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The City That Operates

“You may say: pshaw. New York and Los Angeles are full of operators, too. I concede this is true in the crude sense. However, in these cities you know you’re being hustled, whereas in Chicago you think you’re dealing with simple working class folk, and the next thing you know they’ve sold all the parking […]

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One bite: turshi amba

Around these parts, torshi (or turshi, tursu, etc) is most often seen as that little dish of tiny green olives and fuschia-colored turnips that precedes the meal in certain Middle Eastern restaurants. But torshi is really just the umbrella term for an infinite variety of mixed pickled vegetables. It’s the giardiniera of the Levant. There […]

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Art Openings This Weekend

Striped-Eye, a painting by Mark Winter, part of “Esoteric Entitlements,” a group show opening Fri 9/11, 6-10 PM, at Logsdon Gallery, 1909 S. Halsted It’s the biggest weekend of the year for gallery openings, with the vast majority taking place tonight. And while the sheer number of receptions may seem overwhelming, there are some good […]

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Junior Brown at FitzGerald’s, 9/12

I haven’t seen Junior Brown live, but mercy, the below is undeniable. Notable things about Junior Brown: 1) He plays a “guit-steel.” 2) He taught at the Hank Thompson School of Country Music at Claremore Junior College in Claremore, Oklahoma, hometown of Bob Wills. 3) That’s his wife playing rhythm guitar and wearing a business […]