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Let’s All Watch Easy on Netflix

There’s a new eight-episode series coming out on Netflix next week, written and directed by the very awesome Joe Swanberg. It’s called Easy, and it’s set in Chicago. Here’s the trailer:

It’s always fun to see things that were filmed in Chicago, and it’s even better when they venture outside of the Loop into other neighborhoods. If you’re familiar with Lincoln Square, you’ll recognize the Davis Theater, Baker Miller, and more.

You’ll also recognize a lot of funny famous people, like Orlando Bloom (my #1 reigning crush from 2001-2003), Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife should still be on the air), Jake Johnson (national treasure), Hannibal Buress (best known as the 30 Rock hobo – j/k), Aya Cash (You’re the Worst is an unexpected delight), and Elizabeth Reaser (wonderful in everything she’s in, including my brother’s film One & Two).

And, there’s one more fun thing to keep an eye out for: our house!

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That’s our bedroom, but that’s not our quilt, and that’s definitely not Jarrod and me.

This past February, we turned our property over to a production crew, dropped off our cats with a friend (thanks again, Ben!), and checked into a hotel for 10 days. We had a wonderful staycation in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood while an episode of Easy was filmed at our house in Albany Park.

I have very little idea what transpired while we were gone, and I’ve heard only a few details about the show’s plot. Even if I didn’t know and love Joe, I would know and love his movies: they’re funny, candid, and sweet without being pandering. So, I’m doubly excited to see the show.

After filming wrapped, we returned to a clean house and inquisitive neighbors. Only a few clues remained to remind us that our home was someone else’s for a spell: a stranger’s pants in our closet, a production schedule in our garage. One morning, several weeks later, I took a carton of eggs out of the fridge and discovered they weren’t my eggs: they were showbiz eggs, neatly cracked and stacked.

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Easy comes out on Netflix on Thursday, September 22. Let’s all watch it and keep an eye out for omelettes.

Drunk in Love with Beyonce: 5 Drinking Game Rules

This past Friday my friends joined me (indulged me, really) in watching all 17 of the music videos from Beyoncé’s recently-released visual album. I couldn’t find any drinking game rules online so I DIYed them. Not the usual fodder for this blog, I know, but I wanted to codify them here.  So, without further ado, here are Five Rules for a Beyoncé Music Video Drinking Gamé.

Beyonce Video Drinking Game

1. Drink for each song title.

Each music video includes the song title within the first 30 seconds or so. Some are simple title cards but others are more clever or discreet. Raise your glass each time you see one to celebrate the gift that Beyoncé has bestowed upon you.

Beyonce Music Video Titles

2. Drink when Beyoncé wears jean shorts.

She wears ’em a lot. Most of them look rather uncomfortable. When you see jorts: drink. When you see a jort thong: chug.

Beyonce Jean Shorts

3. Drink when Jay-Z makes an appearance, in person or in voice.

This doesn’t actually happen very often – if anything, this album is about Beyoncé moving beyond Jay-Z – but he pops up occasionally to blurt “crown!”, to rap about his foyer Warhol, and to rhyme “breasteses” with “breakfast.” He also does a hilarious drunken shimmy that will remind you of your friend Nordy. Drink for Jay-Z!

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4. Drink when Ed McMahon makes an appearance, in person or in voice.

And then pour one out: RIP, Ed.

Beyonce Ed McMahon

5. Drink when Beyoncé wears something atop her lovely head (wigs excluded).

Yoncé loves headgear even more than she loves jean shorts. She borrowed a crown from the Queen of Hearts, a beaded headdress from Le Crazy Horse, a veil from the Virgin Mary, and a balaclava from Pussy Riot.  Drink whenever you see something new on Beyoncé’s head – except for wigs.  The goal is drunkenness, not death by alcohol poisoning.

Beyonce Head Gear

Extra credit:

If five isn’t enough for you, here are a few other ideas:

  • Drink whenever food is mentioned (peaches, Skittles, half-naked dinners, etc.)
  • If you’ve got love for the Lone Star state, drink when B references Houston.
  • Drink whenever a foreign language is spoken (including a French Big Lebowski sample?!)

That’s it – have fun!

Beyonce Bottoms Up

 

Cape Horn Illustration Giveaway

Do you like architecture, beer bars, your childhood home or Lake Michigan?  If so, you’ll be interested in this blog’s inaugural giveaway! If not… I’m so sorry.

 Cape Horn Two FlatThe Chicago Two-Flats by Cape Horn Illustration

As I mentioned yesterday, our Apartment Therapy tour offered a glimpse of some new artwork we have hanging in our hallway:

Taxonomy of Local HomesPhoto by Carolyn Purnell

I discovered Cape Horn Illustration several months ago when Jarrod forwarded me a link to this illustration in Center Square Journal.  Jarrod’s batting average on daily email forwards is 0.04 (that’s bad, right? I don’t know anything about baseball) but he scored a touchdown hit a home run with this one.  I love that it’s not just Chicago architecture, but architecture specific to our particular neighborhood: Lincoln Square / Ravenwood, where Phil Thompson and Katie Lauffenburger (the married team behind Cape Horn Illustration) are also based.

Taxonomy of Local Homes

Much of their work celebrates Chicago heritage and culture, from residential architecture, to beer bars, to the city’s industrial history.  I reached out to Phil prior to the publication of the tour to give him a head’s up that I would be linking to their website in the resources section of my Apartment Therapy tour.  We exchanged an excited series of emails, resulting in my first-ever giveaway.

Neither Cape Horn Illustration nor Marti “Project” Palermo were paid or perked for this partnership – I simply wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to promote such talented local artists and to thank readers of this blog. Phil and Katie are generously donating the unframed print and I will cover the cost of shipping.

To enter the giveaway: click on over to Cape Horn Illustration’s website to check out their work. Then, return to this post and leave a comment with the title of the print you’d like to win. Jarrod’s favorite is the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor.  My friends Emily & Pete love the Chicago Beer Map, as they hit all of these places on an average Tuesday.

Chicago Beer Bars

You can choose:

  • Lakefront Currents
  • Ravenswood Industrial Corridor
  • Siblings: The Chicago Two-Flats
  • Chicago Beer Map
  • Taxonomy of Local Homes

On Friday, September 6th I’ll randomly select a commenter to win the print of his/her choosing.  Let me know if you have any questions!

P.S. In high school I hired a talented friend to do a portrait of our home as a gift for my mother.  She loved it and it’s been displayed on her bookcase ever since.  Now you too can be as thoughtful a gift-giver as I once was: Cape Horn Illustration offers portraits of current homes, childhood homes and storefront facades. Each work results in an original, signed pen & ink portrait. Pricing depends on size and complexity, but standard home portraiture starts at $130 (which seems really reasonable to me for custom, original artwork).  As a favor to Project Palermo readers, they are happy to offer 10% off a commissioned portrait. Just mention this blog when you contact Phil and Katie. Thanks!