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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team

If you’re fascinated by an era in history when bands of ruffians pillaged their way across the seas, then you have to check out the new pirate exhibit at the Field Museum. It tells the story of a real pirate exhibit that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago.
Click here for more information.

If you’re looking for some happy hour fun in the ‘burbs, check out the Wine and Wii event every Wednesday at the swanky new Arista hotel in Naperville. Pop some bottles, play some video games and while you’re there, check the hotel’s very popular Sugar Toad Restaurant. Click here for more information.

If you’re sick of hearing annoying, repetitive dance music, it’s time for a change. Discover the lost art of story-telling at Red Kiva’s “Stories and Wine” series. Every last Wednesday of the month, the plus West Loop lounge dimes the lights and brings out professional story tellers paired with live musicians. And even better, the featured bottles of wine are half price. Click here for more information.

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank

When second place Illinois hosts first place Michigan State on Sunday, the battle for the Big Ten title will be yet another chapter in a decade-long familiar story.

For the past 10 years or so, the Illini and Spartans have met each other at the apex of the conference. In 1998 and 2001, they finished conference co-champions. In the latter season, they both earned #1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. In 2005, both programs reached the Final Four. In ’99 and ’00, they met in the conference
tournament title game, in ’06 they squared off in the semifinals. Last season, both reached the Big Ten tourney semis. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the game between #20 Illini (23-6, 11-5) and the #9 Spartans (22-5, 12-3) will be nationally televised.

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Glenn Murray, NBC5 Street Team

Who’s Coming? The Poets Are Coming!!
That’s the call and response throughout an EarCandy show …The poetry troupe has been giving that call and response at least twice a month in Chicago for the past nine years. This Saturday, the team of spoken word artists celebrate their anniversary at Dance (also known as Big City Swing) 1012 West Randolph in the West Loop. The celebration starts at 9PM and will feature a number of local poets and live music by the band Urban Groove. EarCandy is the longest running open mic set in the Midwest and the creative talents of lead poets Miles and Passion show no sign of letting up. If you like spoken word or if you are interested in learning more about the art, EarCandy this Saturday is the place to be. Admission to the celebration is $10 ($5 if you are a poet and want to perform). Food, drink and an all out good time will be had by all but you better get there early, space is limited and every anniversary show has sold out in past years. For more information visit www.earcandyinc.com

Who’s Coming ? Although I’m not a poet..I’ll be there..come join me..

Glenn

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street_cara_1_headphones_wordpressCara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

U2 is definitely an “arena rock band” with the ability to instantly sell out any venue they book. Getting tickets, even if you’re willing to pay top dollar, is always a challenge.

Here’s spectacular news: you can see U2 up close & personal for free! U2 is celebrating the release of their new CD No Line on the Horizon next week by coming to Chicago for an awesome live event on Tuesday, March 10. This will most definitely not be a huge arena show. It will be much more intimate and private, with the location being kept top secret. Shirley Manson of Garbage will be the host and U2 will actually be “deejaying”! You cannot purchase these tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime-experience, you must win to get in. And I’m just the gal for that…

I’m giving away a bunch of free U2 tickets next week on “The Mix”. You’ll have three chances to win each day (Mon-Fri): at 10:20am, 11:20am and 1:20pm. Just be sure to be listing to 101.9 WTMX at those times and I’ll tell you what to do to win.

Good luck!!!

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Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist, NBC Chicago Street Team

Are you involved in the music scene in Chicago? ChicagoMusicGuide.com is offering its own Economic Stimulus Plan by providing free banner advertising to local businesses. If you’re a band, musician, or music-related business in Chicago sign up for an ad any time during the month of March and it will run through the rest of the year.

To take advantage of this offer, you must be one of the following:

  • Chicago based bands/musicians
  • Music stores/instrument repair (independently owned)
  • Music schools/instructions
  • CD shops
  • CD duplication/distributors
  • Recording studios
  • Practice spaces
  • Venues/Clubs/Coffeehouses (wherever music is performed)

Nonprofits are also invited. To participate email your banner (468X60, 120X600, 160X600, 125X125)  with code 09new0773 to advertising@chicagomusicguide.com.

Full disclosure: The Local Tourist is a content partner with Chicago Music Guide.

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 LaShonda Matlock, NBC Chicago Street Team
Of all the issues surrounding the White House these days, believe it or not, fashion is causing an uproar.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s green, sleeveless, tea-length dress was a hit Feb. 25 when she presented the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize to Stevie Wonder. And with all eyes on the First Lady, Obama choose another unknown designer for the high profile event, Wonder’s wife Kai Milla.

But the First Lady’s affinity for unknown designers and modern taste has come with its share of criticism. And her main love for all things sleeveless seems to be the source of the controversy.

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Glenn Murray, NBC5 Street Team

Jennifer Cooper calls her form of artistic expression a “Creative Diversion” it doesn’t come in the form of music, spoken word, or even dance. Jennifer’s “thing” is photography. She would describe her style as abstract, at times. There’s not one particular area that Jennifer favors. She photographs nature as well as people, but she wants there to be more that peopel get out of her work. Jennifer wants people to look at her photos and wonder about what was going on right before she took it; not just the standard “oh that’s pretty”, but genuine emotion, similar to emotion that comes from listening to a favorite song.

"Abstract Thoughts"

"Abstract Thoughts"

Taking pictures for over 20 years. The things that got her started were seeing her father with his fancy camera taking all kinds of pictures of the family when they were growing up. She has photographed CD Covers, Brochures and even had few pieces published.

"Reflections"

"Reflections"

Jennifer never really thought about taking photography seriously, but the signs encouraging her were hard to ignore.Experience her work and her “Creative Diversions”.

View More Works By Jennifer Cooper at  www.kreationsart.com.

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