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Taking the Stairs

When I suggest to Bill Michel, executive director of the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, that we walk and talk, he hesitates, fiddling with the cuffs on his lilac dress shirt and glancing at…

Remembering Von

If not for the Chicago Clean Indoor Air Ordinance, the Jazz Showcase would have been dark and smoky. Even so, it was dim enough inside for a memorial service– more specifically, a memorial show honoring the late, great jazz saxophonist…

A discussion for change

For most of us, the weekends are a time to relax, to push our cares and worries to the side, and look away from our problems.  But this Sunday, October 7, a group of dedicated citizens and leaders from communities…

Reality Theater

Tensions and fears mount as the specter of gun violence grows increasingly menacing. These visceral threats call for a different, more expressive kind of response. Through its characters, “Tangled,” the latest production at eta Creative Arts, encourages audience members to consider the role of the individual in dealing with an atmosphere of violence.

Found Furnishings

The prospect of furnishing an over-priced apartment in a costly city can be daunting. But before you go running off to that Swedish transnational, take a couple weeks to look around you–you’ll be surprised at the things you can pick…

Elbow Grease

If you have a pet, a baby, a smelly roommate, or a tight budget, you have a reason to switch to DIY cleaning products. With only a few ingredients, many of which you probably already own, you can clean your…

Pedaling Honey

Jana Kinsman bursts through the door of Logan Square’s Café Mustache panting a little. She takes off her helmet and gloves, orders a bagel, and sits down. The weather outside is unseasonably warm, and while most Chicagoans would be pleased…