Author Archive for Alec Mitrovich

Second Helpings

In the first several pages of Thomas Pynchon’s novel “Gravity’s Rainbow,” we find a description of one Geoffrey “Pirate” Prentice, who is famous for his “banana breakfasts.” Banana fritters, frappes, waffles, pancakes, flambés: none of these treats escape Pirate’s banana-obsessed…

College Boi

“Yeah, bro, Big Boi is sick.” Welcome to a rap concert at an elite university. As the doors to Mandel Hall opened on Friday night for the University of Chicago’s Major Activities Board fall show, the first wave of soon-to-be…

Noise Background

With the end of the ‘70s opened a little-known chapter in the history of American music: noise rock solidified into a formal movement. Though the genre can arguably be traced back to late-’60s Japanese psych-jammers Les Rallizes Dénudés, it was…

After the levees broke

Last Wednesday night, the Chicago Urban Art Center in Pilsen hosted the Chi-town stop of the “Floodlines” tour. Written by Jordan Flaherty and published by Haymarket books, “Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six,” seeks to give a powerful stage to the voices of the New Orleans Black community so they can impart their experiences of their pre- and post-Katrina hometown.

Best of the South Side 2010

Given that the University of Chicago is situated smack dab in the middle of Hyde Park, the resulting feel of the neighborhood (and of Kenwood, immediately to the north) is one of a strange cultural mélange. Sure, there’s the obvious difference in economic class between many of the UofC students and the local community members, but to reduce the social milieu to merely an advent of economic diversity would be superficial. Furthermore, to classify the area as a “college town” would be similarly incorrect. Beyond the University, and those businesses that cater to it, Hyde Park and Kenwood are full of unique restaurants, gardens, community centers, and even monk parakeets.