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Goodbye Marilyn, Hello…Mother of Dragons?

Posted on April 30, 2012

That statue of Marilyn Monroe on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue will be gone next week. From the Trib article: “The arrival of Forever Marilyn caused a stir among local critics, with some arguing that groups of  onlookers taking pictures with her exposed legs was a throwback to sexist times.” Oh my! Pictures with exposed legs! Is that not normal? I do that with the waitresses at Tilted Kilt every time I’m there. Anyway. Like some others, I thought it was odd to have her statue there in the first place. Didn’t get the Chicago connection. So I’ve come up with some replacement statues to stand in her soon-to-be former spot in Pioneer Square. Some have Chicago ties, some don’t (hey if they can do it…

WXRT Loves the China Girl

Posted on April 28, 2012

Chicago’s WXRT is taunting me. I’ve poked fun at them in the past about their playlist, using “Devil Inside” by INXS as an example of laziness and an ignorance of eclectic. Then last week during a few dial turns to 93.1 FM I came across “Devil” yet again. Twice. They’re in need of a song monitor…a song czar…to stop the insanity. Does anyone at the studio ever say, “shit, we’re playing this again?” Here’s proof of their ignorance. They’re celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. This weekend is the 80s flashback. Looking at their extended play list, at 11:30 p.m. Friday night they played David Bowie’s hit “China Girl.” There are a lot of great songs from the 80s, right? And plenty from Mr.…

Ms. 45 and Mugs Bunny

Posted on April 24, 2012

When I was watching Chicago recluse author Clive Javanski’s apartment the other weekend I came across a gem of an underground film in his collection. Ms. 45. A mute girl goes on a spree kill after sadly being assaulted twice in one New York day. This film is full of win. I’m not gonna go all Wikipedia on it, but it has some bizarre moments I’m cool to recall. Her gun jams when she tries to shoot “depressed bar guy,” but it misfires. DBG then takes the gun from her and shoots himself in the head. There’s the scene where she knocks off what looks like reject holdovers from The Warriors. The climatic ending at a Halloween party features a cast of dancing characters…