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Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage 773

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage 773

What with the unexpected almost-spring that is January thus far, the winter blues have yet to set in. Stave them off a little longer with the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, which continues tomorrow night through Sunday at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont). The 11th annual Sketch Fest, which opened last Friday, features more funny than…

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Need a cab? Just tweet it.

Need a cab? Just tweet it.

A local Chicago cab driver is taking his business to a new level. Operating under the Twitter handle @ChicagoCabbie, Rashid Temuri reaches his customers through social media, according to a recent article on Ars Technica. Here’s how it works: Instead of operating through a dispatching service like most cab drivers do, Temuri will tweet his…

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My favorite posts of 2011

My favorite posts of 2011

2011 was a cool year. I tried Okcupid. I got a new job. And best of all, I translated my movie obsession into a gig that keeps me in Starbucks. As an added bonus, I get to say, “oh yeah, so that supplement of the Tribune? I blog for it! Take THAT, relatives!” (I didn’t…

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Thank you, Graham Crackers

Thank you, Graham Crackers

A couple days ago, my friend Bob hurt his knee. I took great pleasure in calling him a gimp, because I’m a jerk like that. Then I felt guilty and asked if there was anything I could get him. “Powerade?” he croaked through a haze of pain medication. I obliged, then we watched “Archer.” Yesterday…

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Shop in the 'hood

Shop in the ‘hood

I’m not a fan of Christmas shopping. Let’s just get that out there. Two holiday stints at bookstores cured me of any and all affinity for braving the masses while “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (or worse, Michael Buble’s bro-tastic “Santa Buddy”) blares over the loudspeaker for the kajillionth time. I’m also…

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FOX Chicago kills Santa

In a FOX Chicago newscast last night surrounding kids’ high expectations for gifts from Santa this holiday, anchor Robin Robinson came right out and said the unthinkable on television for all to hear – “There is no Santa.” Even after co-anchor Bob Sirott jokingly called her Ebenezer Scrooge, she came out and said it again, advising parents to ”stop…

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Redbox increases DVD rental prices

Redbox increases DVD rental prices

If you were planning to rent a scary movie on Halloween night with your pocket change, you may need to rethink your plans. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, Redbox will be increasing DVD rental costs by 20 percent effective Monday, October 31. This means, instead of renting a DVD for $1, your DVD will be…

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Get ready for a cold one, Chicago!

Get ready for a cold one, Chicago!

“People in Chicago are going to want to move after this winter.” That’s the quote I woke up to this morning from long-range meteorologist Josh Nagelburg. According to today’s  Sun-Times, winter in Chicago is going to be more brutal than ever this year. (As if we weren’t still rocked from last year’s blizzard fiasco.) Last year, while the…

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Get spooky.

There are three reasons October is my favorite month of the year: 1. It’s my birthday. 2. Boots are back in season. 3. Haunted houses, ghosts and goblins and scary movies are so in. Finding a haunted house, pumpkin farm or other festive October activity has always been pretty easy in the ‘burbs. So now…

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