As an art student at Columbia University seven years ago, Wendy Clinard visited a dance studio to sketch a friend who was practicing. She picked up her charcoal and positioned her sketch pad in her lap as the strains of flamenco guitar filled the studio. The dancer’s feet began to move: bomp bomp bomp bomp […]
The art form was made up of supershort segments arranged in a slapdash manner, combining music and sensational images, often with simplistic humor and infantile scenarios. By that definition, no matter what moralists say, music videos differ little from vaudeville, except that the clothes have changed. So it’s only natural that Laura Cohen and Christopher […]
Boy fire-eater, successful entrepreneur, penniless wanderer: how William Darke found himself at the helm of a traveling freak show.
Hot dogs, gambling, picking up trash—it was one hustle after another. Then Mike North found sports talk radio and made his big score.
Latino Chicago Theater burns, but new growth has already started.
Giving federal money directly to gang members for job training? A 1967 project was so crazy it almost worked.
The long-suffering Cubs fan is a cliche; in fact, there’s a certain perverse glory in being one. But what glory does Richard Lindberg garner for his lifelong love affair with the White Sox? “I was the only Sox fan in Norwood Park,” Lindberg says. “My grandfather, whom I never met, was a Sox fan. I […]
Ferguson Jenkins has been hit hard, but he’s still in the game
Now it can be told: Nixon’s the one!
Learning the Ropes With the Golden Gloves Girls
The Korean woman who ran the little grocery store in the middle of my block wasn’t about to win any popularity contests with her neighbors, even before she had a public telephone installed out front. It was ostensibly a neighborhood store, the neighborhood being Ravenswood Manor, a tiny island of comfortable suburbia surrounded by less […]
Is Aaron Freeman the Actor or the Act?
The Larry Schreiner Story–A Cop Hero Turned Broadcast Newsman Prowls the City’s Streets by Night in a Tireless Quest for Crime and Disaster
Monday, January 14 “I haven’t slept well for a month,” the guy said. “I gotta do something.” “You too?” I said. I tell him that I live next to the el. It runs at ground level out where I am. Every half hour or so, the Ravenswood rumbles by. When it’s wet out the train’s […]
Stalking the Wild Vacation at the Hyatt Regency Chicago