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Click through this carousel to see the down time suggestions from the September 2015 issue of FW: Chicago!
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by Jennifer Smith Tapp
Remember when you wanted to run away and join the circus? There is a place on the Near West Side that allows you to indulge your childhood fantasies, while getting in a workout at the same time. Aloft Loft is a 13,000 square foot space in the Kinzie Industrial District where students can train in the Aerial and Circus Arts. Classes (divided into 8-week sessions) include Trapeze, Aerial Silks, Acrobatics, Juggling, and Clowning.
Founded by Shayna Swanson, Aloft Loft is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and offers 50 classes for adults, with kids’ classes coming soon. Think you might want to try your hand at Trapeze? Aloft offers 60-minute “Taster” classes one Saturday a month for just $10. These classes give prospective students an idea of what the recreational classes will be like.
In addition to Aloft Loft, there is a professional performance company called Aloft Circus Arts. The company performs internationally with a repertoire of three full shows and one 20-minute show. The company is also available for customized shows for private or corporate events.
Aloft Loft, 2000 West Fulton Street, #319, 773-782-6662, aloftloft.com.
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My Favorite Outfit
Every little girl wants to love what she is wearing and feel good about herself.
The Chicago-based organization My Favorite Outfit sets up two-hour pop-up boutiques at schools in underserved communities around the city where girls can choose up to six items for free. The lucky girls are chosen by their teachers and are able to select from new and gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and outerwear. Founded by Jacqueline Perlman, the mission of MFO is to continue to help reinforce the confidence of girls enrolled in self-esteem programs in schools around the city. About her mission Perlman says, “ Many of the girls we serve do not have the resources they need to fulfill basic needs. My Favorite Outfit helps fulfill two of them—clothing and confidence.” For more information and to learn about how you can donate or volunteer, visit myfavoriteoutfit.org.
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Bookshelf: Giselle Wasfie
Giselle Wasfie is founder of REMIX Acupuncture + Integrated Health, LLC.
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Girl in a Band: A Memoir
by Kim Gordon
Any flannel-clad ‘90s high schooler knew that Kim Gordon held court as one of the unofficial Ultimate Cool Girls of our decade. Here, we get insight into what Gordon was like herself growing up, how she evolved into being the bassist for Sonic Youth, and about her relationship with Thurston Moore, which famously ended in divorce in 2011. Interspersed throughout are candid photos and awesome memories of hanging with creative legends during those music days in New York City and on the road.
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Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self
by Anodea Judith
The Chakra system, a form of energetic alignment that flows up the body’s midline, is becoming more familiar to the masses and Judith’s book is a captivating, accessible, highly-detailed look at harnessing this energy for healing and transformation. Those interested in mind-body medicine, developmental psychology and holistic connection would do well to give these pages some pondering.
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by Aziz Ansari
Emoji texts, Tinder dates, dating rules, Modern Romance aims to makes sense of the pursuit of love in a time of confusion and seemingly endless left-swipes. Followers of Ansari’s Instagram know he worships emo-rapper Drake and Ansari’s take on hooking-up in current days shows similar swag to the Toronto MC’s love songs—real talk that’s overall a hit.
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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief
by Lawrence Wright
Writers love to read about writers and I’m no exception, and when a writer has the balls to start a new religion, I’m captivated by his character. One could skip this book by watch the great HBO documentary based on Wright’s extensive research into Scientology but so many interesting and mind-boggling smaller moments would be missed—such as the fact that Scientology founder/ Science-fiction writer/ enigmatic-cultural-figure L. Ron Hubbard published 235 books (235 books!) during his lifetime.