If you’ve always wanted to meet a “Jersey Shore” cast member but have yet to do so, you must not be trying very hard.
There were three cast members appearing in the Chicago-area last month – Snooki, Vinny and Ronnie -- and there will be two more this weekend. The Situation will visit Drink in Schaumburg and Zero Gravity in Naperville Friday. JWoww will visit the L.A. Tan in Downers Grove and Norridge and Vision nightclub in River North Saturday.
I know what some of you are thinking: Who still watches “Jersey Shore”?
To be honest, I’m not sure who still watches – well, besides me (I’ve been living vicariously through Pauly D and Vinny the last few seasons. I can’t stop now). The show’s ratings are still strong, but definitely not as strong as they used to be. It doesn’t help that half the cast seems to get more unlikable every season.
The Situation has somehow gone from the best cast member to the worst in a span of five seasons. OK, that’s not true. Sammi is the worst. If I hear her yell “STAAAHP” one more time, I’m going to head butt the wall harder than The Situation did.
Anyway, people must still be watching if they're bringing it back for another season, so make sure you line up early if you plan on attending any of the appearances this weekend. The cast members tend to draw big crowds, as was the case during Snooki’s appearance at Ultimate Exposure in Hoffman Estates last Saturday.
Me? I think I’ll skip the “Jersey Shore” appearances this weekend. I’ve interviewed the cast enough times. It’s kind of getting old. Been there, done that.
And if you think I don’t really mean that, well, you know me too well. The truth is I’d love to speak to JWoww again. She’s one of the normal ones. But I’d rather spend my Saturday watching the Mayweather-Cotto fight and pretending to care about horse racing.
Hey, I have a life too. It’s just not as interesting as Pauly D or Vinny’s.
Heads up: The Bears’ Lance Briggs, Kahlil Bell and Tim Jennings and Minnesota Vikings’ Fred Evans will attend the Chicago United Hoops Classic’s VIP reception Saturday at Privet. The event benefits the Norm Van Lier Scholarship Fund and its Non-Violence Legacy Campaign.
On the record: “To be honest, I wanted to keep trying to get pregnant myself. I was really excited about the experience of carrying a child, so I kept exhausting our options. But when the doctor said, ‘We looked at your results, and we don’t want you getting pregnant for up to five years,’ that was it….after years of struggling, I’ll take what I can get!... I’ve been given this amazing gift, and you won’t hear me whine about it.” – “E! News” co-host Giuliana Rancic talks to US Weekly about having a baby via surrogate.
“That album hit me when I was 14, 15, and I was discovering all this new music. … I know what people say about it; some people criticize Billy Corgan for putting himself out there like that. Like who is he to make a double album? But I loved it. You have to be a little bit selfish when you’re making an album, as long as you stay true and sincere to the music, because that’s how people connect to it.” – M83’s Anthony Gonzalez talks to my Tribune colleague Greg Kot about using Smashing Pumpkins’ “Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” as inspiration for his band’s double disc album, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.”
Sighting: The Los Angels Dodgers Matt Kemp – some know him as the baseball player who dated Rihanna, others know him as the guy who has more home runs this season than the entire Cubs roster -- was spotted at Cuvee in the early hours of Thursday. The Dodgers face the Cubs Friday at Wrigley Field.
Watch this: Whoever said you should never meet you heroes was absolutely right. I’ve been let down on more than one occasion, and so has Chamillionaire. The “Ridin’ Dirty” rapper talks about meeting Michael Jordan in this video from 2009 (via Chicagoist.com).