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Lawyers: Suspect 
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implicates others 
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Delores Fitzpatrick hugs her son Demacio Bailey at a special assembly and tribute to their slain son and brother Demario. phil velasquez/tribune 

Family, friends honor slain teen 


Chicago Tribune 

One of the four teens charged as adults in 
the armed robbery and murder of a high 
school student has implicated himself and 
the others in two armed robberies that oc- 
curred minutes before the slaying under 
a South Side viaduct over the weekend, 
Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday 

One of the suspects— Tarik Brakes, i6 — 
allegedly pointed a handgun at the first two 
robbery victims, but prosecutors stopped 
short of identifying him as the gunman 
who fatally shot 15-year-old Demario Bai- 
ley when Demario and his twin brother re- 
sisted a robbery Saturday underneath the 
viaduct along West 63rd Street. 

Judge James Brown ordered Brakes and 
his brother Deafro, 17, held without bond 
and set bail at $2 million for Isiah Penn, 
17, the suspect alleged to have implicated 
himself and the others in the armed rob- 
beries. A day earlier, the fourth suspect, 
Carlos Johnson, 17, was ordered held with- 
out bond. 

The three teens, dressed in matching 
blue jail sweatshirts, scanned the court- 
room for their families Tuesday as they ap- 
proached the judge for their bond hearing. 
At least eight relatives stood silent at the 
back of the room as Assistant State’s Attor- 
ney Jamie Santini detailed the allegations. 

The four teens came up with a plan Friday 
to rob victims at gunpoint and went to the 
viaduct at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday armed 
with a loaded handgun, Santini said. None 
attempted to conceal their faces, he said. 

Tarik Brakes pointed a handgun at the 
first victim, a 17-year-old, while Johnson 
and another suspect removed a cell phone 
from the victim’s pocket and fled, Santini 
said. 

Tarik Brakes and another suspect robbed 
a 33-year-old man shortly afterward, the 
prosecutor said. The robbers took the 
man’s cell phone, money and earrings and 
then demanded that the man give them the 
password to his phone, he said. 

Minutes later, the robbers accosted the 
Bailey brothers in the viaduct. As one of 
the robbers demanded, “Give it up,” the 
Bailey brothers resisted and Demario was 
shot in the chest, Santini said. 

Santini said detectives were able to iden- 
tify the suspects from witness descriptions 
and footage from video cameras. 


Chicago Tribune 

First, his friends recalled the great lengths 
he’d go to try to make them smile when they 
were having a rough day 

Then his teachers and school administra- 
tors spoke of his unusual maturity for a 15-year- 
old and the meticulous way he wore his school 
uniform and tended to his flattop haircut. 

But when Demario Bailey’s mother rose 
to talk to the more than 200 sophomores at 
Johnson College Prep, she focused not on 
her slain son but more on her concern for the 
safety of his classmates, promising she’d drive 
as many as she could to the school in Engle- 
wood and to extracurricular activities. 

“My baby didn’t make it to the end of the 
tunnel,” said Delores Fitzpatrick, standing 


in front of the crowded but silent cafeteria. 
“...That’s all I ask for. Get these babies back 
home to their mothers {because} I wouldn’t 
wish this on nobody” 

Her son was fatally shot during an at- 
tempted robbery Saturday as he walked with 
his twin brother, Demacio, through a viaduct 
along 63rd Street on their way to basketball 
practice at Johnson College Prep. 

Bailey’s friends, classmates, family and teach- 
ers gathered at the school to remember him on 
what would have been his i6th birthday 

“We got to be strong for him,” Devon Da- 
vis, a 16 -year-old junior, told the students. 
“They thought this would tear us apart, but 
it’s brought us closer.” 

Then Davis addressed both Demario’s 


brother and mother. 

“%u lost one brother, but you have gained 
so many more,” he said. “Ma, I promise you, 
{Demario} lives through me.” 

Several times during the approximately 
75-minute ceremony teens in the room be- 
came inconsolable with grief and had to be 
taken outside. 

As the students sang gospel songs in De- 
mario’s honor, his mother and twin brother 
broke down crying. She wailed as she held her 
son close, the two rocking back and forth. 

Fitzpatrick told the students to love each 
other as much as they could. 

