The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers returned in all its staged, zany glory February 16. Proceeds from the event, held at the Logan Square Auditorium, will benefit Sideshow Theatre and Girls Rock! Chicago. Check out our photos.
The Chinese New Year always takes its time, and the accompanying parade is no different. Taking place a week after the year of the snake officially kicked off, the streets of Chinatown filled with dragons and dancers on Sunday—a celebration of heritage, progress and the time of the year when calendars are sold.
Why last night's Music Box screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey was canceled, and why tonight's is back on
Last night, Music Box general manager Dave Jennings delivered awful news to a nearly sold-out crowd. Due to cracks in the audio discs that had arrived with the evening's 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the showing would have to be canceled.
This wasn't the fault of celluloid, Jennings emphasized, but a technology invented in the early '90s. As compensation, the theater—handling the situation extremely well—ran a free digital screening of Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise. But one scotched showtime wasn't the end of the bad news. Jennings said unless the Music Box could track down functioning audio for 2001 in the next 24 hours (which seemed unlikely, given that it might have to be shipped), the Saturday screening would have to be canceled as well.
And then, at 5:30pm today, the Music Box tweeted that it was "very, very very pleased" to announce tonight's 9pm screening would proceed as scheduled. Exchanging my ticket about an hour ago, I bumped into head projectionist Doug McLaren (who'd run down for a quick coffee during the screening of Lord Jim) and projection specialist Justin Dennis, who had recalibrated the Music Box's equipment specifically for the 70mm festival. I proceeded to grill them on how they pulled it off.
Here, as succinctly as possible, is why last night's screening was canceled—and why, assuming everything goes to plan, you should give anyone who works at the Music Box a very firm handshake tonight.
We've given you plenty of gift ideas for today's Hallmark holiday. Still not sure how to spend the day? How about sweating it out with your sweetie. Three to try:
- Burn off those calories with an indoor cycling class at Flywheel in the Gold Coast today. Then grab a voucher for a two-for-one special on signature or build-your-own burgers at 25 Degrees.
- Freebie! FFC wants to whip you in shape, and help you unwind, by offering a free lunchtime yoga class for members at 12:30pm at the West Loop location. Various FFC locations are offering different classes, too, so call yours to find out more info.
- Or give yourself a treat, and an upper-body workout, learning how to massage your partner in the Valentine's Day Couples Massage workshop with help from instructor Sarah McLaughlin at Bloom Yoga Studio. Bring two pillows, two bath towels and a yoga mat. Plus, enjoy drinks and desserts after class. Class costs $80 per couple.
Valentine's Day may be the occasion on many Chicagoans' minds, but February's also a time to show some love for African-American heritage. Skip the roses and chocolate and head to your local library for lectures, crafts and storytelling events celebrating black culture in the United States.
The Chicago Public Library hosts activites almost every day across its many branches. Greater Grand Crossing Library (1000 E 73rd St) offers "Exploring African American History and Genealogy" on Saturday, February 16, at 10am. Trace your family tree through CPL's database and learn how the research system works.
You can take a more hands-on approach at Jefferey Manor Library's (2401 E 100th St) African mask-painting activity on February 21 at 4:30pm. Later that evening, join the South Side's very own Renaissance Man, Lowell Thompson—an artist, author, historian and adversiting guru—at Sulzer Regional Library (4455 N Lincoln Ave). Thompson will read from his latest book, African Americans in Chicago, which chronicles the lives of local legends, from Jean Baptiste Point DuSable to Barack Obama.
The Harold Washington Library Center (400 S State St) is home to two major exhibits coinciding with African-American History Month. "Chicago's Got Soul Second To None" includes memorabilia and historical information about Chicago's signature 1960s sound through February 28. Meanwhile, "Called to Challenge: The Legacy of Harold Washington" pays tribute to the Windy City's first black mayor, the library's reformer namesake.
Or, guide your own journey through history at the independent Newberry Library (60 W Walton St). Artifacts include a love letter from Missouri slave Washington Hall to his wife, who left him to move to Illinois with her former master once freed.
Here's a sneak peek at what's coming up in this week's Time Out Chicago, on newsstands tomorrow:
Youth violence in Chicago has become such an epidemic that Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to pass a gun-control bill during his State of the Union address last night. Anyone who watched, and saw sitting next to the First Lady the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teenager who was killed just a week after performing at Obama's inauguration, couldn't help but be moved. But what can we Chicagoans do to stop this terrible killing spree on our South and West Sides? The answer: plenty.
Alex Kotlowitz, renowned author and producer of the documentary The Interrupters, writes an emotional essay about just how bad it's gotten for Chicago kids and their parents; we present a month's worth of opportunities to help stop the violence, from volunteering to donating money to great causes; and our Theater editor Kris Vire talkes to DePaul professor Miles Harvey about taking stories from real Chicago kids affected by gun violence and turning them into a gripping play called How Long Will I Cry?, premiering this month at Steppenwolf.
More than 1,000 vehicles are on display for this year's auto show at McCormick Place. Chicago's first official auto show was held in 1901. While the vehicles have become a lot cooler, tickets are now more than 50 cents (they're $12). This year's show has a range of cars on display—everything from concept cars to hybrid vehicles, this year's major feature. There are also plenty of accessories to look at, along with auto-related exhibits. The show is here until February 18.
There's a nice selection of free things to do in Chicago this week. A lot of opportunities to see some art and learn a thing or two. Also, a Twin Peaks marathon.
"Johanna Billing: I'm gonna live anyhow until I die."
10am-6pm, Kavi Gupta Gallery
Set to a soundtrack inspired by experimental musician Franco Battiato, Billing's new video follows five children as they run around Rome. Their adventures, culminating in an empty school, allude to psychoanalysis, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bruno Munari among other Italian heroes.
According to this post on Atlantic Cities, which comes via online real estate site Trulia, Greek Town and Old Town are among the best neighborhoods to find love nationally. The Chicago nabes are number 3, behind Los Angeles and New York, per usual. But before you consider relocation, know this: The information used to come to this analysis is based solely on which neighborhoods have the highest ratios of men to women (Greektown) and women to men (Old Town) living alone.
So make of this what you will.
In this week's issue, we offer a few clever alternatives to the cliche V-Day gifts (flowers, chocolate and lingerie) you've been thinking about buying. Since you can never have too many options, here are three more for the ones you like, love and really really lerve.
Like: We haven't met a woman who doesn't enjoy a mani/pedi. That said, many of us don't want to indulge too often. Treat her to the special red wine and roses mani/pedi treatment at the Spa at Dana (80 minutes for $125). She'll enjoy a glass of wine while soaking her hands and feet in a calming rose and honey milk bath with fresh rose petals, an exfoliating sugar scrub and a hand and foot massage.
Love: One of the greatest parts about receiving flowers from your sweetie? You think of him/her every time you look at that bouquet. Step it up a notch with Field & Florist's four-week winter blues subscription, a weekly bouquet of sustainable flowers. Make that warm, fuzzy feeling last that much longer ($150, $180 with delivery). Looking for a more exotic flower selection? Try H.Bloom's weekly/monthly subscription ($65 per exotic arrangement).
In it to win it foreversville: So maybe she doesn't need another ring on her finger just yet. A lady always loves jewelry. Go for the gold (and diamonds, emeralds, you pick) with local designer Dana Rebecca's Jacquie C heart necklace. She'll love you forevah.