How the Netherfriends' "50 songs for 50 states" tour can benefit from its predecessors

After his "farewell Chicago" show Thursday at Empty Bottle, Netherfriends mastermind Shawn Rosenblatt will forfeit his apartment and day job to embark on a one-year, cross-country tour. The goal: write and record at least one song in every U.S. state. If the idea sounds vaguely familiar, it's because he’s not the…

Jim Gaffigan talks Domino's, Law & Order, and having the gall to accept serious acting roles

By now, anyone with a modicum of interest in stand-up comedy is at least remotely familiar with Jim Gaffigan, the Midwestern-bred comedian whose laziness-based humor has tiptoed between highlighting the absurdities of consumerism (see his "Hot Pockets" routine) and rationalizing the pleasures of gluttony (hence eight…