Tuesday, June 29, 2010

looking for something cool to do on Thursday night?

If you want to go downtown, but not to the Taste, Orchestre Septentrional d'Haiti and its big band of thirteen musicians bring the sounds of merengue, konpa and bolero to the stage when they make their Chicago debut. 7:30PM at Millennium Park.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Boulevard Lakefront Tour on 8/29

Have you registered for the Boulevard Lakefront Tour yet? One of the best rides of summer just got better, with a new start location and all new routes.

Choose from a 15 mile family-oriented route, a 35 mile neighborhood tour, and a 62 mile route with many more neighborhoods. This is a fully-supported ride, with marked routes, rest stops, mechanical assistance, and a post-ride festival with food and entertainment on the UIC campus.

The event benefits the Active Transportation Alliance, our local advocacy group for safer, better bicycling, walking and public transit. It's a great way to enjoy exploring Chicago neighborhoods. Save $5 by registering before 7/4!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Rogers Park Men Can Cook 6/26

Here's the place to be in RP on Saturday: Rogers Park Men Can Cook at Willye White Park. It's happening from noon to 5 p.m., and it's for a good cause - summer camp for underprivileged children.

Click here for details. Whether you want to be part of the cooking competition, eat, or enjoy entertainment, there's something for all ages. Enjoy Saturday in the park with your neighbors.

suggestions for sharing local trails

Heading out for a ride on a local multi-purpose trail this weekend? This feature on the Active Transportation Alliance web site offers some useful suggestions on how to share the trail without conflict. It's worth taking a few minutes to read, and remember when you're out for your ride.

Touy Park FREE concert tonight 6/25

Come on out to beautiful Touhy Park's annual FREE concert, featuring the White Saddle Band and the Touhy Park Djembe and Taiko All Stars.

So come on out and Support YOUR PARK, Friday June 25th, 6:30 P.M. Bring your lawn chairs and munchies. The weather forecast is perfect for tonight.

For more info, call 773-262-6737

Fountain Square arts festival this weekend

Looking for a cool art fair this weekend? Check out Fountain Square in downtown Evanston.

non sequitur Friday

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

please take a minute to read this and write a letter

An injustice was done this week to the people of Cook County that should not be repeated. And we deserve to know why.

Two drunk drivers in Brookfield deliberately ran down bicyclists last year, and both got off with sentences that were totally inadequate in light of the violent nature of their crimes.

One friend raises some good questions. Is the judge an idiot who was fully responsible for the light sentence? Did the prosecuting attorney negotiate to take the easy way out and avoid a trial, tying the hands of the judge? Did the defense attorney bribe somebody?

And I add: Is there a mandatory minimum sentence for this type of incident? I suspect that there isn't.

The Active Transportation is spearheading a letter writing campaign to Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, asking for answers and for more appropriate prosecution of future cases. The link above gives an e-mail and snail mail address and suggested letter text.

I'm also trying to find out whether there is any mandatory minimum for vehicular assault. I will post an update when I find out.

If there isn't any minimum, I would strongly encourage you to write to your state legislators urging them to introduce mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines that are appropriate to the violent nature of this type of crime.

Please take a minute to send an e-mail, fax or letter to Anita Alvarez. It's worth a few minutes of your time to work for safer road conditions in Cook County for cyclists and pedestrians.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Artists of the Wall

The Artists of the Wall festival is happening this weekend. Click here for details.

non sequitur Friday

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Glenwood farmers market on Sunday

People have been enjoying the new Glenwood Sunday Market at the corner of Morse and Glenwood, convenient to the Morse stop on the CTA red line.

The market supports and encourages organic and sustainable growing practices by bringing local farmers to the 49th Ward. All the food farmers participating in the Glenwood Sunday Market are located within 200 miles of the 49th Ward and use organic farming practices. The principle of "know your farmer, know your food," is the watchword of the Glenwood Sunday Market, which is striving to be the greenest market in Chicago.

For the first few weeks, the market will be located between Morse and Farwell. It will move to its permanent location between Morse and Lunt after streetscape construction on that section of Glenwood is done.

