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Lollapalooza Green Street: Farmers Market

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Farmers Market, located in Green Street North, features small-batch food businesses from the Chicago area.

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Completed by Joe Burns, cheesemaker

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our fifth year at Lollapalooza. We are one of the original members of the Lolla Farmers Market and are thrilled to be returning.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
At our booth, you will find Queijo de Coalho, a Brazilian-style Grilled Cheese on a Stick. We make the cheese at our creamery in Wisconsin, but get the recipe from Brazil. You will also find a great staff, happy cows, a cool breeze and some nice shade. Come on by… Read the rest of this entry »

Aldeas Verdes: How Lollapalooza Exports its Green Spirit to its South American Sister Festivals

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Green Spirit/Lollapalooza Chile

By Jenzo DuQue

More than twenty years after its debut as a roving summer festival, Lollapalooza lives on in its Chicago home base, attracting more than 250,000 attendees and compiling one of the most diverse line-ups in popular music. Now the festival roves in a different way, by expanding beyond the borders of Grant Park and into South America since 2011. Chile was the first to greet founder Perry Farrell, debuting the festival in the nation’s capital, Santiago, followed a year later by a São Paulo, Brazil outpost. Today, Argentina prepares for its second round in Buenos Aires, to take place in spring 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Dime Stories: My Pal Penn

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Illustration: Tony Fitzpatrick

Illustration: Tony Fitzpatrick

By Tony Fitzpatrick

My pal Penn Jillette once owned a vehicle named Pink Death. It was a Ford Bronco painted a color Penn invented, called “Stripper Inner Labia Pink.”  So candy-colored pink was this car, that the guy at the body shop made Penn stand there and watch as they gave his formerly butch truck something like a hundred coats to get it the right blush of “Inner Labia Pink,” which is, “Stripper.” There is actually a paint-chip named Stripper.

Damn I love this country.

I spent a week zipping around Vegas with Penn on assignment from Playboy and it was a holy hoot watching people’s reactions to Pink Death. It were as if the goddamn thing were radioactive. Even twenty years ago in Vegas this was regarded as weird. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Will Astrology: Week of July 31, 2014

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By  Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): If a farmer plants the same crop in the same field year after year, the earth’s nutrients get exhausted. For instance, lettuce sucks up a lot of nitrogen. It’s better to plant beans or peas in that location the next season, since they add nitrogen back into the soil. Meanwhile, lettuce will do well in the field where the beans or peas grew last time. This strategy is called crop rotation. I nominate it as your operative metaphor for the next  ten months, Aries. Your creative output will be abundant if you keep sowing each new “crop” in a fertile situation where it is most likely to thrive. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Will Astrology: Week of July 24, 2014

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By  Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): A report in the prestigious British medical journal BMJ says that almost one percent of young pregnant women in the U.S. claim to be virgins. They testify that they have conceived a fetus without the benefit of sex. That’s impossible, right? Technically, yes. But if there could ever be a loophole in natural law, it would happen for you Aries sometime in the coming weeks. You will be so exceptionally fertile, so prone to hatching new life, that almost anything could incite germination. A vivid dream or captivating idea or thrilling adventure or exotic encounter might be enough to do the trick. Read the rest of this entry »

Linework: Life Before Death

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By Betty Heredia. Edited by Ivan Brunetti and Aaron Renier. (Click on image to enlarge.)

Dime Stories: Murder City

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By Tony Fitzpatrick

There is a bitter, humorless irony in the  wake of Chicago’s bloodiest weekend this year. “Chicagoland,” the  eight-hour  reach-around  CNN extended to Mayor Rahm Emanuel now appears to have gotten it wrong! The little man with the shiny shoes is beside himself with the Fourth of July weekend’s horrifying murder statistics: eighty-two people were shot. Fourteen of them died. The police shot a fourteen- and  sixteen-year-old and killed both of them.

Rahm fumes, flinging blame in any direction it will land: “Where are the parents?… Where are the community leaders?” Oh where, oh where, oh where? Here are the better questions: Where are the cops? Where are the jobs? Where is the leadership? Why do we keep hearing horse-shit about the shrinking crime rate while  our city’s children are being cut down by gunfire in the street? Read the rest of this entry »

Free Will Astrology: Week of July 17, 2014

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By  Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever’s going on,” says satirical news commentator Jon Stewart. That’s a healthy attitude. To do his work, he needs a never-ending supply of stories about people doing crazy, corrupt and hypocritical things. I’m sure this subject matter makes him sad and angry. But it also stimulates him to come up with funny ideas that entertain and educate his audience—and earns him a very good income. I invite you to try his approach, Aries. Have faith that the absurdity you experience can be used to your advantage. Read the rest of this entry »

Oh Captain, My Captain: Chicago Blog Inspires Worldwide Community of Awkwarders

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Jennifer Peepas

By Megan Kirby

In Baltimore, look for a girl with blue hair in a Batman t-shirt. In Washington DC, find the red balloon at the coffee shop. In London, seek out the table with the Cthulhu plushie perched on the edge. You’ve found the Awkward Army.

These are fans of massively popular advice blog Captain Awkward, and they are meeting up worldwide. The Captain herself, Chicago-based filmmaker Jennifer Peepas, never expected such an active global audience. Today, self-proclaimed “Awkwarders” plan meet-ups in coffee shops and ice cream parlors from Boston to Tokyo, gathering with coloring books or knitting projects or stacks of fiction and graphic novels for impromptu book clubs—essentially, getting together to just hang out.

When Peepas first launched Captain Awkward in January 2011, she just hoped she’d have enough readers to never have to fabricate a reader question herself. Now, she gets so many emails that she can’t answer all of them. At the end of 2013, Captain Awkward’s page views hovered just under eleven million. As of March 2014, 557 reader questions have been answered. (Everything from “How do I deal with my abusive family” to “My crush might be a furry.”) Posts garner hundreds of comments with readers’ advice and stories (and tangents about books, TV shows, vacation plans and any other topic). The most dedicated Awkwarders even started a fan-run forum, Friends of Captain Awkward, to keep up with conversations off comment threads. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Will Astrology: Week of July 10, 2014

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By  Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): What are the sources that heal and nourish you? Where do you go to renew yourself? Who are the people and animals that treat you the best and are most likely to boost your energy? I suggest that in the coming week you give special attention to these founts of love and beauty. Treat them with the respect and reverence they deserve. Express your gratitude and bestow blessings on them. It’s the perfect time for you to summon an outpouring of generosity as you feed what feeds you. Read the rest of this entry »