"I don't really think about things as guys versus girls." — Taylor Swift, The Daily Beast
"I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have label yourself as anything?
Bronies. Homestucks. Browncoats. Whovians. Do these words sound like gobbledigook to you? Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of nerds.
Last weekend, 42 (a Jackie Robinson biopic starring Harrison Ford and one-time Chicago actor Chadwick Boseman in the title role) premiered to commerical and critical acclaim, as films about real-life heroes often do.
Other big biopics expected for 2013 include:
- The Butler (with Forest Whitaker as White House butler Cecil Gaines, and a slew of other
Art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been posting this sign at venues on their current tour: a polite reminder for fans to enjoy their shows without a "I must take a million blurry pictures/horrible sound quality videos to prove that I was here!" mentality.
"Please do not watch the show through a screen on your smart device/camera," the sign reads, "PUT THAT [BLEEP] AWAY as a courtesy to the people behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian."
Understandably, the band has a zero tolerance policy for looking out at the audience and seeing a constellation of iPhones glowing back at them.
1. Day drinking
And lots of it. Pace yourself (pounding Jägerbombs before 10 a.m. is never a good idea) and remember that obnoxious drunk people are slightly more tolerable if you have a buzz going yourself.
The hit AMC drama Mad Men returned for a sixth season on Sunday night, and fans flocked to viewing parties all over the country to celebrate the occasion. In Chicago, venues like the Public Hotel and Logan Theatre opened their doors for late-night soirees, serving retro cocktails on the rocks and welcoming Mad Men enthusiasts in their finest sixties attire.
After four consecutive Emmy wins for Best Drama and a popular Banana Republic clothing line, the show has a rightful position in our cultural zeitgest alongside other fan-favorites like Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones.