I've got a whole city to hold down

July 20, 2005

The doctor is IN

Are you (a) a resident of the Chicago area, (b) a musician or immediate family member of one, and (c) lacking health insurance?

If so, the Hideout has an important message for you:
Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) and the Koko Taylor Celebrity Aid Foundation will hold a health fair at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago) on Thursday, July 21, 2005 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The purpose of the health fair is to provide free health screenings and health education materials to uninsured musicians living in the Chicago Metropolitan area. No appointment is necessary to participate.

The health fair will provide free screening and information in the following areas: vision, cholesterol, asthma, blood pressure, glucose testing, HIV testing and counseling, prostate awareness, health education and KidCare/FamilyCare information and applications.

"The goal for this health fair is to provide the area's musicians, who are primarily uninsured, with health screenings and a link to a community health care facility in their neighborhood that they may not otherwise be aware of," said Joyce Threatt from the Koko Taylor Celebrity Aid Foundation. "Most musicians working today are either uninsured or underinsured, and don't seek regular medical attention due to their financial situation. By holding these health fairs, we [hope to] provide the musicians with the information they need to find a primary health care professional to promote wellness."

July 18, 2005

Intonation in review

Coverage of the Pitchfork-curated Intonation Festival: Chicagoist nails the vibe in words and pictures; then there's the Tribune, Sun-Times, Popdork rapscribe Tom Breihan's blog (Day One and Two), and more to come.

Drop your thoughts on the weekend in the comments.

Update: Intonation gets the Kelefa Sanneh treatment. Also, an NYT slideshow with the Wrens, Deerhoof, Broken Social Scene, Out Hud and the Decemberists.

Update II: Fluxblog chimes in. And now for a friendly challenge from your boy Jack Flack to Fluxmaster Matthew Perpetua: What better way to redeem yourself for overlooking the M's (who, Perpetua writes, "didn't get as much attention from [him] as they deserved") than posting one of their tracks to your terrific site? (We recommend "Break Our Bones," by the way.)

Update III: The Sun-Times on Day Two.

Update IV: Pitchfork, review thyself: Parts one, two, three, four.

Update V: Put on your impenetrable-prose nightvision goggles and prepare to reckon wit tha Village Voice.

Update VI: Bloggeration from Stylus contributor/Canasta member John Cunningham, Philly writer/deejay/promoter type Maria Sciarrino, professional Popdork Sean Fennessy ... while some guy named Jon Monteverde cops a Chimzk pose and takes down all three Sun-Times and Trib reviews. (Aside: Where the FUCK is the Daily Herald in all this? I mean Arlington Heights is real far from Union Park and all, but how does Kelefa Sanneh make the scene but Mark Guarino can't manage the commute?)