We’ll Always Have #SadTomBrady and Other Super Bowl Thoughts

Good news Bears fans! If the season that the Philadelphia Eagles just had (going 13-3 in the regular season and then soundly beating THE PATRIOTS to win the Super Bowl) is any arbiter of fortune, then about two years from now the Bears will also win the Super Bowl! Although, two years from now the Bears most likely won’t have Safety Malcom Jenkins, TE Zach Ertz, and definitely NOT WR Alshon Jeffrey. However, if the Bears are lucky, Eddie Jackson could be like Malcolm Jenkins Jr., Adam Shaheen could at least be a serviceable football player (fingers crossed), and a wide receiver draft pick could actually play more than 5 games…

Sigh. In the meantime, Bears fans can still revel in what was certainly one of the best played Super Bowl games in the past few years; oh yeah, and Tom Brady and the Patriots lost, which is always a good thing. (Quick aside: the halftime show was bad. Moving on.) The Eagles and Patriots played an exciting offensive game. While I would say that though both teams’ defenses were lacking, a high scoring game going down to a Tom Brady Hail Mary pass, and the Patriots still lost, was just what the NFL needed after a rocky and tumultuous season. My personal favorite highlight was seeing Tom Brady attempt to catch a pass, look down in dismay as he misses, and me turning to my older brother quoting the “E*Trade” commercial that aired not two minutes before saying: “I’m 85, and I wanna go home!”.

Normally with important television events, such as championship games and awards shows, I’m glued to Twitter to see what other people, experts or not, are saying about the event. For the first time in a long time, though, my phone was unchecked for most of the game. It really was that good. However, once the game ended, Twitter became open season for #SadTomBrady, and I was here for it!

Here are some of my favorite takes that popped up on my feed from Sunday’s game:

-This tweet is in reference to Tom Brady’s unconventional diet where he doesn’t eat certain foods because of their color. Seriously.

-This tweet was for the fumble that Brandon Graham forced on Tom Brady towards the end of the game. *Side note: someone responded to this tweet with “Phantom Throw”, which is a reference to the Daniel Day-Lewis movie “Phantom Thread”.

-The area may be pounded with snow soon, but we DO still have #SadTomBrady and as of today, Thursday, February 8, Black Panther comes out in 8 days! (Can’t wait for that one.)

-This is my personal favorite as this is in reference to Tom Brady’s personal health guru and trainer, Alex Guerrero, who in a report that surface back in January, other Patriots players aside from Tom Brady were seeking health and medical advice from Guerrero despite the fact that Guerrero is not a doctor, nor has an M.D. license.

Though the Super Bowl was almost a week ago, I hope you all had a fun weekend watching a great game, and also seeing a deserving Philadelphia Eagles team take down the “Evil Empire” of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and those pesky Patriots. Stay safe out there this weekend with the snow, and when you’re feeling down, just remember, your failures were not televised around the world for all to see.



Fantastic Beasts at Fountaindale


Greetings, witches and wizards! You better be getting your wands ready for the release of the new Harry Potter prequel film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18th! Set in 1920s New York City, the story follows Mr. Newt Scamander (played by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne), the eventual author of the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which Harry Potter and his friends will one day use at Hogwarts decades in the future. Newt comes to NYC after being kicked out of Hogwarts himself (why, we wonder??), carrying a suitcase full of fantastical creatures. But somehow the creatures escape and start wreaking havoc in New York…

Sound exciting enough?? To celebrate the release of this highly-anticipated film, Fountaindale is throwing a party! On Saturday, November 12th from 10am to 3pm, the library will have crafts, games, and even host some real-life fantastic creatures! This is an all-ages, drop-in event, and it is sure to be FANTASTIC!

What can you expect at Fountaindale’s event? Here’s a sneak-peak:

  • Check out our Wizard Emporium, where witches and wizards of all ages can “buy” their wizard necessities. Stop by the bank for your wizard dollars, register your wand at the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) wand registry, pick out the wizarding items of your fancy, and even get your fortune told!
  • Go on a scavenger hunt throughout the library to find Newt Scamander’s missing beasts! Can you find them all? If so, a magical prize awaits you!
  • …and much more! Stay tuned in the coming weeks to find out more about this FANTASTIC event!

First Ever Music Festival at U.S. Cellular Field!


According to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA), the owners of U.S. Cellular Field have been looking to broaden the use of the stadium beyond baseball games.

The Chicago-native, Chance the Rapper, will be hosting his Chicago tour date for his Magnificent Coloring Tour at U.S. Cellular Field on September 24th and will be calling it the “Magnificent Coloring Day.”

The “Magnificent Coloring Day” will be the “first ever music festival at U.S. Cellular Field on Chicago’s South Side.” The one day music festival will feature artists Skrillex, John Legend, Alicia Keys (who I’ve been dying to see), Lil Wayne, Tyler the Creator, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, along with special guests.

ISFA Executive Director, Lou Bertuca, says this will be the first of many events outside of baseball to be held at the Cell. “There’s no reason that the stadium shouldn’t be doing one major sporting event outside of baseball,” Bertuca said.

