Sunday, July 05, 2015

$$$ Up in Smoke

  • After leaving thousands of attendees disappointed last year and earning the nickname "the fiasco on the river" when the planned burning of floating houses sputtered, the Great Chicago Fire Festival will move its act to dry land at Northerly Island this fall.

    The Sept. 26 climax of the festival is again set to be an artistic re-enactment of the 1871 fire that burned much of Chicago, Redmoon Theater executive artistic director Jim Lasko said Friday.

    But rather than trying to pull that off by igniting structures floating on the Chicago River, Redmoon will burn down a model house on Northerly Island south of the Loop, with the crowd of onlookers facing the city's skyline in the background, Lasko said.
Remember, this is going on with $100,000 in taxpayer money. If the city wants to give us $100,000, we'll make sure it goes up in smoke, too, in the form of fine cigars. Oh, and the Park District is contributing another $75,000, but that money grows on special trees evidently...not taxpayers.

We hope the assholes at Redmoon Theater remember that 300 people died in the Great Chicago Fire, not to mention the 100,000 homeless.

We can hardly wait for their artistic interpretation of the crash of Flight 191 when they'll fly a burning Cessna into a trailer park constructed entirely of matchsticks. That'll be a show worth seeing! Bring the kids! Have a barbecue!



Anonymous The Mentally Challenged And Unpredictable said...

"Bring the kids! Have a barbecue!"

When did you say they're lighting off Redmoon Theater?

Do they need volunteers?

I don't have a kayak. Will that affect things?

7/05/2015 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geeze Rahm will do anything rather than put money in our pension funds.

I worked on the movie BACKDRAFT, with Kurt Russell, William Baldwin and Scott Glenn in 1991. In fact I worked on that sequence where the flaming warehouse roof collapses with Russell, Baldwin and Glenn on it. That was a hell of a nights work and that picture was nominated for Academy Awards for Sound, Sound Effects and Visual Effects. It lost out to the new state of the art computer generated effects of the movie TERMINATOR.

The smoke and flames of BACKDRAFT were very real.
Those guys knew how to stage a fire.

7/05/2015 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the difference between the US and Greece is about 12 years.

7/05/2015 01:54:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

Rahm' s ego won't allow him to cancel this. He wants it done right once.

7/05/2015 06:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"follow the money"-----"Deep Throat" from "All The President's Men"

7/05/2015 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is artistic expression. Cultural relevancy. Theatre people have to eat, too

7/05/2015 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn it!! $175,000.00 up in smoke...what a trashy city to OK such squandering of hard to come by dollars....Oh, that's right...its not Rahm's money. After this city did such a beautiful job of hosting so many events this weekend during America's birthday....only to be a laughing stock in September for being seriously negligent in letting this stupid idea go forward. Rats.

7/05/2015 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the 75th annaversary renactment tribute of the Auschwitz liberation rahm?

7/05/2015 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but it's only half as much as last year... plus another $100k. Oh, and it's on dry land. How much to replace the trampled burnt grass?
Spending money to attract tourists is fine, if you're a town like Decatur or Effingham. Chicago has plenty to see and do, just start with a visit to the History Museums Chicago Fire exhibit, just pay to get it of course. Rahm has no intention of spending less or cutting frivolous budgets (like his own extensive public relations staff), he has a legacy to forge.
That's why crime is down, that's why spirits are high and that's why Chicago is....the way it is.

7/05/2015 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that reenactment of flight 191 idea.
Maybe Rahm will be the pilot? Gary co-pilot?

7/05/2015 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think big!
The Chicago Catholic Church is closing several
grammar schools, including St Rene on the SW side.
Let's burn Rene to reenact the Our Lady of Angels fire.
9.5 and McBeer Breath can wear nun's habits while
the city council wears Catholic boy's and girl's uniforms.
Picture Burk in a white blouse and pleated jumper skirt,
white sox and saddle shoes.
Maybe Hank B (ret 010) could jump out the window,
onto the fire escape, saving his classroom again.

7/05/2015 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing how society just keeps going to shit. I still can't believe this event was created and people think it's okay. Whoever came up with the idea is a sick person. In the future will Chicago have reenactments of all past tragedies in history? One year they can do a round up of Jewish people and cremate them alive. Or maybe erect two replicas of the twin towers and fly a plane into them. Let's load people onto a boat at Navy Pier and let it hit something and sink to get a feel what the Titanic tragedy was like. Unbelievable.

7/05/2015 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a Serious bunch of sick Assholes , Yeah Rahm says the City has no Money then soon I hear hes going to pull off another Big Show and pull out 200 Million out of his ASS ,and Of Course that would be all tax payers Money for a New High Speed Train show from O'Hare to the City ,., IMPEACH RAHM , IMPEACH RAHM

7/05/2015 08:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how fun. We can all make paper-mache body parts and hang them from streetlights and trees in the city. Kids can see how many jellybean eyeballs they can collect from the ground.

7/05/2015 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is artistic expression. Cultural relevancy. Theatre people have to eat, too"

7/05/2015 09:29:00 AM

No they don't. "Artistic express" on your own dime. Produce something that the public wants, you'll be OK. No taxpayer funding for smoldering, halfwit kindergarten projects.

Why don't the Mayor and family dress in period clothing and burn down their own house next year -- running down the street in a blizzard of embers with their hair ablaze?

Rahm likes fires, huh? Was he a bedwetter too? Cruel to small animals? We know where that well-known psychological "Triangle" leads...

7/06/2015 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So they won't let you burn leaves in your own backyard, but for artistic/cultural reasons they are going to build a house and then burn it down. Doesn't that also add to the pollution and carbon footprint? In addition, isn't Northerly Island supposed to be some sort of bird sanctuary? Except, of course, during outdoor rock concerts. So the EPA enforces must have given Rahm an exemption for this one. As usual, the rules that apply to us don't apply to them.

7/06/2015 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about massive torch parades ala Nazi Germany finishing with a huge bonfire in Grant Park commemorating every time a 7 year-old in Chiraq is shot?

These politicians are sick and full of it.

Dick "Turban" Durbin would be squealing like a stuck pig if a 7 year-old was accidently killed by our military fighting terrorism.

But he's quiet as a mouse as a 7 year-old is killed by a gangbanger because his shitbird father is training him in the thug life.

7/06/2015 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contemptuously laughing down their dicks at the taxpayers...

7/06/2015 05:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I like that reenactment of flight 191 idea.
Maybe Rahm will be the pilot? Gary co-pilot?

You are seriously demented!

7/07/2015 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm's next extravaganza is a re-enactment of the Fort Dearborn Massacre!

7/09/2015 03:29:00 AM  

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