“It means so much to me that /all loved on 
my babies,” she said. “The ones that did this 
did it because nobody loved them.” 


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Thinas I’ll start, stop 
and keep up In 2015 


I recently did a whole 
bunch of year-end 
employee evalua- 
tions in which I was 
asked to gauge what 
they need to stop, 
start and continue 
doing. I realized that 
I should apply the 
same principle to my 
fourth-annual year- 
end RedEye New 
Year Resolutions. I 
do realize that more 
than 90 percent of 
these will be abandoned by Valentine’s Day 

I will START: 

» Buying more Pau Gasol gear, as he truly is 
a boss 

» Believing there is a real ISIS, and not just 
the one on the TV show ‘Archer” 

» Start flying Malaysian Airlines again 
» Building Olaf snowmen for my kids when it 
Anally starts coming down 
» Clearing my browser history for the benefit 
of my wife 

»Appreciating that Brandon Marshall is the 
greatest receiver the Bears have ever had 
» Demanding that all cops have body cam- 
eras 

winning up my skates to check out the 
Maggie Daley Park 

» Recalling what Egyptians really look like, 
inspired by watching the disingenuous “Exo- 
dus: Gods and Kings” 

» Downloading images of that adorable 
Grumpy Cat 

» Getting around to watching “Game Of 
Thrones” and “Orange is The New Black” 

» Going back to Wrigley 
» Telling tourists to try the Tilt at the Han- 
cock Observatory 

» Practicing tightrope walking between 
buildings to avoid street traffic 
» Reading Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” on 
my Kindle 

» Watching what substances I partake in at 
Lollapalooza 
» Shaving 

I will STOP: 

» Getting scared of media-frenzied fears like 
Ebola 

» Contemplating whether German Chan- 
cellor Angela Merkel is all freaky in the 
bedroom 


» Complaining about how Derrick Rose 
wants to pace himself 
» Screaming “You just got Tim Howard” 
every time I block something 
» Sampling all the lame craft beers I can get 
my hands on 

» Subscribing to Paper magazine 
» Having buyer’s remorse and accept Jay 
Cutler is ours for a while and will continue 
throwing into double coverage 
» Breaking Y)uTube by watching “Gangnam 
Style” yet again 

» Quoting Mrs. Patmore from “Downton 
Abbey” 

» Watching “Homeland” 

» Being bothered by Lena Dunham 
» Taking fashion tips from the Walking Guy 
on Michigan Avenue 
» Taking my out-of-town guests to the 
“Home Alone” house in Winnetka 
» Suggesting the Obama Presidential Library 
and the George Lucas Museum should be a 
fun, joint venture in one location 
» Referring to all paperwork as TPS Reports 

I will CONTINUE: 

» Taking my hot dogs without ketchup 
» Thinking Oscar Pistorius knew exactly 
what he was doing 

» Stocking up on German national soccer 
team swag 

» Being scared of getting into an elevator 
with Ray Rice or Solange Knowles 
» Hating on Cleveland, in spite of sorta liking 
Manziel, LeBron and “The Cleveland Show” 
» Rationalizing that Steve Carell’s prosthetic 
nose in “Eoxcatcher” deserves a nomination 
for best supporting role 
» Arguing that the “Breaking Bad” finale was 
cheesy 

» Groaning and shaking my fist at the Trump 
sign every time I walk past it 
» Bearing alley raccoons despite finding 
Rocket from “Guardians of the Galaxy” 
adorable 

» Recoiling from twerking 
» Being irritated by Taylor Swift, in spite of 
acknowledging that she’s just a kid who is 
talented 

» Petitioning Coke to release a label with my 
given Indian name (Madhu) 

» Missing one of my favorite comedians, 
Robin Williams, whom I was lucky to meet 
last year 

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Cracking the Job code 


They didn’t have prior programming 
knowledge, and they took the initiative 
to be in this program, so perhaps they’re 
just people who take initiative; and those 
are the people we want to hire.” 

Molly Jones, a recruiter for the local software company Sprout Social 



New Web development 
programs tout marketable 
skills and job security 

By Rachel Cromidas i redeye 
A year ago, Peggy Fox was analyzing grades 
and other data on student performance for 
Chicago Public Schools in a grant-funded po- 
sition that was about to expire. 

