Monday, August 23, 2010

It's a bird, no a plan, It's Rod Blagojevich at Chicago Comic Con

Is it a bird, a plane, or the Dark Knight... No It's former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Our local political celerity, ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich, stopped by Chicago Wizard World 2010 Comic Book convention in Rosemont, IL on Saturday, August 21, 2010. As he walked through the front doors, media frenzy went wild as news cameras followed him through out the convention center.

The media was there early waiting for Rod Blagojevich. Over the years I have covered Wizard World and I don't think I ever seen so many camera crews. It's some great PR for the convention as well as our ex-Governor. The ex-Governor seems to be working his way to becoming a Hollywood reality celebrity. As some radio talk show host stated on the radio, "politicians get convicted and celebrities walk free." I take the ex-Governor knows what he's doing…

Pictured is Count Midnight interviewing Former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Wizard World 2010, Chicago Comic Con
Rosemont, IL, USA
August 21, 2010
photo by Adam Bielawski
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MegaFest 2010 presented by Chicago Mega 95.5 FM

Chicago Latin radio station, Mega 95.5FM, hosted MegaFest 2010. The event featured some of best Latin artist on the airwaves. MegaFest 2010 lineup consisted of Enrique Iglesias, Prince Royce, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Reik and the duo Xtreme. Mega 95.5 on air radio personalities brought sexiness to the stage...

If you missed it just stayed tuned at for the next event at

Mega 95.5 MegaFest 2010
Allstate Arena
Rosemont, IL, USA
August 21, 2010

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rihanna After Party at Vision Nightclub on August 25th

Rihanna After Party at Vision Nightclub on August 25th

The Official Rihanna Concert After Party and Chicago's Vision Nightclub on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vision is located just north of the loop at 632 N. Dearborn.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

It was a diffent type of performance at Lollapalooza . I was turn down for a photo pass but I did have a ticket for one day. So I used that day to see Erykah Badu with her blonde mohawk. She started out being late as usual, but not late. The band started off with a 10 intro before she hit the stage. She performed for a hour. Her setlist was long for that short time. She played
20 Feet Tall
Out My Mind, Just in Time
The Healer
On & ON
Bump It
Annie (Don't Wear No Panites)
Penitentiary Philosophy
Didn'tCha Know.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lollapalooza 2010 – Gillette Ambassadors Adam and Jason have the Ultimate Summer Job

Lollapalooza 2010 – Gillette Ambassadors Adam and Jason have the Ultimate Summer Job: VIP Events, Great Food, and Lollapalooza 2010
Grant Park - Chicago, IL, USA - August 8, 2010
by Sommer Thornton, photo by Dan Locke

The winners of Gillette's Ultimate Job Contest, Jason Fisher and Adam Ward are living the summer dream. They get to embark on an 18-City tour to MLB games, award shows, and the most popular restaurants and clubs across America promoting Gillette's newest innovation, the Fusion Pro-Glide Power Razor. Last weekend the guys stopped in Chicago for Lollapalooza and made believers of the locals by setting up a fully-equipped Shave Station at Navy Pier, allowing passers-by to actually shave on site. With their video blog at detailing all of their experiences, Adam and Jason--writer/producers from Los Angeles are single handedly ushering in the glide revolution.

Chosen from a pool of contestants at a Gillette rap contest in New York's Hudson Hotel, Adam and Jason were ideal because they were average Midwestern boys - relatable, but had the charisma to get strangers to try the new razor on themselves. Most women don't realize that shaving is such a tedious task for men. At the Shave Station, they watched patiently as their men used the razor for the first time and instantly fell in love with the new design. The new vibrating Pro-Glide gives a cleaner shave with virtually no tug, and no cuts or nicks. After shaving part of his burly beard, Patrick Whittaker, a glider convert commented, "It's much easier than my cheap disposable razor. I've got this crazy in-grown hair on my neck and this took care of it very well." Using the pro-glide combo--the thermal scrub, face wash, cooling lotion, and the hydration moisturizer makes for the most comfortable shave most of the converts had ever experienced. This is how shaving was turned into gliding.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Macy Gray Headlines Macy's Passsport Presents Glamorama 2010, Macy's Glamorama

Macy Gray Headlines Macy's Passsport Presents Glamorama 2010

The four-city tour hits Chicago at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, May 13, 2010 at 8 PM with an extraordinary event encompassing fashion, fantasy, music and magic. With performances by Grammy award-winning singer Macy Gray and young hit make Eric Hutchinson, Macy’s fashion spectacular will hit the runway with an innovative look into the wonderland of style and inspire guests to dream big. Collections include Jean Paul Gaultier, Jezebel, Just Cavalli, Felina, 2(x)ist, Issey Miyake, Marc Jacobs, Material Girl, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Sonia Rykiel, Sportmax and Tommy Hilfiger. This over-the-top event will once again benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana
Macy's Glamorama 2010
The Chicago Theatre
Chicago, IL, USA
August 13, 2010
Photo by Adam Bielawski

Photo taken during the dress rehearsal on August 13, 2010 at 1 PM.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wendell Tucker: I Still Love H.E.R.….and so do I

Wendell Tucker: I Still Love H.E.R.….and so do I
The New Regal Theater – Chicago, IL, USA – July 23, 2010
by Wendy Simmons

Wendell TuckerRap is a musical genre. Hip-hop is a culture. A culture that encompasses the art of music, dance, graffiti, and other forms of expression that resonant the sound of the urban community.

In the play, I Still Love H.E.R., a tribute to hip-hop, we learn its history while being highly entertained by music, dance and comedy. The use of H.E.R. is an acronym for Hearing Every Rhyme. The theater performance took me down memory lane as well as taught me a few things that I didn"t realize.

The play, created by Wendell Tucker, also stars him as LoveOne, an urban music radio personality. LoveOne decides to leave the music industry because he felt that the music with the most airplay was no longer as powerful and meaningful as it once was. On his last day at the fictional WHOP, he was determined to only air hip-hop classics. He, his co-host, and D.J. went as far back as playing old jazz musician Cab Calloway. This was done in order to show the roots of the music. As an array of music played, dancers and people depicting different artist hit the stage for exciting performances. There were tap and hip-hop dancers, as well as a lip licking LL Cool J impersonator.

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Chicago's Nightlife Impresario Joe Russo

Nightlife Impresario Joe Russo by Toyin Alaka
Interview Conducted July 2010
by Toyin Alaka

Back on the scene after a brief absence Joe Russo is once again carving his own unique niche into Chicago's nightlife landscape. His latest venture, The Shine Chicago nightclub, located in the south loop, is an ambitious, theme focused outing that mixes his traveling experiences and loves of Afrobeat and live music.

His pervious venues include Funky Buddha Lounge, Thyme Restaurant and the dearly missed Sinibar, with its priceless vibe and beautiful energy made it a favorite to Chicagoans.

The Shrine recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and UnRated Urban Magazine took a minute to chat with Russo and find out what makes him the "King" of Chicago's nightlife and his innate ability to create spaces people gravitate to.

Toyin Alaka: Hi Joe, tell me a little about yourself. Where you were born & raised?

Joe Russo: I was born on the North Shore in a suburb called Riverwoods and moved to the city when I turned 18.

Toyin: How did you get into the nightlife business?

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