Monday, September 1, 2014

The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival

The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival
Story and Photos by Dan Locke

 Labor Day weekend is a fun weekend.  This weekend in Chicago, you have allot to do. There was Jazzfest, Last Flint in Naperville, outdoor BBQ, go to the beach, go boating and the list goes on and on.  What I decided to do was to go see some comedy.  I went to the Funny or Die Present Oddball comedy and Curiosity Festival in Tinley Park, IL at The First Midwest Band Amphitheatre.  This is a yearly traveling comedy fest which tours the United States during the summer.

It started in Tampa FL on August 8 and goes on until September 21 in Austin TX.  In Chicago it was a fine mix between local comedians and national comedians.  The show door opens up at 5pm with the second stage starting with the local comedians.  At 7pm the real entertainment began.  I could tell you all of the jokes but that would not be fair.  So I am just going to give you highlights.

Brody Stevens
  •  Cubes
  • Name your job

Ari Shaffir
  •    The hills has eyes

Michael Che
  • He had the biggest glass of beer I ever saw
  • The N word
  • Gay Ghost
  • Going to jail vs. San Francisco

Chris Hardwick
  •  Heading into the crowd
  •   No talking dead

Hannibal Buress
  •  Visiting home
  •   Strip clubs
  • Playing Baseball at 48
  •  Thanking drugs for entertaining me

Chris D’Elia
  • Real Bear vs. Real lions  
  • NFL Bitch Move
  • Sarah Silverman
  • What I use my left hand for if I am right handed
  • Love with the crowd
  •   Do you say NO to GOD if he asked you a question

Jim Jefferies
  • 911 vs. Nurses
  •  Wife who used to be a cheerleader and Dennis Rodman

Amy Schumer
  • The Birth control Challenge
  •  Looking for the Google looking good site
  •   Kate Upton is my look alike
  • My name is Quinn
  •   Double Dating

Bill Burr
  •  Is it time for first ladies to stop making policy

This is the tour of the summer.  On the way out I stoped by to see how much t-shirts were.  Well they reached from $10 to $25 only--- More at |

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hiring Fair for Veterans in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 18

On Thursday, September 18, veterans, active duty service members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses are invited to attend a HiringOur Heroes Veterans Event in Chicago.  This no-cost event – which utilizes an innovative model featuring candidate pre-screening, applicant-employer matching, and onsite interviews – will put veteran job-seekers in interaction with over 70 registered employers, all of whom have job openings right now.  And starting at 8:30 a.m., veterans can attend an Employment Workshop that provides one-on-one mentoring and resume-writing tools for job-seekers.  See the attached flyer for details.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on September 18, 2014
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


Pavement Entertainment

EP review by Mike O’Cull

Adage is a cool new modern rock band out of Winston-Salem, NC and, judging by the sound of the groups’ new EP release Defined, this is a bunch of guys with their eyes set firmly on the prize of making it big on the world-wide stage. The sound put down here is big, crunching guitars and strong vocal hookery, just the way rock and roll should be. Defined is only five songs long, but each of them is engaging, rocking, and memorable. Vocalist/guitarist Justin (no last names in this band) has a perfect voice for this kind of music and is alternately melodic and edgy, with a passionate delivery. The rest of the band (guitarist Luke, bassist Johnathan, and drummer Alex) are equally up to the task of making quality rock music and the EP holds up to repeated listenings quite well. Highlights on this set include “Anymore” and “Growing Colder”. If I had a radio, this is what I would like to hear coming out of it. Grab it now.
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Free Rides on CTA

CTA back to school: Free rides on first day; how to get reduced-fare student cards

