Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ABC Wednesday: G is for Gymnastics





G is for GYMNASTICS...

Sagezilla and Du-Jay have been taking park district gymnastics classes since they were tumbling tots at the ripe, old age of one.

However, they only began competitive tumbling and gymnastics last December.

(Mayor Daley's Winter Sports Fest)

By February, they had qualified for State in tumbling, where Zilla went on to win a 5th place medal and Du-Jay got a trophy for 3rd.
























This spring, a new competition season started and Zilla moved up a level to the tumbling "Novice" division.   She went on to place 2nd in City Wide, in her new, harder category!


Our latest meet was the unique summer competition know as The Beach Meet, where kids stay casual in their swimwear when they do their routines.   
True to its name, the parks bring mats, rings and gymnastics things to the beach and have a big, wacky, fun time in the sun and sand.   The athletes splashed around and played in Lake Michigan when their medals and ribbons were won and their levels were done.






North Coast Music Fest Is This Weekend, And The Grand Prize Winner Is...

Lisa L., with a time stamp of 14:50:53 on August 26th.   Winners are chosen by random number generator.   Congratulations Lisa!   We will contact you by e-mail on how to pick up your two 3 day passes.   Thanks to all who entered.


Three day passes are sold out, but single day $40 tickets remain.   Kids under 10 are free with a paying adult.   Click on the North Coast website for complete details.







Kidzapalooza 2010--Recess Monkey--Boogie Monster (rumored to be "better than Green Day?!")




7 Days of Recess--Back to School Special
Day 6

****Nation Wide--Remember to enter here all week to win Recess Monkey's fun new release, The Final Funktier.   Enter through Tuesday midnight.   Two winners chosen.   One entry per person.   We'll send winners' CDs anywhere in the US.

****Winner of 2 free 3 day passes to North Coast Festival ($170 value) announced at noon today!   

Monday, August 30, 2010

Kidzapalooza 2010 Recess Monkey--Down Down Down (Roller Coaster Dance)




7 Days Of Recess--Back To School Special
Day 5:  Part 2

****Nation Wide--Remember to enter here all week to win Recess Monkey's fun new release, The Final Funktier.   Enter through Tuesday midnight.   Two winners chosen.   One entry per person.   We'll send winners' CDs anywhere in the US.

****Live in the Chicago area, or can you get here over Labor Day weekend?--enter here to win 2 free 3 day passes to North Coast Festival ($170 value).   Otherwise 3 day passes are sold out!   Kids under 10 are free with paying adult.

Kidzapalooza 2010-Recess Monkey-Haven't Got A Pet Yet




7 Days Of Recess--Back To School Special
Day 5

****Nation Wide--Remember to enter here all week to win Recess Monkey's fun new release, The Final Funktier.   Enter through Tuesday midnight.   Two winners chosen.   One entry per person.   We'll send winners' CDs anywhere in the US.

****Live in the Chicago area, or can you get here over Labor Day weekend?--enter here to win 2 free 3 day passes to North Coast Festival ($170 value).   Otherwise 3 day passes are sold out!   Kids under 10 are free with paying adult.

Mellow Yellow Monday: ChiILin' On Cloud 9








Cloud 9--Cirque Shanghai--Chicago
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Cirque Shanghai Cloud 9 acrobats jump through hoops to please audiences!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kidzapalooza 2010--ChiIL Mama Interview With Recess Monkey



7 Days of Recess--Back To School Special
Day 4

****Nation Wide--Remember to enter here all week to win Recess Monkey's fun new release, The Final Funktier.   Enter through Tuesday midnight.   Two winners chosen.   One entry per person.   We'll send winners' CDs anywhere in the US.

****Live in the Chicago area, or can you get here over Labor Day weekend?--enter here to win 2 free 3 day passes to North Coast Festival ($170 value).   Otherwise 3 day passes are sold out!   Kids under 10 are free with paying adult.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

7 Days Of Recess Monkey--Back To School Special--Day 3


"Best of" Friday Photos:  Recess Monkey headlining the Kidzapalooza stage and leading a running conga line on Friday, August 6th, 2010



And if you just can't get enough Recess...here's a full Friday set.


