Links: Orland Park magic man delivers on Penn & Teller’s ‘Fool Us’
Links: Writer, photographer get personal about Paul [Live Music Review]
Links: An editorial with a Beatles tie
Links: Nidhogg 2 Review for 22nd Century Media

Links: ‘Legend of the Sword’ offers little to like about an Arthurian reboot [Review]

So, I mostly hated this movie. “Charlie Hunnam has some great abs. “I say this not to simply grab attention, but because — no matter your sex, no matter your orientation — they might be the only thing worth appreciating about “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” In director Guy Ritchie’s vision of what makes men men, there is no doubt Hunnam is his ideal hero and that he has put in the work to play the role. “One might as well appreciate the results of that work, because beyond that “Legend of the Sword” takes everything worth loving about Continue reading

Links: 22nd Century Media Solar Eclipse Editorial

“Mondays can be stressful times around our office. “It’s go-to-print day, and that means assistant editors are bouncing between papers, trying to clean up their stories, trimming calendars to fit our Page 2 space and walking the tightrope between which editors need their help most at any given moment. …” Editorial I wrote for the Sept. 1 edition of The Orland Park Prairie I was pretty happy with. About how everyone stopped at work to look at the eclipse. But it’s kind of about more than that, too, I think. You can read it by clicking here. (Subscription)

Links: Love, Music, and Joy: The Story of Core Demo

  I have to admit, I’m bad about reading things my talented friends write as much as I should. But Matt Peters posted something with Mighty Ink Comics the other day on Core Demo, a fundraiser he started and with which I was honored to be involved a few years back. I hosted the inaugural event, despite my usual stage fright. It was an incredibly strange event — I wrote fictional biographies for unsuspecting belly dancers, if you were wondering just how strange — but for a great cause. It was something personal for Matt, and he tells the story Continue reading

Links: Lego Batman Movie review for 22nd Century Media

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to review a film for 22nd Century Media. I was happy, though, that I got back into it courtesy of “The Lego Batman Movie,” which is a ton of fun. You can check out my full review of it here. (subscription)

Links: Blink-182 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre review

That cover story I wrote on Blink-182 playing the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago can be found by clicking here. (Subscription) Photo by Laurie Fanelli —– A preview of my take on the whole thing… If Tinley Park felt a lot like high school again Friday, Sept. 9, that is because Blink-182 was in town for a headlining set at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. It just did not sound quite the same as it did in high school. Bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker were still living up to the name, but Tom DeLonge was replaced by Matt Skiba, of Chicago’s Alkaline Continue reading

Links – Black Sabbath live at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago review

I recently had the chance to cover Black Sabbath’s farewell tour when it rolled through the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago. Pretty happy with my lede. Fun show. Subscription site. Slightly lamenting the idea that I might have done my best work for a sister publication this particular week. Check it out by clicking here, if you’re interested. Photo by Ross Halfin. —– From the story… Farewell tours are a dime a dozen in the music industry. Reunions? A quarter. So fans are justified in being at least a little skeptical when an act like Black Sabbath announces a tour called “The End,” featuring three-quarters of Continue reading

Links: Orland Park couple’s container garden

I put together a story on a couple’s container garden, which I didn’t expect to do much with. But I was taken by the personalities of the couple, thought what they had done was really cool and found a lot of interesting little story threads in the bigger picture. So I wound up doing a few things in a different style than I normally try with news/features writing at the day job, and I wound up pretty happy with the way this little story about a garden turned out 1,600 words later. The story is on a subscription site, FYI, Continue reading