Now Fox, 28, of Lincoln Square, is a month 
out of a 19 -week computer programming 
“boot camp” and is building an app that helps 
those hopping on a Divvy bike map out rides. 
She’s also busy lining up interviews for entry- 
level coding gigs around the city 

“I wanted to be able to create things, not 
just analyze a piece of data and then pass it off 
to someone else,” she said. 

With that desire and concerns about job 
security rolling around in her head. Fox de- 
cided to learn to code. Professional computer 
programmers write code in various program- 
ming languages, such as JavaScript and Ruby 
on Rails, to develop Web and mobile appli- 
cations, software and a wide variety of digital 
products that are used in just about every job 
industry today By learning enough about cod- 
ing to become what’s known in the industry as 
a “full-stack” Web developer. Fox says she has 
now expanded her skills to be able to take on 
a variety of technology roles, far beyond her 
data analysis background. 

But first Fox needed to learn the basics. Un- 
til this summer she had only dabbled in coding 
via the free instructional website Codecade- 
my.org. That effort led Fox to Dev Bootcamp, 
one of a growing number of immersive tech- 
nical schools geared toward preparing people, 
regardless of their skills or background, for 
jobs in the technology industry 

There are dozens of fuU- and part-time, 
for-profit and non-profit training grounds for 
would-be coders to learn online or in class- 
rooms around the country In Chicago, Dev 
Bootcamp is known as one of the more time- 
intensive programs with a 19 -week courseload 
that includes a nine-week full-time boot camp 
and a team of career advisers to help students 
connect with employers at hundreds of com- 
panies around the city It also costs $12,200 in 
tuition— comparable to a year of in-state tu- 
ition at the University of Illinois. 

“The financial commitment was the biggest 
thing {and made me think] ‘Should I spend all 
of this money and do this?’ ” Fox said. ‘And the 
other thing was. Am I going to make one more 
pivot in my career, and what if that doesn’t re- 
ally work out?’ But I felt like the skill set would 


be useful no matter what.” 

During the full-time portion of the program, 
students are expected to log 60 -plus hours a 
week of lessons and practice, including coding 
challenges, networking events, job interview 
prep, and mandatory yoga— yes, mandatory 
yoga. The yoga classes are meant to help stu- 
dents relax and focus, and are part of an ethos 
of looking at the student holistically not just 
in terms of their tech skills, said Dave Hoover, 
Dev Bootcamp’s Chicago-based co-founder. 

Dev Bootcamp graduates a new cohort of 
around two dozen junior-level coders, the ma- 
jority of them Millennials, every three weeks, 
with a job placement rate of 95 percent after 
six months out of the program, according to 


Emily Heist Moss, the school’s marketing 
manager. 

With the United States Bureau of Labor 
Statistics projecting more than one million 
technology jobs being created by 2020 around 
the United States, Hoover expects more and 
more people to look to such programs for help 
gaining a foothold in an industry that seems to 
promise engaging work, starting salaries in ex- 
cess of $50,000 a year and that elusive feeling 
of job security 

Hiring people with the right skills can be 
challenging for some technology companies 
outside of Silicon Valley which is widely re- 
garded as the industry’s epicenter in the US., 
according to Jonathan Bowles, executive di- 


rector of the Newark City-based think tank 
Center for an Urban Future. But technology 
companies in other cities are hiring, often at a 
faster rate than other industries. 

“In a lot of cities, the tech sector is explod- 
ing, and it’s hard for a lot of companies to hire 
as fast as they need to,” Bowles said. “There’s a 
mismatch, because these companies need lots 
and lots of talented workers, but a lot of these 
cities like Newark and Chicago have signifi- 
cant unemployment rates, people who would 
love to get decent tech industry jobs but lack 
the specific skills that are needed.” 

Dubbed accelerator programs— Dev Boot- 
camp, General Assembly and Mobile Makers 
Academy are helping “fill the void,” Bowles 
said. 

Though the majority of these programs are 
based in San Francisco, Chicago’s playing field 
is growing. After starting in San Francisco in 
2012, Dev Bootcamp expanded to Chicago 
last year. Mobile Makers Academy which runs 
an eight-week course in mobile app develop- 
ment opened its headquarters in Chicago in 
2012. And General Assembly a similarly im- 






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mersive Web development training program 
with locations around the U.S., expanded to 
Chicago this fall. The organization began 
hosting short-term workshops out of the tech 
incubator 1871— in the Merchandise Mart— in 
November, and its first 12-week program will 
launch in March. 