****Nation Wide--Remember to enter here all week to win Recess Monkey's fun new release, The Final Funktier.   Enter through Tuesday midnight.   Two winners chosen.   One entry per person.   We'll send winners' CDs anywhere in the US.


****Live in the Chicago area, or can you get here over Labor Day weekend?--enter here to win 2 free 3 day passes to North Coast Festival ($170 value).   Otherwise 3 day passes are sold out!   Kids under 10 are free with paying adult.





Friday, August 27, 2010

Don't Miss The Bliss!--Cloud 9 Has To Close September 6th

While you're down at Navy Pier gawking at the armada of immense sail boats, ChiIL Mama highly recommends checking out Cloud 9--Cirque Shanghai's excellent acrobatic extravaganza.   They must close September 6th, so catch 'em while you can!   Du-Jay and Sagezilla were mezmerized when we caught their act back in June, and we know you'll be dazzled, too.    

ChiIL Mama shot a 213 photo comprehensive slideshow of Cloud 9 highlights, to give you a little teaser of what's in store.   Still, photos can't compare to the real thing. 
  
Here are their added shows and final schedule for the summer:

Mere weeks remain to be amazed by “Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9,” a world premiere event that has astonished and entertained Chicago audiences this summer.  Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a “much-loved summer tradition,” Cirque Shanghai’s world premiere, and only U.S. engagement, of “Cloud 9” at the Navy Pier® Pepsi® Skyline Stage (600 E. Grand Ave.) must close Sep. 6 (Labor Day).

“Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9”performs Wednesdays at 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Fridays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

There will also be additional performances on Thursday, Aug. 26 and Friday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the Pepsi® Tall Ships® Chicago 2010 celebration at Navy Pier, as well as Sunday, Sep. 5 at 8 p.m. and Monday, Sep. 6 (Labor Day) at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Daring spectacle, breathtaking artistry and the sheer joy of its dazzling young cast make “Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9” a magnificent theatrical experience for audiences of all ages, with acrobats careening from sway poles suspended high above the stage, gravity-defying ladder balances, a unicyclist riding atop a spinning umbrella, the fun and skill of “hat juggling,” and featuring “Imperial Thunder,” China’s finest daredevil motorcycle troupe riding precariously in a steel globe center stage at Pepsi Skyline Stage.    

Under the creative direction of Sylvia Hase, directed by Miao Miao Chen and with choreography by Brenda Didier, “Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9” is presented in this exclusive U.S. engagement by Navy Pier in conjunction with International Special Attractions, Ltd. (ISA) production headquarters in Shanghai, China.

Tickets are: $14.50 – $19.50 for adults and $12.50 – $14.50 for children ages 3 – 12. Gold Circle seating is priced for all performances at $29.50 for adults and children. Children 2 and under are welcome and admitted free of charge.

Tickets are available by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting ticketmaster.com/shanghai.  Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available by calling GroupTix at 877.4GRP.TIX (877.447.7849) or visiting www.grouptix.net.

Located on Lake Michigan, just east of Chicago’s downtown, Navy Pier is the most-visited tourist and leisure destination in the Midwest, welcoming more than 8 million visitors annually.  Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, it is now one of the country’s preeminent recreation and exposition facilities, showcasing 50 acres of parks, gardens, restaurants, shops, attractions, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exhibition facilities and  more.

For more information on “Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9” visit cirqueshanghai.com.        

 

Look for ChiIL Mama this weekend: At The Bucktown Arts Fest, Lill Street Open House, Tall Ships





We've been regulars at The Bucktown Arts Fest for years.   Bring along a swimsuit if it's hot.   The cool, Holstein pool (and all the outdoor city swim spots) closes after Labor Day, so dunk while you can.