The market will be accessible to everyone in our economically and culturally diverse community. VISA, MasterCard, Link and SNAP transactions will be accepted. The market is offering a Market for All Program to those using Link and SNAP cards and will provide matching funds to make organic fresh produce more affordable for low-income families.

The Market will run every Sunday from 6/6 to 10/17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

RPCC fundraiser on 6/17

The Rogers Park Community Council is holding a fundraiser on Thursday 6/17 at the Glenwood just north of Morse – on the west side of the CTA tracks. Buy a drink, tell them you are supporting the RPCC, and the Glenwood will donate 10% of the entire evening $$$ to RPCC.

While you are there, renew your membership to RPCC and support programs that benefit the community.

theater in the neighborhood - Theo Ubique at No Exit

Just got this press release from Theo Ubique about a new show opening this weekend at No Exit. Sounds like a winner.

No Exit Café is being reconfigured to resemble a late 1940s/early 1950s neighborhood cabaret by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre for its next show, “Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen,” opening Sunday, June 20.

Theo Ubique is going back to its cabaret roots by producing a summer musical revue paying homage to an individual composer and/or songwriter.  “Sweet and Hot” features 37 songs of the more than 400 Arlen wrote during his five-decade career, presented in two sets in two hours.  Previous musical revues by Theo Ubique honored Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel and Stephen Sondheim.

Fred Anzevino is directing fresh from his Jeff Award-winning production of “Chess” that he co-directed with Brenda Didier.   Steve Carson as music director is bringing his traditional cabaret style to the show and accompanying the cast on piano.

“The new staging will be cozy and intimate, using all corners at the No Exit,” said Anzevino.  “The biggest change is bringing the audience on stage and creating an arrangement where the entire audience is part of the performance, so they can sing and dance along in the spirit of the old piano bar scenes.”

Arlen’s songs were made famous by legends in the industry, such as Judy Garland with “Over the Rainbow” and Ethel Waters and Lena Horne with “Stormy Weather.”  He also wrote with nearly every famous lyricist from Ted Koehler, Johnny Mercer and Ira Gershwin.  The “Sweet and Hot” song list is available at www.theoubique.org under 2009-2010 Season Sweet and Hot.

Previews are 8 p.m., June 18-19, and regular performances are 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m., Sundays, June 20-August 8 at the No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.  Dinner is served one hour prior to curtain with cast members as servers.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays and 5:45 p.m., Sundays.

Tickets are available online at www.theoubique.org and at 800-595-4849.  Theo Ubique’s info line for updated theatre and show info is 773-347-1109.  The emergency phone number to the box office, available at 5 p.m. on performance nights, is 312-898-0672.

Preview tickets are $15, and regular performance tickets are $25.  A show/dinner package is optional for $45 (dinner reservations recommended).  Patrons are encouraged to use the free parking at the corner of Morse and Ravenswood with free transport on the Lifeline shuttle van to and from the lot, because of construction on Glenwood and Morse.  The No Exit Café is a half block north, west of the tracks on Glenwood from the Red Line’s Morse stop.  Special discounts are offered through Theo Ubique e-news, available by signing up through the web site.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

a different kind of bike ride

Want to try a different kind of ride?  Bring your digital camera, your memory for Chicago history and trivia, and your navigational skills to the Digital Photo Scavenger Hunt on Sunday 6/27.  Go here and scan down to the end for details.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

peregrine falcons in the city

From time to time since their reintroduction, we've heard about falcons in multiple areas around the city, including the Uptown Theater and Evanston Library.

Did you know that there's a nesting pair at UIC (University of Illinois - Chicago)?  They had babies again this year, and the little ones should be flying soon.  You can watch them on webcam here (if they're in view).  If you're lucky, maybe you'll even get to see them in action.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

a new place for jazz

Tonight when I was listening to the Beverly All Stars, I happened to hear about a new jazz place in town, the Living Room Lounge in East Pilsen.  They have live music on Saturday nights.  Gotta check this place out soon.