Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team
Ron Huberman, my hero! Just as you think CTA sagas can’t get any more odd, who but our very own Ron Huberman is spotted getting tough on emotionally-abusive hooligans.
Picture this: it’s 7:30 am and you are riding blearily along the red line towards another meaningless day of work. Some jerk starts hassling a woman about her outfit, telling her in no uncertain terms that her skirt will probably get her sexually assaulted. You stand transfixed, waiting to see the next move, thinking somebody will say something…no one seems to notice or care. What Now?! Enter CTA President, Ron Huberman. Frankly, I’m impressed enough that Huberman even rides the CTA. But according to a witness, this actually occurred: “No one did anything and then out of nowhere Huberman stands up and gives the guy a glare and says, ‘ You’re going to get off the train.’ ”
Wow. “You’re going to get off the train.” Awesome. The only part that could be better is if he said, “MY train”. (Personally, I would totally be up for a fare hike, if the extra funds went towards a costume/cape for Huberman. Also, then we couldn’t blame him for any poor decisions made regarding policy; he’s up late fighting rudeness and indecency on the CTA!)
Ok, Ok, actual stuff to do this weekend: A sweet combination of rock’n'roll, tattoos, and puppies beckon you to this weekend’s benefit for the Anti-Cruelty Society. Insight Studios tattoo parlor is generously celebrating its own 3 year anniversary by aiming to raise 3 thousand dollars in 3 days for the Anti-Cruelty Society (sensing a pattern of threes here?) Additionally, a rock concert at both the Double Door and the Cobra Lounge will feature local bands as part of the benefit. In the mood for a new tattoo (or three)? Take the plunge and do it now, as 100% of the parlor’s profits will be donated to the Society from Friday, March 28th through Sunday, March 31st.
Get your old junk and your creative self to Swap-O-Rama-Rama on March 29th. Here’s how it goes: meet at the AV-aerie with $20 and some of old clothes and materials, which go into a giant exchange pile. Professional designers and sewing machines are then on hand to reincarnate this old junk into funky goodness.
And of course I can’t leave out any event involving UFOs. I personally don’t recall the Tinley park sightings of 2006, but it’s clearly memorable enough to draw the director of the Illinois branch of the Mutual UFO Network. He claims that he has definitive proof that what happened that night wasn’t just “flares”. Don’t believe me? Go to the UFO Symposium in Tinley Park and judge for yourself this Saturday. Register at the Illinois Mutual UFO Network website.
What goes better with UFOs than commemorating the elusive chupacabra? An exhibit entitled, “Chupacabras! Artists Reinterpret the Myth” at the National Museum of Mexican Art certainly sounds like a unique way to spend an afternoon.
Aaaaand lastly, nothing says March like syrup. It’s the Chicago Park District’s Maple Syrup Festival! Here is where I could describe what the Maple Syrup Festival actually entails… but a little mystery in life is fun, isn’t it?
Last week: We met on Saturday in front of the Art Institute for a Pillow Fight of epic proportions. That’s right, March 22 was Global Pillow Fight Day. Not national, GLOBAL. These P-F’s meant business. Amy joined me and got a fabric-softener induced concussion. Just kidding, it was all fun and games at the Pillow Fight (what did you expect?) You can watch that now at NudeHippo.tv
Tell me your thoughts, opinions or complaints! E-mail me at NudeHippo@nbc5.com.