Reprinted from CTA Tattle by Kevin O'Neil

For the third year in a row, Sun-Times Media Productions is sponsoring the CTA's First Day, Free Rides program.
Last year, CTA provided more 147,000 free student rides on the first day of school and provided about 25 million student rides throughout the academic year.
Students who are enrolled in school are eligible to receive discount fares to ride the CTA Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. when school is in session. Last year, Mayor Emanuel and the CTA lowered student fares by 10 cents to 75 cents to make transit even more affordable. Beyond school hours, elementary students ages 7-11 pay reduced fares of $1 on the bus and $1.10 on rail and individuals 12 and older pay full fares.
How to get reduced fare student Ventra cards
As in previous school years, the 75-cent Student Reduced Fare is available with a Ventra card that must be obtained from the school where the child is registered or directly from Ventra via a special online student form.
In order to obtain student fare cards, students should not obtain Ventra cards from vending machines or from retailers who sell Ventra. Instead, follow these instructions:
CPS: For new students attending Chicago Public Schools, they will be able to get a student Ventra card from their school administrator. If the student has previously attended CPS and already has a student Ventra card, those students do not need to get a new card – they should use that same card for the new school year. Their school already has their Ventra information and those cards will automatically deduct the correct reduced student fare when the fall session begins.
Private, parochial, charter schools that provide fare cards to students: Some private and parochial schools will also directly distribute student Ventra cards to enrolled children if those schools have already signed up to distribute Ventra. A list of all schools that directly issue student Ventra cards to enrolled students can be found online.
Private, parochial, charter schools that do not provide fare cards to students: Students attending private or parochial schools that do not distribute student Ventra cards can download a form online and bring the form to school to validate the student’s enrollment. After they have received the validation from their school (as proof that they’re eligible for the discounted fare) they can mail the form to Ventra to the address below. Student Ventra cards will be sent to the student’s school for pickup by the student.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Wizard World Presents 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Panel Featuring Sir Patrick Stewart, Moderated By William Shatner, August 24 During Chicago Comic Con
Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden Reunite For Special Celebration Of 20th Anniversary Of Final Episode At Rosemont Theater

Fans of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the highly successful 1987-1994 follow up to the original “Star Trek” television series, are in for a special treat as six of its stars reunite for a unique celebration of the 20th anniversary of the program's final episode on Sunday, August 24 from 5-6:45 p.m. “Captain Kirk” from the original, 
William Shatner, hosts as the “TNG” bridge crew of Sir Patrick Stewart (“Captain Jean-Luc Picard”)
Jonathan Frakes (“Commander William T. Riker”), 

Levar Burton (“Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge”), 
Michael Dorn (“Lieutenant Worf”),
 Marina Sirtis(“Counselor Deanna Troi”), 
Brent Spiner 
(“Lt. Commander Data”), and
 Gates McFadden(“Dr. Beverly Crusher”) relive the memories of the program's seven-year run.

The event was held at the Rosemont Theater (5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont). Tickets range from $30 to $150; more information available at A Wizard World Chicago Comic Con admission is not required to attend the TNG reunion panel, but William Shatner Platinum VIPs are admitted free with Tier 1 seating.
Shatner is a one man force of nature who delivers a larger than life performance complete with his laugh-out-loud humor and signature storytelling in his inimitable style. Fans can enjoy this rare and special appearance produced in conjunction with Lightspeed Fine Arts. All ticket buyers receive a limited-edition lithograph exclusive to this event.
The Emmy Award and Tony Award nominee Stewart, who has performed in more than 100 television and film roles, will also attend the convention, signing autographs, posing for photo ops and greeting fans on Saturday and Sunday. Stewart is one of several actors to appear in all three "X-Men" films: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). His role as Picard placed him in four Star Trek films: Generations (1994), First Contact (1996),Insurrection (1998) and Nemesis (2002).
Star Trek: The Next Generation” focuses on the 24th century adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D). This incarnation of the famous starship is much larger than the one captained by James T. Kirk a century earlier, and, accordingly, it carries a larger crew complement: 1,012 men, women…and, surprisingly, children. This era’s Starfleet Command believes that men and women are more likely to sign up for long-term exploratory missions if they think of their ship as home. Thus, Picard’s crew enjoys many of the comforts they’d have otherwise left behind, including a wide variety of recreational opportunities, “replicated” food dishes to suit every palate, and quarters large enough to share with spouses and offspring. There are schools for the children and a bar (stocked with synthetic alcohol, or synthehol) where the adults can unwind. However, the ongoing mission—no longer limited to a mere five years—remains virtually the same as it was during Kirk’s time: to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before. The show won an astounding 18 Emmy Awards during its magnificent run.
David Boreanaz (“Bones,” “Angel”), 
Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), 
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan (“Doctor Who,”), 
Katie Cassidy (“Arrow”) and comics legend 
Stan Lee are among the celebrities scheduled to join Shatner, Stewart and the “TNG” team at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 21-24 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. It is largest and longest-running of the 16 events in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.
For more on the 2014 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, visit
About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.--- More at |

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Starring Wiz Khalifa and Jezzy
Featuring DJ Drama, Rich Homie Quan, Mack Wilds, Ty Dolla $ign, Iamsu!, and Sage the Gemini.

