The beauty of public service is that it enables one to change the world through community involvement. The greater essence of civic engagement is that it allows people to begin taking a vested interested in the advancement of their communities.
Instead of pressuring myself to see the world, run a marathon or win a Grammy (as a mom to a toddler, I consider it a victory when I leave the house with clean hair), I thought I'd let myself off the hook on some of my least favorite activities.
From small headlining gigs to playing Lollapalooza and then curating this year's ATP, The Afghan Whigs are enjoying their time back together, which brought them to a sold-out crowd at Manhattan's Terminal 5 on Friday night.
September doesn't know what it wants to be. On one hand, it's a pretty kick ass month with beautiful weather that feels like a wonderful extension of summer. On the other, it's a turd of a month synonymous with the end of summer with a back- to-school buzz kill.
Many locals will tell you that summer is the main reason -- the only reason -- we stick it out through Chicago's long and brutal winters.
The measure of any emerging band seeking fame and fortune in America is the ability to survive any number of Armageddon moments on its first major tour. Or as the Dunwells like to refer to it, their "Lollageddon" incident.
If you caught hyped indie darlings White Rabbits at Lollapalooza last Sunday afternoon, you know that the band has the capability, much like good magicians do, of reaching into its bag of tricks to capture the attention of the crowd.
This year's Lolla-goers had a lot to deal with -- braving the heat, thunderstorms, and mud pits. Lucky for me, many a concertgoer still knew how to bring their style to the tumultuous Chicago weekend weather.
Shortly after 12:10 a.m. on Sunday morning, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell lead a heat-soaked and sweat-drenched crowd on a 75-minute-long journey that rivaled any act across the stages at Chicago's Grant Park.
From over-indulging on concerts all day to meeting photo deadlines in the wee hours of dawn, there was little room left to party during Lollapalooza weekend. However, I did manage to hit up a few major gatherings.
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In a city like Chicago, I have found that there's never a lack of something to do, but finding that thing can be quite a challenge. Here's a short list of good ideas for ways to spend this summer weekend.
I don't care what anyone says. The song of the summer isn't Carley Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." For my money, and mind you I make very little of it, it's Electric Guest's "This Head I Hold."
It's that time of year again, when music concerts swap sticky dive bar floors for well-tramped grass and enormous open-air stages.
Union Park's attendees waded in mud at times and baked under the relentlessly hot sun at others during Pitchfork's eighth annual festival. Besides the battle against the elements, festival goers had plenty else to engage them, as the weekend offered a palate of surefire hits and miscalculated flops.
The weekend of August 3rd will mark the 16th Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park in Chicago (not counting the cancelled 2004 festival). If you're a mu...