pretty much high school students attending. That’s kind of how it was for the first three years, and it grew from there. It became part of Lollapalooza, and that took it in a different direction, but it’s been pretty amazing to be a part of that and how it’s grown so much.”

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Monday
Jul082013

Great 2013 Summer Reads

by Pawl Schwartz

It’s summer! Time to catch up on all of the books that you’ve been putting off! I mean, what is better on a hot day than getting lost in a good book? Whether it’s outside gathering Vitamin D in the sun, or inside in the cool A/C with your favorite cat or chair, summer reading is a must. Here is a list of recently published, great books that you may have missed. The best part of having a growing list of books to read is that you are never bored. Check these books out or start your own summer reading list, because being bored is always your own fault.

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Tuesday
Jun042013

Introducing Divvy – The City of Chicago’s Bike Sharing System


Bike the Drive

by Andrew DeCanniere

In late April, I learned of the City of Chicago’s plans to launch a new bike share program called Divvy. Aware of how this kind of system has already taken off in other major cities around the world, I was eager to learn more about how the program will work here in the city, as well as the design of the bikes themselves. Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Scott Kubly of the Chicago Department of Transportation about this new system, all set to launch this month. Read on to learn more about what the City of Chicago has already done to make Chicago an even more bike-friendly town, what projects are already underway, plans for future improvements and, of course, to learn all about Divvy.

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Tuesday
Jun042013

Festival Season Fashion | Dos and Don'ts of 2013

Alessandra Ambrosio doing festival fashion right! (via Babble.com)

by Laine Pepp


Festival season is in full swing. Whether a street fest, block party or huge festival like Spring Awakening, Pitchfork, or Lollapalooza, you will see a huge mix of aesthetics and styles.

We women always put a huge emphasis on what to wear, and if you are one of the many that aren’t sure how to dress for a festival, here are a few DOs and DON'Ts.

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