Unfortunately it began to rain around 7:30, so these photos are during Cocinando's set. Courtesy of fauxtank.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Cocinando and The Uptown Strings will be playing tonight, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Cocinando's sound is described as Afro-Latin Jazz with a twist of Folk, and The Uptown Strings is "bistro meets swing meets jazz".
The concert will be held in that concrete circular entrance off Lawrence, and bring your own chair.
If you enjoy yourself, be sure to thank 33rd Ward Alderman Richard Mell; 5th District Congressman Mike Quigley; 20th District Senator Iris Martinez; 40th District Rep. Deb Mell and sponsers Pollo Campero, The Joyce Foundation, LISC Chicago, and the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Nancy Collins won 14 grand yesterday, courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times. She's finally going to buy a computer. Read about it here.
A drunk driver injured two cops yesterday and 3 people unsuccessfully tried to rob a currency exchange.
The refugee kids in Albany Park beat the Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center High school soccer team (the Von Steuben team is supposedly one of the best in the region). These refugee kids come from Iraq, Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma, and Uganda among others. Says the Chicago Tribune:
"They're survivors," said Greg Wangerin, executive director of the nonprofit Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries in Uptown, which partnered with Von Steuben as a way to help traumatized refugee children from Iraq, Bhutan and other countries build toward stability. "They've gone through thick and thin to get here." In other words, he said, "They're not an easy group to defeat."
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
I try not to go out much after 9pm alone but, as a dirty smoker, sometimes you have to run to the corner store to pick up something. I went to Jerusalem Liquors, as I have made myself a regular face, and find it a safe place to be (when five men are working in a store that can be measured with a tape measure, there's a certain sense of security). The man working the cash register reprimanded me, a 22 year old, for being out alone at 10:30 at night.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Last night, a plastic garbage bin was burned in the intersection of Albany and Ainslie. Its melted carcass, full of aluminum cans, has been lying there all day. There is another garbage bin in the same condition in the alley off Ainslie, and further west, a massive tree branch sits on the sidewalk.
In my walk down Montrose (from Sacramento to Elston), I noticed Marie's Golden Cue's marquee. The marquee reads "We have smooth shafts and clean balls".
Off Lawndale and Montrose, every single window front is boarded up with plywood. It's a ghost block, with no evidence of fire. Very eerie.
If you're ever by Elston and Montrose, be sure to check out Afghan Kabob. The food is surprisingly delicious (even cops stop here to eat!), the owner is a real treat, and hanging on a wall by the TV is an Afghan battle rug, depicting the Soviet invasion.
(this is not the rug hanging in Afghan Kabob, just the most similar one I could find)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
The best place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables is, hands down, this truck. Maria has been selling produce off Ainslie and Kedzie (right next to the brand new traffic lights) for 15 years. Maria and her daughter drive down from a local farm in Michigan every morning, but from what farm, she won't say. Maria is shy, refuses to answer any of my questions, and has her daughter do all the talking for her english-speaking customers. The prices border on cheap- but the fruit is anything but. Today I purchased some cherries and rasperries, and both are so soft, juicy and sweet. Much better than Jewel, HarvesTime, and Andy's Fruit Ranch.
Maria also sells large sunflowers.