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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team
It was an event that captured the attention of the entire country. An image that many thought was the Virgin Mary — and other, a salt stain — appeared under the Fullerton Avenue overpass, prompting hundreds of people to visit the shrine for days on end.

The event provides the inspiration for Teatro Vista’s latest production, Our Lady of the Underpass. The play is currently on-stage at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse through March 29.

The play, written by Tanya Saracho, is a story about men and women from all walks of life who are brought together through the real-life event.
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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team

As a female non-sports fanatic (probably the only student at Notre Dame who loved football games solely because it meant that I could sleep in silence while everyone was at the game), I admit to not knowing much about basketball.

I also must admit that although they’ve played over 25,000 games around the world, my recent visit to the Harlem Globetrotters‘s game was my first. I’ve actually only been to one other basketball game in my entire life, and like most sports, was not been the most thrilling experience for me.

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team

Shed your saintly skin and indulge in some decadence as you celebrate A Night of 7 Deadly Sins this Saturday at 10:00 pm.

 For one night, the fabulous John Fluevog shoe store (1539 N. Milwaukee) will be transformed into Dante’s Inferno, with 7 stations of sin. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their “favorite sin”.  In addition to a surprise guest DJ, highlights of the night will include a lusty 7-Minutes in Heaven Auction, featuring local actress/hottie Nilsa Reyna, as well as performances by Johnny Rivers & The Ripettes Burlesque Review. Prizes will be awarded for the winners of the costume (pride?) and pizza eating (gluttony?) contests.

The first 100 reservations receive a gift certificate to AKIRA, so email dramaqueen_2281@hotmail.com

  ASAP! Dress in costume for a discounted ticket rate of $20, or come-as-you-are with a $30 ticket that includes decadent food, sinful beverages, contests, auctions, and plenty of entertainment. Visit the event website at going.com/7deadlysins.
All proceeds will benefit Chicago Fusion Theatre as they celebrate the closing night of their production of bobrauschenbergamerica, which has been hailed by critics as “…satisfyingly bizarre and frenetically entertaining… a ninety-minute whirlwind of love, loss, sex and art…” The cast of the show will make an appearance, and the evening also includes a local artists’ silent auction featuring interpretations of the late Robert Rauschenberg’s work.

If you’ve got any suggestions for weird and wonderful events that you shouldn’t miss this weekend, write me at llodewyck@nudehippo.com. Be sure to type “Lodewyck” into the Search bar in the upper right hand corner to see my previous blogs, and to watch my segments with Nude Hippo.

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team

Ok, Shameless self-promotion time! This weekend, Chicago Fusion Theatre presents bobrauschenbergamerica, a fitting tribute to the profoundly influential visual artist Robert “Bob” Rauschenberg, who passed away this May. Written by Charles Mee (Big Love), the production is presented as a wild collage of characters and stories: where a life-size martini meets chicken jokes; a tongue-in-cheek performance art piece mixes opera and underwear; and the action could be interrupted at any time by either an assassination or a line dance. As Rauschenberg once famously quipped, “If it wasn’t a surprise at first, by the time I got through with it, it was.”

Directed by Court Theatre Artistic Associate Jack Tamburri, Chicago Fusion Theatre’s production is inspired by Rauschenberg’s vibrant aesthetic and boundless generosity. Much like Rauschenberg’s famous “combines”, which incorporated everything from paint and photographs to busted tires and taxidermied animals, this play mixes the mundane and the sublime in a daring exploration of the American experience. It is a love letter to audiences, artists, and America.

Come see ME! in this weird, wild show through September 28 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 7:00 pm). Call the Gorilla Tango Theatre Box Office at 773-598-4549, or visit Gorilla Tango online at www.gorillatango.com.

Type “Lodewyck” into the Search bar to check out my past blogs and pieces with Nude Hippo. Email me at llodewyck@nudehippo.com.

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team

Featuring celebrity bartenders, the Chicago Bears’ Robbie Gould, musician Richard Marx, and even the Chicago Police Bagpipers… NBC5’s Anna Davlantes and The Wounded Heroes Foundation host the “Cheers for Heroes” event at Boss Bar tonight.

