Why I Wear Hats

As readers of my blog know, I’m very sensitive to the use of hats in everyday life. I have a hat obsession. I have been known on several occasions to put together entire outfits to match the hat. Actually, that tends to be the rule, not the exception. So when a friend asked innocently, “Who […]

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MCA Edition: Dil Pickle Club

When Polonius asks Hamlet what he is reading, his response is “Words words words.” Well, words words words was the theme of this past weekend’s Museum of Contemporary Art festival. I only caught a section of it since I was at the Bughouse Square Debates but I had a great time. All over the museum […]

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Bughouse Square Debates

This weekend I attended the Bughouse Square Debates at Washington Square. In the early 20th century, Washington Square (Bughouse Square was its popular name) was a place of free speech. People from all different classes, view points, etc, would  give speeches on various topics. Heckling was part of it too. Each year, Newberry Library celebrates this history […]

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Madlener House

Earlier this week when I was on a walk, I stumbled upon a new building in the Gold Coast. I was walking by one of those impressive buildings in the Gold Coast when I noticed the outrageous red wall paper with gold quatrefoils on the wall inside. I looked through the window and saw these […]

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Summer Screenings and Dos Hermanos

The Chicago International Film Festival is one of those standup organizations in Chicago. Their October film festival is amazing; in 2013, they showed 125 films, 40 by new filmmakers. But not only do they hold this incredible film festival, they have a free program called “Summer Screenings” at the Cultural Center. From June until October, […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

To continue my summer quest of enjoying all things outdoors, I am going to talk about theater in the park. This past weekend, we went to see Chicago Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of its “Theater in the Parks” program. It was a wonderful production under the clouds (it never got dark enough for […]

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Renaissance Faire

Yesterday, we went to Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This is my favorite activity in the summer. We go once a summer since it is a bit of a haul to get there. It’s got dress up, tasty food, live music, jousting, drama, and general mischief. I think I’ve gone for the past six […]

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Monstrous Regiment

Last night, I saw Monstrous Regiment at the Lifeline Theater in Rogers Park. It’s an adaptation of a book by Terry Pratchett by the same name. Lifeline Theater puts together adaptations of many books. Several years ago, we saw an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, which was quite good. I was particularly excited to see […]

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The Novice and the Arduino

Check out my adventures as a Maker trying to learn how to use and program my Boarduino. Check out my success with programming “Blink” at Chicago Electronic Distributors‘s blog: http://chicagodist.com/blogs/news/14867917-the-novice-and-the-arduino ### And as another shameless plug, if you are interested in learning about who the tamale people are, please consider voting for my story at Curious […]

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