Monday, April 02, 2007

Sunday In The Park

(Forest Park, that is.)

Yesterday, I went to Circle Theatre to see friend and fellow Hell in a Handbag ensemble member Brigitte Ditmars in Circle's production of "Mack and Mabel," the (highly re-written) story of Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand. The production numbers were really well done, the costumes were great, and I can't say enough good things about Brigitte's dancing.

As an "aside" note, the theatre has posted some clippings from various local publications praising the show, including one from Hedy Weiss of the Sun-Times saying, "who would have thought a store-front theatre could pull it off?" Which I thought was very condescending and short-sighted, but that's mainstream media for you: the backhand that giveth also taketh away.

We continue to get ready for Hell In A Handbag's fundraiser, A Handbag Happening, on April 24 at The Spot (4437 N. Broadway, just north of Montrose).

We'll have an open bar from 7:00-9:00PM and open buffett from 7:00-10:00 PM. There will be a silent auction and prizes, too. Plus, we'll be unveiling The Joans, a punk band tribute to everyone's favorite silver siren (and the other "J.C."), Joan Crawford. This has been in the works for some time, so you won't want to miss it. Get your tickets now!


In other news, the Superintendent of the Chicago Police is now going to retire early amid the scandals rocking the department. For those of you not local or familiar with the matter, in February an off-duty 6'2", 220 lb.tactical officer lost control of himself and beat up a 5'4" inch 120 lb. female bartender after she refused to serve him anymore. I won't post the video of the event here, because it's posted everywhere, and frankly, I can't stand to look at it.

Mayor Daley declined to say whether or not he asked Phil Cline to retire early, saying only what he usually says at press conferences:

"Heh? Himzamob? Whazzat? What scandal? I don't know 'bout no scandal? Hey look(*chuckles and points*), look, this guy's bald! Heh heh!"

Suffice it to say that this comes at a bad time for his Olympic bid. But I'm sure it'll all be forgotten in no time at all. Just like all the other shit he's been pulling. Because after all, like the campaign slogans say (let's all recite them together now), "Chicago Works." "Daley Gets Things Done." "Daley Will Break Your Fucking Knees If You Disagree With Him." (Oops, that was the Christmas card, not the slogan.)

Let's see if people are still content to spout campaign button phrases when CTA starts collapsing this week and it takes 2 1/2 hours to make a 30-minute journey. For the next three years.


Blogger David said...

Make that power pop punk. You're so modest. The Joans are performing 'Mad the Dirt' written by YOU!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Well, I'm not one to blow my own gratugenflugen, as Rose Nylund said. I can't even reach it! (As Sophia said.) :-) I was just thinking of a really kick-ass opening line for a new Joans song as I was leaving this morning, and I was going to send it to you. And I forgot them! Arggh!

5:15 PM  

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