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We’re old enough that we remember seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers back in the days when they performed in nothing more than strategically placed socks. In a recent NPR interview, singer Anthony Kiedis downplayed the socks stun...


Las Vegas 2011 (Day 4)

August 25, 2011

We started Day Four with lunch at Aria. Yep, lunch. Party foul—we did a little work before heading out. Anyway, Aria is one of the hotels that’s part of the relatively new CityCenter development. It is set off the strip a bit t...


Las Vegas 2011 (Day 3)

August 24, 2011

We started off day three by heading to the pool in the morning to try to catch some sun. “Try” is right. The New York New York pool – essentially a slab of concrete with a hole with some water in it – doesn’t get any sunlight u...


Las Vegas 2011 (Day 2)

August 23, 2011

For day two, we walked The Strip and stopped in casinos along the way. We have to admit, though still not a luxury casino, Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall seems to have cleaned up its act quite a bit. We stopped in at a few of...


Las Vegas 2011 (Day 1)

August 22, 2011

We booked a four-night/five day trip to Las Vegas a couple of months back through Southwest Vacations. The promo included two free show tickets (and that’s a significant savings since show tickets here generally costs about $10...


Paul (2011): Get your own alien

August 15, 2011

Paul came out on DVD last week and we snapped up a copy. Although this adventure wasn’t directed by their usual partner, Edgar Wright, so far anything with Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost—from the television...


An interview with X’s John Doe

August 10, 2011

X is one of our favorite punk bands of all time. Definitely top 10 and maybe top 5. So when X singer-bassist John Doe puts out something new, we take notice. Doe has been recording as a solo artist for 20 years now. Due out Aug...

Concert Recaps

Lollapalooza 2011: Day Three

August 8, 2011

Started off with a visit to the Cloud Gate or “The Bean” in Millennium Park and a leisurely lunch at the Park Grill. While the place isn’t particularly cheap, given the Fest’s going rates for libations, we were okay paying $10 ...

Concert Recaps

Lollapalooza 2011: Day Two

August 7, 2011

We got a late start today and after shopping at Macy’s, Filene’s Basement and some other stores in the area, we met a couple of old friends at Potbelly, a cool (but ubiquitous) Chicago eatery chain known for its sandwiches and,...

Concert Recaps

Lollapalooza 2011: Day One

August 6, 2011

Day one of Lollapalooza, the annual three-day music festival that now takes place in Chicago every August, began with a 10am press conference to commemorate the its 20th anniversary. Started by Jane’s Addiction front man Perry ...