“Chicago was a natural next step for us,” 
said Anna Lindow, an operations manager at 
General Assembty “We find that cities with 
big communities of young professionals are 
great for us, and that is very present in Chica- 
go. It’s also a great place for start-ups as well as 
established businesses, and as people are look- 
ing for promotions or to change careers, they 
might end up at General Assembly” 

These programs could be a boon for Chi- 
cago’s technology scene in particular because 
Chicago still struggles to command the same 
legitimacy and name recognition as the San 
Francisco Bay Area or even New York City’s 
“Silicon Alley” according to Michael Stanton, 
a partner at the venture capital firm Learn- 
Capital, an early investor in General Assembly 

“The career accelerator is a key piece of the 
ecosystem that needs to exist. For Chicago, 
sure, there is a small vibrant ecosystem, but it 
just doesn’t get much coverage,” he said. 

But even with the promise of an ever- 
growing job market there are caveats. Steven 
Tadelis, a professor at the University of Cali- 
fornia Berkeley Haas School of Business, sug- 
gests that would-be programmers be wary of 
programs that purport to teach neophytes to 
code, but don’t have a stellar track-record. 

“I would want to see if the schools that offer 
these crash courses have documented lists of 
who took the classes and what their jobs are, 
say three to 6 months after finishing,” he said. 

Another potential stumbling block could 
be how the need for entry-level talent leads 
to a greater need for senior-level programmers 
to manage and train them— people who are 
much tougher to recruit and hire. 

“They are graduating so many talented and 



smart and driven people, but not all develop- 
ment jobs are junior-level,” said Molly Jones, 
a recruiter for the local software company 
Sprout Social. “There’s an interesting balance 
when you’re hiring junior developers, because 
you need more senior and mid-level folks to 
support and mentor those junior level folks.” 

At Sprout Social, which has hired four gradu- 
ates from Dev Bootcamp since it opened shop 
in Chicago, Jones said lower level program- 
mers are paired with more senior mentors to 
meet as teams and write code in pairs. That 
means she can’t always fill an open position 
with someone coming straight out of school. 

But when she is looking for junior-level 
developers, Jones said she looks favorably on 
people coming out of the boot camp. 

“They teach workshops and host meet-ups. 
They’re the first folks to volunteer here at 
Sprout when we have some kind of tech event,” 
she said. “They didn’t have prior programming 
knowledge, and they took the initiative to be 
in this program, so perhaps they’re just people 
who take initiative; and those are the people 
we want to hire.” 

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CODE KIDS 

A look at how some graduates of Dev Bootcamp, an accelerated training program 
focused on professional computer programming, decided to learn to code. A month 
since completing the 19-week, immersive program, they are on the job market. 


ALEX LANG 

23, Deerfield 



What he did 
before: 

College student at 
Illinois Wesleyan 

Prior program- 
ming knowiedge: 

An Introduction to 
Computer Science 


college course 

Why he chose to iearn to code: 

“I wanted to be able to do something 
tangible, that people would use. I had ap- 
plied to a couple jobs in advertising, but 
without any background in marketing, 

I wasn’t the most desirable candidate. 
Chicago has a growing start-up culture, 
and I realized I wanted to be a part of 
that. But I needed some actual instruc- 
tion first.” 


PEGGY FOX 

28, Lincoln Square 

What she did 
before: 

Data analysis for 
Chicago Public 
Schools 

Prior program- 
ming knowiedge: 

Codecademy 
online tutorials and one Girl Develop It 
event 

Why she chose to iearn to code: 

“I thought, even if I just get some pro- 
gramming fundamentals, it couldn’t hurt. 
It could be applicable in any job, especial- 
ly with my data analysis background.” 



