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Friday 4/19 – Thursday 4/25 APRIL 19 FRIDAY He hasn’t put out a rap CD and won’t be joining the Harvard posse at Princeton, but Olive-Harvey College professor Armstead Allen has been a driving force in African-American studies ever since he hosted the field’s first get-together back in 1977. Today the school’s 25th annual black […]

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On Exhibit: mating rituals gone awry

“PLEASE WARM UP, little raconteur,” began the item in the “Missed Connections” section of the Reader’s Matches ads for January 14, 2000. The cryptic 50-word poem was followed in subsequent weeks by similarly arcane postings: “HANDSOME, 26 Y.O….relatively minute but possessed of Tatlinesque love. Eats iron, breathes perfume. Seeks young revolutionary willing to cut a […]

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Chi Lives: Paul Collins’s mixed steps

Paul Collins laughs acknowledging that newcomers to his folk-dance group, Ethnic Dance Chicago, might be taken aback. “They walk in and find two black guys setting up—some must think they’ve ended up in hip-hop dancing by mistake.” Occasionally his group’s inclusiveness also raises eyebrows: “In my country, women don’t do that dance,” a Bulgarian guest […]