Archive for August 2012

CPL Overdue Book Amnesty: No Fines, No Fuss!

No overdue fines will be charged for Chicago Public Library books and/or other materials for the next two weeks (from August 20 to September 7). The library is calling it the “Once In A Blue Moon Amnesty Program.” An opportunity like this one comes along rarely — “once in a blue moon,” as the saying... Read more »

Chicago Korean Festival 2012: This Weekend

Find the 17th Annual Korean Festival in Chicago’s Albany Park Neighborhood, at 3200 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, today and tomorrow (August 18 and 19, noon to 10:30 pm each day).  The following promo shows the kind of ambiance that fest goers can expect:

Billiken grand marshal today is Strautmanis

President Obama’s deputy assistant, Michael Strautmanis, will lead today’s Bud Billiken Parade. However, the parade itself is the bigger story. Once upon a time, the parade route held so many more positive sights. Now there is a lot of blight, too many food deserts and poverty in too many areas near the parade. The good... Read more »

Gabby Douglas' Haters Hate Themselves

Social media loudmouths as well as official commentators who get personal about Olympians actually say more about their own shortcomings than they do about the contestants that they criticize. These days many critics seem to want to make names for themselves by attacking whatever popular name will give their tirades greater SEO visibility. Sadly there have... Read more »

Gore Vidal videos: Laugh-In, Cavett and Beyond

Just a few years ago Gore Vidal was to appear in Chicago for a literary event but canceled due to ill health. He passed away on July 31, 2012. He was 86. His play, “The Best Man” is currently running on Broadway. In the ’60s,  ’70s,  and ’80s, Vidal was often a guest on television... Read more »