Geof Darrow, the artist best known for creating the look of the Wachowski brothers’ breakthrough movie, is back in Chicago working on a new comic book series.
Meet Rosanna Pulido, the face of the Minuteman Project in Illinois.
Vassie Watts saw his life as a giant animal, plowing methodically ahead.
“I can’t move my neck,” Vassie said, sensing the party going on behind his shoulder. He knew he was in Rachel’s apartment because he could see the Clash poster over the wicker chair and the ferret’s cage in the corner, but he couldn’t turn to see who else was in the apartment. When Vassie got […]
Rich Seng started producing and distributing the monthly series of free CD and DVD compilations now called Cherry Bomb when he moved to Chicago in 1995. But for eight of the nine years since then Seng’s business has been stalled–by God. Seng dropped out of a business program at Miami University in Ohio to come […]
Forget what you know about unions: the organizers I met were a bunch of snobs.
Stas Bulanda and Dyno-Chicago has taken the stage at Polonia Banquets on South Archer, a regular venue for the band and one of the only places left to hear live polka music in Chicago. Seated center stage is Bulanda, a barrel of a man with a perfect coif of white hair. He leads the band […]
Four years ago, Achy Obejas and her girlfriend, Tania Bruguera, were having a rough time finding a tattoo artist who would solemnize their relationship. All they wanted were simple double infinity symbols on their ring fingers. The first artist flatly said he didn’t do hands. The second was more flexible, but wanted to know the […]
Cop-cum-novelist Mike Balck finds inspiration in the criminal mind.
Abused by a priest as a child, Tom Economus has channeled his anger into a crusade to force the church to confess its sins.
Two crusaders set out to rescue an overlooked classic of European literature.
A cop who’s seen it all reaches teens by lowering their guard.
Don De Grazia knows his readers.
In the Whirlaway Tavern, near the corner of Kedzie and Fullerton, the conversation between Sally Timms and Jon Langford keeps getting sidetracked by the American Music Awards on television. LeAnn Rimes is holding the last notes of a syrupy song with a sleepy-eyed grin. “A 14-year-old girl,” Timms notes. “Oh, God,” Langford groans. Maria the […]
Promoter Bobby Hitz fights to keep local boxing on its feet.