ANDREA SIMENSTAD 

24, River North 

What she did 
before: 

Moved to Chicago 
from Minnesota for 
the boot camp 
Prior program- 
ming knowledge: 
A 10-week comput- 
er science class at Carleton College 
Why she chose to learn to code: 

“Since I didn’t know what I was doing 
next, I decided to apply. The more I start- 
ed investigating the process of learning 
how to code, I thought, ‘I need to be in a 
place where there are enough resources 
and it’s immersive enough that I can get a 
jump start to contribute to this commu- 
nity of developers.’ ” 

DJ DEWITT 

23, East Lakeview 

Prior program- 
ming experience: 

Learned some 
coding in a previ- 
ous job 

What he was do- 
ing before: 

Worked for a tech- 
nology start-up, but in a non-tech role. 
Why he decided to learn to code: 

“I worked for a tech start-up over at 1871, 
and working in that environment, that 
allowed me to realize ‘OK, I love this,’ I 
especially love the tech environment in 
Chicago. It’s got this nice blend of want- 
ing to make great things, and Midwestern 
values, with a level of kindness and hu- 
mility there.” 




WANT TO LEARN COMPUTER PROGRAMMING? 

Here are some courses you can check out in Chicago: 


Dev Bootcamp 

Cost: $12,200 
Duration: Nine weeks of 
part-time prep work and 
nine-weeks of immersion, 
followed by one week of 
career training 
Details: Teaches stu- 
dents how to build Web 
applications, including 
front-end and back-end 
Web development, and 
offers training in positive 
workplace culture 
devbootcamp.com 


General 

Assembly 

Cost: $11,500 
Duration: Eight to 12 
weeks, depending on the 
program 

Details: This immersive 
training program’s first 
local 12-week develop- 
ment boot camp begins 
in March. It teaches front- 
end and back-end Web 
development, 
generalassemb.ly/ 
Chicago 


Mobile Makers 
Academy 

Cost: $9,000 
Duration: Eight weeks 
Details: This immersive 
boot camp teaches stu- 
dents how to develop 
mobile apps. It teaches 
iOS development, includ- 
ing Objective-C and Swift. 
mobilemakers.co 


Code Chicago 

Cost: $2,000 per course 

Duration: Ten to 12 

weeks 

Details: Offers a series of 
programming and design 
courses that meet about 
once a week for several 
hours 

codechicago.com 


The Starter 
League 

Cost: A range; $4,000 to 
learn how to build a web- 
site, $8,000 to learn web 
development 
Duration: 11 weeks 
Details: Offers classes 
in the programming lan- 
guages HTML, CSS, Ruby 
on Rails and JavaScript 
on a part-time basis 
starterleague.com 


Codecademy 

Cost: Free 

Duration: You decide 
Details: An interactive 
online tutorial that of- 
fers free coding classes 
in several programming 
languages 
codecademy.com 


Girl Develop It 

Cost: Free 

Duration: One-time or 
multi-day events 
Details: A meet-up group 
with chapters around the 
country that encourages 
people, particularly wom- 
en, to learn to code. The 
group hosts events and 
workshops that are open 
to people with little-to-no 
coding experience. 
gdichicago.com 


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By Rachel Cromidas i redeye 
A decade since the McDonald’s Cycle Center, 
a bike rental, repair and parking hub, opened 
on the north end of Millennium Park, its op- 
erators are eying a West Loop expansion. 

The center is near capacity with about 350 
members, who can use the site to park their 
bikes, store their gear in lockers and shower 
before heading to work, according to general 
manager Ryan Lawber. 

In a discussion thread Lawber opened 
Monday on Chainlink, a forum for Chicago- 
area cyclists, users suggested a second center 
near Union Station or the Merchandise Mart. 

“We’ve always had plans to expand,” Law- 
ber said, “but it’s also about finding the fund- 
ing for it.” 


The $3 million center, built out from the 
underground car parking garage on East Ran- 
dolph Street in 2004, was given a $5 million 
endowment in 2006 by the McDonald’s Corp. 
to cover operating costs for the next 50 years. 
Its operating company Bike and Park, covers 
some costs through $35 monthly member- 
ships, day fees, bike rental fees and locker 
room fees. It also serves as a headquarters for 
the Chicago Police Department’s bike patrols. 

Lawber is hoping to open multiple satellite 
locations, whether they are public facilities, 
like the McDonald’s Center, or private, small- 
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for free again this New Year’s Eve. The free 
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Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Stu- 
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The peace was shattered when gunmen, wearing the 
uniforms of security forces and some strapped with sui- 
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shooting pupils and adults. 

