Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween from the Lincoln Lodge!

I’m breaking the fourth wall to wish our readers a Happy Halloween with a 3 1/2 minute comedy video featuring two of this blog’s contributors: Bryan Bowden as Frankenstein and yours truly as the whiz behind the camera.

This video will be screened at tonight’s Lincoln Lodge Halloween Show, after which Cameron Esposito will perform a stand-up set in character as the Bride of Frankenstein. The video also features Zee Hartmann as a sexy lady vampire.

“Sure, the Bride of Frankenstein was literally made for him, but what if her heart belonged to someone else? Like a sexy lady vampire? Lucky for her he’s a pretty understanding, progressive guy.”

Pride of Frankenstein: You Sexy Beast


Sadie Hawkins Day Bike Race!

I never had a Sadie Hawkins Day dance at my school. I did not really know of the concept till I moved up north so the whole thing seems exotic to me. I’m too old for dances now, but not to old to smoke some chumps on my bike. That’s why I’ll be smoking chumps at the Sadie Hawkins Day Bike Race on November 8th at 5pm. It’s $5 for women, $10 for men racing with a female partner, and $20 for everyone else. I like raising money for good causes as much as I like biking, and this money goes to the Chicago Women’s Health Center. If that does not lure you, then come for the beer: $1 for the first, $0.25 for every one after that. I’ll put a blinky light on the back of my bike so you know which champion to buy a quarter beer for later.

Hodgmania (and Rees-a-rama)

John Hodgman (the PC from those Mac commercials, the Daily Show’s resident expert, This American Life essayist, former professional literary agent, and author) will be at Second City tonight at 7:00pm (on the e.t.c. stage) to promote his new book, More Information Than You Require. David Rees (My New Fighting Technique is Unstoppable) will also be reading. Admission is free.

Get your Tickets to Obamafest

The election night rally for Barrack Obama in Grant Park is not just a show-up-if-you-like thing — you’ll have to have a ticket and you can sign up for them now.


American Girl

American Girl Place recently moved from Chicago Ave over to Water Tower Place. In the old location there’s a window display where the American Girl dolls are all wearing pink construction helmets and packing up for the move. The dolls, who are miniature versions of children, themselves have tiny American Girl dolls in boxes. Do those dolls have micro-dolls? Do the micro-dolls have their own nano-dolls? Where does it end?!?

Chicago Autumn is Chilly, Bright, and Beautiful

Sure enough, Chicago winter is on its way, and while no one is looking forward to shivering on an El platform in the winter darkness, let’s remember that Chicago’s colder months are still full of sunshine and natural beauty. My appreciation for this fact was recently renewed while perusing the aisles of lush flora at Gethsemane Garden Center at 5739 North Clark Street in Chicago’s Edgewater/Andersonville neighborhood. Urban gardeners are just as passionate about their well-tended green spaces as suburban and rural folks, and a place like this is proof. Check out this little one minute clip I made of a recent stroll through just a small part of Gethsemane Gardens.


Vote Early, Vote Often

The above quote has a few possible sources, but the most likely one is William Hale Thompson, mayor of Chicago from 1915 to 1923, and again from 1927 to 1931. His second stint came about thanks to the support of Al Capone. Is it a coincidence that Thompson is also the last Republican elected to the office of mayor in our fair city? You decide.

Regardless of Thompson’s political leanings I did follow the first half of his advice and got my vote on yesterday up at Welles Park. The whole process took about forty-five minutes, including the wait in line – and that was in the middle of a Saturday. If you haven’t voted yet, you can still participate in early voting through this coming Thursday. Click here to find the early voting location closest to you.

Obama in Grant Park on election night

According to the Chicago Tribune, Obama will hold an election night eventin Hutchinson Field on the south side of Grant Park. I guess you should start silk screening your “Obamapalooza” shirts now for the November 4th fete.

(photo from enigma personification)

Vote for Judges

Here in Cook County we get to vote whether our judges get to keep their jobs. And since it’s a retention election, the judges have all already been doing the work of being judges, and so we can evaluate what kind of job they’ve been doing. And by “we” I mean 10 different bar associations* who have independently evaluated all of the judges that you’ll be encountering on this year’s ballot and posted their recommendations at Vote for Judges.

It’s a nice long list with lots of different detailed reports, and I encourage you to be an educated voter, but I will highlight the only three judges to get less than 70% or less retention recommendations:

Casandra Lewis – 7 of 10 bar associations recommend that she not be retained. The Chicago Council of Lawyers says says “Judge Lewis has adequate legal ability for her current assignment and is praised for her temperament. She receives mixed reviews, however, for her work ethic – many lawyers complain that she is not well prepared and is often not punctual in taking the bench. The Council has received reports that some lawyers will take a substitution of judge rather than appear before her.”

Edward N. Pietrucha – 5 of 10 bar associations recommend that he not be retained. The Chicago Bar Association says “While Judge Pietrucha knows the law, serious concerns were raised about his temperament, which reflects a disregard and disrespect for the litigants and lawyers who appear before him.”

Shelli D. Williams-Hayes – 4 of 10 bar associations recommend that she not be retained. The Chicago Council of Lawyers says “While many lawyers say she is a good jurist, many others complain about the length of time it takes to get to trial in her courtroom. Some lawyers report that she can get frustrated during court and make grossly inappropriate remarks to lawyers and litigants. Some lawyers also complain about her punctuality.”

* Asian American Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Chicago Council of Lawyers, Cook County Bar Association, Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Hellenic Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois, and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

Ack!? What?!

Forbes says we’re the most stressful city in the country?! What!? Oh no — heart attack!!1!

(Thanks, Erica)

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