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Coda

February 2008

10 years
ago

 

Guest Blog: Baby, It’s Hot Inside

It could have been due to the snow—or perhaps the subject matter—but the audience at last night’s Heat Wave opening was a little … sparse, which is sad and a little ironic. In July of 1995, our city failed to take responsibility for more than 700 heat-related deaths. It was a complete societal breakdown where everyone (the City of Chicago, the media, and civilians) was accountable for one of the worst meteorological disasters in the history of the United States. It’s a story worth remembering. So, why all the empty chairs?…

10 years
ago

 

The Singles Bracket Declares a Winner

It started in a bar, as so many ideas do: an NCAA-tournament style bracket for singles. A friend of mine and I had been weighing the benefits of one arty activity over another, with the deciding factor being, well, men. As in, when you’re over the Saturday night bar scene, where else can you go to meet people? It got me thinking: what if you canvassed the arts & culture scene and plotted out the possibilities on a bracket? …

10 years
ago

 

The Singles Bracket: The Championship Game

The guitar lessons were great, but did the crush on the teacher remain just that—a crush?

And what goes better with a pick-up line—a Black Cat espresso or a Miller Light on a doily?

We present the championship match-up…

10 years
ago

 

The Singles Bracket: Final Four

Even though an anonymous commenter called it a place “full of dumb yupps,” the soccer league at Sport & Social beat out the marathon running group.

But what will happen when kicking balls goes head-to-head with waiting for a cold one at the Friendly Confines?

The field has narrowed yet again. Here, the Final Four…

10 years
ago

 

The Singles Bracket: Elite Eight

Will country-punk Carol’s edge out late-night perennial Marie’s? Is the pick-up scene better in a marathon training group or a soccer league?

It’s time to find out which Chicago hot spots make it to Singles Bracket: Elite Eight. Drumroll, please…

10 years
ago

 

The Singles Bracket: Sweet 16

I’m choosing to ignore all Valentine’s Day madness for something far more representative of my current milieu: a Chicago Singles’ Sweet 16. Inspired by the basketball madness that is March, in the next few days, I will whittle down the best cultural events/spots for meeting a potential mate (Note: whether “mating” is just for the evening or for longer term is purposefully not specified, as it is usually indeterminable from first meeting)…

10 years
ago

 

IM’ing the Interview Show

Humor columnist Mark Bazer works in the same building as me (the Tribune Tower), but our paths never cross. Then I heard he was starting a talk show the first Friday of every month at my favorite bar, The Hideout (starts tomorrow night, the 8th, from 6 to 8 p.m.; cover is $5. The next show will be Friday, March 7th).

Since we’re both serious journalists who work serious journalism jobs, I thought I’d throw the whole professional interview thing out the window and bug him a little over Instant Messenger:

Coda: Hey, Mark, do you see this?
Mark: Yes! Did you see my yes?
Coda: Yes! I see your yes! This is fun!
Mark: We are technologically ahead of the curve, I think…

10 years
ago

 

Anatomy of a Political Event

6:20 p.m. My colleague and I arrive at Hyatt Regency Chicago, site of Barack Obama’s Super Tuesday election night party. Navigate through crowd of campaign volunteers, Japanese TV crews, and supporters to check-in table.

6:45 p.m. Obtain media badge, walk through metal detector, scan crowd. It’s stocked full of media types, college kids, and local politicos such as Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool.

7:05 p.m. Attempt to enter ballroom, only to be intercepted by overeager volunteer…

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