At least 132 Pakistanis, most of them children, were killed 
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More than eight hours after militants slipped into the 
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army declared the operation to flush them out over, and 
said that all nine insurgents had been killed. 

Shahrukh Khan, 15, was shot in both legs but survived. 

“One of my teachers ... was shot in the hand and she was 
crying in pain,” he said. “One terrorist then walked up to 
her and started shooting her until she stopped making any 
sound.” 


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The U.S. Department of 
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aters planning to show Sony 
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At last we reach the 
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It’s pretty safe to as- 
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still on board with 
director/co-writer 
Peter Jackson’s epic 
effort to stretch one 
short J.R.R. Tolkien 
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Hobbit: The Battle 
of the Five Armies” as 
I do at the start of each installment: Asking 
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recapping what’s up with the Arkenstone and 
who’s king at the moment and guessing how 
many unnamed CGI warriors will die this 
time. (The over-under is 2 million.) 

Amid very long beards and maximum 


III! The Hobbit: The Battle 
•••• of the Five Armies 

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yelling, ‘Armies” opens with the continued 
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of “The Hobbit” features an endless series of 
extremely serious statements about fortune, 
greed and war that give way to a more endless 
onslaught of fight fight fight. After all, the 
title tells you what’s in store: All-out may- 
hem, which results in a few new, huge/cool 


action sequences. Overall, a lot of the usual, 
excessive clanging. 

So take the highlights where you can, 
like Martin Freeman’s never-stale turn as 
Bilbo Baggins and Lee Pace’s shimmering elf 
leader Thranduil, who is convincingly firm 
in all the ways Orlando Bloom’s mediocre 
Legolas isn’t. Little moments, like the rabbits 
scratching themselves during a break from 
pulling Gandalf ’s (Ian McKellen) sled, are 
nice. I don’t know why anyone trusts hid- 


eous, sniveling Alfrid (Ryan Gage) when he’s 
already proven himself unworthy, or how an 
Ore can call anyone else “filthy” 

I do know that Jackson still deserves credit 
for his work here as an achievement in scale, 
even if the final “Hobbit” film— again, alleg- 
edly— delivers a revolving door of last-minute 
saves and emotional hammers that blend 
together. Hopefully that won’t happen with 
the upcoming quadrilogy about Aragorn’s 
college days. Just kidding. Maybe. 


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By Gwendolyn Purdom i redeye 

When most people think Christmas, they think Bruce 
Willis and an office complex swarming with German 
terrorists. OK, maybe not most people. But when 
MCL Chicago managing director Michael Shepherd 
Jordan asked his fellow improvisers for suggestions 
for a holiday musical parody, that’s what jumped to 
performer Alex Richmond’s mind immediately. “ ‘Die 
Hard’ was the first thing I thought of,” Richmond 
said. “We always watch action movies in my family 
and ... it is a great holiday film.” The idea evolved into 
“Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Christ- 
mas Musical,” an original spin on the 1988 hostage 
flick now playing at MCL’s Lakeview space (formerly 
Studio Be). In keeping with the production’s season- 
al spirit, RedEye gathered 12 tidbits about the show 
from cast and crewmembers— unfortunately, ayotmg 
Alan Rickman in a pear tree didn’t make the list. 


1) CHRISTMAS-IER THAN YOU REMEMBER 

Before writing the script, Shepherd Jordan, 
who’s also the director, carefully rewatched 
the movie— about a New York cop (Bruce 
Willis) who goes to his estranged wife’s holi- 
day office party in LA. and unwittingly be- 
comes the group’s only hope when a pack of 
German criminals takes the company hos- 
tage— and realized the film included more 
Christmas elements than he remembered. 
There are 12 terrorists. Holiday music plays 
throughout. Even Willis’ character’s wife’s 
name is Holly 

2) MORE SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS THAN YOU 
REMEMBER 

The other major takeaway Shepherd Jordan 
and music director Stephanie McCullough 
Vlcek found was an overwhelming— and very 
1980s— theme pitting the blue collar heroes 
against the villainous greed and excess of the 
white-collar characters, commentary Shep- 
herd Jordan and McCullough Vlcek played 
up in their script. “We were sitting here like, 
‘Wow, “Die Hard,” very socially aware,’ ” 
Shepherd Jordan said. 

