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  • Stepping Up

    By Michael Elder. Created on Oct. 12, 2020. From Health & Fitness.

    Stepping Up: Taking Your Leg Training To the Next Level

    “It’s half of your body!” That is my token response whenever someone asks me if leg training is necessary. There is a mistaken belief out there that if someone is performing consistent aerobic activity such as cycling, running, or step aerobics, then strength training for the lower body is unwarranted. I’ve said it before and it is time to say it again: This is absolutely not true! Leg training is vitally important for a host of reasons. I will be discussing some of those reasons in this article. I will …

  • Gym Etiquette for Dummies

    By Michael Elder. Created on Aug. 24, 2020. From Health & Fitness.

    Let’s face it, annoying people are everywhere. Whether it’s the obnoxious neighbor making too much noise at night, or the babbling co-worker who talks endlessly about nothing, or the crazy driver who cuts you off in the middle of Lakeshore Drive, we can’t escape the reality hat there is always going to be people who drive us crazy. Unfortunately, the same is true in the gym. Over the years, I have come to notice many undesirable behaviors from certain people that can sometimes make our gym experience less than perfect. There is such a thing as gym etiquette and we …

  • Thom Brennaman Response to Homophobic Slur

    By Michael Clark. Created on Aug. 19, 2020. From Sports.

    Former Cubs broadcaster Thom Brennaman speculated his long career may be in jeopardy after uttering a homophobic slur during a Cincinnati Reds telecast on Wednesday.

    During the first game of a doubleheader between the Reds and Kansas City Royals, Brennaman—apparently unaware his microphone was live—was heard saying "one of the fag capital of the world" while coming out of a commercial break.

    The remark came before the top of the seventh of that game, and by the fifth inning of the nightcap, Brennaman had delivered an apology and signed off the Reds broadcast.

    "I don't know if I'll be putting …

  • Artists of Chicago: Lori Lee

    By Michael Christopher Radford. Created on Aug. 16, 2020. From Arts & Entertainment.

    Last week I had the pleasure to sit down with Lori Lee, a longtime member of Chicago’s Hell in a Handbag (HIAH), to discuss her life and career as an actress in the city. I called her up and was greeted by the familiar low, resonant voice of hers that can carry to the back of an auditorium with no microphone. Ethel Merman would be so proud.

    I started the interview asking about the very beginning of her acting background to which she revealed her very first role was a nun in a play in grammar school when at that …

  • Advanced Training for That Extra Edge

    By Michael Elder. Created on Aug. 7, 2020. From Health & Fitness.

    Well folks, at this point in time many of us are back in the gym and getting our grind on again. If you’ve been back for at least a few weeks like I have, then you’ve probably started to make some gains again while also building your base strength back up. So, this article was written to give you some ideas on how to take your current routine to a new and more demanding level- if you are indeed back at the gym. The tools discussed in this article can be extremely beneficial in bringing about new fitness gains; however, …

  • Travel: So Now What?

    By Ryan Cowden. Created on Aug. 7, 2020. From Editorials & Opinions.

    Travel: So Now What?

    What a period it has been, I don’t think there is any need to expound upon that. We all know the story by now and if you don’t, I would like to find the rock you’ve been hiding under and join you.

    But what is the current thought process for travel?

    Well, the short answer is that it is as uncertain as ever and there are many additional considerations. The most direct answer seems to be we won’t be going abroad until we get the numbers low enough that outbreaks can be quickly isolated as many …

  • Return of CMSA

    By Michael Clark. Created on July 9, 2020. From Sports.

    After four months, it's game on again for the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association.
    The city's leading LGBT recreational sports organization plans to resume activities on July 12.

    It hasn't been an overnight process. "We started conversations on what reopening would look like in late May," CMSA president Matt Herek said. Those discussions included health professionals and city officials, with the goal of being ready when the city and state got to the point where sports were feasible again. "We started developing guidelines in early June," Herek said. "There's not a lot of warning (when the state moves to a new …

  • Training With a Mask

    By Michael Elder. Created on July 9, 2020. From Health & Fitness.

