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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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'The Descendants': De-pressing

‘The Descendants’: De-pressing

I tried to like “The Descendants.” I really did. The trailer was heartwarming: a truly sad story of letting go broken up by gentle hijinks. George Clooney is befuddled and doesn’t understand his daughter! The grandpa punches the daughter’s doofy guy friend! Pretty scenery contrasted with ugly death! Also, the film made a lot of top…

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S.S. Poseidon at Music Box New Year's Eve

S.S. Poseidon at Music Box New Year’s Eve

There’s got to be a morning after…if you can hold on to Dec. 31. If bar-hopping and candlelight yoga aren’t your bags, the ever-splendiferous Music Box Theatre has a fun alternaplan for New Year’s Eve: a screening of the classic disaster flick “The Poseidon Adventure.” The evening sets sail at 11 p.m. at Music Box…

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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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NaNoWriMo'ing in Lakeview: SUCCESS!

NaNoWriMo’ing in Lakeview: SUCCESS!

On November 1, I set out on a quest. One really badly written rough draft to rule them all. This was my third year participating in NaNoWriMo, a nationwide movement for writers at all levels to get their novel on by penning a 50,000-word first draft during the month of November. I’m no Faulkner. I’m…

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Jack o'lanterns and gratitude

Jack o’lanterns and gratitude

I can remember my first Halloween in Lakeview. After that, it’s kind of a blur. On October 31, 2006, I had been unemployed for exactly one week. My roommate and partner in crime Bob was at class that day, probably at a party afterwards. I don’t recall what Bob wore that year. No doubt his…

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Lookin' out my back door (er, window)

Lookin’ out my back door (er, window)

I live close to a major intersection in Lakeview. Because I don’t have cable, and because I’m 80 years old, I enjoy people-watching out my living room window. You would not believe the stuff that goes down – and the later the hour, the stranger the neighborhood gets. (I was going to call this post…

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Chicago United Film Fest tonight at Music Box

Chicago United Film Fest tonight at Music Box

Lots of good flicks in Lakeview this weekend, but if you’re in the mood for something a little different, check out the 2011 Chicago United Film Festival, opening tonight at Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport). According to Music Box’s website, the Chicago United Film Festival is “where art and creativity create a united film…

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'Donnie Darko' Oct.1, or 'shameless self promotion'

‘Donnie Darko’ Oct.1, or ‘shameless self promotion’

This October, cheap and freaky fun is a hop, skip and a jump away. Facets Fright School will present cult, classic and always creepy movies each Friday and Saturday at midnight from September 30 to October 29. The cream of Facets’ crop of esoteric film geeks will introduce each flick and lead a post-Q&A. All…

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