Director Asif Kapadia (Far North, Senna) will see his new documentary on the late Amy Winehouse (appropriately titled Amy) open in select theaters across the country today. Featuring archival footage and photographs provided by Amy’s family and friends, as well as interviews with Yasiin Bey, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett, Pete Doherty, and Tyler James (among others), the film explores Amy’s life and career and also the days leading up to her death. Although the Winehouse family was initially behind the project, disagreements over the editing of the film and how Winehouse is portrayed lead to their falling away, saying that too much focus is placed on the negative aspects of her life and not enough on the positives. Whatever the case it should be a pretty worthwhile film, especially in the hands of Asif Kapadia. Amy Winehouse died back in 2011 from alcohol poisoning, and remains the latest person to join the infamous 27-club of rock stars that died at the age of 27. Chicagoans can see the movie at the AMC River East 21 at 322 E. Illinois Street. Enjoy!
Although the first installment of the All City series may have been more expansive, All City Vol. 2 takes a larger look at Minneapolis & Chicago’s hip hop scenes, while still incorporating a few other national artists. 2014 has been a great year for music in both Chicago & Minneapolis, with a lot of creativity brewing in the Mid-West. All City Vol. 2 takes some of our favorites from Chicago, Minneapolis and other cities across the nation. Check out the compilation below and keep an eye out for the All City feature.
Fulton is known for some tasty IPA’s and also being one of Minneapolis’ first breweries during the MPLS brew bang. It turns out that the guys at Fulton are really, really, good at making imperial styled brews.
After grabbing a 4 pack of Fulton’s Imperial IPA, Insurrection – I found my favorite IPA in the city. This beer features very citrusy and sweet flavors. With very little bitter hops used, this brew goes down sweet and full of flavor. At 9% ABV, you can expect this IPA to quite a sleeper.
If the Fulton Insurrection had a younger brother, this would be the one. Chicago’s finest (in my opinion), Finch’s brewery, makes one of the finer single IPA’s around. With the sweet malt flavors up front, and the slightly bitter hops in the finish; you really cannot go wrong with this well balanced IPA. That’s what you get with a heavy mixture of delicious Victory hops combined with the florally yet bitter Columbus hop profile.
Location: 617 E 7th Street, Austin (TX) When: Friday, March 20th @ 11:30AM
First Avenue, Majestic & Metro have joined forces to bring together the Midwest Day Party at SXSW. The event sports a long list of artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois including Allan Kingdom, Prof, deM atlaS, Mike Mictlan, Hippo Campus, The O’My’s, and Lili K among others. There’s no badge (FREE) needed for the show so there’s no reason you shouldn’t stop by, click the link below for more info.
The original McDonald’s location, opened on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, IL.
In case you’re not aware, the internationally-known fast food franchise, McDonald’s, which first showed up in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955, was the product of salesman Ray Kroc, who took the revolutionary drive-thru restaurant concept of Dick and Mac McDonald and turned it into a worldwide phenomenon. Now a biographical drama titled The Founder is in the works revolving around Kroc’s life and work and his relationship with the McDonald brothers in a new film with Oscar-nominee Michael Keaton (Mr. Mom, Birdman) in the title role. Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) has also already signed on to helm the project, with screenwriter Robert D. Siegel(The Wrestler, Big Fan) providing the script. This one is still very early in production but we’ll keep an eye out for more news as the supporting cast is filled out.
The new biographical drama about the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, titled The Theory of Everything, can now be seen in limited release in a theater near you. Adapted by screenwriter Anthony McCarten from the novel Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking, the film is a dramatic depiction of the couple’s 30-year relationship, beginning in the early years and following along as they have children and as Hawking’s physical health deteriorates as the result of his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The film stars Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, Les Miserables) and Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Stephen and Jane Hawking and is directed by James Marsh (The King, Shadow Dancer). According to Hawking the film is mostly on par with the reality of their lives, give or take a few minute details and the actual amiability of their relationship, but as I mentioned before you won’t be able to find it in every theater in the area. Here are a few theaters in the Chicago area that are showing the movie:
AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois Street)
Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark Street)
Century 12 Evanston (1715 Maple Avenue)
The back cover for “All City” Vol.1 is in and we thought we’d share it with you guys. The official track list includes artists like Vic Mensa, Show You Suck, Robot House, Black Dave & Alexander Spit from city’s across the world (but mainly the US). Although “All City” ventures beyond the boundaries of Minneapolis & Chicago, we’ve decided to keep our 2 cities as the focal point. Peep the covers above and keep an eye out for the release date.
Ever wonder what legendary basketball player Michael Jordan’s house looks like? It’s your lucky day, as it is now up for auction and concierge has put together a nice video showcasing the property….and no….this isn’t the house from Space Jam.
Location: 2105 S State St, Chicago When: October 16th/ 7PM
The Flatbush Zombies, you got it from Flatbush Brooklyn; will be live at Reggie’s Rock Club on Wednesday, October 16th as they make their way across the country on their Better Off Dead tour. Their last project “Better Off Dead” stacks right up with their debut so this should definitely be one of the better shows of this fall, worried because it’s “all ages”? Trust us these dudes don’t give a fuck about that. The good guys at Jugrnaut and Closed Sessions will be sponsoring the event so you already know the Brooklyn crew is in good hands, no word on a meet and greet but it’s not out of the question. Tickets can be bought at Jugrnaut for cash only and will probably sell out as we get closer to the 16th, if you’re interested in going I’d go grab those tickets soon.