Archive for October 2017

RussiaGate is Complex, Here Are 10 Links to Better Understand it

RussiaGate is Complex, Here Are 10 Links to Better Understand it
Today was a watershed day in the RussiaGate scandal, and to quote The Carpenters, "we've only just begun." Former Donald Trump Presidential campaign chair Paul Manafort and former Trump Foreign Policy Adviser Rick Gates became the first individuals charged with allegedly colluding with the Russians to steal the 2016 Presidential election. Additionally, Trump Adviser ("an excellent guy" according to Trump) George Papadopoulos reached a plea agreement, and he's reportedly actively cooperating with the Robert Mueller investigation. "Mueller Time" is going to continue well into 2018, and likely even longer than that...

New Art Institute Russian Revolution Exhibition is Extremely Timely (PHOTOS)

New Art Institute Russian Revolution Exhibition is Extremely Timely (PHOTOS)
You couldn’t have asked for better timing, as Russia is at the top of everyone’s mind right now. On the same exact weekend that news broke of the first indictments in the Robert Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign potentially colluding with Russia, the Art Institute of Chicago opened a new exhibition commemorating the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test, is an exploration of early Soviet art (largely propagandistic in nature) and its audiences (which included 130,000,000 largely illiterate serfs)...

Daily Show Correspondent Desi Lydic: Exclusive Interview (Audio)

Daily Show Correspondent Desi Lydic: Exclusive Interview (Audio)
Desi Lydic is a comedian/actress who became a correspondent on The Daily Show in September of 2015. She also stars as guidance counselor Valerie Marks on the MTV comedy-drama series Awkward.  Lydic got her start in the 2001 parody film Not Another Teen Movie, and her previous credits include We Bought a Zoo, Legally Blonde 2, Two and a Half Men, CSI: NY and The League...
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The Daily Show Trump Presidential Twitter Library Opens in Chicago (Photo Tour)

The Daily Show Trump Presidential Twitter Library Opens in Chicago (Photo Tour)
While The Daily Show has now wrapped in Chicago, you still have a chance to catch the comedy program's Donald J. Trump Twitter Presidential Library. It's hilarious, interactive and thought-provoking, so you don't want to miss it this weekend. The satirical library, which both lampoons Presidential libraries while poking fun at the president’s strong distaste for reading, will occupy the Burlington Room in Union Station (225 S. Canal) and be free of charge to all. It's a pretty extensive and impressive collection...

The Daily Show Chicago: Encapsulating the Audience Experience

The Daily Show Chicago: Encapsulating the Audience Experience

Night one of The Daily Show Chicago produced an atmosphere so energetic that a segment actually had to be re-taped.

When the video montage of President Donald Trump bad-mouthing Chicago, attempting to depict our fair city as a lawless hellscape was shown, the crowd booed so boisterously that it drowned out everything else picked up by the recording equipment.

Once the whole episode had been recorded, this brief segment had to be recorded again in order to be usable for air.

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Arrives in Chicago Next Week

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Arrives in Chicago Next Week
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is coming to Chicago next week! Yes, TDS will originate from the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., from Monday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 19, taping at 5 pm central everyday. Unfortunately, no tickets remain however...
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Eminem Torches Donald Trump on BET; Video Burning Up Social Media

Eminem Torches Donald Trump on BET; Video Burning Up Social Media

The current American political atmosphere is reminiscent of the industrial landscape during WWII.

No matter who you are, or what you do, you put that aside and now devote your energy and efforts to a greater cause. In the 1940s, entire industries shifted from producing whatever products they typically make, and towards developing what was needed for the war effort.

Today, the shift is occurring in the marketplace of ideas. If you have an opinion and a platform, in 2017 you use it to make your voice heard on the state of the country and its leadership. Today, just like back then, the fight is against the threat of fascism and the ideology of white supremacy.

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Politics Driving NFL Ratings Down? That's a DUMB and WRONG Argument

Politics Driving NFL Ratings Down? That's a DUMB and WRONG Argument
The idea that television ratings for the NFL  are down due to political reasons is about as inaccurate and stupid as the belief that ESPN is losing viewers and bleeding money over a "liberal agenda." How dumb are these two ideas? They're in the same ballpark as the origin and significance of #MeanGirlsDay. Hey, I love that Tina Fey-Lindsay Lohan comedy from the early 2000s as much as the next person, but the fact that #MeanGirlsDay was the number one trending term on Twitter nationally for much of this past Tuesday, simply because of one line of dialogue that's extremely banal, unfunny and irrelevant to the plot, is exceedingly moronic...