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Festival season, also known as summer, is an exciting time—bands and fans come together to rock out in the sunshine or really, really unwelcome rain. To make it through the festivities with all your toes intact, here’s an abbreviated music festival survival guide.Stay hydrated. Beer doesn’t count.Drinking water beforehand is essential, but you should keep chugging (H2O, not booze!) during and after the festival too. And keep an eye out for the symptoms of dehydration: dizziness, heart palpitations, and little cartoon flames inside your eyes all indicate that something’s not right. You’ll want to get some shade, water, or help from a first-aid tent, lest you topple over onto someone else’s picnic blanket.Don’t be so quick to dismiss the value of steel-toe boots.If you’re lingering toward the back of the masses, it might be safe to wear flip-flops, but if your plan is to get up front, closed-toe shoes are the way to go. Hobbling to the medical tent is a lousy way to miss the encore.Keep your wits (and friends) about you.Remember to indulge with moderation, pace yourself, and have a blast, but not so much that you can’t make smart choices (or operate Instagram properly). Failing all else, use the buddy system: make sure you and a friend are keeping an eye on each other or sharing a pair of three-legged pants, and arrange for a place to meet up at the end of the evening in case you get separated.Trash cans are a hot spot for The Enemy. Bees love trash cans. They love trash cans, and they hate you. This cannot be overstated. Get in, deposit trash, get out.Illustration: Jess Snively, Groupon.Read More
At Paris Fashion Week in March, Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld continued his campaign for Most Eccentric Fashion Genius by forgoing a traditional runway. Instead, his models shopped a couture grocery store, stocked with Coco Flakes (get it?) and shelves draped with the label’s signature chains. Amid the spectacle, it was easy to miss one of the more curious elements of the show: model Ming Xi wore Chanel headphones, a collaboration between the design house and A/V brand Monster. Lagerfeld was also spotted wearing them that day, lending even more intrigue to the mystery accessory. Of course, Lagerfeld has always been one of fashion’s most intriguing personalities. He fearlessly says what he thinks and does what he likes, making him one of the most quotable people on earth. (“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat,” he has said. “You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants.”) Since there’s no official release date for the headphones just yet (though fall 2014 has been rumored), we created a playlist that, in the meantime, will help any cans feel like Chanel ones. These songs also pay homage to Karl’s singular mystique—and for the most part, they make a great workout playlist, too. “Flawless,” Beyonce As Lagerfeld once told Harper’s Bazaar, “It’s such a pleasure to go to bed in the evening in a beautiful bed with beautiful sheets and beautiful pillows, everything flawless, in a freshly pressed, long white smock.” The smock? A full-length design he commissioned specially, based on a 17th-century nightshirt he saw at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Your move, Bey. “So Fresh, So Clean,” Outkast “My hair is not really white; it's kind of grayish, and I don't like the color. So I make it totally white with Klorane dry shampoo,” Lagerfeld also told Bazaar. “That is the best thing to do because my hair is always clean.” Always. “Face to Face,” Daft Punk Lagerfeld, explaining a pair of jeans he’s wearing to New York magazine: "They are dark gray with my face, my profile, printed in black on them, but you really have to look at it to see it." So, when he looks at his pants, he’s face to face…with himself. “Mickey,” Toni Basil According to the New Yorker, Lagerfeld calls Mick Jagger “Micky.” He’s also called his cat Choupette (the face of Shu Uemura’s fall campaign) “a refined object,” according to Harper’s Bazaar. “I Love It,” Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX “I throw everything away!” he told the New Yorker. “The most important piece of furniture in a house is the garbage can! I keep no archives of my own, no sketches, no photos, no clothes—nothing! I am supposed to do, I’m not supposed to remember!” If he crashed his car into a ditch, he would probably say “I don’t care, I love it!” But in a German accent. “No Day But Today,” Idina Menzel Clearly, Lagerfeld lives in the present. Real hard. It’s why his designs never feel passé, his friends say. It also might explain why, as he told New York magazine, he doesn’t care for funerals. “I do not want anyone to come to mine…Do what you want with the ashes. Send them down the garbage chute.” “Diamonds,” Rihanna The New Yorker reports that Lagerfeld once wore an outfit that involved a diamond-encrusted belt buckle—as well as fingerless black Chanel gloves, and “a chunky Chrome Hearts ring [that] adorned the pinkie finger, over the glove.” “Telephone Line,” ELO "I used to fax a lot, but people don't have faxes anymore,” Lagerfeld told Bazaar. Probably mournfully. “I Wish You Were Gone,” Joakim In case you ever wondered what kind of music Lagerfeld listens to, it’s this. This insanely danceable track comes from a two-disc compilation CD he curated for Vogue, “Les Musiques que J’aime: My Favorite Songs.” Listen to the entire playlist here.Read More
The people at The Simple Good believe that enacting change in Chicago is, well, simple: art makes people feel better and helps them discover the beauty within themselves. The nonprofit organization adheres to this creed by curating public art projects and youth art programming. On Saturday, July 19, The Simple Good will take over The Chop Shop's 1st Ward space to unveil its latest project, City of Big Dreams. A self-described “pop-up showcase," the event will unite "five different mediums of art under a single inspiration, ‘the simple good of Chicago.’” While the evening will showcase a mural from international street artist Czr Prz, as well as a string quartet and opera chorus, the centerpiece is a brand-new poem from Grammy-winning spoken-word artist, musician, and South Side native Malik Yusef. “The poem is called ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ [and] sheds light on what I feel is an epidemic proportion of violence that’s happening in Chicago,” he said. “Not that we don’t live in a violent world, but the fact that it’s so centralized and concentrated in Chicago is really scary.” Yusef experienced this tumultuous environment firsthand growing up on Chicago’s South Side, specifically in the “Wild 100s” section of Roseland. According to him, the violence stems from an even bigger-picture issue than just gangs or drugs. “[It] has a lot to do with posttraumatic stress syndrome,” he explained. “Also pollution and toxicity levels. Our toxicity levels affect brain workings, and brain workings affect decisions that are being made, so [my] poem is trying to shed a little bit of light to that.” It’s a theme that’s been explored extensively in Windy City hip-hop, especially in the past decade. “Some of the music you hear coming from Chicago with Chief Keef and Lil Durk—that’s the sound of escaping from a burning building. That’s what poverty’s like. It’s like being in a burning building.” As grim as that sounds, the emphasis for Yusef is on the word “escape,” something he was able to do while still keeping his roots planted firmly in the place he grew up. “There’s another side of the hardship. There’s another side of the coin. There’s an alternate universe you can come through,” he said. “When I walk into a place and kids say, ‘Wow, this dude was gangbanging just like me. He struggled like I struggled. His father got laid off like mine got laid off. And despite those things, he made the decision to make it, then went about requiring the resources,’ which [are] mainly just people. Humans have always been humans’ greatest resource.” One resource early on for Yusef was fellow Chicago musician (and former GOOD Music labelmate) Common, who was featured on both of his solo albums. Yusef might be returning the favor by lending “Nobody’s Smiling” to Common’s upcoming record, the similarly titled Nobody Smiling. “I don’t know if it’s a go yet, but [Kanye West and Common] are talking about putting it on the album,” Yusef said. “The album comes out the 22nd and our event’s the 19th, so [City of Big Dreams] might be like a free preview. This will actually be the first time it’s performed in public.” City of Big Dreams takes place at 1st Ward Events at The Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave.) in Wicker Park on Saturday, July 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Interested in doing good in Chicago? Check Groupon Grassroots for ways to get involved.Read More
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