Thursday, April 30, 2009

jazz at Warren Park Friday 5/1

Eric Schneider will be playing a tribute to Benny Goodman on Friday 5/1 at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave. The All City Jazz Band plays @ 7:00 pm, followed by the Tribute to Benny Goodman @ 7:30 pm.

Eric Schneider, one of Chicago's premier clarinetists, pays homage to the King of Swing, Benny Goodman in a concert with a special band he is putting together solely for this event, a group that will include Ron Dewar on tenor sax.

In addition to the influence Goodman had on Schneider's development as a musician, Eric actually had a chance to sit in with Benny in the early 1980s at a neighborhood festival here in Chicago. For his tribute, he will play some of Benny's charts. One thing is certain: it's sure to swing.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rogers Park house tour/history walk Sun. 5/3

Please join the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society for its 23rd Annual House Tour/History Walk featuring Germania, Howard Street, and Eastlake Terrace, on Sunday 5/3 from 1-5 (registration open from 12:30-4).
Price: $16 for Society members, $20 for the public
Starting point: 1643 W. Howard, the historic Howard Theatre building immediately east of the newly renovated Howard "L" station (free parking in rear).

For further information or to reserve tickets, please call (773) 764-4078, email, or click here.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Rogers Park Green Workshops

The final Rogers Park Green Workshop is happening on tonight at Loyola Park. Click here for more info.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Rogers Park Garden Group meeting having a meeting on Tuesday, April 28th, 7 pm at Rogers Park Presbyterian Church, 7059 N. Greenview (@ Greenleaf) - The Power of Two - Too Good Design Ideas from Two Good Designers. More info here...

funky Friday

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Day celebration at Loyola this Saturday

Loyola University will host its second Earth Day celebration on Saturday 4/25 at the Quinlan Life Sciences Building, 1050 W. Sheridan Road (at Winthrop) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky will kick off the event with a keynote address on the efforts of the Obama Administration and Congress to implement meaningful changes in U.S. policy on global climate change. State Senator Heather Steans will speak in the afternoon portion of the event on her efforts to advance the cause of sustainable living at the state level. Speakers will include: Stephen Anderson, Foreign Exchange Services of Illinois; Nancy Benjamin, Master Gardener; Helen Cameron, co-owner, Uncommon Ground; Shawna Coronado, Columnist, "The Casual Gardener;" and many others.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

take a walk on Saturday

I'd like to relay a message from Eva McCann:

Come out and join Beat 2422 as we walk this Saturday, April 18th at 7:00 P.M.

We will meet at the Willye White Community Recreation Center at 1610 W. Howard

The weatherman says the temperatures are expected to be in the mid 60's. Great weather for a spring walk through the North of Howard area. Engage in pleasant conversation, get to know your neighbors and enjoy the warmer weather.

Bring pen and paper so that we can take note of troubled and abandoned buildings, street lights that are out, sewers that are backed up, trees that need trimming and other city services that need to be reported.

We will try to cover the area from Triangle Park to the west down to the lakefront on Eastlake Terrace.

Bring your four legged friends, your strollers and babies and little ones. All ages are welcome, if you have someone in a wheelchair bring them too or a new friend. Everyone can use some fresh air and company besides the television or computer.

Hope to see you out there.

Facilitator, Beat 2422

Saturday, April 11, 2009

cozy house

This place in Virginia makes a Pullman rowhouse look big. It's a compact home with character.

silly Saturday

Pit bulls in Spamalot.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 09, 2009

a White House seder

This is the first time a sitting U.S. president has hosted a Passover seder, another step in the right direction towards cultural inclusiveness.

Potemkin village

Eric Zorn summed it up well. All that apparent enthusiasm for the 2016 Olympics was just a shallow illusion. Shocking!

Do the vast majority of us support the Olympic bid? There are plenty of reasons NOT to do so.


Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-chia! More Kass silliness....

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

CAPS meeting and walk w/commander 4/9

Just wanted to share a bit of info I got from Eva McCann:

Join Police Commander Sobczyk (and special invitee Mayor Richard Daley) for a special Walk and Talk through Beat 2422, Thursday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Bosworth and Howard. The walk will go west on Howard to Paulina, north to Juneway, east to Ashland and south through Willye White Park. Then head over to Beat 2422's monthly beat meeting at the Gateway Senior Apartments, 7450 N. Rogers at 7:00 p.m., and enjoy refreshments after the meeting.

The Commander at last conversation seems pretty positive that the mayor will show up at our walk and talk this Thursday, April 9th. We are trying to get as many people as possible to come out and walk with us.

urban farms

I'll be curious to see if this idea is adopted here. It could help to solve a number of problems. It could provide jobs in communities that have vacant land and few jobs. With farmstands, it would offer a source of fresh produce in areas that lack healthy options. Could be a win-win if we do it here.

Monday, April 06, 2009

what next?

Here's the latest about the new Rogers Park fire station.

Jazz Links jam session 4/8

Are you a young musician looking for a jam session? Do you know one? Read on. Here's a bit of info from the Jazz Institute of Chicago:

Through a partnership with the Chicago Cultural Center, the Jazz Institute of Chicago has initiated a monthly jam session for young jazz musicians in Chicago. Students are given the opportunity to perform with world-class professionals in the Jazz Links house band, led by pianist Ken Chaney. As a free event, the jam session is both an educational experience for the students and an inter-generational community event, where parents, teachers, students and the general public witness the development of young talent before their eyes and ears. If you've come to a jam session you know that there is some serious talent in the next generation of musicians, and they improve every time you see them.

