Bad bitch weekend: Marie Antoinette, tattoos and Annie Lennox

A quick recap of some important notes from the weekend, full of bad bitch-ness.

  • Hubs and I had tickets for the Steppenwolf Theatre’s newest show, “Marie Antoinette.” It’s the story we were all taught in high school, but pretty sympathetic towards Marie, who was basically a child bride. Plus it has modern dialogue and amazing costumes (think Beyonce in the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour).

THE CLOTHES, PEOPLE. She started off the show with a tiny crown nestled in a three-foot-tall wig and a bedazzled top that said “BOSS.” Between scenes there was dance music and strobe lights. Stylistically one of the coolest things I’ve seen. The second act dragged a bit, but hubs and I give it two thumbs up. Go see it, Chicago!

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  • After years of toying with the idea, I finally got inked. I joined the Chicago flag tattoo club. I brought some moral support who ended up getting an impulse tattoo. (Bad bitch props to her.) Hat tip to the guys at Studio One in Pilsen who gave us a great experience. They were chill and funny and patient. Plus the shop is uber clean, intimate and has cool vintage decor. I’ll definitely recommend them to others and get more work done there.

 

  • Annie Lennox at the Grammy’s. Flawless. She starts in around the 2:05 mark. Get it, girl.

Also doing work at the Grammy’s: Lady Gaga looked and sounded amazing. And I give props to Madonna for doing her thing.

 

La Casa housing project offers hope to Latino college students, Pilsen community

 

Construction begins at La Casa

“Look to your left and right. One of you won’t be graduating. Most of you will end up dead, pregnant or dropping out.”

Monica Lepe was in a room full of freshmen like herself at Benito Juarez Community Academy when her principal announced this the first day of school.

“Wow. That right there said a lot,” said Lepe, 20, who remembers that moment every day she walks through the neighborhood where she was born and raised. “I remember looking to the left and right, and both of those people did not graduate.”

Lepe graduated and is now studying at Malcolm X College, but she says she doesn’t know where most of her freshman class ended up. “Some of those people are dead.”

What with Juarez having three times the state’s drop-out rate, Lepe said she expected resources and encouragement to help overcome the trend. What she remembers is getting a free pass to continue business as usual.

It’s a problem The Resurrection Project homed in on: Not enough students are achieving in high school and going on to college, leaving a dearth of knowledge in primarily Hispanic Pilsen. [Read more…]

Northerly Island plan “awesome” but at what cost?

Downtown Chicago and Burnham Harbor as seen from Northerly Island.

“We don’t want to be Millennium Park.”

Gia Biagi, the Chicago Park District’s planning director, got that point across Tuesday night as she led a group through the grassy fields on Northerly Island.

She was referring to Millennium’s original  $150 million budget that, in the end, topped $475 million. Perhaps that’s one reason why not even a tentative budget has been set for the new Northerly Island Park.

“A lot,” was all  Biagi would say of the ultimate cost. And who could blame her – the city is already facing a more than $600 million budget shortfall for 2012. [Read more…]

Weather forecast wrong, people angry

I was once told in a television news class I took as an undergrad that the number one reason people watch the local nightly news is this: the weather.

My fiance’s mother is one of these people. Each night she turns on the local NBC affiliate, promptly takes a 40 minute cat-nap and has someone awake her to hear the next day’s temperature.

Today angry tweeters took to the Internet to proclaim their dismay that popular Chicago weather guy Tom Skilling got today’s nearly 100 degree forecast wrong. It was barely 75 degrees at 2 p.m.
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