Oprah Offers to Feed America

May 6, 2009

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KFC and Oprah have teamed up to give away coupons for a free meal from KFC that includes 2 pieces of KFC’s new Kentucky Grilled Chicken, 2 sides, and a biscuit. Tickets can be printed out at unthinkfc.com until 11:59 p.m tonight, Wednesday May 16th. The coupons can be used until May 19th (The coupons can’t be used on Mother’s Day. Sorry to those of you planning on “treating” Mom to a KFC dinner.)

Who better to promote your product than one of America’s most influential people of 2009, Oprah. I don’t know a single stay-at-home mom that doesn’t religiously follow Oprah’s every command.

The promotion appears to be working. Twitterers have been tweeting about the long lines and other troubles at the fast food restaurant. It seems that people are even rioting and staging sit-ins because some stores were refusing to let people use coupons. I guess KFC underestimated the power of Oprah and they were unprepared for such large crowds of hungry Americans.

I printed out two coupons from my computer yesterday. Apparently you can only print up to 4 coupons per computer. I haven’t made it to a KFC yet to witness the madness, but I definitely plan on making a trip.

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Consider these: Hottest DJ spots in the city

May 6, 2009

With the weekend approaching us, it’s time to have fun.  Let loose.

Don’t say there isn’t anything to do, and don’t wait until the last minute to make a decision based off everyone else’s plans.  Take my advice: venture out into Chicago’s nightlife scene looking your best.  Get ready to mingle.

Now that I’ve just given you something do this weekend (Thursday – Saturday, Sunday Funday excluded), I have to give a disclaimer.  The following places I’m about to list are not places where one can have “a chill night.”

These places define party.  They are designated for those who are hip, trendy, young, and young at heart.  There will be lines (sorry, guys).  There will be cover fees (sorry, guys again), and there will be pushing.  Lots of it.

Sounds like a weak suggestion so far, I know, but once you’re in, it’s time to have fun.  Order a drink and let DJ whoever take it from there…

Stone Lotus my number one pick for a good time

Open late-night, this place doesn’t get wall-to-wall crowded until 1:30 am. The DJ meshes in with the crowd and remixes most pop and hip-hop hits with various house music.  His booth is attached to the back end of the bar, but he is not forgotten.  Especially when he pulls out throwbacks every now, like Jackson 5’s “ABC.”

The Underground – the most lively

Welcome to a club with a bomb shelter atmosphere and the Triforce logo EVERYWHERE.  In The Underground, the DJ booth is sheltered and perched in the back of the club.  From his huge window, the DJ spins hot remixes and even pumps himself up doing the job.  He will likely be seen rocking out for the crowd displaying intense fist-pumps.  It’s infectious.  Plays great hits and remixes house with some rock, such as The Bravery.  A taste can be heard on their website.

Enclave – most spacious

Because this place is large, Enclave is most likely to hold special events with performances and celebrity appearances.  Its dark inside with bright neon lights tastefully decorating the club.  The DJ booth watches over the main dance area and it’s lined with awesome neon blue.  Expect to hear tons of great house hits mixed with techno.  Definitely check out their website samples.


It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… T-Rex, a stone, and a pig?

May 3, 2009

So on Wednesday after our awesome Online Journalism I class, I had time to kill before meeting up with friends. I decided to walk down Michigan Ave, through Millennium Park in hopes to get inspired for a blog post (and lookie here, I did), and then go wherever my feet would take me.

I saw the usual: tourists walking around, ducks in the Crown Fountain, annoying high schoolers thinking they’re allthat&abaggachips making dumb poses in front of…

Some very interesting sculptures.

Windy City Dinosaur by Sui Jianguo and Shen Shaomin
Windy City Dinosaur
by Sui Jianguo & Shen Shaomin

Jia Shan Shi No. 46 by Zhan WangJia Shan Shi No. 46
by Zhan Wang

Valiant Struggle by Chen Wenling
Valiant Struggle
by Chen Wenling

I’ve never seen these sculptures before and — when you see the pictures, you’ll see — they’re very eye-catching. The one with a crane and a pig (as I described it to myself) definitely caught my attention (as it’s supposed to do). I had no idea what it meant, but it looked interesting. When I looked it up online, I saw that it’s called Ying Yong Feng Dou and that there’s so much more to it than looking cartoonistic (is that even a word? It is now…).

Millennium Park unveiled these four sculptures by Chinese sculptors (I only saw three; the fourth wasn’t done yet) on April 9, 2009, courtesy of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Boeing Galleries and will have them until October 2010. According to one blogger’s review,

“In addition to being an acclaimed venue for public art, Millennium Park has a populist mandate, and the balance between popular appeal and artistic excellence is a difficult one. Chen Wenling’s “Valiant Struggle,” one of four new large-scale sculptures from China introduced into the park, is a critique of an increasingly capitalistic and consumerist Chinese society, but the funhouse aesthetic, especially in the park, reduces the sentiment.”
The Chicago Art Blog.

See more pictures and read reviews of the sculptures at art.newcity.com and Chicago Outdoor Sculptures.

Or, go check it out for yourself! Chicago’s weather look like it’s seeing brighter days so there’s no excuse!


PossiBULLy the most entertaining game ever

May 1, 2009

Imagine being the only female — a 21-year-old female to be exact — in a dorm of 18- to 19-year-old freshmen huddled around a TV as if it were a warm fire on Chicago’s coldest day watching Game 6 of the Chicago Bulls.