Jazz Links Jam Session this Wednesday, 4/8, 5-7 PM
Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St

Sunday, April 05, 2009

more twisted humor

Try a little surrealism for your Sunday.

last week's circus

Chicago has been quite the circus in the past week. On Thursday alone, we had the huge mid-day demonstration at City Hall and Daley Plaza by Chicago police and firefighters, the Blago indictments and associated media circus around the Federal court house, then the evening anti-Olympics protest at the Federal plaza.

Yesterday, there were plans for pro-Olympics groups running and cycling along the lakefront, to coincide with the IOC evaluation team's tour of potential venue locations. The weather may have put a damper on that. In mid 30s temps, rain and wind, I don't know how many people were motivated enough to get out there.

Will it be a circus again this week? Stay tuned...

Saturday, April 04, 2009

silly Saturday

Excellent blog post on April Fool's pranks - lots of funny stuff. The Xbox one is excellent.

Friday, April 03, 2009

funky Friday

More from Senegal's Baaba Maal. If you enjoy African percussion, I think you'll like this one.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

the circus resumes

After a long lull, the Blago circus is revving up again

anywhere but here

Toni - Well said.

Tonight's anti-Olympics protest at the federal plaza was vocal and well organized. The police presence there seemed almost as large as that at the noontime protest at City Hall and Daley Plaza. I was there in support of our officers and firefighters. The fact that they've been 2 years without a contract is a disgrace.

The track record of Mayor Daley and the city with major projects like Millennium Park does not inspire confidence in the likelihood of building multiple sports venues, an Olympic village, transit improvements and other necessary changes on time and without significant budget overruns. There's a very real possibility, based on the last few Olympics, that Chicago could end up incurring enormous debt without enough of an increase in tourism revenues during and after the games to avoid making our current budget deficit much worse.

I'd be happy to see Rio get the 2016 Olympics.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

into the 21st century....someday

Anytime I deal with significant delays on Metra, I wish for notification like this, or, even better, this, especially if I rushed to the train station, only to wait a long time. I have not been a fan of Twitter so far, but delay notifications would be extremely useful, unlike much of the fluff there.

I appreciate the fact that Metra usually runs on schedule, but too many aspects of their service are antiquated and inefficient. After seeing conductors unable to collect a substantial number of fares on many runs in recent years, I'd imagine that any investment in faster, more modern fare collection technology would be recouped in a reasonable time span. Train Tracker would be a VERY welcome update to at least dip a toe into modern technology.

no April Fool's joke

This idiot was seriously lucky that nobody was killed in this freak accident. I'll bet her neighbor doesn't want to talk to her now.

more April Fool's fun

The Economist opens a theme park. Don't forget to click on the different sections of the map at the bottom of the page. IMO, that's the best part.

Would you like a grant for a garden?

Is there a space around you that could use a little tender loving care? A parkway, playlot, building frontage, bus stop, corner - really any space in the public way that might be more pleasant for all if it had some plants, maybe some greenery and something blossoming? Would you and maybe some friends be interested in planting it but could use some financial assistance to jump start the project? RPGG Adopt the Public Way Grants program is accepting applications until May 15. Click here for information and an application form.

to my readers in Fargo

When I look at my web traffic stats, I see that I've had some regular readers in the Fargo area for a while. We've been seeing media coverage of the flooding, so much worse than what we've experienced here in the past year. I have an old friend from Grand Forks, and have thought of her and her family. I've heard a few stories about the big flood and fire in 1997. Just wanted to send some positive wishes from Fargo Avenue to Fargo, Moorhead, and other places in the area, hoping that you are spared the worst in this soggy season.

at the sound of the beep

Something fun for April Food's day: actual answering machine answers recorded and verified by the world famous International Institute of Answering Machine Answers. A few of them are a little dated but still fun.

From a machine at a college dorm: A is for academics, B is for beer. One of those reasons is why we're not here. So leave a message.

Hello, this is Sally's microwave. Her answering machine just eloped with her tape deck, so I'm stuck with taking her calls. Say, if you want anything cooked while you leave your message, just hold it up to the phone.

This is not an answering machine, this is a telepathic thought-recording device. After the tone, think about your name, your reason for calling and a number where I can reach you, and I'll think about returning your call.

Hi. I am probably home, I'm just avoiding someone I don't like. Leave me a message, and if I don't call back, it's you.

If you are a burglar, then we're probably at home cleaning our weapons right now and can't come to the phone. Otherwise, we probably aren't home and it's safe to leave us a message.

You're growing tired. Your eyelids are getting heavy. You feel very sleepy now. You are gradually losing your willpower and your ability to resist suggestions. When you hear the tone you will feel helplessly compelled to leave your name, number, and a message.

You have reached the CPX-2000 Voice Blackmail System. Your voice patterns are now being digitally encoded and stored for later use. Once this is done, our computers will be able to use the sound of *your* voice for literally thousands of illegal and immoral purposes.

There is no charge for this initial consultation. However our staff of professional extortionists will contact you in the near future tof urther explain the benefits of our service, and to arrange for your schedule of payment. Remember to speak clearly at the sound of the tone. Thank you.

Please leave a message. However, you have the right to remain silent. Everything you say will be recorded and will be used by us.