There have only been two previous concerts at the Cell- Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones in the early 2000’s.

Bertuca said ISFA has been working for the past year with Madison House Productions to secure a performer. When the option of Chance the Rapper came to the table, he jumped at the opportunity.

“Chance is the perfect fit because he’s from the South Side of Chicago, he’s really proud of being from Chicago and gives a lot back,” Bertuca said. “To catch Chance the Rapper on his meteoric rise to the top is just a great opportunity.”

With it being my birthday weekend, I will DEFINITELY be in attendance. I can’t wait to see what other events will be held at my second home, the Cell.


National Poetry Month

Although the poetry display on the 3rd floor of the library will only be up for a few more days, we still have several weeks to celebrate National Poetry Month! From haiku to limericks to the classics, there are a number of books in the library to get your poetry fix. Here are a few that might pique your interest:
Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar

Language for a New Century presents the works of 400 South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian poets as well as the works of those in the Diaspora. This anthology is organized by theme rather than nationality; each section begins with an essay from the editors that introduces the pieces and encourages the reader to reflect on their own sense of self.


Discovered after his death, the poetry of Tupac Shakur sheds light on the artist’s innermost  thoughts and is shared here in The Rose That Grew from Concrete. These poems, created from the time he was nineteen, are written in Tupac’s own hand and express his honest views on the world in which he lived.



Book of Haikus by Jack Kerouac

Need more Kerouac in your life after seeing On the Road? Book of Haikus highlights Kerouac’s experimentation with haiku throughout his career, a lesser-known talent of the writer. Kerouac scholar Regina Weinreich shares an incomplete draft of a haiku manuscript found in Kerouac’s archives along with a large amount of his other haiku derived from both published and unpublished sources.


Happy reading!

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Best Concert Ever!

I was one of the lucky ones this past weekend to go see Rammstein in concert at Madison Square Garden. I was also one of the very few lucky ones to actually get an exclusive concert t-shirt. I had to wait in line for 2 hours but it was well worth the wait. Most of the merchandise was sold out within the first hour of the merchandise stands opening.
With a sold out show and such a popular venue as Madison Square Garden Rammstein knew they had to deliver, and I have to say they did not disappoint. This was a band that knew they had to make this big, especially after selling out the tickets in less than 30 minutes. After not touring on U.S. soil for about 10 years, many of us die hard Rammstein fans were awaiting this very moment. Everything was perfect, the band, the stage, the lighting, the pyrotechnics, the crowd, and the place where the concert was being held. There’s nothing like singing along with your favorite band with +40,000 other people. Every single song that Rammstein played the crowd was singing along at the top of their lungs, including me. Their stage theatrics were amazing and well coordinated with the songs that they were playing. They devised an awesome set list from all of their albums, which I like the best because lets face it the classics never die.


Their set list included:
Waidmanns Heil
Keine Lust
Weisses Fleisch
Feuer Frei
Wiener Blut
Frühling In Paris
Ich Tu Dir Weh
Du Riescht So Gut
Links 234
Du Hast
Track 8 from Liebe ist für alle da
Ich Will


If Rammstein plans on stopping in the U.S. again for 2011 I will definitely be there.  I really hope they are planning on setting aside some 2011 dates for the U.S. This concert was a recorded concert and  they are supposedly releasing it on DVD in April of 2011, I am going to pre-order that if that option is available so I can relive the concert over and over again. The concert was so amazingly awesome that I wish I could post the whole concert on here for people to view. Because I can’t, I grabbed a video from youtube of them performing the last song of the concert Engel.
Watch and be amazed!!!

I had such an amazing time in New York and at the concert, I met so many people from around the world that were there to see Rammstein. Even the people that I met that didn’t speak English we both understood Rammstein and thumbs up or number 1. It was so awesome to be with so many people from around the world and all have one thing in common, that we were all there to see Rammstein and all loved the band.

-Jake L.-

Rammstein at Madison Sqaure!

I have long been a huge fan of the band Rammstein. When Du Hast became popular via the radio, I was busy listening to their better less known hits. I have always wanted to see them live in concert. But I have only been able to watch their concerts on dvd via  Live Aus Berlin, Volkerball, and the Lichtspielhaus dvd; but that is just not enough Rammstein for me. So when I heard from a friend of a friend, before it was even publicly announced, that they were going to finish their 2010 tour in New York City at Madison Square Garden in December, I had to go. Since this is their only concert in America since 2001, I didn’t even think twice about going to New York. From my understanding because the New York tickets sold out in 30 minutes, Rammstein is considering a United States tour in the near future. You gotta believe that I will be going to one of those if they come anywhere near Chicago. I will bring back an update of the Madison Square Garden show when I return from the concert on December 14th.

Not only are Rammstein’s lyrics intriguing and their music powerful, but their on stage performance and pyrotechnics totally blows me away. From exploding drum sticks to the lead singer lighting himself on fire, Rammstein is a must see band in concert. Check out the video that I added of their performance of Feuer Frei! live in Nimes, France. I love the flamethrower masks that they put on! Can anyone say useful for zombie apocalypse?

-Jake L.-