Tag Archives: 2012

Halloween 2012 – Northalsted Parade & Rebirth Brass Band

The annual Halloween parade on Halsted seemed a bit lighter than usual this year, probably since it was cold and a Wednesday, but extra props to those of us who braved 40-degree weather to dress up and have an awesome time. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough of a turnout to fill the void of costumes I expected to be popular this year – not one Katniss Everdeen, Gangnam Style guy, Tan Mom, botched Jesus painting, or Binder Full of Women(!) Seems like a missed opportunity, but the best ones were more creative anyway.

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Chicago Ideas Week

The second annual Chicago Ideas Week drew some of the most innovative people in the world to come and share their ideas, creations, and general words of wisdom with people like me looking to get inspired to go out and do awesome things. Topics covered a broad spectrum – science and technology, politics, education, healthcare, the arts, religion – all basically communicating the fact that there is room (and often dire need) for new ideas in virtually every sector.

As a volunteer I managed to participate from inside and out, though I may not have taken as many photos as I would have purely as a spectator. But here’s a small snippet of some of the week’s events.

Levar Burton, hosting Education: New School talk at the MCA.


Notes by Ink Factory.


Brandon Boyd of Incubus, after a discussion on The Creative Process at the MCA.


Giant idea notebook at the MCA.


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Riot Fest 2012

The annual multiple-day punk fest turned into an outdoor carnival in Humboldt Park this year, with probably the best lineup yet. Besides the usual carnival rides and games were various performers wandering around the festival grounds – a marching band, jugglers, dancers, hula hoopers.. fun for the whole family!

Seriously though, seeing little kids rocking out on their parents’ shoulders during the Descendents, Jesus & Mary Chain, et. al. was pretty priceless.

Day 1

The Adicts



Environmental Encroachment

Andrew WK and a pizza guitar

Gaslight Anthem

Gwar aftermath

Environmental Encroachment marching through the cro

The Descendents

Day 2

NOFX (with Angelo of Fishbone)

The Jesus & Mary Chain

Elvis Costello & the Imposters

Gogol Bordello

The Stooges, and dancing fans

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Lollapalooza 2012 (and After Parties)

Grimes, The Big Pink, Thenewno2 Lolla afterparty show – Friday August 3, 2012
at Logan Square Auditorium

Dhani Harrison, Thenewno2

The Big Pink


 Jane’s Addiction, Franz Ferdinand, Ume at the Aragon, Saturday August 4


Franz Ferdinand

Jane’s Addiction



Lollapalooza – Sunday

Live mural painting at Perry’s stage

Little Dragon @ Perry’s

Yuna @ BMI

At The Drive-In @ Red Bull Stage

Miike Snow @ Sony

Crowd surfing sea critters at Miike Snow

Chairlift (in a last minute schedule change) @ Playstation

Justice @ Bud Light

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Pride Parade

This year I marched with the Old Town School of Folk Music, so got more of a behind-the-scenes view. Good times 🙂

Dog at Pride Fest.

Hula hoopers with the OTSFM truck.

Temp tat

Spirit Guide, Chicago’s resident super hero.

Obama impersonator on the Cook County Sheriff’s float.

Old Town School truck stepping off at Montrose.

What Santa does in summertime.

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Puerto Rican Parade

It’s kind of impossible to avoid the annual Puerto Rican parade no matter where you are in Chicago, with cars waving giant Puerto Rican flags taking over the city throughout the day. But I accidentally ran into the actual parade this year while passing through Humboldt Park and decided to stop by. Basically a lot of flags and flag garb, engines revving, and some sweet cars.

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The Transit of Venus

June 5th, 2012 marked our last chance as currently living Earthlings to witness Venus pass over the sun. So naturally when I learned this was happening I had to make a dash to the Adler Planetarium to see it up close and personal. Totally worth the hour wait, even for just a few seconds of telescope time.

Adler Planetarium

Fellow nerds in line for a telescope.


Transit of Venus

The Transit, telescope view. (Venus is the small dot, the larger is a sunspot.)

Adler Planetarium

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A week of Chicago concerts

There’s never a lack of good live music somewhere in this city. Add the beginning of summer festival season and there are almost too many things to choose from.

The week of May 28 – June 4th had me at a show almost every night – too many to post separately so I picked some of the best shots to lump together here. Enjoy.

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Allstate Arena – May 28, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers

Todd Rundgren @ SPACE – May 30

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren

Besnard Lakes @ Do-Division Fest – June 2

Besnard Lakes

Le Bucharettes @ Do-Division Fest – June 2

Le Bucharettes

Company of Thieves @ Sausage Fest – June 3

Company of Thieves

Jonathan Richman @ Pritzker Pavilion – June 4

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman

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World’s Largest Ukulele Lesson!

This event was part of the Old Town School of Folk Music’s first annual Festival of Aloha – four days chock full of concerts and workshops centered around the music of Hawaii and the Pacific islands. Nice to see such a large turnout of Chicagoans of all types interested in Hawaiian culture. Ironically enough, I never fully appreciated this while growing up in Hawaii as much as I do now, and possibly wouldn’t have rediscovered without the help of the growing local uke community. And of course the magical institution that is the Old Town School.

Hundreds of people gathered in Welles Park in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ukulele lesson. I believe 1,327 was the number to reach – finally tally was only 530, but it was still a lot of fun. It’s one instrument that sounds both beautiful and adorable when played by hundreds of people simultaneously 🙂

I also recorded it from my perspective, which can be seen here.

Jason Arimoto, Daniel Ho, Lanialoha Lee.

Uke nation!

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NATO Protests

Taken at the rally/march against NATO – Grant Park, Chicago, May 20th 2012.

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