Archive for October, 2006

Halloween Weekend

By choice, I will not be dressing up for any parties this weekend. I know there is a lot going on surrounding the holiday, but I’ll get my fix at the Roscoe Village Halloween Parade and by doing some candy gathering on Tuesday evening. I bet me and my three kids get about ten pounds total this year. We know what houses are giving up the goods, and which ones to skip.

I dig seeing all of the kids in my ‘hood dressed up and my friends’ kids as well. I don’t really get the whole adult dress up thing. Am I just being a party pooper? Does anyone else feel the same way?

Chicago Underground Comedy

Paul Thomas

Last night we (me, my wife, and my camera) got out for one of our all-too-rare visits to Chicago Underground Comedy. Every Tuesday at Gunther Murphy’s (1638 W Belmont) you can see 5 or 6 up-and-coming comedians strut their stuff for just $5 (and no stupid drink-minimums).

It’s an entertaining evening — not every joke hits the mark, of course, but there’s no hackery on display — you really get the feeling that the performers are all trying to present an original voice. And Jared Logan is just made of funny.

Disclosureville: I’ve performed with half of these guys in other shows.


Metroblog Map with Graz

Welcome to our 50th Metroblogging City, Graz, Austria.

Girl, you better work

Drag isn’t dead, no matter what some might say. If you need a cross-dressing warm-up for next week’s Boystown Halloween Parade, check out the final night of Night of 100 Drag Queens at Sidetrack tonight at 8 p.m. The ticket/cover charge proceeds go to benefit Equality Illinois. Cost is $10 at the door. Go get your diva on…

Fast Forward Film Festival

The poster below says it all…

View past movies @ Fast Forward Film Festival
View “Bloody Mary” (co-starring yours truly): smalllarge (both require newer version of quicktime)

South Loop Fire

I spotted this one on the way home on LSD… the smoke was quite thick and black:

The building is 630 S. Wabash, the Dexter Building which is a Chicago landmark designed by Adler & Sullivan.

Last I heard on the radio, it was a five-alarm fire and the adjacent buildings had been evacuated.

Update: According to the Chicago Tribune story this was a “5-11” alarm fire, the highest “alarm” there is… and it looks like the building was destroyed.


A new web service, Outside.In, aims to tie blog posts and other such information to real world places. They’ve just launched, but I’ve already learned something about my neighborhood (a coffeeshop up the street has closed).

Update: Before anyone else points out how lame I am — that post about the coffeeshop is from August. One of’s “core principals” is “5. Local news often has a long-shelf life.”

(Via BoingBoing)

Pumpkin Ales: Time Out reviews O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale

Time Out‘s Heather Shouse doesn’t like pumpkin beers as much as I do (“watery American ales stuffed with a fistful of cloves”) but she gives a good review to O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale:

… the perfect amount of pumpkin to the mash and then finishes the ale with just a touch of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale may just be the best pumpkin beer on the market. True, that’s a bit like being the skinniest kid at fat camp, but it’s the only way you’re going to get into this fall tradition.

Bucktown’s Filter Coffee House Gets a Mention on Feministing…

…and no, it’s not positive.

I always thought the sign was funny. I guess that makes me an insensitive bastard.

Frequent readers of feminist blogs know what time it is: time to cue up the circular firing squad and have a good intramural purging. Yeah, that’ll teach those coffee-selling, sexist, misogynist, heternormative, patriarchal jerks.

(Cross-posted to my friends call me nikkos. Hey, cut me some slack- it’s been a slow week content-wise)

Pumpkin Beers: Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale

Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale

Every Fall Erica and I get excited about pumpkin beers. And every Fall we completely forget which ones we had liked the year before and which we didn’t. So I’m mainly doing a service to me-a-year-from-now by recording some mini-reviews of this Autumn’s pumpkin beers.

And let’s be clear — nobody wants pumpkin beer. What we want is clove, nutmeg, and allspice beer — pumpkin pie flavor, basically. The trick is to get it somewhere between so-subtle-that-all-you-taste-is-beer and Pepsi Holiday Spice.

Pumpkin beer is something of a niche market and so we’re usually drinking the products of a number of small breweries. But all that my local Jewel had in the way of pumpkin beers was Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale, brewed by Molson Canadian and imported by Blue Moon Brewing Company (themselves a subsidiary of Coors). So we start off the year with a mega-brewery beer.

The first bottle of Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale — well, what did I just say about not wanting? It tasted like someone had pureed a pumpkin and mixed it into a beer. A little slimy, in fact. And I couldn’t taste the spices at all. A second bottle seemed much more on the mark. It veers towards the subtle end of the spectrum, but we’ve got that cozy Autumn feeling going on (and not just because I’ve had two bottles of beer). Erica also gives it the thumbs up.

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