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More Red Line Trains For St. Paddy’s Day Events

The CTA will offer additional services for upcoming St. Patrick’s Day river dyeing and parade on Saturday March 16th. Longer trains will also be offered on the Brown Line.

Officials noted in a press release that ride hailing vehicles will not be allowed to pick up and drop off in the areas of State Street, Ohio and Roosevelt, making the CTA an attractive public transportation available.

Here are CTA options for the weekend.

Chicago River Dyeing – Sat. 3/16 at 9 a.m.

  • Nearest rail stations: Clark/Lake, State/Lake, Red Line Lake and Grand
  • Nearest bus routes: #3, #4, #6, #J14, #20, #22, #29, #36, #56, #60, #62, #124, #146, #147, #151 and #157

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Sat. 3/16 at 12 p.m.

  • Nearest rail stations: Lake (Red), Blue Line Washington, Monroe and Jackson, Washington/Wabash, Adams/Wabash and Harold Washington Library
  • Nearest bus routes: #3, #4, #6, #7, #J14, #20, #29, #36, #56, #60, #62, #124, #126,  #147, #151 and #157

Edge Theater Crosses New Frontier – A Christmas Carol … in Klingon

The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge – a mean and frugal man wishing nothing to do with the world until he is changed when three spirits come to him the night on Christmas Eve – is a holiday theater staple.

The Edge Theater is taking a different approach, however, presenting “A Klingon’s Christmas Carol,” a Star Trek space-alien version of the Dickens classic. And this isn’t just a slight reworking of the play, with all the characters dressed as Klingons. The play is entirely spoken in their language. (Don’t worry: There will be English sub-titles projected on the stage.)

The show runs for two weeks, from Thursday, Nov. 29 to Thursday, Dec. 16. The Edge Theater is located at 5451 N. Broadway.

Theater-goers can expect a story close to the original, except, you know, with Klingons acting like Klingons and speaking Klingon.

Director John Gleason Teske said it is the interpretation of Klingon culture that sets this work apart from the original. He described Klingons as “a warrior race” that is “way more about honor, righteousness, and ultimately connection,” than the Dickensian characters in the original.

He noted, for example, that fighting is a major part of the Klingon lifestyle. So a famous party scene that features a big dance number is reinterpreted as a bar fight. In another party scene, “little quippy word games” are replaced by “more fights,” he said.

Actor Matt Calhoun, who plays the Klingon version of Bob Cratchit, described his reimagined relationship with Klingon Scrooge.

“Cratchit is more of a dutiful soldier,” he said. The character “is going to follow him tooth and nail, really based on whatever he tells him to do.”

Dickens’ Cratchit follows Scrooge out of fear of losing his job. For the Klingon version, it’s a matter of duty and honor.

The play is a production of E.D.G.E. of Orion. The acronym stands for “Esteem Development Through Greater Expectations,” and the program uses theatre arts “to educate and entertain to foster the tools of social change,” according to the program’s website.

“EDGE of Orion has a goal of finding every participant’s personal best and holding them accountable to it.  EDGE of Orion’s main thrust is developing theatre for marginalized communities and to bring a message of non-violence, civic, and social change through exploration of the theatre arts,” according to the website.

The play won’t be the only slice of Klingon life offered to viewers, at least during the opening week.

“We have Klingon Pop Warrior doing a small concert on our gala night (Thursday, Nov. 29),”E.D.G.E of Orion instructor Orion Couling said. “On Friday the 30th we have Rax Geek who is doing a really awesome Star Trek-inspired dance.”

The Saturday, Dec. 1, performance will feature Dr. Jeremy Cowen, a linguistic expert, who will teach how to swear in Klingon, Couling said. And Couling himself will talk before Sunday’s show about the bat’leth, a Klingon fighting weapon.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the name of the actor playing Bob Cratchit. He is, as the story now correctly states, Matt Calhoun. We regret the error.

Rambler Women Take MVC Championship at Hoyne Park

Loyola University’s Women’s soccer team won a hard-fought game against Drake and the chilly November rain at Hoyne Park Sunday, winning the Missouri Valley Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

The game-winning goal came in the 35th minute of the second half, with Kat Stephens knocking it in. The Loyola defense was able to hold the rest of the way, and the boistrous crowd let out a big cheer when the final whistle blew.

Other Rambler goals were scored by Jenna Szczesny and Abby Swanson.

“It was definitely a battle of wills,”  Loyola Head Coach Barry Bimbi said after the game. “They (Drake) are so strong defensively …  and obviously we are pretty prolific offensively, but it was definitely a great game for the fans.”

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” said Loyola junior defender Madison Laudeman. “You come in, you work so hard you work from the summer, these seniors have been working for four years, this is the moment you always want when you come into play college soccer so to just to get that it’s amazing”.

Stephens said the team is now looking ahead to the NCAA tournament.

“We have enough talent to be able to compete, be able to win the the Valley and now being able to go to the NCAA we can compete with whoever we play agains,” she said.

This will be the Loyola’s women’s soccer team’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007.


Loyola Women Play for MVC Crown at Hoyne Park Today

There will be championship soccer in Edgewater today.

The Loyola Women’s Soccer team clinched a spot in the title game with a 2-1 over Illinois State Friday evening, in a hard fought game. They’ll play Drake for the title at Hoyne Park, near Hoyne and Devon, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Loyola got an early start Friday, with a goal by Madison Kimball six minutes into the game.

Eight minutes later, Jenna Szczesny added a second goal with a header-turned-free-kick to further the lead. Loyola kept its energy strong, capitalizing off missed corner kicks.

“The target’s been on our back all year,” Loyola Coach Barry Bimbi said. “The girls keep rising to the challenge so it’s an exciting moment for the coaches, but also for the players because they are hungry for it.”


Loyola Women’s Soccer Notches MVC Championship at Hoyne Field; Tourney Game Nov. 2

Rogers Park and Edgewater soccer fans might want to circle Friday, Nov. 2. That’s when the top-seeded Loyola University women’s team will take the field at the corner of Hoyne and Devon, opening the Missouri Valley Conference championship tournament as the top seed.

Loyola clinched its first-ever regular-season top finish, with a 6-1 win over Evansville Thursday.

“It’s a great step forward for the program,” head coach Barry Bimbi said. “I think we were in a different position this year, playing every game with a target on (our) back, but the administration had faith in us and our girls they did a tremendous job.”

Thursday’s game, held at the school’s soccer field at 6336 N. Hoyne, started fast for the Ramblers.

“They put on pressure early,” said Loyola student Tyler Sisko, who was at the game. “That’s why they are winning.”

Madison Kimball notched a hat trick for Loyola, with three goals. Eleni Carr, Bella Lestina, and Sienna Cruz, scored one goal each. Maggie Leazer scored the lone goal for Evansville.

Loyola fan Holly Rolloff, aunt of the team’s goalkeeper, Maddie Hausmann, said she’s proud of what the team has accomplished this year.

“It’s a big one tonight for sure,” she said. “We are seeing history”.

The win earned Loyola a first-round bye in the MVC tournament. The team’s first tournament game will be Nov. 2, at the Loyola Soccer Field.

Loyola’s Soccer Field at the corner of Devon Avenue and N. Hoyne Avenue