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I put the Vitamin Water on the counter and reached for my wallet. I’d been wondering if my shirt made me look too yuppie but forgot about it when I saw the price on the bottle. A dollar thirty-nine for watered-down Tang. “A dollar thirty-nine for ‘vitamin water’?” It took me a second to realize […]

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Friday 5/10 – Thursday 5/16 MAY 10 FRIDAY An old joke goes: How many anarchists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? All of them!…Yeah, I don’t get it either. Maybe that’s because since World War II anarchism has become less an organized movement than a guiding principle (happy birthday, Sid Vicious). Still, any […]

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Rescue 311

Rescue 311 By Mario Kladis An ambulance and a squad car were parked in front of an abandoned building on North Milwaukee late Saturday night. The storefront had been ripped open, and the red and blue lights from the cruiser were flashing over the dusty walls and the busted wood covering the floor. Two cops […]

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In the Club

One minute I’m staring out a car window at a black Ferrari creeping through a Cabrini-Green parking lot; the next I’m standing on the dance floor of the Dragon Room, watching a guy pretending to kill a girl pretending to take a bath. Flashes pop, and a dozen people point digital cameras at the killer […]

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Stop and Go

By Mario Kladis The light at Milwaukee and Paulina is red. Four cars are waiting to go, but nobody seems to be in a hurry. At the front of the line is a Ford Escort, crowded with a man and four boys. Eyes wide, mouths hanging open, they’re listening to the Bears on the radio. […]

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Senator Who?

By Mario Kladis Peter Fitzgerald came all the way from Inverness to march in last Saturday’s Bud Billiken parade. It was his first time, and hardly anyone knew him. But the senator refused to go unnoticed. King Drive looked as wide as the Mississippi, and most of the paraders were happy to sit in the […]

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Before skateboarding, punk rock, and hip-hop were multinational industries, they were glimmers in photographer Glen E. Friedman’s eye. He started shooting LA skaters for SkateBoarder magazine in 1976, when he was all of 13, and now has three books and more than 100 album covers under his belt. Photos from his books Fuck You Heroes […]

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Self-Portrait

By Mario Kladis There were three of us standing in front of the Charles Ray orgy at the Museum of Contemporary Art last Friday night–me, a short girl wearing rabbit ears, and a tall girl in a see-through dress. They were both really pretty and they were talking about the artwork. Since I couldn’t tell […]

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I Went to a Garden Party

By Mario Kladis Last Friday I sneaked into “A Night in Bloom,” the kickoff for the city’s fifth annual flower and garden show at Navy Pier. It was a silent auction benefiting the Chicago Gateway Green Committee, a group dedicated to maintaining and increasing Chicago’s greenery. For $250 you could bid on a lunch date […]