Tumblr Thursday picks

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You know the drill by now—if you’re not following these Tumblrs already, you should be.

Kids with Beards

Exactly what it sounds like (famous kids, anyway). Its creator told Buzzfeed Kids with Beards started out as an office joke — about new staff photos — and by way of, y’know, Internet, it took on a life of its own.

Texts from Star Trek: The Next Generation

I’ve been told “Star Trek” fans think this Texts from Last Night spin-off is absolutely hilarious? I don’t know.

Composers Doing Normal Shit

Someone took the idea of rappersdoingnormalshit.tumblr.com and made it work for composers, using some awesomely vintage photos found in archives. What is normal, anyway?

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Behind the scenes: Our spring fashion shoot with The Joffrey Ballet
 
A couple months ago when Chicago was still thoroughly frozen over, features editor Dana Moran and I (pictured: bottom) were holed up in a conference room thinking ahead to how we would cover spring fashion this year in RedEye. Pastel hues are always big for spring, but this year, they seemed to be everywhere, from local indie boutiques to big chain stores to the runways. How could we do something different? We had this dream idea to work with The Joffrey Ballet to feature a few of their dancers as models – and just our luck, the company was game for working together. Our photo editor, Lenny Gilmore, spent several weeks hanging out with The Joffrey Ballet for a photo project last year, so he was equally as excited to photograph the dancers again. After borrowing pastel-hued outfits from Bucktown store Apartment Number 9, Old Town boutique Roam and Pilsen-based label Crystal B. Designs, we met the dancers at the company’s Loop studio and Lenny photographed some beautiful images with the help of company ballet master Graca Sales. I worked for a dance magazine in my former life, so it brought on an awesome feeling of deja vu to be back in a dance studio surrounded by the click of a camera and the sound of pointe shoes hitting the floor.  —Lisa Arnett
 
Pictured: Dancers Yoshihisa Arai (in striped shirt and jeans), Jenny Winton (in pink top and white skirt) and Dara Holmes (in green top and silver skirt), plus company ballet master Graca Sales (in all black)

"Road to Glory" — A Chicago Documentary

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The Chicago music scene is crowded. It’s gritty. It’s completely unforgiving. But one rap artist from the westside of the city refuses to give up. When he’s gut-punched, he pops back up. Time and time again. Introducing Saint Millie, a 22-year-old Oak Park musician who believes he is living his “road to glory.” Watch the young artist on his journey to get paid for what he loves to do, jumping hurdles to get close to that reality. Overcoming small, quiet crowds is just the beginning. But Saint Millie is ready for whatever is thrown at him. He continues to be “the good in the situation.

We made a documentary (45 minutes). Can a Chicago unknown actually make any progress in today’s overcrowded rap scene? Meet Saint Millie, one of the most determined in the game right now. Watch our editor’s note below and click over to YouTube to watch the five-part series, “Road to Glory.”   


"I called up the bait shop and asked, ‘You got worms?’ And they were like, ‘Yeah, we got worms, what kind do you need?’ I was stunned, didn’t know what to say. They had like five different kinds of worms, so I just got nightcrawlers."

-Our photo editor, Lenny Gilmore, on how he made this photo illustration come together. Lenny ate that banana and the apple but did not eat the egg from that shell. The writer of the story, Rachel Cromidas, asked in a meeting, “What happened to the rest of the bag of Cheetos?”  
Click here to read Rachel’s story about Chicago’s recycling problem. 

"I called up the bait shop and asked, ‘You got worms?’ And they were like, ‘Yeah, we got worms, what kind do you need?’ I was stunned, didn’t know what to say. They had like five different kinds of worms, so I just got nightcrawlers."

-Our photo editor, Lenny Gilmore, on how he made this photo illustration come together. Lenny ate that banana and the apple but did not eat the egg from that shell. The writer of the story, Rachel Cromidas, asked in a meeting, “What happened to the rest of the bag of Cheetos?”  

Click here to read Rachel’s story about Chicago’s recycling problem. 

OK, so … 

Two of our staffers, Ernest Wilkins and Mick Swasko, are basically two guys out of a buddy cop comedy. So we slowly started concocting the details of a new TNT buddy cop drama, called “Knight & Daye,” featuring their hijinks. 

It has gotten completely out of control — entire scripts have been written, trailers have been made — as evidenced by their inclusion in this week’s RedEye Rundown news recap. 

Watch it, here. It is seriously ridiculous. 

Tumblr Thursday picks

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You know the drill by now—if you’re not following these Tumblrs already, you should be.

Time is a Flat Circus

"True Detective" parodies will never get old, right? Right. Here’s one that brilliantly incorporates Family Circus comics.

TL;DR Wikipedia

For the Internet newbs, that’s “Too long; didn’t read.” When you’re in a hurry and just need a straight answer to “What is Greece?” from Wikipedia, here’s your answer, in a few words or less.

Hotels I’ve Pooped In

A comedian writes reviews of available bathrooms in Chicago hotels. You know those great ideas that make you wish you had come up with them first? This isn’t one of them.

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Cool thing: Chicago up-and-comer Tink is now working with Timbaland on a “big project.”



my next big project is this new artist @Official_Tink
— Timbaland (@Timbaland) April 8, 2014
Tink — along with Sasha Go Hard and Katie Got Bandz — was featured on our cover in 2012 while she was still in high school:

What do you think about other artists in Chicago right now?
It’s a big movement going on right now. I love it. I feel like everybody is out here putting work in. It’s so beautiful.

Full story from 2012, here. 

Cool thing: Chicago up-and-comer Tink is now working with Timbaland on a “big project.”

Tink — along with Sasha Go Hard and Katie Got Bandz — was featured on our cover in 2012 while she was still in high school:

What do you think about other artists in Chicago right now?

It’s a big movement going on right now. I love it. I feel like everybody is out here putting work in. It’s so beautiful.

Full story from 2012, here.