    Our New Obstacle: Training With a Mask

    Well folks, we’ve hit a new milestone. We are now entering phase 4 here in Illinois. Hooray!! For many of us, that means we may indeed be able to return to work. And for many, it will also mean returning to the gym. While some gyms are choosing to wait even longer to reopen, many others, including my own, are opening to limited capacity. Obviously in this new normal we can expect things to be very different when we return. The biggest change that most of us can expect is the mandatory rule …

  • Can You Handle the Suspension? The Beauty of TRX

    By Michael Elder. Created on June 29, 2020. From Health & Fitness.

    Well folks, it’s happening! Illinois is starting to reopen. We’ve still got a long path ahead of us, but it’s exciting to see businesses begin to reopen. Many gyms are opening back up to personal trainers and clients, but unfortunately all other members are not yet allowed back. Hopefully that will change soon, but until it does, home workouts are still going to dominate most people’s workout programs. In my first article, I spoke about TRX and how invaluable it is, not just for personal trainers, but for anyone who wants to add variety into their fitness regimens. This is …

  • The Journey to CHROMATICA - Review

    By Joshua Miller. Created on June 26, 2020. From Arts & Entertainment.

    “Little Monsters,” I have one question for you: are we still alive? This is the question I ask myself every morning since the release of Lady Gaga’s long-anticipated sixth studio album, Chromatica (2020). As a long-time “Little Monster” myself (my first album that was gifted to me when I was 9-years-old was The Fame (2008)), I have been waiting for the release of this album since her last release, Joanne (2016). In the 4 years between albums, Gaga has been experimenting with other ventures and venues, like her Oscar-nominated performance in the film A Star is Born and Las Vegas …

  • Mercury Theater Closes Doors Due to Covid-19

    By Michael Christopher Radford. Created on June 24, 2020. From Arts & Entertainment.

    On June 17th, the Mercury Theater in Wrigleyville officially closed its doors nine years after its reopening in 2011. The cause, of course, was due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During the span of the nine years, the theater has produced 25 plays and musicals, employed nearly 1,000 actors, musicians, designers, etc., and raised and donated $100k to Season of Charity, a charity that provides emergency care to Chicago artists. A “for-profit” business themselves, Mercury Theater was unable to accept donations unlike other theaters in Chicago. When the world shut down in March, however, Mercury was able to maintain a small …

  • Drag March For Change (37 images)

    Created on June 15, 2020. From Editorials & Opinions.

  • June Theatre Events

    By Michael Christopher Radford. Created on June 9, 2020. From Arts & Entertainment.


    -Hell in a Handbag Productions - New episode of The Golden Girls Vol. 4 - LOCKDOWN! is available to stream June 19th. Written by David Cerda and directed by Spenser Davis.

    Synopsis: Blanche returns from SantaCom with souvenirs, wild tales and possibly Legionnaires disease. The doctor orders a 30-day quarantine. Will the girls make it out before they kill each other?

    -Pride Films and Plays - Live Zoom reading of THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE by Jonathan Tolins on Sunday, June 28 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10.

    Synopsis: In 2002, Tolins’ penned THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE. the …

  • Life in France during quarantine: How our country went to sleep

    By Célia Raguis and Lawrie Surdon. Created on June 9, 2020. From Editorials & Opinions.

    Like all countries in the world, France has had to face the COVID19 epidemic and all the challenges it has brought with it. It is hard to explain exactly how things went now that quarantine is officially over, but I do remember how quickly it happened. On Thursday, March 12th, the President of the Republic announced the closure, as of Monday, March 16th, of all schools in the country. At that time, I admit, the challenges of managing this pandemic were still unknown to us and we did not pay much attention to it. However, the situation in Italy seemed …

  • Outdoor Training

    By Michael Elder. Created on June 5, 2020. From Health & Fitness.

    Outdoor Training; The New Normal

    Well my friends, it’s hard to believe, but summer is upon us! And warmer weather means people will be spending more and more time outside, especially due to the current Covid- 19 pandemic and having spent so much time inside. Since most gyms are still not open to the public, this also means that even more people will be working out outside. Even when things do open back up again, some people may still not feel comfortable enough going back to the gym. Therefore, training outside may indeed be the new normal. Outdoor training is …