Posts in category "entertainment"

Skinny and Half-Lesbian: In Defense of Being Bullied

Skinny and Half-Lesbian: In Defense of Being Bullied
“My mother is a lesbian. And that makes me ethnically half-lesbian.” I’ve always loved that line and figure if I ever get a side job as a stand-up comedian that it will become one of my signature jokes. Thing is, it’s completely true. Like a lot of kids growing up in the 1970s, I watched... Read more »

"Karma Hell Bus Rides"

"Karma Hell Bus Rides"
The following is part of a series called Short Short Sports Stories which are real life stories and funny stuff under 1000 words. Years ago I was on the way to an intramural soccer game. I try to avoid the bus when I can, but on this early evening in Chicago I didn’t have the... Read more »

Noel Gallagher of Oasis talks sports with a Sports Blogger

Noel Gallagher of Oasis talks sports with a Sports Blogger
Bloggers get to do cool things sometimes. One of Chicago Now’s mommy bloggers just interviewed President Obama in the last few weeks. Others write in newspapers like Extra, RedEye, the Trib and the Sun-Times. Some write columns for sports websites and magazines about everything from NHL hockey to bowling to roller derby. And many get... Read more »
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Sports in Film: A Look Back at Four Duds

Sports in Film: A Look Back at Four Duds
Around New Years, I gave my bit on the ten best sports films of the last 20 years. Here are the “Big 4” in my opinion that fumbled it the worst with bad acting, belabored agendas, and unnecessary hype. 1. Ali (2001) – Boxing Michael Mann’s 3-hour epic about one of the greatest and most... Read more »

Rollerskate Sensation: Jackie Daniels

Rollerskate Sensation: Jackie Daniels
Before she arrived in Chicago back in late 2009 Jackie Daniels was already a burgeoning force in roller derby. She is recognizable as a star of the Windy City Rollers, one of the country’s most established and competitive leagues right here in Chicago. Jackie was also named last season’s League MVP, the second time she’s... Read more »

Roller Derby: Why We Skate

Roller Derby: Why We Skate
Three practices a week at two hours each. A 45-minute commute each way to practice, and five to 10 hours a week on volunteer things. That’s 20 hours of just roller derby stuff each week. It’s fair to say this is a minimum for many of the tens of thousands of women that play roller... Read more »
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Girls on Film: Roller Derby On-Screen

Girls on Film: Roller Derby On-Screen
Ever since Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut called Whip It! hit the silver screen in 2009, the conversation about roller derby has gotten louder and more profound. Starring Oscar nominees Juliette Lewis, Ellen Page, and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, the film has spurred more attention toward the world’s fastest growing sport. Currently, a few independent... Read more »

Roller Derby in Chicago, A Short History

Roller Derby in Chicago, A Short History
In mid-2004 a pair of women went to Austin for a much needed “girls only” vacation. The idea in mind was to do some off-road biking and soak up a little live music. One day over beers at a bar they met an edgy Austin girl, a waitress who had an interesting style, chock full... Read more »

Somebody Ran Over Blue Man Group

Somebody Ran Over Blue Man Group
Or, let’s hope they got them. Call me a curmudgeon, but when I left the house today, seeing the new blue street salt that the City of Chicago has started to use to litter our snowy roads, I had a thought. I thought for a minute that maybe someone ran over the famed Blue Man... Read more »
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The 11 Best Sports Films of the Last Two Decades

The 11 Best Sports Films of the Last Two Decades
Since 1991 –after such great 1980s sports films like Hoosiers, The Natural, and Chariots of Fire– a lot of excellent film work has hit the screen. The best films often deal not only with the sport featured but the lives of every day people across all walks of life. I’ve seen a lot of sports... Read more »