Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last Night's Dinner

How does one celebrate the successful conclusion to the first week at a new job? With a couple of Cheezy Beefs from Susie's, a tall glass of cheap beer and a new episode of Doctor Who!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On the Way Home Last Night 8/25/14

While on the way home from my first day of work in an office in more than three months, the after-storm sky was spectacular.

Every Picture Tells a Story 8/26/14

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Yesterday's Breakfast

The Irish Benny at West River Cafe.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Every Picture Tells a Story 8/20/14

Olivia wants to know what you think you're doing.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Every Picture Tells a Story 8/14/14

According to the excellent Cinema Treasures website: "This small, early theater opened in 1912 on Cicero Avenue near Dakin Street, in the Six Corners commercial district of the Portage Park neighborhood. The Grayland Theatre was closed in 1928. Today, the building houses a retail business." Said "retail business" is Rasenick's, a men's clothing store that appears to specialize in workwear (the Dickies logo is prominently displayed just above the window).

Monday, August 11, 2014

Every Picture Tells a Story 8/11/14

It's Monday, you say? Olivia is not impressed.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Where I Was Last Night

Even though I had heard of the Pickwick Theater--the Art Deco jewel of a movie house in the northwestern suburb of Park Ridge--I'd never been there before last night, when Mr. E and I went there for a showing of the Douglas Fairbanks version of Robin Hood.
It was being shown as part of this year's Silent Summer Film Festival, which has moved its showings around from venue to venue for the last couple of years due to the abrupt closure of the Portage Theater in the spring of 2013. (The Portage recently reopened its doors, so I hope the Festival will return there in 2015--and that, by that point, I'll be gainfully employed again and able to afford to go to more than one movie.) We arrived slightly late--Mr. E had never been there before either, so we got a bit twisted up on the suburban roads), but we still caught all but the opening credits and thoroughly enjoyed Fairbanks as he jumped, skpiied and generally threw himself around for two hours.
Also? I bought the T-shirt, as I always do, knowing full well that it would likely feature the exquisite Louise Brooks (since the Festival opened this year with It's the Old Army Game, a comedy featuring Brooks and W.C. Fields).

As well preserved and beautiful as the Pickwick is, though, I look forward to the fest's return to the Portage next year.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Every Picture Tells a Story 8/7/14

The Esquire Theater has been closed for years, but the sign remains.