Yes, that’s Right! Q101 will be at Saturday night’s presentation at this area’s stop of the “Fight The Silence Tour”, featuring For Today, A Skylit Drive, and more, at Mojoe’s in Joliet! Come to the show, have a good time, come say hi to us, get some stickers, and pick up a t-shirt!
First Come, First Serve:
Tuesday, March 27
Landmark Century Centre Cinema
2828 N. Clark Street
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This two day outdoor festival of all things alternative has been held in Chicago since 1995. In the mid nineties, the Alt Rock Radio Powerhouse known as Q101 brought Bush, Collective Soul, Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, Faith No More, The Flaming Lips, KMFDM, The Lupins, Phunk Junkeez, Sponge, The Stone Roses and others to Chicagoland.
The 2012 lineup for Jamboree has not been announced yet, but the Official Facebook Fanpage for Jamboree and Event page for Jamboree 2012 encourages fans to subscribe to Q101′s Youtube Channel (http://youtube.Q101.com).
No Doubt, team Q101 will push notifications out via Q101.com when the time is right.
Standardized tests mean nothing. Well, to a parent and a child they could mean nothing. They shouldn’t be as stressful as they end up being. To a teacher, administrator, or school…those standardized tests mean everything and that is where the pressure is coming from. Why is that? Schools are graded by the scores the students receive and then budgets, hiring, textbooks, equipment, etc., are ALL based on standardized test scores. Here is the problem; the schools that do well on those tests get the money, the textbooks, and the better teachers. The underprivileged schools that have low test scores get nothing. Do you think it’s actually possible for those students and faculty to ever be able to pull themselves out of that vicious cycle?
I am of the opinion that if all of the students knew that the standardized tests didn’t mean anything and they could fill out (b) for every answer and not get penalized (which in theory they wouldn’t), they would. I did it my final year in high school. That is one of the highlights of my “sticking it” to the man during my rebel years. I sat today administering the test to several students and I saw the stress in the form of sweat on their brows. Why are we beating our kids up through standardized tests to prove that the adults are doing their jobs?
George Bush, the almighty and formerly powerful, enacted a policy that so far has been held up since 2001, called No Child Left Behind. In theory, it really is an awesome plan. Let’s make sure all of our kids do well and give federal funding to our schools based on test scores. One of the things we don’t talk about is, how in 2014, if something doesn’t change, ALL students even the ones with special needs and the students who don’t read or speak English, will be required to pass their standardized test at grade level. Is that logical to you, because it makes no sense to me, and I have gone to graduate school for two and half years to understand our educational system and I am still baffled.
These tests are given to students all around the country. They may have different names, yet they all serve the same purpose. They judge our teachers and administrators on the information retention rates of the youngest members of our society. Our children control our budgets and who ever really thinks about that? That’s a lot of weight to put on any kid. Good thing they don’t know that or they would stress out even more about the test than we could imagine. That or they wouldn’t give a rats ass and fill in all of the bubbles haphazardly because they aren’t getting graded just like I did.
I had a student tell me that her mom instructed her to do well on the test otherwise she would fail. That is wrong. The student will not have an academic impact, at all, directly. If many students don’t do well, the funding stops, and then teachers are sharing textbooks. So maybe if they fail, we all fail.
I see how parents can be misinformed. Maybe this is a big secret that I am not supposed to be sharing. I can’t really imagine that to be so, yet it seems like the more people I speak with, the less they really know. The biggest problem is that parents don’t know the questions to ask because they don’t know that they need to ask questions in the first place. Doesn’t that seem ironic?
Is it important for you as a parent to ensure that your school gets all of the funding it needs? Of course. What are you going to do when your school starts to fail in 2014 because students can’t obtain the lofty goals that are written into NCLB? I would be pissed if I were you. Changes need to be made, but they need to be made at the highest of high levels.
So now that I have said that, I want you to be able to reach out to your child’s teacher and become friends with them. They aren’t the enemy. In fact, we want what is best for your child. It just so happens that we tend to be seen as the enemy. We are always under so much pressure to perform. We have to get your kids to perform. We have to be happy when we are sad. Happy when we are frustrated. Happy when we are being screamed at by parents. That is a lot of stress on a daily basis. Then we have to worry about having our kids learn Math, Reading, and Writing over all other subjects. Science and Social Studies are lucky if they show up in the school schedule. Be happy if your child is receiving a well rounded education. Not only be happy, but be grateful. You see, we don’t get scored on our performance in those areas, so a lot of times, those are subjects that don’t get as much attention. Math, Reading, Writing, Math, Reading, Writing….are you sensing a pattern?
I recommend this book as my parting gift. Check it out. Diane Ravitch was one of the biggest promoters for NCLB and now speaks against it fervently. The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.
If you want the inside scoop – email me, I will tell you as much as I know. I will give you the straight answers. And I am sure you have realized that not all of us are as friendly as I am, but that’s ok, it doesn’t ever hurt to ask questions. Unless you get that mean 80 year old teacher who reeks of whisky and cigarettes. You may want to skip talking to her.
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Menard’s isn’t paying us to mention this. We don’t know anyone at this location in the Menard’s camp, but we know people need work out there. We know sometimes you just need a “boost” to take off.
Maybe this is your boost. Maybe this is the boost someone you know NEEDS. Share it. That’s what we’re all here for.
There’s opportunity around every corner, and this one caught our eye around the corner from the men’s room at Menard’s so we snapped a picture and threw it up here for YOU.
