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Amy Zanglin, Nude Hippo, NBC5 Street Team (Video)

What’s up Chicago? It’s Amy from NUDE HIPPO.

So it was Thursday morning and it had just been a loooong week at work; all I wanted to do was go home and sleep when my friend Tony asked to do something after work. I felt bad, but I was just too tired. I couldn’t think of anything I’d want to do after work until he told me that he was going to the opening night in Chicago of Cirque Du Soleil’s Kooza. OK, THAT I would make an exception for!!

I had my first taste of Cirque Du Soleil last year when Nude Hippo went down to Walt Disney World and we got to go see the Cirque show down there, La Nouba; and I have been a HUGE fan ever since. The whole concept of Cirque Du Soleil shows to me are just magical; to me it’s like the French Circus meets Vaudeville with this element of beauty mixed in. I am always fascinated from beginning to end and this time was no different.

“KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world”; now I didn’t know that going in, and you really don’t have to, some of the fun is trying to put together the story in your head and figure out what each different act represents.

For me, my favorites are always the contortionists, it is SO beautiful the way they move their bodies; it is just mesmerizing. I also love the fun, high-energy acts of trapeze, high wire, balancing acts, etc. although they tend to either make my heart race or make me want to throw up from being so nervous for the performers, but of course all goes well and every act is always graceful.

But the entire event from the clowns, to the live singing & music, to each and every breath taking acrobatic performance complete with beautiful costuming is such a perfect summer event to go and see with the family or friends. (Although I don’t recommend it for little ones; I do think children under the age of 5 or 6 might be frightened by some of the performances). You have to hurry though, Kooza is only in town for about a month the show runs from June 26 to July 27, 2008.

Here’s additional helpful information as well:

KOOZA – Cirque du Soleil @ the United Center (Not actually inside the United Center; it’s located in a giant tent in the parking lot; even more fun!!)

Tickets: $55.00-215.00

You can find addtional information at: http://tinyurl.com/6hund3

Such a great show to see in the summer!! Tell me your thoughts, opinions or complaints! E-mail me at NudeHippo@nbc5.com

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team

Looking for something a little different this weekend? Head downstate to the Testicle Festival at Sportsman’s Club in Mount Sterling. Their slogan is – no joke – “come  one, come all, let’s have a ball!” Featuring games, music, and yes, tasty testicles (pork, beef, turkey, lamb AND buffalo!), you can even try your luck competing in the Testicle Eating Contest. As a vegetarian, I’m not certain if participating in this would make me a really, really bad vegetarian, or just a truly dedicated entertainment blogger and Nude Hippo reporter…?

 

Fortunately, I don’t have to make that decision quite yet, as this Saturday I’ll be busy at the 43rd annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. Last year we braved the heat, getting started a little late due to SOMEBODY’S overheated van holding up the parade…and I tried to storm WGN’s float and got busted. You can see it all here!

 

Experience the Puerto Rican pride for yourself this year, when the parade kicks off Saturday at Columbus and Balbo at noon.

 

Continue the parade theme by joining what promises to be a motley procession in Chicago’s World Naked Bike Ride. “Body painting” starts at 6pm, and the ride officially begins at 9pm. If you just want to sneak a peek at the action, word has it that Halsted and Belmont at around 10:15pm is where you want to be. Check out their web site for entertaining guidelines on conforming to legality and dealing with bike seat “crotch” issues.

  

If you’re up for a road trip: the oldest competitive sport kite team in history, the Chicago Fire Kite Team, is heading to Michigan this weekend to compete at the Michigan Kite Fest.  If traversing to Richland, MI just isn’t your thing, meet with them when they return and learn how to fly such stellar-sounding kites as the Magnum Opus, Killer Bee, or Fire Dart.

  

And just when you think that your secret skill will NEVER be discovered:  if you can ‘Think Like A Cat’, you could win a million dollars on the Game Show Network’s newest addition. Auditions are being held at Hotel Allegro this weekend. Good luck!

 

If you’ve got suggestions for some undiscovered “underground events” that I’ve missed, 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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