The Comedy Bar

What initially started as a weekly show at a nightclub in downtown Chicago nearly 10 years ago has evolved into a growing portfolio of comedy clubs in some of the hottest cities in the country. Co-founded by Sahar Chavoshi, these shows saw such a sustained and increased demand from audiences that the founders eventually partnered with the Gino’s East restaurant brand in 2015 to create The Comedy Bar, with a flagship location in the River North area of Chicago. Recognizing that there’s been a s

Relationship Lessons From Sonny Crockett of Miami Vice

In 1984, this program forever changed the idea of the cop show. It’s previously unseen, carefully-curated combination of music, fashion and cinematography sent cultural reverberations throughout society that are still felt today. It also featured some very emotional protagonists who, despite being entrenched in combating the South Florida drug trade, had time to go on dates and ruin relationships on a seemingly weekly basis. Which is exactly why Crockett is a great character to emulate.

Chicago’s Rock ‘n’ Roll History, as Told by 8 Great Memoirs

Today, Wilco frontman and proud Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy releases his memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back). It covers the topics you’d expect from 30 years on the road: tours, breakups, addiction (“Of course I’m going to write about the drugs,” he writes). But it also acts as an important testament to our vibrant local music scene, which informed the band’s work throughout their career...

3 Times Fear the Walking Dead Got It Right in Season Three

I was excited for Fear the Walking Dead. Excited for a lot of reasons. For one, I’m a huge fan of the show’s progenitor. Despite the more languid seasons of The Walking Dead, with their excessive prolonging of foregone outcomes, I kept tuning in for the next episode. And—like Herschel losing and regaining his faith—I was sporadically rewarded throughout the series with the satisfaction of things like Rick’s “I hear Nebraska’s nice; moment, the introduction of The Governor and finally the All Out War...

Interracial Dating While Black, or How to Manage Your Girlfriend’s White Guilt

Leslie is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She’s the kind of girl who’d attended an actual debutante ball growing up (“just for show,” she insisted). After graduating from Brown and spending a year abroad volunteering in a rural community of Nicaragua that would probably have been fine without her help, she moved to New York City to teach public school. After chatting on OKCupid for a week or so, we’ve decided to meet up at a bar and see if our real-life banter can match the witty potency of i

3 Reasons Why the Lethal Weapon Reboot Isn’t Lethal Enough

1987’s Lethal Weapon was the film that created the buddy cop genre. Created it. Sure, there were films prior to it that featured police partners or duos with charismatic rapport. But Mel Gibson’s Detective Martin Riggs and Danny Glover’s Sergeant Roger Murtaugh were the ones to spawn a distinct style of film that has persisted for nearly 30 years—a style of film that’s been successfully emulated, spoofed and respectfully homaged all within a single generation. Hell, Konami even made a game about