Today is Groundhog Day. It (the holiday) never made any sense to me at all. I realize it’s not supposed to…it’s tradition after all. The Greek translation of “tradition” is literally to do shit just cause you’ve always done it…even if it doesn’t make sense. At least that’s what wikipedia said.
So if this rodent SEES his shadow, cast from the SUN we get MORE Winter? That doesn’t compute Will Robinson. But it doesn’t really have to.
Groundhog Day has a new meaning to the folks here at the World Famous Q101. Groundhog Day is more about the movie with Bill Murray and the message of the movie to “us”. Every one else in Chicago media is going to yammer on about how parts of the movie were filmed here in Woodstock…yada yada yada. Their reports are almost identically to the reports they did last year. Their reports ARE Groundhog DAY!
We have some crackpot theories on life…be warned. Matt (one of the new co-owners of Q101) believes Dr. Seuss’s book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” is one of the greatest success manuals of all time and holds some of life’s secrets.
Both owners (Mike & Matt) have a very strong feeling about the movie Groundhog Day and it’s underlying message. Watch the movie and maybe you’ll see what they see. You probably won’t. Let’s face it, these are the same two dudes that tried to get Chicago to band together to buy WLUP and later actually bought Q101 with their own money. Some think they have a screw loose.
So what’s this mystical insight the Q101 guys have regarding Groundhog Day, the movie you ask?
Here it is…they make us new hires recite it at orientation:
EVERY DAY IS GROUND HOG DAY.
Chew on that. It means, every day is the same day over and over again. We’re in a foggy haze all the time and rarely realize how much opportunity is before us. Every day we have an opportunity to reinvent the day, to change the way we do things, to snap out of it!
If we do nothing, every day will come and go…and we’ll look back and wonder where it went. If we do the same things over and over, we will get the same results. Every morning the alarm goes off, we being the same routine, but in real life it’s a new day each time….
It isn’t until Bill Murray figures out how to make the most out of his day for the people around him that he discovers how THAT makes it HIS best day…and he’s free from Groundhog day in perpetuity from that point on.
Every day is ground hog day pal. As Dr. Suess wrote:
Today is YOUR day…your mountain is waiting…So get on your way!
Janus Announces Album Drop, Tour Dates
Janus experienced great success with their 2009 debut album, ‘Red Right Return,’ but the band’s new album, ‘Nox Aeris,’ reveals how far they’ve come.
Due out on March 27 on REALID Records, through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group, the album should help propel Janus to the top of the melodic-rock heap. “‘Nox Aeris’ is Latin for night air and references the plague years [hence the plague doctor mask on the single art]. The man made fear of believing that the night air itself in swamps and the city ghettos could give you the plague epitomizes the darkness that consumed these people,” vocalist David Scotney told Noisecreep.
“Message-wise, this record is dark but cathartic and it approaches a sense of healing but from the opposite side the first record does. If the first record is the lighter side of the two Janus faces this record is the darker one. It reflects all we struggled with and overcame as a band.”
‘Nox Aeris’ is already gaining steam, with its first single, ‘Stains,’ getting spins throughout the States. The song explores what can happen when you don’t follow your heart, the marks left on your spirit when you become someone you’re not. “It embodies what I was trying to say on the record,” says Scotney, “it’s a dark point of view, but represents a cathartic process of self-healing.”
Subterranean is the site of the EP release party for Imperial Sons Friday, 1/27/12, with openers The Exoskeleton, Red Novella, and Marisolyterra. If you want to go and check out some up and coming local acts you need to click here for info http://www.imperialsons.com/Imperial_Sons/live.html and here for tickets http://subt.net/concerts/4453/0127-imperial-sons/ and tell Subterranean they need to be on Q101.com more often!
Look for the Q101 Crew with some special guests and surprises to be announced soon.
Q101 has a special offer for all Q101 Club members. Save $13 off the regular $18 parking at the Montrose. Not a member? Sign up here.
Local 101 Presents:Lucky Boys Confusion February 25th The Montrose Room Rosemont, IL
Billy Corgan is working on opening a cool little tea house in suburban Highland Park. The Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman lives in the tony North Shore burgh and frankly is tired of not having cool cultural things to do.
“We want to open it because there’s nothing really to do up here,” Corgan said, adding that it’s a beautiful place to live. “But [there's a] lack of culture for someone in their 30s or 40s. I think for such a nice place you need places to go and meet people and exchange ideas. That’s the idea fot the tea house … a place to gather.”
The unnamed tea shop will take over the former U.S. Post Office in the Ravinia neighborhood on Roger Williams Avenue. They recently signed the lease and have been working with Highland Park’s mayor, who Corgan said has been incredibly supportive. The shop, which he’s aiming to open in March or April, will seat about 30 people and have a 1930s Chinese-style tea house vibe. “It’s a little bit of a salon vibe, not modern at all. Very old school,” he said. “What we’re going for is that Chinese-French style.”
Corgan, a self-proclaimed tea guy, said he wants this to be a gathering place with rotating exhibits and speakers. He wants people of mixed ages to come enjoy either a simple cup of tea or become engaged in a lecture on archeology, view local or nationally touring art or listen to live music, but think more Fred Astaire than Radiohead as Corgan likes things with a more vintage feeling. “It has a whimsical feel to it … it’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time in terms of space, but what we put into the space will change,” he said. “My dream number is changing it 15 to 20 times a month where you’re inviting people to talk about film or have an open mic night.”