There Goes My Hero

Gozamos April 30, 2010 They don’t wear leather pants and lick microphones. Panties aren’t flung onstage during their sets and they (almost never) trash their hotel rooms. Wednesday Heroes aren’t your typical Rock Gods. Made up of Jerrod Begora, Greg Johnson, and PT Hylton, Wednesday Heroes is the midwest’s supreme comic book rock band. Their… Continue reading There Goes My Hero

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Local Hero: Sifu Yamel Torres

Gozamos April 29, 2010 All photos courtesy Analu Lopez Photography Sifu Yamel Torres’ decades long career in martial arts began when he was just twelve years old and he saw his first Bruce Lee movie. His interest piqued, Sifu Torres began training in his New Chinatown Chicago neighborhood. Since then, his Seven Star Mantis Chinese… Continue reading Local Hero: Sifu Yamel Torres

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Attack of the Mega-Strollers

Chicago Tribune’s RedEye April 22, 2010 The sun is shining, the trees are budding, Chicagoans everywhere are shedding their winter coats and coming out of hibernation. Spring is (timidly) coming into focus and the sidewalks are suddenly thick with a plague more plentiful than a zombie outbreak and more annoying than Rod Blagojevich: enormous strollers.… Continue reading Attack of the Mega-Strollers

The Second City Shimmy

Gozamos April 17, 2010 All photos by Luis Anthony Chavez If you made it through the packed house and bellied up to the bar, you’d see the very appropriate plaque mounted on the Blue Bayou’s bar: “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez”. Indeed, the good times were rolling. They were also shimming, shaking, twirling, and doing… Continue reading The Second City Shimmy

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Red Hot to Trot

Gozamos April 15, 2010 Feature photo by Nikki Moreno All other photos from Annie’s Flickr Stream You’d be surprised to know that Annie is quiet. She considers her next words as thoughtfully as she cuts apart her grilled cheese sandwich and a cloud of calm settles over the conversation. When she speaks, it’s always clever,… Continue reading Red Hot to Trot

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Local Hero: Michelle Garcia

Gozamos April 11, 2010 All images courtesy of  The Bleeding Heart Bakery The Bleeding Heart Bakery opened in a tiny stand at a humble farmers market in 2004 and has grown into a cupcake empire with two freestanding bakeries, a cook book coming out this month and a huge cult of icing-smeared followers. The bakeries… Continue reading Local Hero: Michelle Garcia

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The Devil in Derby Skates

Gozamos April 9, 2010 Juanna Rumbel laces her skates tighter and watches her competitors circle the flat track rink like sharks. It’s a big crowd tonight. People are already spilling into the upper decks of the UIC Pavilion and they’ve sold a record number of group sales. Their faces are painted, they’re clutching homemade signs,… Continue reading The Devil in Derby Skates

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Talk Derby to Me

Gozamos April 6, 2010 The UIC Pavilion rumbles with anticipation as the “Eye of the Tiger” begins. Down on the floor a few dozen kids gather rink side, bouncing with eager energy. In the stands, the fans are already screaming. They’re holding hand crafted signs and wearing tee shirts broadcasting their favorite teams. There are… Continue reading Talk Derby to Me

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Kung-fu Hustle

Gozamos March 31, 2010 Feature photo by SHINEZ Photo I started taking Kung-Fu classes because my husband said we didn’t have any mutual hobbies besides making fun of strangers. Sadly, this was true. From the yuppie in the North Face vest to the hipster with the oh-so-ironic tee shirt, no one escaped our rapier sharp… Continue reading Kung-fu Hustle

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