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Fringe Benefits: Kucinich is her man, and she’s doing what she can

Lora Chamberlain stepped up to the mike on the Gunther Murphy’s stage, excited to report the latest returns for her presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich: Hawaii, 30 percent; Idaho, 6 percent; Utah, 7 percent–states, it’s true, about as sparsely populated as the fund-raiser Chamberlain was hosting. But though only 20 or so people showed that Thursday […]

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Before Syd Harris started photographing Chicago workers in the 1950s, he was one himself, logging 20-some years in the stockyards and behind the wheel of a beer truck. But he’d also fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish civil war and helped run the presidential campaign of Progressive Party candidate Henry Wallace in […]

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Fest Times at the Brauhaus

The half-drunk, 200-strong crowd assembled at the Chicago Brauhaus at 10 PM on a recent Saturday was already flush with the spirit of Oktoberfest by the time Gody Windischhofer, in forest green lederhosen, lurched to the front of the stage, raised his cocktail, and began to shout. “Do you know what time it is?” Windischhofer […]

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Friday 3/29 – Thursday 4/4 MARCH 29 FRIDAY Puppeteer Damien Hinojosa says his current show, Carnival of the Dead–which he organized and directed with his sister Raven–is a bit like a Latin American street carnival: “festive but also a little macabre.” It was inspired, he says, by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano’s Century of the Wind […]

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Friday 1/18 – Thursday 1/24 JANUARY 18 FRIDAY “The director of a clinic preapproved this work,” says Chicago painter Mary King of her watercolor and acrylic works on paper, “but later substance abuse counselors wanted it removed, stating, ‘It’s about child abuse!’ and ‘Penises are everywhere!’…Some of the items they called penises were arborvitae bushes.” […]

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Friday 1/11 – Thursday 1/17 11 FRIDAY While artists here in the West are busy profaning religious icons with all manner of bodily excretions, their up-and-coming confreres in Armenia are celebrating 1,700 years of Christianity by glorifying the faith. A touring exhibit of religious art by Armenian students–including paintings, ceramics, and textiles that depict scenes […]