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Film Mon Sep 13 2010

Win Tickets To Screenings at the Chicago United Film Fest

The Chicago United Film Festival is in full swing at the Music Box Theatre which features a variety of independent films in their line-up, including local films. Ballhawks and RiffRaff are two that hit close to home. Ballhawks is a familiar story to Chicago Cubs fans. For over a decade fans have flocked to Wrigley Field's bleacher section with hopes that the Cubs will capture the World Series. But there's a save few that go for more than that. This documentary follows those that track down batting practice and home run balls that land in their territory - a practice called ballhawking that continues on despite decades of disappointment and threats of field renovation. RiffRaff follows another sect of Chicago culture, albeit in a fictitious structure. Four people enlist as summer lifeguards at Chicago's North Avenue beach. By day they serve and protect the public of Cook county. By night they live with regrettable hook-ups and the wrath of scorned women. Director Justen Naughton took his own experiences as a summer lifeguard as well as others to create the story for RiffRaff so that all can know what it's like have the double existence of a lifeguard.

RiffRaff screens today, September 13 at 9:30 pm at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N Southport). Because of the the success of both films during the festival's run each will have an encore screening this week on Thursday, September 16 -- RiffRaff at 7 pm and Ballhawks at 9:30 pm. Our readers can win a pair of tickets to Ballhawks and RiffRaff's encore screenings. All you have to do is send an email to with the title of the film you'd prefer to see in the subject line. Two winners will be chosen at random, one for each film. Good luck! UPDATE: We've got our winners! Congratulations Mark and Lori!

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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