Archive for February, 2007

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line–We all read about restaurant reviews–the food, the drinks, the atmosphere, etc. But how can we overlook the one little room that can make or break any evening out–the most intimate room in the place–the bathroom. That is what I am here for. To let you know which bathrooms are happy places, and which ones to avoid. I will happily ‘take one for the team’ and report back to you, so you can rest easy in the rest room.Areas of Critique:Cleanliness: The most important factor in bathrooms.Amenities: The little things that matter.Atmosphere: Is it a nice place to get down to business?Overall: An general overall rating.Each will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5.I hope that you will find this to be as entertaining and informative as I do!

Alderman 2007 Candidates

We’re having an election on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 and here are the candidates for alderman, with links to their official websites (if available). Struck-through candidates are listed as off the ballot by the Chicago Elections Board as of 2/15/07. Candidates are listed in ballot order. Incumbents are marked with an asterix.

If you aren’t sure what Ward you live in, you can find out on the Chicago Election Board site.

For bonus fun, find the two candidates whose websites are MySpace pages.

The list is long, so it’s after the jump:
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City-Wide Candidates 2007

We’re having an election on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 and here are the candidates for city-wide posts, with links to their official websites (if available). Struck-through candidates are listed as off the ballot by the Chicago Elections Board as of 2/15/07. Candidates are listed in ballot order. Incumbents are marked with an asterix.

Mayor, City of Chicago
Richard M. Daley*
William Walls, III
Syron M. Smith
Dorothy A. Brown
Ziff Anthony Sistrunk

City Clerk, City of Chicago
Miguel Del Valle*
Jose Cerda III
Thomas O’Brien
Dozier Thomas
George Sims
Diane Jones
Sally Johnson

City Treasurer, City of Chicago
Stephanie D. Neely*
Elida M. Cruz

Concert For Kids

The boys and girls of Chicago may not be interested in picking up tickets for The Arcade Fire this weekend, but they will dig the show at Beat Kitchen on Sunday.

CONCERT FOR KIDS
Featuring:
KREN BANKS -LUBCZ & FRIENDS

Doors @ Noon | Show @ Noon
Kids $5.00 |
Includes Hot Dog or Pizza Slice and Juicebox
Parents Free | Changing Station Available

I’ll see you there! If you don’t own a kid, borrow one! FYI, I think the “Changing Station” has something to do with the kids and is nothing like a “Make Your Own Bloody Mary Station”. For more info, visit Beat Kitchen.

Vote Against Richard?

Everywhere you look suggests that Mayor Daley will win the current election rather easily. Here’s an article in The Reader that says you should vote against him anyway.

The article sums up some ongoing issues with Daley and his administration, mostly focusing on the scandals, city services and the public complacency that has followed. It seems like the author has some good points, but is it really worth voting for another candidate just to take a stand?

Aldermanic Photos

Bob Bank's shoes

WindyBits has a round-up of the best (i.e. most ridiculous) photos from the websites of 2007 Chicago Aldermanic candidates.

(photo from Bob Bank for 45th Ward Alderman site)

Bluegrass, For Real

I guess it’s time I stopped trying to be cool and started to write about the only music that matters in this world: Bluegrass. Surprisingly enough, Chicago is a great bluegrass town.One big reason for this is the Bluegrass Legends concert series, put on by a big crazy guy named Chip Covington. These shows take place at the Evanston VFW hall, and they’re an absolute blast, especially if you’ve never been to a bluegrass show before. Chip has become a friend of mine through the bluegrass that I play around here, but I was going to these shows before I knew him as anything other than ‘that big crazy guy’.This Friday, February 23rd is Honi Deaton and Dream (sporting one of the better bluegrass websites, I’m sorry to say…) Yea, the name is stupid. Yea, she’s got hair from 1986 in that picture on the website. Yea, there’s even a banjo dirtying up those pictures. That’s all kinda part of the fun of the whole bluegrass thing though; it’s hard to explain. One of the things I love about this music is that, for the most part, there’s no image–No fashion to follow, no look you’ve gotta have, no age limit (high or low). As long as you can play and sing… REALLY well. And these guys can. Bluegrass is the closest thing left to a true meritocracy in the music world, and it’s a surprisingly amazing display of musicianship if you’ve never seen it before. (more…)

Graffitecture

Graffitecture

This looks like a book right up my alley — for the book Graffitecture over 40 Chicago graffiti artists drew and painted on photographs of interior and exterior architectural photos. All the nifty graffiti style with none of the awkward issues of vandalism of private property. There’s a release party for the book this Friday, Feb 23 at Hejfina (1529 N Milwaukee) from 5-9 PM.

Insert 15 Minutes of Fame Bit Here

EveryoneIsFamous

Party photography is nothing new — Bobby Miller was taking all those shots at Studio 54 in the 70s — but what is relatively new is the immediacy. There are a number of photographers out there now who go to clubs and parties, take a couple hundred pictures and post them on their website the next day. It’s easy to understand the appeal, even if you weren’t at the party — pretty people and bright lights. In any case, it’s good to know that Chicago is not unrepresented in the field, that we don’t have to wait for the Cobrasnake or LastNightsParty to blow through town. We’ve got Sean Dorgan’s Klicking and Screaming and Clayton Hauck’s EveryoneIsFamous (and Clayton has several other series of photos, good for when you want a break from pretty strangers and bright lights).

(Photo by Clayton Hauck)

SXSW Sampler

SXSW has released the first of this year’s torrents with 739 mp3s from 2007 showcase bands (it’s a hefty 3.1 GB). Even if you’re not planning on attending the festival, it’s a great snapshot of the state of emerging music. (You can also go directly to the listings of say, Chicago bands playing the festival, and download individual tracks.)

(via the Austin Metblog)

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