There is something very nostalgic, romantic and captivating about Navy Pier. There is so much to do, ride, see, experience and, of course, eat. All the hard facts about Navy Pier have can be found a thousand places online… so this isn’t all that. It’s simply my experience… My “date” with Navy Pier.
Nike Human Race 10K took place on Sunday and I/we had the pleasure of covering the event as MEDIA! (read: I got to ask the band good questions in the press conference AND I tried EVERY single cookie in the VIP tent! Oatmeal-raisin was the clear winner.)
Wild rocker Ted Nugent took on the city of Chicago and suburbs this week. “The Nuge” played a show at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Tuesday night and hit the windy city at the House of Blues Wednesday night.
Having known Nugent for his VH1 reality show, “Surviving Nugent“, I knew I was in for a nutty night. As a PETA advocate, I was very glad there was little talk of hunting or killing animals (Nugent’s hobby).
Nugent knows how to rock and roll with his music and his opinions. I was in a combined rock concert, comedy show and political rally. He was a non-stop guitar playing and singing machine. He only had a bassist and drummer backing him up. “The Nuge” cracked jokes on “fat” ladies and certainly did not keep quiet when speaking his mind about Barack Obama and Mayor Daley.
He performed on a variety of guitars, and sang his hit singles “Cat Scratch Fever”, “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” and “Stranglehold”.
Throughout the entire show his backdrop was that of a caricature of him looking like Uncle Sam holding a bolt of lighting with an NRA button on his right chest.
Coming out to perform with Nugent was friend Derek St. Holmes, who did a wonderful job adding to the excitement of the show.
The most interesting part of the concert was when Nugent came back for his encore with a new backdrop of his caricature riding a cut off hand over the sun with its middle finger sticking up. He also wore a very colorful Native American headdress and also brought out a rifle and bow and arrow. He shot a flame-tipped arrow on the back of his Gibson Les Paul landing a perfect bullseye. Ending his wild ride of a show, Nugent held up his rifle and bow in the shape of an X over his chest.
Hey Chicagoans, get your bibs, wet naps and appetite ready, ‘cuz here comes “Ribfest“!
The festival started off as a community block party in ’99 and has grown into the highly anticipated, finger-licking phenom that it is today. It may not be “The Taste”, but for true rib lovers, this is just as good. Enjoy the Saturday and Sunday sun while perusing table after table of ribs and vote on which restaurant will take home the “Fest Fave” award. Every mouth counts.
Ribfest also provides you with plenty of entertainment for adults and kids alike. “In true Ribfest tradition, we’re bringing you some of the best music you’ll hear all summer-and won’t hear at other festivals! Bring the kids! Our famous Kids Square provides hours of entertainment for kids of all ages … allowing children to slide, climb, run, complete, jump, ride, sing and dance all weekend long.”
Okay, there are a gazillion gyms in Chicago. I’ve had memberships over the years to 5 different area health clubs. I have to admit I only hired a personal trainer once and when I did it was the owner of the Powerhouse Gym in Crystal Lake (it’s no longer there). He did it as a favor to me, charging me half price, but his attention to me was also only half there. When we worked out he often stepped away to greet members and answer the phone. When I asked for help with my diet he went to his computer and printed off a list of foods to eat. I thought to myself, “Where’s the PERSONAL part of this training?”.
Now that I’m married to a health & fitness expert with over two decades of experience including personal training, I understand that all personal trainers are not equal. Just yesterday my husband was blindly contacted by a company looking for a personal trainer. He’s not even interested in doing that anymore but looked at the job qualifications out of curiosity and it indicated that applicants could be “working towards their certification” – in other words, an uncertified personal trainer could be hired by this gym to train people. Huh?
My husband Bill Busch does something that most personal trainers cannot do. It’s called Muscle Activation Techniques. It’s a very effective way ofdealing with weaknesses and in my case eliminated my back pain which is totally awesome! He’ll tell you he’s treating the weakness and the fact that the pain goes away is simply a side effect – but I’ll take the pain-free result any way I can get it. He still trains people, but don’t call him a personal trainer. He’s more like a personal fitness mechanic. His actual title is MAT Specialist.
You can meet Bill Busch and many other health industry experts at the 2008 Avenue Health Fair at the Oak Park Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, this Saturday 10am-2pm. It’s free with complimentary health screenings and hands-on mini workshops. Kids are welcome. Bill Busch will be part of a panel of experts adressing obesity and stress. Be sure to look for us at the Fitness From The Inside Out table.
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Apocalyptica brought Chicago an evening of hair tossing metal complete with matching skull thrones, a clear acrylic drum set, and…. four cellos. The band who gained notoriety with their string renditions of Metallica songs has long moved on from a cover band to an original force. The group has worked with a variety of guest artists including Dave Lombardo (Slayer) and Ville Valo (HIM) and is currently on tour with their sixth studio album, Worlds Collide.
The group played primarily new material from the recent US release including tracks “Grace”, “Ion”, and “Last Hope”. Other original material included “Bittersweet”, “Betrayal/Forgiveness”, and covers of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, “Seek and Destroy”, and “Nothing Else Matters”. A combination of the band’s energy and humor made the hour and fifteen minute set slip by leaving us all wanting more. Apocalyptica played two encores for the craving fans and left the stage with a bow and hi-fives to the crowd.
Sunday evening was an exciting break to get a dose of metal with something a little different from the guitar ruling genre. Apocalypica’s mix of classical beauty with the speed and edge of hard riffs transformed on stage to an experience unlike hearing them on CD. After witnessing these Finnish rockers live I can strongly say, yes, I would like some distortion with my cello please.
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