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Who Will Win??? The Best Job Around the World!

Jauntaroo, a website that plays vacation matchmaker to enthusiastic travelers is currently in search of a “Chief World Explorer”. The lucky travel guru who scores this exciting position will have an opportunity to travel around the globe for a year all expenses paid and earn $100,000 for blogging, tweeting and posting webisodes all about the experience. The call for applications ended September 15 and the top five finalists will be announced next week. So check out the videos of the...

Tuesday Tunes: Alejandro Sanz and Alicia Keys

I love this video for “Looking for Paradise” by Alejandro Sanz and Alicia Keys from 2009. It’s such a feel good song that’s full of love and acceptance. Not to mention the fact that the video puts me in the mind of summertime and its backyard or rooftop parties and outdoor festivals. The weather has been so wonky here in Chicago and I am personally ready for summer to begin. How about you???...

Tuesday Tunes: Megitza

  Megitza is Małgorzata Babiarz, a Polish born singer, composer and double bass player who moved to Chicago, Illinois in 2001. She is a self-taught musician who creates infectious tunes with her band mates, acoustic guitarist Andreas Kapsalis , accordion player Marek Lichota, and percussionist Jamie Gallagher. Megitza’s music is influenced by Polish, Romani and Balkan folk music and is infused with gypsy and mediterranean rhythms. Best of all, her songs make you want to engage in staccato hand clapping and foot stomping while twirling your shawl by a good gypsy fire. When life...

Tueday Tunes: Yasmin Levy

I love the music of Ladino singer Yasmin Levy. Born In Israel, her songs are part heart wrenching Fado, part Flamenco and part rhythmic Middle Eastern belly-dancing-soul. Ladino is a lesser known ancient language of Spanish Jews who were exiled from Spain in 1492 and settled throughout the Ottoman Empire. <p> Levy’s use of language(s) is lyrical poetry at it’s best. She skillfully sings of love and heartbreak, spirituality and devotion with a raw vocalization so profound, it feel like...