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The Swampby Frank James Chicago is once again drawing fire from Republicans who have seemingly convinced themselves that they have to run not only against Sen. Barack Obama but against an entire city. Sen. John McCain, for instance, has recently gone......
In these free, privileged United States, the phrase "Sex in the City" conjures up a premium-cable experience of hot nights, cool fashion, heavy appetizers and relationship angst so light it might fly away on the West Village breeze. But whither real sex...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Belarus, Minsk (Belarus), Skype, West Village
This time, Steve Bartman comes to the rescue. For the first half-hour of Theatre Seven's "We Live Here," an original, ensemble-driven, multiauthor homage to the quintessence of the city of Chicago, the show flails around. The early pieces feel...
Bob Katzman of Bob Katzman's Magazine Museum in Skokie first called last summer. He really wanted a story, he explained, because, well, he had such a great story to tell: He had 140,000 magazines and newspapers, flags from around the world, buttons that...
Over the past 25 years or so, two surging art forms have elevated cultural Chicago on the global stage: theater and fine dining. Is this coincidence or correlation? I mean no disrespect to dancers, musicians or rockers, nor architects, painters, poets...
Thomas Dyja looked at me with abject horror, then humor, then, as his face crumbled in defeat, resignation. A face that said, "See? This is why I wrote a 412-page cultural history of Chicago at midcentury that — as much as it pulls together...
Roger Ebert was a hot trend on Google's top 10 trends earlier this week. As of Wednesday, more than 50,000 people had searched for his name, an impressive display of his influence. He wasn't quite as hot as North Korea or Jay Leno, but he was...
"Hey broken-nose girl," the redoubtable Stew sang from the stage of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday night, addressing Chicago, the commissioned topic of much of his pair of weekend performances. "I hear you're second to none. I don't know...
Tags: Artists, Arts, Arts and Culture, Windsurfing, Stew Leonard's
Roger Ebert was a hot trend on Google's top 10 trends earlier this week. As of Wednesday, more than 50,000 people had searched for his name, an impressive display of his influence. He wasn't quite as hot as North Korea or Jay Leno, but he was running...
It may not rank with literature's greatest opening lines — “Call me Ishmael”; “It was a pleasure to burn”; or “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant...
Chicago makes a claim on many writers — Nelson Algren, David Mamet, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg — even if those scribes spent only a portion of their lives within its sweet confines. But Thornton Wilder, the author of such iconic plays...
Strange as it sounds, reading a book while sitting on public transportation may be what I like best about living in a big city. I would even go as far as to say reading on a train or bus is what urban dwelling is about, a near perfect illustration of...
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