Author Archive for Rebecca Stoner

Music from the Netup Cafe

“I’m a gospel artist with a kick.” That’s how Sharnay Dupont introduced herself to the patrons at Bronzeville’s Netup Café this Sunday. She beamed at the crowd, quickly tuned her guitar, and started strumming her next song, “Stop Killing Our…

Visualizing Change

“Wherever there is change, there are artists,” said Dianna Long, executive director of the Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, at the beginning of a discussion last Saturday about a series of planned Peace Parks to be orchestrated by CUARC in…

Talk It Out

An incendiary book, Black P. Stone Nation, is discussed at the Hyde Park Unitarian Church, leading to a wider discussion on gangs and violence on the South Side.

At Least Oak

Walking around 49th and Drexel this past Saturday, you could overhear people gushing over the Ryerson Mansion’s ornate doorknobs and murmuring, “This must have been a fern room. They went crazy over fern rooms around the turn of the century.”…

Annotating the Chicago Canon

On Wednesday night, Professor Bill Savage of Northwestern University lectured to an eager crowd at the Blackstone Public Library in Kenwood. His topic was the new edition of “Chicago: City on the Make,” of which he is co-annotator. Savage teaches…

Banter on a Mission

Deanna Kimberly Burrell considers flirting to be an art. At a workshop last Friday in the Listenbee Collection Art Gallery, she bestowed upon eager attendees a variety of flirting tips, like the importance of setting up a hypnotizing rhythm when…

Worth a thousand words

“I’m not really a superhero person,” announces Deirdre Jones, a member of First Aid Comics’s graphic novel discussion club as she snacks on Skittles. On a weekday, Jones might be in First Aid buying Spiderman comics for her six-year-old son–the…

Grounded in Belief

“What do you know about your neighbors?” This was the first question that Amanda Neely, co-owner of Overflow Coffee Bar in the South Loop, posed to residents.