Archive for May, 2007

Weekend Festivals

There are a couple of outdoor festivals of note this weekend. The Belmont / Sheffield Music Festival sure seems to be a little light on the “music”. Carbon Leaf and The 1900s look to be the best bets.

Mayfest takes place in Lincoln Square and after a few minutes soaking up the German culture these attendees take their beer drinking rather seriously. The festival runs Thursday-Sunday. This writer will be DJing just down the street and is expecting the usual glossy-eyed folks to mosey in after the festival closes.

I wish I owned a place like this.

And speaking of hip and classy places, let’s not forget Webster’s Wine Bar. The atmosphere’s great, the service is outstanding, and the food, which is there simply to complement the wine, is absolutely delicious. Try the bacon-wrapped dates, the chorizo or one of their many cheeses. Just beware of the Stilton; it’ll knock you out of your chair. Make sure you have one of their little pizzas, and while you’re at it, go ahead and try some anchovies. You don’t think you like them, but try them anyway. As for the wine, order a “flight” and sample a few. You don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy yourself here. The menu reads like prose; it will tell you all you need to know. After you leave, you’ll feel confident enough to hold your own in a conversation about wine. Once the buzz wears off, that is.

The owner, Tom MacDonald, is also one hell of a nice guy.

Flags as Pie Charts

Chicago Flag Pie Chart

World flags represented as pie charts. Can you guess the bonus flag above?

(via MeFi)

Dolomite at Piece

Dolomite Malt Liquor at Piece

Piece (1927 W North) is already a favorite of Team Gerdes — Erica likes the exotic pizza toppings like mashed potatoes and artichoke hearts and I like the New Haven-style Plain Crust because I’m not actually a big cheesey-pizza fan. We both like the beer — the Worryin’ Ale has, indeed, washed away many of our worries and the beermosa (a sour German beer and orange juice) is fifty times better than it sounds. Tonight, I ordered the “Brewer’s Choice” to get a dollar off my beer and it was the Dolomite — Piece’s own micro-brewed malt liquor. Which they serve in a glass in a paper bag. Erica laughed every single time I took a drink and refused to let me take it out of the bag. It also got me well-buzzed. Got-a-quarter?

Benefit For Paul Mooney


Martyrs is the place to be this coming Sunday for an amazing benefit concert with Robbie Fulks, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Nite Watch and more. All proceeds will benefit Paul Mooney who has Cystic Fibrosis and is in need of a lung transplant.

The show starts at 2 p.m. on June 3rd and includes the music, raffle, silent auction, magician, psychic and a general good time. Donate what you can for a great afternoon / evening of music for a great cause!

Grindhouse at the Brew and View


Grindhouse is playing at the Brew and View through, at least, June 7* and I have to say that it may be the perfect venue to see that movie in. I mean, it’s already a theater where you can see a double-feature for $5, there’s liquor, the movie image is projected just a little too big for the screen, the sound is just a little loud and wonky, and there’s just that aura of faded glory to the whole place. And the bathrooms are in that dungeon of a basement. And, hey, the disappointing boxoffice suggests that you haven’t seen it yet and I can heartily recommend the whole three hour extravaganza.

* No show Thursday, 5/31, due to a concert.

Another police brutality story

Sadly, it appears another off-duty Chicago cop lost it and beat up a teenager over the weekend. While there appears to have been some nasty threats involved, the judge did not go lightly on the cop and gave him $100,000 bail.With these stories becoming more and more common here, I don’t understand why our local boys aren’t learning a lesson. If you had the common sense to put on a mask and a cape before you pummeled civilians, people would just think Chicago was cool.

Chirp, chirp

Bike the Drive

I didn’t remember that Sunday was the Bike the Drive until a half mile into my run along the lake path I realized that Lake Shore Drive was… quiet. I took out my headphones and ran to the sound of birds chirping and distant conversations. (Distant until the police diverted the straggling riders onto the lake path to open the Drive back up. Then “isn’t this nice” turned into “hey, keep out of my lane and stop trying to run me off the path, you stupid bicyclers.” Ah, sweet misanthropy.)

(photo by straightedge217)

Win Tickets To See The Noisettes!

Win free tickets for the arty garage-rock trio from the U.K. Check out the reviews of their current CD “What’s The Time Mr. Wolf?” at Spin, Rolling Stone and NME.

You can give the band a listen at their website. They’ll take a break from their tour with Bloc Party and play Schubas on Saturday, June 9th. Rock on, and good luck! You’ll be notified by June 8th if you are a winner.



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