Each layup, each free throw, each jumpshot, each pass, each pick, each foul, each call, each timeout, each buzzer . . . their reactions just got stronger and stronger.

Not to mention, their reactions at — count ’em — three overtimes.

What did the scene look like?

...this is just their reaction for the SECOND overtime...

...and this is just their reaction to the SECOND overtime...

I know this is an entertainment blog, but sports IS entertainment. Wherever you were watching the Bulls game tonight, you HAVE to say that the reactions you saw — the joy, the anger, the relief, everything — was entertaining as heck! I couldn’t stop laughing watching these boys hug and hold each other as the Bulls tied 118-118. Then 123-123. Then finally 128-127! By the second overtime I found myself holding my breath and saying “Crap!” to some of the lame calls the refs made or the unbelievable shots the Bulls and the Celtics made. At the end of the game these boys were head over heels for Derrick Rose and John Salmons. One of the guys, Don Whigan (in red) even said, “He makes this shot, ima get a tattoo on my arm!! (makes the shot) I’M GETTING A TATTOO TONIGHT!!!” (Of course, lamely, he didn’t follow through).


It’s PossiBULL!
The pictures speak for themselves. These boys’ reactions are HILARIOUS. I’m pretty sure whoever you were watching the game with was just as entertaining as these boys. Check out the hilarious pictures individually here.

Tonight’s game was more than entertaining, and probably one of the best games we’ve seen since Michael Jordan. Some are even saying the best series ever! Let’s hope our hearts can handle Game 7 and more.

Hey. Anything’s possi-bull.


The High Price of Art

April 29, 2009

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Are you on a budget and trying to experience the arts in Chicago? If you answered yes, steer clear of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute is raising their admission price from $12 to $18 starting May 23. The price increase will be in effect after a week of free admission celebrating the opening of the new Modern Wing.

The Art Institute is increasing the admission fee in response to an “overall rise in operating costs for the museum”. To compensate for the higher admission fee The Art Institute is eliminating costs for special exhibitions and the checkroom.

For those of us on a budget, don’t fret, the Art Institute offers free admission at certain times during the week. Every Thursday after 5 p.m. throughout the year and Fridays during the summer after 5 p.m. the museum is free to enter. In addition, the whole month of February is free to enter. If you wanted to see the new Modern Wing your best bet is to go during opening week from May 16th to May 22nd when the museum will have no admission fee.

If your still trying to go to the Art Institute during normal hours parts of the museum are accessible for free. The North and South gardens, the new sculpture terrace on the third floor of the Modern Wing, and the new Ryan Education Center in the Modern Wing are all open free of charge.


The Boss Is Back

April 28, 2009

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One of the greatest recording artists of all time will be gracing Chicago will his presence once again in just a couple weeks. That’s right, Bruce Springsteen is bringing his beloved live show to the United Center on Tuesday May 12th. The show is part of a four and a half month world tour in support of Springsteen’s latest album “Working on a Dream” which was released in January, and is his sixteenth studio album since his first in 1973. The show will be the twenty-third of the massive sixty plus shows currently planned for the tour, which will take The Boss and his E Street band all the way from New Jersey to Spain and just about everywhere in between. Springsteen’s reputation for spectacular live performances landed him a spot doing this year’s Super Bowl halftime where he did not disappoint. He’s sure to wow the sold out crowd at the United Center with his massive catalogue of classic material and world famous stage presence. Set lists from the tour so far have included unassailable classics like “Darkness On the Edge of Town,” Born To Run,” and “Johnny 99” among many, many others, so there shouldn’t be too many lulls in the set. If you’re interested in tickets, at this point it’s pretty much eBay, Craigslist, or scalpers, but of course, be prepared to throw down for them.


Britney brings her Circus to Chicago

April 28, 2009
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(Stripper poles? What kind of a circus is Britney??--ok nevermind)

For the next couple of days, Britney Spears and her gang will be amongst us in Chicago.  She will be promoting her newest album “Circus” for two evening performances tonight and Wednesday night, at the All State Arena.  Tickets are still available on ticketmaster.com, shockingly after the star’s “comeback” was thouroughly hyped up by the media. *cough*MTV*cough*

I say that in quotations because it’s hard to determine whether or not this is conisdered a comeback.  How does one define a comeback?  I’d define a comeback as something glorious… perhaps Michael Jordan returning to the NBA… something along those lines?

However you choose to define a comeback–a witty insult, a return with some improvement, or, maybe a reappearance from a long break–let’s take a few moments to reflect back upon Britney’s circus, er, I mean life and career.

Almost five years ago the pop princess began her soon-to-be rollercoaster of a life.  In June 2004 she found herself reaching that point in the ride right before the first major drop sends the cart wheeling around.  Britney had suffered her second knee injury while filming a music video for her hit “Me Against the Music.”

An injury that would surpass surgical fees, a knee brace and four months rest.   An injury that would force her to call off her summer tour that was expected to visit 36 U.S. cities, “The Hotel Onyx Tour.”  The downfall… humiliation… do we even need to go over this?

That summer, all Britney could do was rest and let her fans know that she would be back…  as fans waited to be reimbursed for their letdown in 2004.

Five years, one divorce, countless wigs and two kids later…