Fest admission is free and there's plenty of art, theatre, music and creative kids' fun.


Lill Street  is also running a Saturday full of creative, free events in the arts.   Come on in and get artsy.



SUMMER OPEN HOUSE
 Saturday, August 28, 12pm-5pm
SCHEDULE OF FREE EVENTS
 Kids Activities 12-5pm (summer garden scenes and free drawing)
Open Studios 12-5pm

Hands-on Workshop/ Demos for Adults:12-1pm Screenprinting on Fabric
12-1pm How to Draw
12:30-2:30pm Glass Beadmaking/ Fusing
1-2pm Embroidery
1-2pm Etching Demonstration with Printmaking Artist in Residence Ian Weaver
1:30-2:30pm Screenprinting on Paper
2-3pm Band Rings
2-4pm Wheelthrowing Workshop (2 sessions)
2-4pm Throwing Big Demonstration
2-4pm Handbuilding (3D Tiles & Shot Glasses--work WILL be fired and available for pick-up in 2 weeks)
2:45-4:45pm Glass Beadmaking/ Fusing
3-4pm Wire Bracelets
4-5pm How to Use Your Digital Camera 





Tall Ships are here but they'll be setting sail after the 29th.   So put on your best pirate aaaarrrrgggg and check out over 20 ships from Europe, Canada and the US.   


While you're down at Navy Pier gawking at the armada of immense sail boats, ChiIL Mama highly recommends checking out Cloud 9--Cirque Shanghai's excellent acrobatic extravaganza.   They have to close September 6th, so catch 'em while you can.

Kidzapalooza 2010 Recess Monkey --Jet Pack Video




7 Days of Recess Monkey
Back to School Special--Day 2


ChiIL Mama shot this video of Recess Monkey's Kidzapalooza Sunday set.   The rain had just cleared and they got everyone dancing along, even teens and twenty-somethings that wandered in from Lollapalooza.   Check in daily.   We'll have loads more videos, photos and interviews all week.


****Nation Wide--Remember to enter here all week to win Recess Monkey's fun new release, The Final Funktier.   Enter through Tuesday midnight.   Two winners chosen.   One entry per person.   We'll send winners' CDs anywhere in the US.

Live in the Chicago area, or can you get here over Labor Day?--enter here to win 2 free 3 day passes to North Coast Festival ($170 value).   Otherwise 3 day passes are sold out!   Kids under 10 are free with paying adult.

Abandoned!



"Mommy!   Silly bands are abandoned!" Sagezilla wailed when I picked her up after the 3rd day of school.   Back in the Spring, they were unheard of, but the silly band fad exploded over the Summer, and many kids came back to school laden with them around their wrists and ankles.


"What do you mean, Sweetie?   Did you leave some at school?" I asked.


"No, Mom.   We were allowed to have them, but just trade them at recess only, but people couldn't handle it, and they kept on messing with them in class.   And the same people still kept trading them when they weren't supposed to.   And we got three chances and then they got BANNED."  


We're no stranger to the banning of the bands.   In Swedish Museum camp this summer, silly bands were no laughing matter.   The staff began the camp lenient about them, but found them far too distracting.   


The final straw came as they were trying to teach the campers dances from around the world, but the kids were consumed with trading bands and wouldn't pay attention.   That, coupled with the annoyance of finding the bands all over the floor, day after day, culminated in a silly band ban. 


Du-Jay's 4th-6th grade class is still permitted to wear them and trade at recess only.   Sagezilla's has gone to an all out ban, where kids so much as entering class wearing them forfeit the bands.


We happen to like the bands ourselves, but everything has a time and a space.   They do encourage generosity, and creativity, and make a fun sorting work.   The kids have alternately arranged theirs by color and theme.   


Our friend, Tucker, also said one of the funniest things I've heard recently in response to a silly band.   He showed me one, like the white band on Zilla's shirt pictured above, and said, "I think this one is supposed to be a high heeled shoe, but look, if you turn it sideways, it's a pileated woodpecker!"   I love how that kid thinks.  But we'll limit our trading and sharing with friends to after school and weekends.   