3) BAD GUY STYLE 

Criminal mastermind Hans Gruber (played 
by Rickman in the movie and Mark Rudy in 


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MCLs production), perhaps strays the fur- 
thest from the film version. Shepherd Jordan 
said, as a few references to the character’s 
fashion sense and slick charm are amplified. 
“Now Hans is the epitome of that person you 
don’t want to meet. That heterosexual white 
male that is fashion- and money-obsessed,” 
Rudy said. “It’s a fun line to walk between hav- 
ing people hate you and at the same time be 
simultaneously mesmerized.” 

4) GET IT? 

References to other nostalgic pop culture are 
sprinkled throughout the show. Hans Gruber 
becomes Hans Solo. A 1 the cop, played by 
“Family Matters” dad Reginald Veljohnson in 
the film, gets his “Family Matters” character’s 
name, Carl Winslow 


5) ACTION UNPACKED 

“The hardest part of doing this whole thing 
was trying to figure out what action sequenc- 
es we could turn into a stage version,” Shep- 
herd Jordan said, “because while that movie is 
like an hour and a half long or something like 
that, 35 minutes of it is Bruce Willis running 
around getting shot at and things blowing up 
in the background.” As a result, the new script 
follows the general plotline, but cuts down on 
the pyrotechnics. 

6) TOTALLY ’80S 

With II original songs, the musical sticks with 
an ’80s sound— from video game soundtrack- 
style music to pop and punk. 

7) LINES BEGGING TO BE SONGS 

Shepherd Jordan says he and his team fit in 
traditional musical numbers like a love song, 
but he was also inspired by some of the film’s 
more famous lines, like “Shoot the glass!” 
“The way Alan Rickman delivers that stupid 
line is so perfect that it was like, ‘Well, that’s a 
song,’ ” Shepherd Jordan said. 

8) STUCK IN TIME 

There’s no modern update turning the mov- 
ie’s clunky walkie-talkies into iPhones. The 
action stays in the ’80s. 


9) PREVIOUSLY, ON *DIE HARD’ ... 

Never seen the original or can’t remember all 
the explosive details? A 20 -minute preshow 
montage of crucial clips, music and the mov- 
ie’s original trailer plays in the theater while 
patrons are taking their seats. 

10) LIGHT IT UP 

For the explosions and gunfire left in the 
script, sound and light cues— and the audi- 
ence members’ imaginations— are essential. 
“Our tech guy is up there pushing lots of but- 
tons throughout the whole show,” Shepherd 
Jordan said. 

11) SORRY, NO SEQUELS 

“Die Hard 2” gets a brief mention, but refer- 
ences to the rest of the series will have to wait 
for another parody 

12) GOONIES: THE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL? 

So what other ’80s and ’90s action movies de- 
serve the Christmas musical treatment? Cast 
and crewmembers’ wish list included the rest 
of the “Die Hard” films, “Lethal Weapon,” 
“Predator,” “The Terminator” and kids’ classic 
“The Goonies.” “It’s not your typical action 
film, but there’s action,” MCL artistic direc- 
tor Alex Garday said. “It’s an adventure story” 

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By Ryan Smith i for redeye 
“Evolve” puts a new King Kong-sized twist 
on the familiar man-versus-monster trope in 
video games. 

Instead of simply suiting up as a space 
marine on the hunt for a bloodthirsty alien, 
Turtle Rock Studios’ upcoming action 
game— launching Feb. lo for consoles and 
PC —encourages players to join both sides 
of the battle. Up to four people are cast as 
Hunters dispatched to eliminate a threat to 
a human colony while one player jumps into 
the hideous skin of an oversized beast bent 
on destruction. That massive creature shoot- 
ing lightning at you? It could very well be one 
of your online friends. 

Taking on a team of four as one big badass 
monster is what separates “Evolve” from the 
rest of the pack, according to Chris Ashton, 
Turtle Rock Studios’ co-creator and design 
director. 

