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focus: Lucy McKenzie Exhibition @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Upon walking into the Art Institute's Modern Wing, the beloved exhibition of Josef Koudelka is now removed and a new exhibition sits in its place--quite literally. Before entering the space, Lucy McKenzie is projecting towards her audience. One mechanically...

Bartender-author Greg Seider teaches us how to make cocktails that don't suck

Put me in a home kitchen and I could kludge almost anything to at least edibility with some wine, garlic, and rosemary. But having grown up in the era of the Pina Colada song, the low point for mixology in America, I've never felt like I had a comparable intuitive sense of the principles of cocktails.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

#HutchOnFallon

Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson is no stranger to late-night television. He's been on Conan three times and has also made appearances on Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel. But there's one Jimmy who hasn't yet invited Hutchinson to grace his sound stage, and that's Mr. Show More Summary

12 Powerful Climate Allies That GOP Denier Leaders Can't Ignore

After my son submitted his college applications a few weeks ago, he confessed not getting into his top choice school would be the "ultimate dreamcrusher." That aptly sums up the dread I started to feel following last week's election....Show More Summary

The Fat Cats at College of DuPage (an Illinois Jr. College)

Gift bans be damned. It's steaks, ribs, filet and crème brulee... for all. In June, the College of DuPage (COD) lost a $20 million state construction grant because of corruption. In July, COD was exposed for paying up to $27,000 in fees and private membership dues at the presidents shooting club. Show More Summary

Question Before the Court: Can Corporations Betray Retirees?

At a chemical plant called Point Pleasant in a town named Apple Grove in a state John Denver labeled almost heaven, a man known as Freel Tackett helped negotiate three collective bargaining agreements that provided raises and decent benefits for workers and retirees. Heaven ended in 2007 for Tackett and other retired Point Pleasant workers. Show More Summary

How We Arrived At The Current State Of Our Politics

This post will take you all the way from the invention of the Tonight and Today shows through the dysfunction of modern politics. It's a bumpy ride, so please stow your tray table. There used to be a thing called "mass media." FirstShow More Summary

Giving Thanks

On November 15, thousands of people across the globe will celebrate National Philanthropy Day (NPD) by putting their "love of mankind" into action through deed and giving. In communities everywhere, this day is set aside to officially recognize the importance of philanthropy to both the recipient and the giver. Show More Summary

Illinois Approves Secret Fracking Rules: IL Enviro Council Thrown Under Bus, Grassroots Hold Line

On the heels of the nation's fastest growing coal mining rush, a state legislative committee chaired by Sierra Club champion Sen. Don Harmon officially unleashed fracking in Illinois today, approving the final regulatory rules in secret,...Show More Summary

Shedd Aquarium helps rescue orphaned baby otter

Meet Pup 681, a southern sea otter pup who was found all alone and crying on a California beach. After weeks of intensive care, the 5-week-old otter seems to be enjoying her new home at the Shedd Aquarium.The pup was discovered on Coastways Beach in central California on Sept. Show More Summary

LeBron James And Cavs Are Still Searching For An Identity

It's not that the Cleveland Cavaliers aren't going to score points. Newly minted head coach David Blatt should be able eventually to get his three superstars -- including young point guard Kyrie Irving, who understands pick-and-rollShow More Summary

Embrace it, don't take 'Swiftamine'

"Saturday Night Live" nailed it this weekend with "Swiftamine," a fake commercial for medicine that adults take when discovering they like Taylor Swift induces vertigo. "I took my daughters to a Taylor Swift concert. I did not want to go," says a humbled dad (Kenan Thompson). Show More Summary

The Creative Gifts of ADHD

In his 2004 book Creativity is Forever, Gary Davis reviewed the creativity literature from 1961 to 2003 and identified 22 reoccurring personality traits of creative people. This included 16 "positive" traits (e.g., independent, risk-taking,...Show More Summary

The Devil Wears Red Sneakers in Don Juan in Hell, a Shavian Dream Debate

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The Devil, wearing red sneakers, is host to some of the finest artists and geniuses of time immemorial. The notorious Don Juan surprises us by not being happy in Hell. He wishes to spend eternity in Heaven, even though everyone...

8 Signs You're in the Hipster Part of Town

By: Gianni Jaccoma Credit: Flickr/Bill Dickinson These days, the term "hipster" has become so mainstream that it almost entirely lacks meaning, lost in a sea of skintight jeans, Flock of Seagulls haircuts, and cruelty-free almond butter. Show More Summary

Old Meets New With Autumn Tasting Menu At 42 Grams

Autumn Tasting Menu @ 42 grams from Jack C. Newell on Vimeo. via 42 Grams: "Chef/Owner Jake Bickelhaupt of 42 grams (4662 Broadway St) unveils his much-anticipated third menu this fall.“For this menu, I was inspired by simplicity; IShow More Summary

Mick's Tape: A guide to Internet mayhem

Welcome to another Wednesday Hump Day Link Dump Day. Hat tip (H/t) to RedEye Social Media Lady Jessica Galliart (If you aren't already, you should follow her.) for that alternate name suggestion for Mick's Tape, my weekly round up of...Show More Summary

Uptown Thriller Parade This Halloween In Buttercup Park

How cool is this? If you've always wanted to dress like a zombie and reenact Michael Jackson's Thriller video, then this is your chance. Register to dance here or register here as a volunteer. The fun is scheduled for October 31 in Buttercup Park. To get you in the mood, we leave you with this.

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