Pics from AAHH! Fest 2014 by Common. September 21st in Chicago’s Union Park. Dave Chapelle hosted the evening portion of the festival that featured performances by De La Soul, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Lupe Fiasco and more. (photos by Jesse Menendez)
"Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change, form does not change. The granite rocks, the ever-brooding hills, remain for ages; the lightning lives, comes into shape, and dies, in a twinkling.
It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.”
- Louis Sullivan, 19th century American architect
More about Sullivan, who was born 158 years ago today.
Is that the Target on State Street?
With three plane diversions in nine days caused by passenger fights over shrinking legroom, here’s a look at the airlines with the most and least legroom in economy. Spirit Airlines has the least legroom in the industry — and the highest profit margin.
For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.
Everyday this week we’re posting one of her top five New Wave music videos.
#4. “Whip It,” Devo
Lori loves it “because it was an act of subversion that totally infiltrated the mainstream.”
Cycling through World War I
WBEZ political reporter Alex Keefe recounted his recent cycling trip through prominent sites in World War I. Listen to his story, and check out these striking images of how a 100-year-old conflict still scars Europe. (Photo and editing courtesy of Keenan Wells)
The “Flying Cars” ride at Riverview Park, Belmont and Western, 1954, Chicago.
Freaks and nerds unite! On the latest Nerdette Podcast, Freakonomics’ Stephen Dubner teaches Tricia and Greta how to ‘Think Like a Freak’. Plus a portrait of astronaut Sally Ride on the anniversary of her first trip to space, news Freaks (and Geeks) can rejoice over and your Cosmos-related #nerdconfessions.
Competitive hot dog eaters. Cancer-curing scientists. Glass-ceiling shattering astronauts. Cosmos-related nerd confessions.
There’s lots to love about the latest nerdettepodcast.
Listen, share and let your freak flag fly.
Going through a little Game of Thrones withdrawal tonight? This University of Chicago A Capella group’s performance of the HBO show’s theme song might help.
Thousands will flock to the Indiana Dunes this summer. But if it weren’t for a little-known landscape architect, the miles of beaches along southern Lake Michigan might not be around today. Listen to hear the story of how Jens Jensen saved the dunes.