culture, politics, commentary, criticism

Thursday, December 01, 2005
A Blue State Christmas. Are liberals so afraid of "Christmas" that they insist on celebrating only nondenominational "holidays"? Is Christmas really
"under attack" by the ACLU and godless Blue Staters?

You'd think from all the noise that self-appointed religiously oppressed Republicans make that Christmas doesn't exist in secular Blue State cities like Chicago. Not so. Let's take a look at selections from the December calendar at the Chicago Cultural Center, a municipal institution that is funded with my approval by my secular humanist, atheistic, exorbitant property taxes:
Protégé Philharmonic
Sunday, December 11, 3pm
Preston Bradley Hall
The Protégé Philharmonic present a Christmas Holiday Concert with classical orchestra, popular Christmas selections and a Christmas carol sing-a-long.

The Rose Ensemble: Celebremos el Niño: A Mexican Baroque Christmas
Thursday, December 15, 6:30pm
Preston Bradley Hall
Join this engaging group of singers for an evening of joyful Mexican music - a celebration featuring over two centuries of festive Christmas dances, ballads and villancicos. Accompanied by viola da gamba, vihuela da mano and several percussion instruments (including African drums), solos and choruses burst forth in this holiday program that's anything but predictable.

Ohm series: Holiday Xmix Party
Thursday, December 15, 7pm
Randolph Cafe
This digital holiday celebration features local DJs and laptop artists performing original remixes of classic holiday tunes. Snowbot (aka Brobot) gives a special live performance leading audience members brave enough to join the robotic karaoke sing-along to digital versions of seasonal songs. The evening also showcases the release of Christmas Remixed 2 from Six Degrees Records, which features top-notch producers, DJs, turntablists and remix artists in a second vibrant collection of joyfully twisted takes on holiday tunes.

500 Clown (sings) Christmas Carol(s)
November 16, 2005 - January 7, 2006
Storefront Theater
Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm
Additional Christmas performances: December 19 - 21 at 7:30pm
No shows on November 24, December 24, 25, 31 and January 1
Tickets: $15, $10 for students and seniors with valid ID
This raucous Christmas celebration features three clowns as Dickensian rock stars, performing A Christmas Carol-based songs by John Fournier. Think Dickens plus a live band plus 500 Clown's signature blend of circus arts, improvisation, and action-based performance. We'll have even the tiniest Tim dancing in the aisles. For tickets, visit or call 312-742-TIXS.
But please note: "The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed in observance of Christmas Day."

Liberals aren't scared of Christianity, but Republican Christians are scared to death of pluralism. They are social agoraphobics who can't bear the sight of anyone who doesn't look and behave exactly like them — narrow-minded, fearful, greedy, and provincially Caucasian at heart.

Happy December, and Merry Christmas!

Greatest Hits · Alternatives to First Command Financial Planning · First Command, last resort, Part 3 · Part 2 · Part 1 · Stealing $50K from a widow: Wells Real Estate · Leo Wells, REITs and divine wealth · Sex-crazed Red State teenagers · What I hate: a manifesto · Spawn of Darleen Druyun · All-American high school sex party · Why is Ken Lay smiling? · Poppy's Enron birthday party · The Saudi money laundry and the president's uncle · The sentence of Enron's John Forney · The holiness of Neil Bush's marriage · The Silence of Cheney: a poem · South Park Christians · Capitalist against Bush: Warren Buffett · Fastow childen vs. Enron children · Give your prescription money to your old boss · Neil Bush, hard-working matchmaker · Republicans against fetuses and pregnant women · Emboldened Ken Lay · Faith-based jails · Please die for me so I can skip your funeral · A brief illustrated history of the Republican Party · Nancy Victory · Soldiers become accountants · Beware the Merrill Lynch mob · Darleen Druyun's $5.7 billion surprise · First responder funding · Hoovering the country · First Command fifty percent load · Ken Lay and the Atkins diet · Halliburton WMD · Leave no CEO behind · August in Crawford · Elaine Pagels · Profitable slave labor at Halliburton · Tom Hanks + Mujahideen · Sharon & Neilsie Bush · One weekend a month, or eternity · Is the US pumping Iraqi oil to Kuwait? · Cheney's war · Seth Glickenhaus: Capitalist against Bush · Martha's blow job · Mark Belnick: Tyco Catholic nut · Cheney's deferred Halliburton compensation · Jeb sucks sugar cane · Poindexter & LifeLog · American Family Association panic · Riley Bechtel and the crony economy · The Book of Sharon (Bush) · The Art of Enron · Plunder convention · Waiting in Kuwait: Jay Garner · What's an Army private worth? · Barbara Bodine, Queen of Baghdad · Sneaky bastards at Halliburton · Golf course and barbecue military strategy · Enron at large · Recent astroturf · Cracker Chic 2 · No business like war business · Big Brother · Martha Stewart vs. Thomas White · Roger Kimball, disappointed Republican poetry fan · Cheney, Lay, Afghanistan · Terry Lynn Barton, crimes of burning · Feasting at the Cheney trough · Who would Jesus indict? · Return of the Carlyle Group · Duct tape is for little people · GOP and bad medicine · Sears Tower vs Mt Rushmore · Scared Christians · Crooked playing field · John O'Neill: The man who knew · Back to the top

. . .