For the third year in a row, Wiz Khalifa and the Under the Influence of Music Tour is lighting up stages across the country.
On August 5 in Tinley Park, Illinois at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre we all felt Under the Influence.

DJ Drama did this thing and kept the entire Amphitheatre turned up in between each show and the crowd was loving it.
Rapping, dancing, drinking and smoking many things were the theme of the night.
Each artist coming to the stage brought their own style and swag, turning the place up one after another.

Oh, but Jeezy and Wiz, what can I say, that’s who most people came to see.

Jay Wayne Jenkins, stage name JEEZY lit up the stage with a full performance including amazing moves, lights and smoke.

The huge Letters J E Z Z Y on the staged teased the crowd while DJ Drama pumped the place up and then brought out the artist.
Jeezy is one of the more successful artists to come out of Atlanta in the last decade and on August 5th we were reminded why.
Performing “Lose my Mind”, “Go Crazy”, “Who Dat”, “Get Ya Mind right” and “My Nigga” are just some that kept the place on fire.

Then it was back to DJ Drama, commanding the attention of everyone, tip up your cup, light up whatever your smoking, put your hands in the air………..the main
event.  Lights went out, fireworks on the main screen above the stage, his back to the crowd, wearing a black jacket with the words” “FUCK OFF” in white, a striped shirt
Featuring Pink Panther, skinny jeans and Nike’s and holding a gold microphone, Khalifa took the stage.  Smoking his own, he invited everyone there to light up with him and busted out “Roll Up” and “Work hard, Play Hard”.   One hit after another, smoke filled the air, Khalifa had the whole place turned up and we were all Under the Influence of something.

This concert rocked!!

Even though it was a Tuesday night, that didn’t stop fans from coming out, living it up, and being entertained by some of the best artists in the world.
If you missed it, betta get your tickets now, Under the Influence of Music Tour 2014 will be hard to beat.

Special thanks to Live Nation for the media access.

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UniverSoul Circus Returns to Chicago -- Tickets on sale now

UniverSoul Circus promises more fun-filled high-energy, distinctive artistry
and audience interaction under the big top
UniverSoul Circus is a Global Experience with Amazing Acts from China, Ethiopia, Chile, Colombia, Poland, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa

In 2014, UniverSoul Circus celebrates a major milestone – 20 unforgettable years of its unique brand of family friendly entertainment featuring a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts never before witnessed under the big top.  Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus redefined center ring with an amazing combination of fun-filled high-energy, distinctive artistry, and audience interaction. With its eye on future generations, UniverSoul Circus surges forward by presenting a breathtaking spectacle of performances on a global scale.
UniverSoul Circus returns to Chicago Wednesday, September 24 thru Sunday, October 19, in Washington Park.  

Tickets, starting as low as $17, are on sale now via or 1-800-345-7000.
“Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus started as a dream,” said CEO and Founder Cedric Walker. “From a single market in 1994, to amassing a worldwide following of millions, our steady growth, popularity and critical acclaim have exceeded my wildest expectations.  My dream of producing a singular entertainment event for the entire family to enjoy has turned into a reality, ten-fold,” Walker added.
Circus goers in Chicagoland will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. As has become customary throughout its 20 year history, UniverSoul Circus has virtually circled the globe to find the best and most unique talent to showcase under the big top.
Visual presentation of UniverSoul Circus Acts 2014
High resolution photos of UniverSoul Circus 2014
Official B-Roll video of UniverSoul Circus 2014
WHAT: UniverSoul Circus plays Chicago, IL
WHEN: Wednesday, September 24 thru Sunday, October 19, 2014
WHERE:  Washington Park -- 5531 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
TICKETS:  Tickets, starting at $17, are available now at and
1-800-745-3000. Children under 1 are FREE.
Visit for more info, show times, and schedules.  Also follow us on  and
About UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel. It embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers. UniverSoul Circus is rated as one of the top three circuses in America along with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey and Cirque du Soleil. UniverSoul’s fresh approach to family friendly live entertainment has garnered it a coveted spot as one of Ticketmaster’s top ten most requested family events, along with other shows including Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The circus was founded 20 years ago in Atlanta by concert and theatre promoter, Cedric Walker.
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