When we put out a call to readers to nominate the most inspiring power couples they know to be featured in our Valentine’s Day issue, the question on everyone’s lips seemed to be, “What the hell’s a power couple?” We specifed that we didn’t mean like “Michelle and Barack or Rahm and the City Council (hoo-ah!),” but to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure we knew exactly what we were looking for until the nominees started rolling in.
In the past, we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day in pretty predictable alt-weekly fashion: relying on snark and suspicion of consumerist holidays. (You should totally still come to our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party!) This year, we said screw it, let’s show some love to love, or at least to the people who make being in love seem less gruesome.
We received nearly 200 nominations, which sort of validated our suspicion that people don’t hate love so much after all; in fact, they’re pretty thrilled for friends who’ve found it. The nominated couples had one thing in common: awesome individuals who were lucky enough to find one another—something we asked each couple to recall by writing an I Saw You based on their first meeting.
It was tough to winnow our choices down to four … well, actually, we’d selected five couples, but one of them broke up a week before publication (which maybe makes our judgment suspect). Still, we think we’ve picked perfect partners who embody what it means to be powerfully in love in Chicago.
Read our Valentine’s Day issue here.
Watch Maggie Daley Memorial Park construction online. (Apparently it’s being built of snow and blocks of ice.)
I’ve had to keep it under wraps for quite a while, but here’s the Half Acre/3 Floyds Shewolf IPA label you didn’t know you were dying to see.
Valentine’s Week at Xoco means red hot-glazed heart-shaped churros!
The main focus of the story to a large extent is — white American goes to help these black Haitians build a school. This idea of the white savior is a common theme, so as a filmmaker what do you have to be mindful of when this is partly the focus of your film?
JN: I think that’s our entry in, and I think we kind of want to use that as a crowbar to open up some of these bigger issues and say we’re also going to show you the other stories.
DS: In many ways we’re kind of telling the exact opposite of that story. If you look at the material and you look at the kind of story we’re going to tell, I think it’s very much a well-intentioned guy goes down and has the exact opposite experience. He does not necessarily do right by the community and I think we’re committed to being really honest about how that unfolds. So in many ways as filmmakers we’re not quite playing with that narrative convention but we’re kind of turning that narrative convention upside down.
Illinois officials are hoping headlines like “Recently Insured Man Can’t Wait To Get Out There, Start Seriously Injuring Himself,” and “Man Without Health Insurance is Forced to Sell Action Figures to Pay Medical Bills” will bring the right blend of comedy and news to persuade more young people to sign up for new health coverage.Illinois partners with The Onion to push Obamacare enrollment - chicagotribune.com
http://do312.com/events/2014/2/13/solo-in-the-2nd-city Be sure to RSVP for free champagne!
See you Thursday! I might read something I’ve been working on about Mia Farrow (this is a breakup show, after all), or I’ll just sing “XO” over and over again before they haul me off.
We just need a few more subzero days to kick 1884 out of the No. 1 spot. Exciting!