Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team
I’m Laura in the NUDE HIPPO Newsroom with these top stories!
I WANNA DANCE! Admit it: you too secretly daydream about being discovered to shake it in a JLo music video, like in a real-world Will & Grace fantasy come true. Well, now’s your chance – at least, if can prove it to celebrity dance choreographer Shane Sparks.
Here’s the deal: if you think you’re the best dancer they can find in the U.S. (or if you just want to have fun trying), check out the Show Us Your Moves Contest TONIGHT, September 20th at Spy Bar. The nationwide search is sponsored by Secret Deodorant (because I guess if you’re not working up a sweat, you’re not doing it right.) Ladies, the audition time is 1:00-3:00, but you’d better have your act together, because you only have 30 seconds to show off to one of six Jennifer Lopez songs. The judges will pick six finalists from clubs throughout the U.S. to compete for the grand prize. If you can’t get off work (of it’s just too embarrassing and/or confusing to ask your boss for the afternoon off so you can wait in line to dance for thirty seconds in honor of JLo and deodorant), you can just party at the Secret Hot Spot after-party that night.
If you missed the Celtic fest last weekend, you can still get your Celtic fix at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this Saturday. As part of The 25th Anniversary Celebration of The Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Symphony Center will feature performances including Irish songstress Catherine O’Connell, Mullane Irish Dancers, and the Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society themselves. This concert is also for a good cause, as it honors the Society’s 25 years of dedication to Police Officers and Firefighters killed in the line of duty since 1982. So, it’s a great event all-around. In fact, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s involvement in this honorable event may begin to make up for the countless hours of nightmares visited upon children due to that superfreaky ad campaign – you know, the one where innocent audience members transform partially into musical instruments, apparently as a result of attending the symphony ? (“Mommy, I don’t want to go to the Tchaikovsky concert! My head will turn into a TUBA!”) Seriously, those ads are messed up.
Realistically, though, this weekend is almost entirely about the beginning of fall (as the weather has helpfully reminded us this week.) And truthfully, fall is really about two things: 1) candy and 2) beer. And you just can’t start honoring these two essential elements of autumn too early! And in preparing for full-out Oktoberfest, anything fall-related will do. The 20th Annual Lincoln Square Apple Fest is a perfect example. You can start as early as 8am for a day of fresh fruits and veggies and cider, cooking classes, tastings, and music. If you’re still feeling competitive after your humiliating dance-off defeat (sorry), you can try your hand at baking in the pie competition, or at eating, in the evening’s spectacular pie-eating contest. Have you ever SEEN a pie-eating contest?? Trust me – once you will, you won’t ever forget it.
Speaking of fine entertainment, never underestimate those little community festivals — this weekend it’s the Ravenswood Bank Fall Festival in Lincoln Square, the Irish Oktoberfest at Lizzie McNeils, and even St. Helen’s Festival 2007, held to benefit St. Helen Church and School in the Ukranian Village. Maybe you’re not with me on this one, but I appreciate the campy and unique once-a-year festival fun of drinking beer at fests like this, instead of at the typical bar. (Plus, watching some poor guy who got roped into manning the funnel cake tent actually TRY to make funnel cake is hilarious.)
If, however, you’re just not feeling the crunchy outdoorsy vibe, get ready for your weekend with Shecky’s Girls Night Out at Chicago Union Station, TONIGHT, Sept 20. Featuring shopping, freebies, glamour, shopping, cocktails, and more shopping, Shecky’s has tons of vendors, with all the fashion you can possibly absorb from 5-10pm in between Midori cocktails. General admission tickets are only $10, which is of course, is fabulous.
So, whatever you do, enjoy your weekend and plan wisely – it’ll be Monday again before you know it. Why do you live in big city Chicago, anyway, huh? Get out there and do some stuff!