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Comics Tue Jun 03 2014

Postcards from the Mess: Fred at Alice's

Postcards from the Mess is a weekly poem-comic about and inspired by art/artists, music/musicians, performers/performances, etc. This week, it's about Fred Wood.

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Fred Wood is the KJ at Alice's Lounge. As the Chicago Reader once coined, he is the "karaoke keeper," and after five years singing at the mic beside him, I wouldn't dream of disputing this title.

These days Alice's is more popular than ever, thanks to Fred, so it's doubtful they need any help from me in the visibility dept. But what many may not be aware of is Fred Wood's golden singing voice. It always seems to surprise those who've never heard it before, since he's known more for his droll wisecracking.

Every December (and sometimes even during the off season) I make it a point of requesting Fred's rendition of "Please Come Home for Christmas," which puts the original to shame. And every time it fills me with some unnamed chill of emotion.

So please, next time you're there, don't hesitate to bend Fred's ear a little. He gives us a lot, so it couldn't hurt to give word or two in return. And if you're feeling up to it, and so inclined, request a little number from him.

Alice's Lounge is located at 3556 W. Belmont Ave. More information on Fred and Alice's can be found here.

 

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Culture Tue Nov 04 2014

7,550 Miles from Home, Chicago's Ethiopians Build a Cultural Museum

By Danielle Elliott

Some 7,550 miles separate Chicago from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. For the 10,000 Ethiopians living in Chicago, that distance seems a lot smaller due to the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago.
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