- People love talking about Diane Lane.
Last week, Gawker drew our attention to one of the worst proposals of all time; a man chose to fake his own death before proposing to his girlfriend. He said he did it because "I wanted her to realize how empty her life would be without me and how life would have no meaning without me." As one commenter wrote, "Still less obnoxious than a flashmob."
Comedian Julia Weiss says that's the problem with proposals: they're all about knowing someone else's business. To Weiss, "reality television has blurred the lines between life and entertainment, and no one knows how to be a human unless someone is watching." Read an excerpt below or listen above:
On a cloudy day in Omsk, Russia, Irena Kolokov and her boyfriend Alexy Bykov had plans to go out. But when Irena arrived at the spot they'd arranged for their romantic rendezvous, what she found was far from what she expected.
- Theatre Seven's announced that their full 2012-13 season will include American Storm, Blacktop Sky (which will also be in Steppenwolf's Garage Rep), Johnny and Unwilling and Hostile Instruments: 100 Years of Extraordinary Chicago Women. That last one sounds like a doozy; it's described as "a collection of seven new plays by some of the industry’s most talented playwrights and directors."
- Look at this photo of Grease at the Paramount:
My seven year old heart is swelling right now. The musical opened this week.
- "Due to major funding that did not come through, the production of Unspeakable, which was scheduled to start performances at the Royal George Theatre Oct. 16, has been postponed until the spring. More details to come.
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- Straight off of the recent new Chicago-full line-up at Saturday Night Live, former Chicagoan Jason Sudekis will be with SNL at least through January, reports the New York Times. "He’s a fiercely loyal guy, both to the show and to me,” said Lorne Michaels. Also, they don't have anyone else to play Mitt Romney.
- More options for those trying to find ways to get those kids entertained during the CTU strike.
- The Rockettes are coming! (To Rosemont.) This Saturday, they're going to MB Financial Park to teach young dancers choreography from that famous Christmas Spectacular (which will be at the Akoo Theatre in December). The first 100 people get "a free collectable Rockettes t-shirt."
- HOMOTOWN 3: A Tribute To Etta, Whitney & Donna sounds interesting on name alone. It's at About Face on Monday and is hosted by Scott Duff, with appearances by people like Paul Oakley Stovall.
- Proving once again that Chicago is your city on the hill for comedy, Cecily Strong, Tim Robinson and Aidy Brant have joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Buzzfeed catches you up on the talented trio, if you haven't seen them performing in the usual spread of Second City, Annoyance Theater and iO. The new season starts this Satruday night.
- "For the first 35 hours they’re on sale, tickets to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 2012–2013 season performances at the Harris Theater are $35." This offer starts on Thursday at 9 am; use the code "35" online.
- Did Open Streets get in your way when traveling downtown this weekend? Open Streets event shuts down traffic in the Loop on Sept.
"There cannot be a thing that's a wrong fact," said writer Benno Nelson at The Paper Machete. But he points out that, despite this, politicians these days seem to be arguing quite the opposite.
Like Herman Cain, for example, who, when making an appearance on The Daily Show last week said to John Stewart, "Here's where we differ on the facts. And I would challenge you on the facts. Your facts are wrong. This happens all the time when people have the wrong facts."
Read an excerpt of Nelson's thoughts below or listen above:
For me, listening to politicians talk is like listening to an audio recording of a live performance. I know there are things going on that I don't have access to. I know the medium is controlling my impression of the truth but its difficult to diagnose the scope of that control without more information. In the case of a recorded performance you're just out of luck; you may or may not be missing something and there's no way for you to know how good or bad that thing you might be missing might be.