Abandon bands all ye who enter here.   Before you enter the hallowed halls of learning at your school, find out what the official word is on those infernal, addictive little latex bands.   They're cheap, colorful and fun to collect, but in the interest of peace, there may be many classrooms this fall that decide to ban the bands.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Penny For Your Pots: Jewel-Osco's Professional Cookware Promotion Begins Today





A penny for your thoughts...A penny saved is a penny earned...Find a penny, pick it up, the rest of they day you'll have good luck.   Our cultural obsession with penny wisdom dates back to the Ben Franklin days, when those little copper discs were actually worth something.   

Starting today, pennies can prove their worth once again.   Break open your piggy banks and head to Jewel through January 2011.   It's time to turn your pennies into pro pots.

Jewel has a great professional cookware promotion going on now through January 12, 2011.   Click on the link for full details and to download your own stamp card.   We had a chance to try out the roasting pan with rack and this truly is pro cookware on par with our professional Circulon and Calphalon pans.

Our favorite thing about this promotion, besides the quality of the cookware, is the versatility.   If you have more time than money, you have months to earn stickers ala S & H green stamps, with every $10 increment of Jewel purchases.   It's a thrifty, smart way to get great cookware without spending a lotta cash.

If you have more money than time or hate to wait, you can buy pieces out rightly, or trade in a combination of stamps and cash.   Also, there's no waiting for a particular week to come up for the pot of your choice.   The whole collection is available for the duration of the promotion.





7.8" NON-STICK FRYPAN

7.8"

NON-STICK FRYPAN

1¢ with 50 reward stickers
or purchase for $5.49 with 25 reward stickers RETAIL PRICE $29.99
10.2" NON-STICK FRYPAN

10.2"

NON-STICK FRYPAN

1¢ with 70 reward stickers
or purchase for $8.99 with 35 reward stickers RETAIL PRICE $39.99
7.8" CASSEROLE WITH LID

7.8"

CASSEROLE WITH LID

1¢ with 80 reward stickers
or purchase for $9.99 with 40 reward stickers RETAIL PRICE $44.99
9.4" SAUTE PAN WITH LID

9.4"

SAUTE PAN WITH LID

1¢ with 90 reward stickers
or purchase for $11.99 with 45 reward stickers RETAIL PRICE $49.99
10.6" SQUARE GRILL PAN

10.6"

SQUARE GRILL PAN

1¢ with 90 reward stickers
or purchase for $11.99 with 45 reward stickers RETAIL PRICE $49.99
9.4" DUTCH OVEN WITH LID

9.4"

DUTCH OVEN WITH LID

1¢ with 100 reward stickers
or purchase for $12.99 with 50 reward stickers RETAIL PRICE $54.99
11" NON-STICK STIRFRY PAN WITH LID

11"

NON-STICK STIRFRY PAN WITH LID

1¢ with 100 reward stickers
or purchase for $12.99 with 50 reward stickers RETAIL PRICE $54.99
13.7" X 10.1" ROASTING PAN WITH RACK

13.7" X 10.1"

ROASTING PAN WITH RACK

1¢ with 130 reward stickers
or purchase for $19.99 with 65 reward stickers RETAIL PRICE $89.99

I spent last Tuesday with a collective of other pro-bloggers, exploring the multiple facets of Jewel.   They hosted a fun, fact filled, "Back to Routine" event so we could pass on tips, tasty quick recipes and health back to school info to you.   I'd never been in the gorgeous, spacious Jewel on Kinzie and Desplaines in Chicago's Fulton Market District.   It's one of their newer stores, built around two years ago, and it's quite impressive.


