Sunday, March 29, 2009

signs of spring

I'd like to see more of this.

Not this.

a bit of local political commentary

...courtesy of SCC

local talent at Jazz Showcase

Last night I enjoyed an energizing show at Jazz Showcase. Maurice Brown has a tight band of talented musicians, bouncing syncopated rhythms off each other and making the room come alive. They're playing today - last day. Boost your weekend with some outstanding music.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

a bass god

If you appreciate really excellent bass playing, here's an interview with Victor Wooten, with a link to a Youtube video. Really amazing bass player. Here's another cool solo in a slightly different style.

silly Saturday

Friday, March 27, 2009

closet shopping - this Sunday

If you have some clothing in decent condition that you're not wearing, the Chicago Clothing Swap this Sunday might be a great closet shopping opportunity for you.

funky Friday

Here's one from Senegal for your Friday. TGIF!!!

pedestrian accidents

This article in today's Trib about local pedestrian rates had one surprise for me. I would not have expected Oak Park to be so high on the list. Your $0.02?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

DIY craft supplies - Saturday

Interested in a little DIY project? I just got this info from Sue Rosengard.

I have way too many pearls so I am joining 40 other artists in an different kind of show this Saturday - Do It Your Own Damn Self (see below). We are selling our excess, discontinued and overstock supplies. I have hundreds and hundreds of strands of freshwater pearls in all kinds of different colors, shapes and sizes. $10 per strand. Buy 10 get one free.

If you can't make it this Saturday and are interested in pearls, give us a call to schedule an appointment. 312.733.9350

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

a little too much excitement

Sounds like somebody's joyride in a stolen ambulance caused a little too much excitement for some folks. I hope that nobody was seriously hurt.


This is just plain odd. Your $0.02?

Monday, March 23, 2009

new Olympic cycling events?

While I was reading a news article about the city repaving some streets in advance of the IOC's upcoming visit, I had a moment of inspiration. Why doesn't Chicago propose a new Olympic cycling event or two? Some pothole-cratered streets could be preserved in their decrepitude for this very purpose.

Mountain bikers have technical courses, usually in the woods. How about an urban equivalent - the pothole course? Seems like a combo of slalom and jumps would be a natural. On second thought, BMX might be more suitable for maximum urban flavor.

What do you think?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

penny postcards

A friend sent me a link for this web site: Penny Postcards. There's an interesting selection from the Chicago area and locations all over the country. There are a bunch from Riverview. Any special memories for you?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

looking for a bargain?

The Evanston Public Library book sale is coming up. They're having a first pick preview on Friday 3/27 from 10 a.m. to noon. $5/admission for first dibs on the good stuff. Regular (free admission) hours are Fri. 3/27 noon to 5:30, Sat. 3/28 10 a.m. to 5:30. Sunday is 1/2 price day from noon to 5:30.

funky Friday

For those you haven't experienced one of Chicago's most internationally eclectic music groups...Funkadesi

one glove

In this week of changeable weather, I've been seeing a lot of single gloves in the Loop - lying in the street, on the sidewalk, on train platform. You know there's a punny theme song tie-in here.....invent your own lyrics for the circumstances. TGIF!!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

tonight at uncommon ground

...the GREEN ROOM SESSIONS, a FREE monthly "eco-mixer" from 6-8 pm at uncommon ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave. The theme for the March green room session is Composting, Recycling & Re-Use.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rogers Park survey

A friend forwarded a survey that may be of interest to you. Here's the info.

Partners for Rogers Park (PRP) is seeking your opinion about the Rogers Park Neighborhood. Results of the survey will help shape efforts to plan for the future of the neighborhood. PRP is a network of Rogers Park community organizations, including DevCorp North, as well as residents and other stakeholders that are working to improve the quality of life in Rogers Park by broadening outreach and community development opportunities.

What improvements would you like to see? This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete, and you do not have to be a resident of Rogers Park to complete it. Your answers will remain confidential and will be shared with no one.

To take the survey in English, click here. To take it in Spanish, click here. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

bike commuting workshop on 3/29

Keystone Ecological Urban Center will be hosting a basics of bike commuting workshop. They will cover the basics of how to get to work by bike including handling weather, smelling work-appropriate, locking up your bike, handling traffic, planning routes, bikes on transit, and how to display your bike helmet to garner the most co-worker compliments! Please pass the word onto anyone you've been trying to convince to bike to work (including yourself!)

It's happening on Sunday, March 29th at 3 pm at 4750 N. Sheridan (corner of Sheridan and Lawrence).

If you are an experienced bike commuter who would like to share your knowledge with others, you are welcome to join in.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I used to be a semi-regular customer at Heartland. In the last few years, all the ass-kissing b.s with Joe Moore was a big turnoff, and the deterioration of service and food quality more of a turnoff. Their whiny attitude about these serious health code violations does not exactly entice me to return as a regular. It disgusts me that they would choose to respond in such a childish way. If anything, it would make me inclined to patronize almost any restaurant in the 'hood EXCEPT Heartland. And there are plenty of other neighborhood restaurants that I enjoy.

Michael and Katy - You are in a service business, and the quality of your products can affect your customers' health. If you're not focusing on that, your priorities are seriously screwed up. Instead of trying to hide the suspension notice on your door, and trying to blame other people, take some responsibility and APOLOGIZE to the community.

I have a friend who was a health inspector for many years. They do a tough, largely thankless job in order to ensure safe and healthy conditions. As a general rule, they are NOT in it to screw people over. There is a reason why they keep a place closed at least 3 more days after it fails the 1st re-inspection on the day after suspension. If conditions are such that a business fails the 1st re-inspection, there are usually significant problems that couldn't be fixed overnight. It's not because they want employees to lose wages for days the business is closed. If you don't want to keep the place clean and ensure good food safety, perhaps you should consider a career change.

You really need to get a clue on this one. I suspect you'll be losing a lot of long-term customers if you don't.

something positive at Sullivan High School

If you'd like to see a positive event at Sullivan High School, you might want to check this out. I got this notice from a neighborhood photographer who volunteers with their drama department.

Roger C. Sullivan High School Drama proudly presents

VANITIES, A Comedy by Jack Heifner

Thursday and Friday, March 19th and 20th, 2009 at 7 pm

Sullivan High School Auditorium, Corner of Bosworth and North Shore

Come support your local high school students’ talent and hard work!

Vanities is a laugh-out-loud comedy about the growth of a friendship among three women as they come of age in the 1960s and ‘70s. It chronicles their journey together and bittersweet drift apart with astute, witty dialogue that keeps the audience laughing and wholly engaged.

The New York Post called Vanities “a brilliant, clever play” so don’t miss your chance to see it next week at Sullivan High School!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

silly Saturday

check into the samurai hotel - wait to see who shows up halfway through the sketch

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

hope for the Morse?

This short Howard Reich article in today's Trib offers some hope.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

feeling charitable

Here's a different suggestion for a wedding gift. This is kinda cool.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Friday, March 06, 2009

a bit of fun

I'm exceptionally grateful for Friday this time around. It's been a rough rough week. That made me appreciate the video in this David Byrne blog post even more than I otherwise would have. Enjoy!