Friday, March 29, 2013
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Friday, March 29
By Dawn Aulet Spring holidays are quickly approaching and if you have a tradition of decorating with painted eggs, we have a new idea for you. The technique, which is called the shaving cream technique, is a simple way to make your eggs marbleized. You can pick the paints that you combine for the egg, but the patterns are completely random. That's part of the fun. We recommend that you use this technique on decorative eggs only, as you will be rolling the eggs in shaving cream and if there is a crack in the shell, your eggs could taste soapy. If you want your decorated egg to last, you can visit Joliet Pottery Lounge and co-owner Gladys Naling will take you step-by-step through the process in person. In the meantime, here are the steps …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
From blowing to boiling, here are instructions on how to get those eggs ready to wear their most colorful coats.
By Dawn Aulet Here at Patch, we know that a great many of you will be boiling eggs in preparation to celebrate Easter. For those of you who are going to color those eggs, we offered you an option to color those eggs in a marbelized pattern, which we think would work best if you were not going to eat them. We wanted to give you instructions on how to blow an egg the modern way. You will need a couple tools Wikihow.com has some great instructions on how to do this step-by-step with nails or pins. Tinkerlab has instructions for doing it with a hand drill and also some cool tips for how to keep the eggs from getting ruined while painting if you are using acrylic paint. And while we know that the art is the goal for some of you, we are guessing…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Joliet native/comedic actor Andy Dick takes on the persona of the Mad Hatter for his jazz dance performance to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face."
We've got a quasi-local representative on Dancing with the Stars this season, and wouldn't you know, it's the guy being called "whacko" and "demented." Those kinds of adjectives might be an insult elsewhere, but on Dancing with the Stars, they're golden, and Joliet native/comedic actor Andy Dick seemed delighted to hear it Monday night. Garnering 37 points from the judges for his and dance partner Sharna Burgess' jazz/Alice in Wonderland-inspired routine to Lady Gaga's Poker Face puts him about in the middle of the pack — a marked improvement over his second-to-last debut last week. (To vote for Andy Dick, Tweet #TeamAndy, Vote: Call 800-868-3411 or text "VOTE" to 3411.) His willingness to bring comedy to his routine this week — portraying…
Geneva resident/model/talk-show host/columnist Jenny McCarthy says thanks to former beau and former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher "for being Chicago’s Hulk."
Geneva's most-famous resident made her usual splash in her Sun-Times column a couple days ago when she gave some spirited well-wishes to her former beau Brian Urlacher. Writing in her Sun-Times Splash column, Jenny McCarthy said goodbye and good luck to Brian following the news that Urlacher and the Bears couldn't come to a contract agreement and the all-pro linebacker would be taking his talent to the free-agent market. McCarthy said an earlier Urlacher quote about Chicago fans was taken out of context, because everywhere she went with Brian last summer (ah, those halcyon days), "he stopped and signed every autograph and took pictures with fans." When Urlacher's career is over and he's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, McCarthy predicted…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
"Lizzie McGuire" and "Dancing With The Stars" and Broadway star Aaron Carter isn't just for kids anymore, but he's coming soon to a venue near you.
Tuesday, March 19
River Rockhouse, 106 S. Riverside Ave., (www.river-rockhouse.com) will play host to pop sensation Aaron Carter on Friday, March 22, 2013. Younger sibling of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, Aaron has followed in his brother’s footsteps by achieving triple-platinum status and going on to reality TV and Broadway success. Chicagoland favorites 7th Heaven will open for Carter. Aaron Carter began his music career at age seven and made his first solo appearance two years later opening for older brother Nick and the Backstreet Boys. Aaron’s first full-length self-titled album achieved gold status worldwide. His sophomore album, Aaron’s Party achieved triple-platinum status… all before Aaron was thirteen. Three more albums later and Carter was …
The multi-talented actor, author and composer—whose credits include "Damien-Omen II, "The Untouchables" and Dr. Hull in "Somewhere In Time"—was also an accomplished writer and compose and former president of the TV Actors Studio in Chicago.
Who knew that so famous an actor was also a resident of Geneva? Paul M. Cook, a well-known actor, author, composer and resident of Geneva, died Saturday March 16, 2013, at Pine Acres Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb after a long battle with Parkinson Disease. He was 84. He was born May 20, 1928, in San Antonio, TX, the son of Henry Barnard and Letha (Frame) Cook. As an actor in TV commercials, industrial films and movies for 45 years, he was with the Shirley Hamilton Agency in Chicago. His movie credits include Damien-Omen II, The Untouchables and he played Dr. Hull in Somewhere In Time. Cook served many years as a Dale Carnegie instructor, was a regional vice president of Screen Actors Guild in Detroit and president of TV Actors Studio in …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Jenny talks about wardrobe malfunctions and gives a shout-out to Geneva on the "Rachael Ray Show."
We've been wondering for a long time whether Jenny McCarthy was putting down roots in our area, and proof positive came March 8 on the Rachael Ray Show. Jenny talked about The Jenny McCarthy Show on VH1 and wardrobe malfunctions she's had at the Vanity Fair party after the Oscars and in her first appearance in a WWE event, but then the talk turned to her move to back to the Chicago area, and her son, Evan. Rachael asked about shopping and food in Chicago, and that's when "Geneva news" popped out like happy wardrobe malfunction. "I live in Geneva, which is like a little historical district," she said. "So there’s no big stores. All the stores are inside of houses—little old houses, so I buy everything from there. It’s great." It is, indeed…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Patch's critic Brett Martin gives it three stars out of five. What do you think?
"Are you the great man we've been waiting for?" "I think I could be." That's the quote du jour from the movie Oz, the Great and Powerful, playing at Randall 15 IMAX, Classic Cinema's Charlestowne 18 and a billion other theaters near you and me. I didn't know Patch had a film critic until just now, but apparently his name is Brett Martin, and you can see his video review here. (What do you think of him, by the way?) Martin gives the great-and-powerful box office winner ($150.2 million in its opening weekend) three stars on a five-star scale. "It never makes a good case to justify its existence," Martin says. We're looking for local reaction. What did you think? How many stars do you give it? Here's what folks had to say on Geneva Patch's …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Showtime's "Shameless" star Ethan Cutkosky lands role as increasingly troubled youth in the noted NBC television drama.
Ethan Cutkosky, the St. Charles youth who stepped into acting and now is starring in Showtime’s comedy-drama Shameless, has been tapped to star in an episode of Law & Order: SVU, according to an exclusive by TVGuide.com. The online magazine reports that Cutkosky will play Henry Messner, a troubled youth who, despite a “normal and supportive upbringing, and various diagnoses and prescriptions … has become increasingly antisocial and his capacity for violence is escalating.” The crime drama will examine the question of whether Henry was born a psychopath, and what happens to kids in trouble who go without help, according to TVGuide.com. It looks like the show will run on April 24, according to Ethan's Tweet @EthanCutkosky. Cutkosky is the …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
What's the best snow art in the Fox Valley? Send us your entries!
Well, we FINALLY got some snow! And the artists have come out of the woodwork! Got some outstand snow art to share? POST IT HERE! (It's so dang easy, all you've got to do with click and post. Instant gratification.) So hurry up! Time is limited! And not because of any contest deadlines ... it's supposed to rain this weekend. :)