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play,” Ashton said. “You know ... that experi- 
ence of being a monster and climbing over 
rocks and throwing boulders and breathing 
fire and all that kind of stuff” 

Not that playing as a human in “Evolve” 
is a snoozefest. During an extended hands- 
on demo last week, I nearly broke into a 
nervous sweat while taking up virtual arms 
as a hunter. Each member of the team fills 
a specific and necessary role. The assault 
class, for instance, gets the glory of firing 
powerful guns at the monster, while the 
medic heals the injured. The trapper uses 
tools such as harpoon guns and force fields 
to prevent the alien from fleeing to safety 
in the jungle, where it can eat small animals 
for extra health. The default “hunt” mode 
is spent doggedly chasing the creature by 
following an alien bloodhound who can sniff 
out its scent. Once you track it down, it’s kill 
or be killed. It’s a tense experience that takes 
a canny combination of coordination with 
your teammates and a steady trigger finger. 

Still, the main attraction of “Evolve” is 


the opportunity to play as one of the three 
monsters— each resembling alternative takes 
on H.R. Giger’s frightening creatures from 
the ‘Alien” movie franchise. The Kraken, for 
example, is all tentacles and blade-like claws 
brandished to unleash aU sorts of nasty en- 
ergy attacks. If it feeds on enough prey, it can 
“evolve” into more advanced forms, making it 
even tougher to take down. And unlike when 
playing as a human, there is no such thing as 
teamwork. 

“You’re the big boss when you’re the 
monster; nobody’s there to help you,” Ashton 
said. 

Critics worry that balancing the four- 
versus-one online combat will prove to be 
the game’s downfall, especially since some 
monsters and hunters work better than oth- 
ers, but the developer says it has worked hard 
over the past four years to ensure both sides 
have a fighting chance at winning. 

So far, there’s plenty of evidence that 
“Evolve” represents a brave new world in 
action games. 

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4 Burn with a hot liquid 
9 Make a tiny cut 
13 Balkan native 

15 Mischievous sprite 

16 Jailbird’s quarters 

17 Long story 

18 Cooking chambers 

19 Vigorous 

20 Dolphins’ cousins 

22 long way to 
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23 Small brook 

24 Golfer Ernie _ 

26 Concurs 

29 Shaking 

34 Tows 

35 Wooden box 

36 Hit a tennis ball in a high 
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37 Recedes 

38 Camel features 

39 City in Texas 

40 Brewed drink 

41 Tiny skin openings 

42 _ pie; dessert made with 
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43 Abandoned 

45 “TV Guide” or “People” 

46 One of the Seven Dwarfs 

47 Couldn’t float 

48 Shine 

51 Building designer 

56 _ Scotia 

57 14 _ gold 

58 Hammerer’s target 

60 Drug addict 

61 Wear away 

62 Show boldness 

63 in the Clowns” 

64 Tailor or seamstress 

65 Butterfly catcher’s need 

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2 Gather crops 

3 Therefore 

4 Thread holders 

5 Not rude 

6 Chopping tools 

7 Queue 

8 Mousse & cake 

9 Religious split 

10 Orderly 

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14 Trash cans 
21 Cutie-_; sweethearts 

25 General Robert E. _ 

26 Leading, so far 

27 Actor Clark _ 

28 Hicks 

29 Carrying a gun 

30 Military funeral bugle 
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31 Color of half the checkers 

32 From the neighborhood 

33 Very dark wood 
35 Remedy 

38 Flapjacks 

39 Friday follower 

41 Expert 

42 _ up; confined 

44 Actor _G. Robinson 

45 Cafe employee 


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That’s when Iggy Azalea will bring her The 
Great Escape Tour to Allstate Arena, she 
tweeted Monday. Nick Jonas and his abs 
will be joining as her opener, but Tinashe 
and DJ Wizz Kid will be joining her for 
some stops on the 24-date tour. Cross 
your fingers that we’re one of them! 


THE QUOTE 

I watched 
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While it sometimes seems like stage 
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certain sportswear brand’s atten- 
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the singer has been named creative 
director of Puma, and is set to oversee 
its womenswear line. Naturally, 
she’ll also be doing some 
modeling. Early note to 
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And by paradise, we mean the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Green Day has 
become the 48th act to be inducted in their first year of eligibility, thr.com 
reports. Joining them in the 2015 class will be Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the 
Blackhearts, Bill Withers and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Want to catch the 
ceremony in person? The whole thing goes down April 18 
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Google released a whole mess of Year in 
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2. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin 

3. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt 

4. Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard 

5. Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker 

6. Lauren Conrad and William Tell 

7. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo 

8. Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson 

9. Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson 

10. Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting 


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