Links: Orland Park magic man delivers on Penn & Teller’s ‘Fool Us’

This gentleman reached out to me to let me know he was going to be on Penn and Teller: Fool Us on The CW, and then he shared his story with me. Pretty fascinating guy, and it was cool to watch his segment on TV. Happy I got to write about him. To check it out, click here. (Subscription) The intro… When it comes to what separates most magicians, Orland Park’s Glenn Morphew has a simple theory. “I think some guys are creators, and some guys are not,” he said. “The guys who are good creators are not performers.” But Morphew may be Continue reading Links: Orland Park magic man delivers on Penn & Teller’s ‘Fool Us’

Links: An editorial with a Beatles tie

So, following up on that McCartney piece I shared the other day, I wrote an editorial to go along with it. My uncle was a longtime Beatles fanatic, used to co-host a radio show called “Breakfast with the Beatles” on WCKG. So I had an interesting connection/full circle sort of feeling when covering the Paul McCartney show. So, I unearthed the photo and wrote about the experience that week. Pretty happy with the way it turned out. You can check it out here (subscription). A little bit… “I never quite shared the same passion as him for The Beatles. I Continue reading Links: An editorial with a Beatles tie

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

Links: Nidhogg 2 Review for 22nd Century Media

What I like about “Nidhogg 2” in a nutshell… “Everything about ‘Nidhogg 2′ — Messhof Games’ follow-up, reviewed on PS4 but also available on PC — sees only small tweaks to the formula that made its predecessor a success, but they are all for the better’ “The most notable is that the weapons list has expanded from a simple fencing sword to feature a heavy broadsword, a shorter knife, and a bow with arrows. They modify the strategies on both offense and defense, without losing the balance of the original game.” Full review by clicking here. I’ve been a bit Continue reading Links: Nidhogg 2 Review for 22nd Century Media

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

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: Blink-182 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre review