Smatterings: April 2014 Vol I

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Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | FEAR EXPERIMENT (FE)

First there was dance, then improv, then a capella and stepping, and now STORYTELLING!

If you’d like to apply for the next round, which starts in the Fall, head here.

Info sessions start this month; attendance at one mandatory to apply.


New Chief at WBEZ

Chicago Public Media (which runs WBEZ) announced its new CEO will be Goli Sheikholeslami, who worked previously at The Washington Post and other digital media companies.

Via GapersBlock


How Not To Piss People Off in a Group Text Message


Top 10 Ways to Beat a Bad Mood


6 Small Changes to Supercharge Your Productivity


When is it Worth Keeping a Job You Hate?


Ask Dr. Nerdlove: How Do I Become ‘Boyfriend Material’?


“Sucking Is the First Step to Being Sorta Good at Something”


Is It Bad to Carry a Laptop That’s Powered On?


Top 10 Ways to Make Your Boss Love You


Five Life Lessons You Can Learn from Successful Corporations


What Was How I Met Your Mother and Why Is Everyone Mad at It?


The Most Nutritious Types of Apples, Ranked by Antioxidant Levels


Take Me Higher

The sneaky things that bring down your credit score


Conan Becomes A Mary Kay Beauty Consultant


This isn’t a list of what you SHOULD do when you are in love. If you feel “should” then you might not be in love.

These are things I feel when I’m in love. Love comes and goes. And comes and goes. It’s ok to not be in love. And it’s okay to be in love forever.

Love Is….


Do You Really Want To Know What Others Think Of You? Here’s How To Find Out.


How To Tell If You’re A Basic B*itch


THE DEFINITIVE STREET FOODS OF ENGLAND, DENMARK, AND 12 OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES



7 Phrases You Should Never Say to Someone


New Lakeview Farmers Market: ‘Pride and Produce’ to Debut at Belmont-Clark


Watch Wil Wheaton Explain to a 7-Year-Old How to Stay True to Oneself When Bullied 


Changing Your Perspective On Professional Relationships


JOB
Communications Manager


Top Literary Cities in the U.S.


6 Signs That Entrepreneurship Is For You


People love this place!

King Spa: An Oasis in a Strip Mall



IPaintMyMind is a Chicago-based nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to publish arts coverage, support artists, and connect the public with great emerging art. IPMM isn’t just a curator, publisher, gallery, or community organization: they’re all of those things.

Having launched their hallmark community arts program entitled Shared Walls in 2012, IPMM curates temporary art exhibitions into schools, parks, and community centers, while also offering the program as a service to private businesses.

IPaintMyMind Gallery is located at 2545 W Diversey in the Green Exchange building (Logan Square/Avondale) and hosts monthly art openings, film screenings, and more.

ideas@ipaintmymind.org



Did You Know? April is Autism Awareness Month!

And AS2YP (Autism Speaks to Young Professionals) is doing its part to celebrate in Chicago. Are you?

With 1 in 68 children affected in America, the cause is an important and relevant one. Autism Speaks spends the entire month raising awareness through its international campaign, Light It Up Blue – every continent and 101 countries participated in 2013; even the International Space Station lit up blue! This year, over 150 buildings in Chicago have already signed up to go blue including Willis Tower, the John Hancock Building, Water Tower and Trump Tower, some for the first time ever.

For the third year in a row, the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks is also hosting a “Turn The Bean Blue” event at, you guessed it, The Bean on April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day, at 7:15pm.

Also, join AS2YP for our sixth annual Double Denim Bar Crawl on April 12th. Bounce around Wrigleyville from 12-8pm with drink deals, fun contests and a ridiculous amount of denim attire.

Then, end Autism Awareness Month with us at Illuminate, our annual Light It Up Blue cocktail reception. This year’s event will be held at Block 37 on April 26th from 7-11pm. Enjoy appetizers from Chicago restaurants, an open bar, Silent Auction and an After Party at Rockit Ranch’s Underground.

Can’t wait to see raising awareness this month!
Check out AS2YP on Facebook and Twitter for more details.


JOB

Technical Associate – Kartemquin Films


JOB

Creative Writing Instructors – The Chicago High School for the Arts


JOB

Part time Arts Integration Teaching Artist- Project AIM


JOB

Marketing Journalist (Copywriter & Social Media Expert) – SpotMe (Chicago)


Zinio

This complimentary service gives CPL card members free access to more than 150 digital magazines, including faves likeUS Weekly and Shape, via your computer or mobile device. Since the platform is digital, there are no waits–catch up on Khloe and Lamar’s divorce anytime.

Via PureWow


HA!!!
THIS GENERIC BRAND VIDEO IS THE GREATEST THING ABOUT THE ABSOLUTE WORST IN ADVERTISING


Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | “HOW TO LIFE A LIFE OF YES!” WORKSHOP

One of my most popular offerings, coming up this month


Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | TIME-MANAGEMENT & EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP

I share the tools and resources I use to make a busy life simple.
More info/register


Seth Godin
Your story about money


50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Chicago


Your Relationship Status Does NOT Define Who You Are


30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. #10 Is An Absolute Must.


Confessions of a Money Hoarder


How Woody Allen’s Alleged Sexual Abuse Forces More of Us Into Silence


Like Pharrell’s Happy? Check out my alma mater!
A Very ‘Happy’ BC Story


Which are you?
‘Askers’ vs. ‘Guessers’


Mac & Cheese Productions in the press! Twice!

In ‘Fear Experiment,’ Amateur Dancers Prepare for the Limelight
LINCOLN PARK MORNING REPORT: ‘Fear Experiment’ Puts Amateurs in Limelight


Congrats Jason and Colleen!
10 Rising Improv Stars Who Deserve Their Own TV Shows


Which Benedict Cumberbatch Character Should You Date?


Sasha Obama Is About to Become Teen-in-Chief


Genius Barista
Tech investors think they’ve found the Apple of coffee.


You Might Have Free Amazon Money Waiting in Your Inbox


Watch this Baby React to a Video of Himself Crying (Original)


33 Things Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Know


Good for anyone really…10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s


An Online Generation Redefines Mourning


Ladies – join the Chicago Beer Gals Collective on Thursday, April 10th for an evening of craft beer & pampering at Noktivo Spa & Beauty Boutique, Chicago’s ONLY non-toxic spa. They will be offering a choice of two services: mini manicure, mini pedicure, mini massage.

We will be joined by Patti Mandel from Goose Island Beer Company. She will be sharing two NEW beers from Goose Island – Endless IPA and The Illinois Imperial IPA. Both of these new beers have unique ingredient stories with a local twist.

Jenny Perillo, Owner of Noktivo Spa, will be talking about the skin benefits of beer and hop oils, which are used in many beauty care products.

Tickets include 2 mini spa services, samples of 2 new beers from Goose Island and light snacks.

You must be over 21 to attend. IDs will be checked at the door.

Noktivo Non-Toxic Spa & Beauty Boutique is Chicago’s premier chemical-free salon and spa for eco-conscious beauty enthusiasts and green glamour gals. Whether you’re craving a little bit of pampering or need an environmentally-sound spa day, you’ll leave Noktivo feeling healthy, luminous, and beautiful.

www.noktivo.com

Goose Island Beer Co. is an innovator and leader in the craft of brewing. Striving to create beers that define styles, win awards, and captivate the hearts, imaginations, and palates of beer drinkers.
www.gooseisland.com

The Chicago Beer Gals Collective is a series of educational craft beer events connecting enthusiasts with women in the industry. Events produced by www.hail2theale.com


5 THINGS YOU DON’T NEED WHEN STARTING A LIFESTYLE BUSINESS (AND 2 THAT YOU DO)


Pitch Me, Baby, One More Time: I Reply to More Spammy Requests


The Power of Imperfect Starts: How Good Do You Really Need to Be to Get Started?


‘When we’re naked, it’s like we’re all the same’: Yoga studio offers all-nude co-ed classes to overcome body issues and vulnerability 


UNITED GIVES IPAD/IPHONE USERS FREE TV AND MOVIES ALL FLIGHT LONG


Angel Food Bakery Is Closing at the End of March


Would love to see “Best At” version
Here’s a Map That Shows What Every American State is the Worst At


11 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE NORTHFACE


32 Ways to Make Someone Happy Today


The 3 Silent Destroyers of Marriage


Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | LIFE OF YES! SLEEPAWAY CAMP

Application deadline is May 1st!

If you answer yes to one, some, all of these, Life of Yes! Camp is for you—

  • Does the idea of expanding your social circle sound appealing?
  • Does doing something for yourself sound unusual, needed, nice?
  • Are all your friends getting married, having babies, moving to the suburbs?
  • Do you feel your relationships are surface-level, that there’s not a lot of substance to them?
  • Do you feel stuck in a rut?
  • Do you feel alone?
  • Do you want to belong, to feel a part of a community?
  • Have you done everything you’re supposed to do – the job, the condo, the schooling, the significant other – but still feel something is amiss?
  • Would you like to say YES! more?
  • Would you like to be around people who say YES! more?
  • Are you tired of feeling bad about yourself because you’re ______?
  • Are you tired of trying to impress others, of being someone who you’re not? Would you like to be yourself, around other people being themselves?
  • Are you looking for an answer to “What am I passionate about?” “What do I want to do?”
  • Are you ready to move on from and let go of past lows, disappointment, frustration?
  • Do you wish you had more confidence in yourself?
  • Are you tired of being fearful or of feeling like you’re sitting on the sidelines watching life pass you by?
  • Do you want to be doing something else professionally?
  • Do you have an entrepreneurial itch?
  • Do you find yourself constantly being envious of others’ lives?
  • Are you ready for a change?
  • Are you hard-pressed to think of anything you’re good at?
  • Do you think  you have a superpower or two that may be of use to others?
  • Do you feel like you’re treading water, constantly moving but never getting anywhere?

Life of Yes! (LOY) Sleepaway Camp is designed to equip you with a way of thinking and a community rooted in you getting as much as you can out of your life. 

A weekend filled with habit-, value-, and courage-development activities, in an environment where you feel at home with people you just met…

Check out the details.


The Positive Legacy of Fred Phelps


Here Now, The 10 Wealthiest Neighborhoods In Chicago


Simple Tricks to make you seem really smart


Behold What Is Possibly the Greatest ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Puzzle Solve in History


DELTA WANTS TO PUT YOU ON A FLIGHT WITH AN INSPIRATIONAL BUSINESS LEADER


Gritty West Loop Set For Glamorous Post-Oprah Tech Hub Revival


100 Wise Words For Everyone. Number 28 Is Gold.


The Ideal Length for Blog Posts, Tweets, and Everything Else in Your Marketing


5 Little-Known Secrets Couples Need To Know About The Science of Love 


What does, “it’s too expensive,” mean?


WHY WE CANCELLED OUR KICKSTARTER AND FUNDED IT OURSELVES


Amen x1000000000.

Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life


The 18 Best Coffee Shops In Chicago


22 Venn Diagrams Only British People Will Understand


Birth control.
How to Put a Toddler to Bed in 100 Easy Steps


How To Handle A Fart In Yoga Class


What Facebook Is Doing to Your Brain Is Kind of Shocking.


Beautiful, vulnerable reflection via a Fear Experimenter.

I cried so hard, I laughed: Finding myself after the end of my marriage


Totally thought she was a Black, 40 something year old; so wrong!
This Is Radio: Brooke Gladstone 


Don’t Even THINK About Wishing Me a Happy Birthday on Facebook


Gloria Pittman’s Guide to Chicago Garbage Etiquette


5 Things I Miss About Weighing More Than 300 Pounds


Can’t believe I watched all of this. And found it interesting.

