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team outing.1

photo by: Max Wolfe Where: Southport Lanes, Chicago
When: is it 5:00 yet?

Southport Lanes is one of only ten bowling alleys in the country that is truly ‘old school’—only four lanes and the bowling pins are hand-set.

Check it out—we are!


28th annual christmas sing-along: chicago

photo by: 20 LettersWhat: The 28th Annual Christmas Show
Where: Music Box Theatre, Chicago
When: Friday, December 16-24, 2011

For the past 27 years, holiday revelers have come to the vintage Music Box theater to watch two classic films of the season—‘White Christmas’ and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’.

What makes the evening a holiday tradition is when Santa Claus, accompanied by the theater organist, leads a sing-along of the most cherished Christmas carols before the screening of each film.

In case you never knew the words to Auld Lang Syne, just follow the “bouncing ball” as the lyrics are projected onto the screen and enjoy!


a klingon christmas carol: chicago

photo by: Scott PakudaitisWhat: A Klingon Christmas Carol
When: now thru December 31
Where: The Greenhouse Theater Center

The timeless story of Scrooge being visited by three ghosts in the hours before Christmas morning is told as only Dr. Spock could—in klingon*.

Needless to say, it’s equal parts theater, performance art—and a new holiday tradition.

*with English supertitles and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology.


month at the museum2: begins today

What: Month at the Museum2
Where: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
When: October 19-November 17, 2011

This morning, the Museum of Science and Industry’s second roommate, Chicagoan Kevin Byrne, begins a historical thirty days as a live-in visitor.

A 3-sided, 16x16’ glass cube just inside the main entrance will remind everyone that Kevin’s there—we mean in the museum 24/7—doing research, collecting his thoughts, writing and blogging about living in this home to more than 35,000 artifacts and one of the largest science museums in the world—not to mention an architectural gem.

Built in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World, ‘The Palace of Fine Arts’ is the only surviving permanent structure from the fair. Designed to follow principles of the Beaux Arts movement highlighting symmetry and splendor, it officially opened as a museum in 1933.

In preparation for his stay, the out-in-the-open cube and behind-the-scenes living quarters were furnished with CB2 beds, desks, chairs and accessories—not to mention storage for Kevin’s 30 custom MATM t-shirts, one for every day of his stay so you can’t miss him.

To follow Kevin’s adventures, like his facebook page or register to receive his tweets via twitter.


bertrand goldberg exhibit: chicago

photo by: —Mike— What: Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention
When: now thru January 15, 2012
Where: The Art Institute of Chicago

From a post-war suburban community, multi-unit dwellings and single family residences to furniture and trucks, the work of Bertrand Goldberg follows a fairly straight trajectory of experimentation from the Bauhaus in the 30s through Chicago in the 80s.

By maintaining an aesthetic of clean lines while pushing engineering envelopes—none more famous than Marina City and River City in Chicago—Goldberg’s sculptural forms and engineering feats left us with outstanding dramatic effects.