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Midnight at Music Box: Party time! Excellent!

Midnight at Music Box: Party time! Excellent!

If you haven’t already guessed this weekend’s Music Box Midnight Movie…I’ll tell you. “Wayne’s World” will go from suburban cable access to midnight movie January 6-7 at Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport). In honor of the lovable duo from Aurora, I’ll give you a Top 5 Reasons to See “Wayne’s World” List. (If only…

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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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What are you doing New Year's Eve?

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Call me lame, but I’m not a huge fan of going out on New Year’s Eve. Paying a ridiculous cover charge so some inebriated stranger can slobber on me at midnight? Nah. The only thing I like less is the trailer for “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Annoying over-enunciating kidbot. Emotional manipulation as subtle as…

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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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Taking the plunge with LVAC

Taking the plunge with LVAC

Wednesday night I dared to go where no Lauren Whalen has gone before. I joined a gym. Now before you label me as a total couch potato, let me assure you: I do way more than sit on my keister at the movies. When I worked in Lincoln Park I walked to the office almost…

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Unwanted visitors in Maison de Film Femme

Unwanted visitors in Maison de Film Femme

Yesterday was busy and endless, but after the lovely long weekend I spent chilling at my parents’ house, I had enough energy to see it through. Finally back at my apartment, I was lying spent on my bed when . . . Wait. Is that brown dot moving? Until last night, I’d never experienced bedbug…

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'The Names of Love': It works because it's French

‘The Names of Love’: It works because it’s French

“The Names of Love” is nothing new. Uptight suit-loving gentleman meets gorgeous free spirit who teaches him a few lessons in love and life: at this point the trope is trite. And sometimes downright creepy. Yet “The Names of Love” works. As repressed Arthur and hippie Baya, respectively, Jacques Gamblin and Sara Forestier are completely…

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'Grease Sing-A-Long' opens July 29 at Music Box

‘Grease Sing-A-Long’ opens July 29 at Music Box

Don your finest leather jacket and leave your hipster cool at the door. The “Grease Sing-A-Long” is back by popular demand July 29-31 at Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport). Randal Kleiser’s ode to 1950′s teenagers stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, and the late Jeff Conaway. “Grease Sing-A-Long” features a pre-show costume contest…

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