I, personally, am a big fan of slamming V-Day. But for once, I will not waste valuable blog space complaining about couples. I will simply point out that, if you’re a dude, 2/14 is pretty sweet this year. If you’re a taken dude, you will be so sad you’re committedand will not be able to partake in Saturday’s events. (Though, you could probably convince your gal pal to go with you if you can somehow convince her that it was her idea…
February 14th, 2009:
12am to 11:30am
Sleep. Then maybe some Madden ’09.
Handmade Market at The Empty Bottle for FREE! In which they “…strive to create a market, with affordable handmade, mostly local items. There are a ton of crafters in the city, and we try to make this accessible to up and coming designers, jewelry makers, and others. Come out and help support your monthly crafter’s market”
The Chicago Auto Show! Yes! If you believe what you hear on the news, I think no one in the United States has bought a single car since the Spring of 2008. Now’s the time! And, since American automobile companies are so ahead of the game, I’m sure all that well-invested electric car research has already produced a car that runs on a hybrid of electricity and energy expelled by resorting your coworkers recycling after they’ve left for the day.
Impress everyone around you by informing them what The Minutemen was referencing when they named their stellar double-album “Double Nickels on The Dime”. Everyone at Quimby’s bookstore will be impressed. Accept, of course, Michael T. Fournier… the writer/critic/historian who will be in attendence, speaking about his most recent entry into the 33 1/3 lit canon.
No one’s cared about the NBA All-Star game since Magic Johnson came back to chuck up 3-pointers over Isaiah Thomas for the feel-good story of, well, the last time anyone cared about professional basketball. But what’s this, The Skillz Challenge? Eff yeah, I’ll check it out. Especially since my boy Derrick Rose is playing against Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson and Tony “Shit Tattoo”Parker. The challenge is legit too, as the past winners are sweet (and much more impressive than the dunk/3-point champs… hi Craig Hodges!) — Steve Nash ’05, Dwayne Wade ’06-’07, Deron Williams ’08.
Your choice of awesome concerts:
Flosstradamus and Gatekeeper at The Abbey Pub; The Chamber Strings, Kevin Tihista, and Lonesome Cougar at Cobra Lounge; Fucked Up, A/V Murder, and Boystown at The Empty Bottle, or drop a hundo wit your shorty to see Jeff Tweedy @ the Vic. If you can’t afford a hundo, just make a video and you won’t have to worry about spending money on a g/f:
Rather than just talk about a band I would recommend going to see tomorrow night at Schubas, I asked Michael Hush, lead of pop-rockers Five Foot Nine, to tell me his favorite pop culture tidbits from 2008 (Now that it’s over).
Before I get all list-y, the Five Foot Nine play fresh, clever, well-arranged rock that most immediately reminds me of Brooklyn’s Bishop Allen. Both bands combine tasteful guy/gal harmonies, tight rhythm sections, and great sing-along choruses with charm to spare. Local swaggering glam-punk poppers The Handcuffs are also playing.
Here’s were Mike’s Pop Picks of 2008.
Books: as for fiction… Here are 3 novels that I really admired this year
- Denis Johnson, “Tree of Smoke”
- Michael Chabon, “Yiddish Policeman’s Union”
- The Lazarus Project, “Alexander Hemon”
- The Visitor
- Frozen River
- Happy Go Lucky
- Los Campesinos
- Bonny Prince Billy
- The Hold Steady
- Probably Holiday Inn Express spot where the geeky marketing dude displays his dope rhyming skills on the corner in NY…
Pop Culture Moment:
- …got to be Grant Park on election night