John Green Defines Every Acronym Ever


Interesting thoughts on “internships” —Just Say NO!


New way to find dates, Coffee Meets Bagel.(FREE!)
If anyone does this, let me know how you like it — intrigued!


March Madness: The Tournament of Upper-Middle Class Afflictions


Small Data: Why Tinder-like apps are the way of the future


Wanna get a drink after work? Meet me at Starbucks


NYT article
The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists


Crisis Mode: America’s Friendships


Remember your first tweet? No?
Now you can.


How to Say ‘I’m the Best’ Without Actually Saying It


Why It’s Time to Redesign the Way We Think About Office Space


Boston Missed Connection Heroically Shames Misogynist Jerk


New Yorker article
THE POINTLESSNESS OF UNPLUGGING


Here’s A Shocking Truth If You Think You’ve Wasted Your Life


INSIDE AIRBNB’S GRAND HOTEL PLANS

HOW BRIAN CHESKY, THE MILLENNIAL IMPRESARIO BEHIND RED-HOT AIRBNB, TEAMED UP WITH CHIP CONLEY, THE HOTEL INDUSTRY’S LAST BLACK-SHEEP INNOVATOR, TO REIMAGINE THE $6 TRILLION TRAVEL BIZ AND, IN THE PROCESS, BUILD THE WORLD’S LARGEST HOSPITALITY BRAND.


How to Succeed Professionally by Helping Others


Hey Jon Stewart, You Gotta Stop Making Fun of Mitch McConnell’s Face 


A beloved colleague is setting off on a “new adventure,” and the gang is celebrating with farewell pisco sours at your favorite Peruvian spot tonight. There’s just one problem: You can’t make the party.

Assuage your guilt by using a new-to-Chicago app, Gratafy, to send over a round of congratulatory drinks–without the hassle of trying to explain your order over the phone to a harried bartender.

First, open the app on your iPhone or Android and pick the entrée, appetizer, drink or dessert you want to gift. (You can pick something specific the very moment your friend is at the bar, or send general monetary gift certificates that can be used at any time.) Then, enter the recipient’s number and she’ll get a text announcing your gift–she doesn’t need to have the app on her phone–with a code to show to her server when redeeming the goods.

So far 18 Chicago restaurants have signed on to participate, and the current selection of gifts includes everything from craft cocktails ($13) at Hubbard Inn to flatbreads ($11) at Prasino. (More options will be added soon.)
Via PureWow


Going Online to Find Real-Life Friends


You Probably Don’t Practice the Most Important Skill in Life 


The Power of Flipping Your “Shoulds” and “Have Tos”


Yoga via x-ray, so cool!


Foodseum, a First of Its Kind, Planned for Downtown


Piece Brewery and Pizzeria Expanding to Neighboring Storefront


Rising and shining: Chicago radio’s top 10 morning shows


JOB
Community Builder Job Opening – Chicago Area


JOB
Social Media / Community Manager (Streeterville)


This is Healthbook, Apple’s major first step into health & fitness tracking


Chicago’s Best Places to Live


10 Things That Will Happen When You Start Pursuing Your Dreams


Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | POTLUCK! (A SMORGASBORD OF IDEAS)


Potluck! (A Smorgasbord of Ideas) brings together several of Chicago’s best and brightest, funniest and handsomest, wittiest and engaging-est for an evening of rapid fire musings on whatever they choose to muse upon.

Each presenter talks about whatever he/she wants, for six-minutes.

No actual food involved.

See photos from last night’s sold out #IdeaPotluck.

Check out the lineup for the next one!
And buy NOW, we sell out.

Curated by Mac & Cheese Productions and TeamPete



That’s it, folks! Hope you enjoyed this issue.

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