Jewel can't out cheap the big box stores, but they have reinvented themselves with a growing assortment of organic and healthy natural foods, at an affordable price point.   They also run weekly rotating discounts for even better bargains.   Jewel comes out in the lead when compared to most health food specialty stores, like the chain popularly known as "Whole Paycheck".  They're also successfully experimenting with gourmet foods, a varied wine selection, and luxury amenities like an in store chef in 3 locations.


We'll have a lot more gems of information in shorter topical tidbits, but we wanted to let you know about the pro pot promo right away.
  

Win A Disc Wednesdays: Back To School Special with 2 Free Tickets To North Coast Festival and a Whole Week of Recess Monkey!!


Recess Monkey, Sagezilla and Du-Jay 
hangin' out at Kidzapalooza 2010.   
Gotta love those silver space pants!


We're old pros at this back to school deal, with almost 3 weeks under our belts.   In Chicagoland, a whole slew of our friends went back this week, and a legion of lucky monkeys are still out till after Labor Day.   


Whether you're still lounging at the lakefront, out stocking up on supplies, or well into the routine... ChiIL Mama has three extra cool give aways this week to help you celebrate summer's end and new beginnings.


First, we have a whole week of recess to celebrate back to school...RECESS MONKEY, that is.    These 3 school teachers from Seattle rocked the stage at Kidzapalooza.   They were a past ChiIL Mama Win-A-Disc-Wednesday band and you can check out our review HERE.


ChiIL Mama has Kidzapalooza set videos, exclusive interviews, and even footage of Lolla Co-Producer, Tor Hyams, gettin' funky on the organ with the monkey boys.   He'll be producing Recess Monkey's next recording in December!   Recess is an important, well loved part of every school day, so we'll be celebrating with 7 days of new Recess Monkey fun.   Check in often.


The Final Funktier

Releasing June 15, 2010!
You're not going to believe our newest album: fifteen funk and new wave synth songs that are out of this world! Summer has never sounded so stratospheric- Let The Final Funktier be your minivan's sountrack this summer!
The Final Funktier, 2010 $15 + s/h
RECESS MONKEY: The Final Funktier
We also have not one, but TWO, copies of Recess Monkey, The Final Funktier for Win-A-Disc-Wednesday.   This funky CD is hot off the presses--released June 15th.   Enter all week through Tuesday midnight.   Two winners will be announced Wednesday, September 1.   One entry per person.   We will mail winners' CDs anywhere in the US.   Good luck!


Enter here to win!





Next, we are giving away TWO tickets to North Coast Music Festival.   Three day passes are sold out, but you can enter right here to win.   Union Park, site of the ever popular Pitchfork Music Festival, will come alive again over Labor Day weekend for "summer's last stand".


The best news is, kids under 10 are free with an adult ticket, so you can continue your littles' rock education without breaking the bank!




Think globally...rock locally:


This looks to be an interesting line up.   There are some major players here, and 3 lucky locals--contest winners who get a big break and a big audience to strut their stuff in front of.   North Coast held a competition to choose one local band, one DJ and one MC.   It's always fun to discover the best before all the rest.   Come check 'em out.


Enter here to win:
 Enter through midnight Monday.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, August 31.  One entry per person.  Good luck!

The Chemical Brothers Nas & Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley Umphrey's McGee
The Disco BiscuitsPretty Lights
Paul Van Dyk MobyBenny Benassi
Lupe Fiasco De La Soul

Boys Noize * The New Deal * Flying Lotus

Laidback Luke * Jay Electronica * Mayer Hawthorne & The County

Green Velvet (Live) * Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Claude VonStroke * Holy Ghost! * Future Rock

Benga * Dirty Dozen Brass Band * New Mastersounds

Phantogram * Paul Kalkbrenner * Maps & Atlases

Van Ghost * Two Fresh * Orchard Lounge

Skeet Skeet * Loyal Divide * The Coop * Alabaster Brown

..and 3 contests winners (1 DJ, 1 Band, 1 MC)!    


See North Coast's website for complete band listings and customize your schedule on Jam Base.



















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