Last year they raised $150,000 for the Wounded Heroes Foundation, a group dedicated to the individual needs of injured soldiers returning home: be it setting up the necessary financial assistance (a mortgage payment); care packages (as basic as the immediate need for a toiletry kit); or other types of emotional, physical and financial support in the myriad of situations where the military is not able to provide the support needed on the long road to recovery. 

Local Marine mom Anna Sherony founded the organization after witnessing those who, unlike her son, were not as fortunate to return home uninjured; and what started out as helping a few individuals has now expanded to assist as many as possible. Even today, Anna still keeps the focus on each individual and the unique support that they require after returning home. In addition to raising funds, tonight’s event hopes to unite local veterans with members of the community. 

Based in Boss Bar’s cozy space at 420 N. Clark Street, the event will spill all the way onto Hubbard & Clark streets, where the local police and Alderman will again shut down the street area outside of Boss for the event to take over. 
If you can’t make the event, consider a donation to Wounded Heroes. You can see last year’s amazing event and hear local veterans tell their stories at NBC5.com/NudeHippo.

Type “Lodewyck” into the Search bar to check out my past blogs and pieces with Nude Hippo, and email me at llodewyck@nudehippo.com.

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team

…No, he didn’t. Sorry for the false alarm, I just wanted to get your attention. If you’re a Jesse McCartney fan, though, you’re in luck: not only is he not-dead, but you can see him play at Park West on August 16! …ok, actually, you probably can’t, as it’s sold out. I’m such a tease!

Meanwhile, speaking of tomatoes: the falsely accused and anticlimactically vindicated fruits are back with a vengeance, screaming, “EAT ME!” at the Slow Food Chicago Tomato Festival and Potluck Supper this Thursday. Tickets are only 20 bucks for nonmembers! yum!

Meanwhile, speaking of the walking undead: dinosaurs live and growl (or whatever dinosaurs did) at United Center August 14-17. Billed as a “20 million dollar spectacle”, it features 15 life-size dinosaur reproductions, and portrays a dramatic explanation of the beasts’ evolution and demise.

Meanwhile, speaking of bestial evolution and decline: it’s Madonna’s birthday AGAIN! (Didn’t we just celebrate that last year?) Celebrated at Boystown’s Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club, Kit Kat Diva Katherine will perform as Madonna, depicting her evolution throughout the decades.

Meanwhile, speaking of the wrong decade: can someone explain to me who Jesse McCartney is?? Seriously, I thought he was that guy from High School Musical who’s dating the nude-poser, but I looked him up on wikipedia and now I’m totally confused. Oh, well.

If you’ve got anything I’ve missed for this weekend, write me at llodewyck@nudehippo.com. Be sure to type “Lodewyck” into the Search bar in the upper right hand corner to see my previous blogs, and to watch my segments with Nude Hippo.

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team
Ah, the glorious week is upon us! If you’re as big of a sci-fi dork as I am, you would give your firstborn alien-hybrid baby to see the X-Files movie. Dear Lord, it’s finally here! Perhaps some of the great X-Files questions will be answered: Will Mulder finally uncover definitive proof of an alien conspiracy? What really happened to his sister? And HOW does Scully run in those heels??

Some of life’s great questions must remain unanswered; however, you can discover the secret to the eternal mystery of running in heels yourself at Chicago Fusion Theatre’s STILETTO STAMPEDE this Thursday. Come and bring your sexiest racing stilettos (if there is such thing) and dash for great prizes from John Fluevog and Akira. The race begins at 6:30 sharp at Chase Park track at 1566 W. Leland. The cost to compete is $10, or only $5 if you register early by emailing dramaqueen_2281@hotmail.com. The John Fluevog and Akira prizes make it well worth your while.
Then, the afterparty continues at T’s Bar and Restaurant. Be there to check out the action!
If you’ve got any fabulous underground events I’ve missed for this week, write me at llodewyck@nudehippo.com. Be sure to type “Lodewyck” into the Search bar in the upper right hand corner to see my previous blogs, and to watch my segments with Nude Hippo.

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