Posts tagged "chicago"

Steven's Halloween Ballyhoo: Send in the (Killer) Clowns (or Pennywise invades Chicago Heights!)

Steven's Halloween Ballyhoo: Send in the (Killer) Clowns (or Pennywise invades Chicago Heights!)
“He had red hair. He had a white face. He was chasing a kid down the park.” Those are not the words of Stephen King. They are the words of Elijah Robinson, Jr., who witnessed an incident this morning regarding a clown running towards a group of his friends. According to ABC7 News, “A group... Read more »

"Words Matter" even when "Chicago is a War Zone": Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do battle in the first Presidential Debate of 2016

"Words Matter" even when "Chicago is a War Zone": Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do battle in the first Presidential Debate of 2016
(I watched the debate on NBC, as a peremptory note) I don’t often like to watch political debates, as they usually make me feel like I’m going to pass some tainted Oysters Rockefeller. Yet, and I think millions will agree with me, this debate was the exception. We have been waiting to see these two... Read more »

The Kardashians, Donald Trump, and the moral ideal of Judgment (Kvetching with Steven Podcast, Episode #2!)

The Kardashians, Donald Trump, and the moral ideal of Judgment (Kvetching with Steven Podcast, Episode #2!)
Straight from my mouth to your brain, the second episode of my podcast, Kvetching with Steven is now available on SoundCloud.com! In this week’s episode, I talk about the idea of moral judgment and how it can be a positive and negative tool to use in our lives. Donald Trump, The Kardashians, and Wendy’s all... Read more »
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"She's (still) like BUTTAH!": A review of Barbra Streisand at The United Center (8/9/16)

"She's (still) like BUTTAH!": A review of Barbra Streisand at The United Center (8/9/16)
“People, People who need people, Are the luckiest people in the world!” I was among the luckiest people in the world tonight at The United Center, the land of Bulls and Hawks, to see Barbra Streisand perform live for the second time in my life. The first time I saw her, in 2012, was as... Read more »

Lollapalooza, Ravinia, or bust: 5 tips for surviving the Chicago outdoor music festivals!

Lollapalooza, Ravinia, or bust: 5 tips for surviving the Chicago outdoor music festivals!
“There are many very famous open-air festivals…in America…some [people] just lie on the grass, others bring elaborate picnics, and some young women even nurse their babies. And all of these people are able to hear a first-class concert under the stars.” – Christa Ludwig, Opera Singer Outdoor music is a quintessential part of the American summer.... Read more »

Steven's Restaurant Corner: The Tale of The Billy Goat Tavern at Yorktown Mall or "John Belushi must be rolling in his grave"

Steven's Restaurant Corner: The Tale of The Billy Goat Tavern at Yorktown Mall or "John Belushi must be rolling in his grave"
The Original Billy Goat Tavern on Michigan Ave., like the Cubs themselves, has become an iconic Chicago munch-factory. Thanks to SNL and John Belushi, the phrases “Cheeseborger, Cheeseborger, Cheeseborger” and “No Pepsi…Coke!” have become objects of quirky pride for Chicagoans. (If you haven’t watched the classic skit, you can watch it here on the restaurant’s website!) What is... Read more »
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“Here pity only lives when it is dead": a moment in the Chicago neighborhood of John Wayne Gacy

The quote in the title of this article is from Dante Alighieri’s immortal poetic depiction of hell, The Inferno. The Inferno is a perfect moniker for where I wound up yesterday on a beautiful Monday in Chicago. Throughout my childhood I heard the name John Wayne Gacy passed around like a boogeyman, a hush falling... Read more »

Theatre Review: See Jane Lynch Sing [and knock your socks off] at Lyric Opera of Chicago (6/17/16)

Theatre Review: See Jane Lynch Sing [and knock your socks off] at Lyric Opera of Chicago (6/17/16)
As Jane Lynch said to start the evening, you have certain expectations when you hear a comedic actress like her is doing a cabaret show. You expect it to be an excuse of the ego, uptight, and painful for all involved. I am happy to say, with zero reservations, that Jane Lynch’s cabaret show See... Read more »

A Weekend of Blondie and Weird Books: Blondie at The Genesee Theatre and the 55th annual Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association's Book & Paper Fair

Very seldom do I do two things in the course of a weekend that perfectly embody who I am as a creative human being. Whenever something comes up that fits my schedule and my passion, I work doubly hard to make them work. On Friday I went to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL to see... Read more »
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"No, I can't help you": A story of Walmart and the death of Customer Service

"No, I can't help you": A story of Walmart and the death of Customer Service
“Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.” – Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield  The art of customer service is not one of... Read more »