We're kicking off Giving Tuesday early this year! Your donation today will be matched up to $10K, doubling your impact! If you donate $50 today, the Reader will receive $100.

The Reader is now a community-funded nonprofit newsroom. Can we count on your support to help keep us publishing?

Posted inArts & Culture

Fact Is Stranger Than Fiction

This is an intriguing mix of materials drawn from Video Data Bank’s What Does She Want series, which centers on art by women. Julie Dash’s Illusions, the only full-size film (as opposed to video) in the bunch, is an effective narrative about racism in 1942 Hollywood. The videos include Cecilia Condit’s nightmarish fairy tale fantasy […]

Posted inFilm


AN ACTOR’S REVENGE **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Kon Ichikawa Written by Daisuke Ito, Teinosuke Kinugasa, and Natto Wada With Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Ganjiro Nakamura, and Raizo Ichikawa. ALONE ON THE PACIFIC *** (A must-see) Directed by Kon Ichikawa Written by Natto Wada With Yujiro Ishihara, Kinuyo Tanaka, Masayuki Mori, Ruriko Asaoka, and […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Neighbor Ladies

To the editors: I thoroughly enjoyed reading Marion Karczmar’s article “Tina and Rosie Don’t Live Here Anymore” [April 22]. It gave me pleasant pause to reflect on all the “Tinas” and “Rosies” of my childhood community, and to realize and regret their absence in the community today. I hadn’t thought about these neighborhood personalities in […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Into the Mystic

NANA SHINEFLUG AND MARY WARD at the Dance Center of Columbia College May 27 and 28 and June 3 and 4 To really take off dance needs a mystical edge. The audience must forget their hard seats, must not hear landing thuds as interruptions, must not see costumes as contrivances or props as distractions. Unfortunately […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Art Crimes

To the editors: It is really unfortunate that the only truly appropriate response that the Reader has published thus far to the Art Institute painting scandal is in the comic strip “Phoebe & the Pigeon People” [May 20]. Mike Miner’s recent “Outlaw Art” in Hot Type [May 27] is very much beside the point. He […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Unacceptable Level of Omissions

To the editors: To be for peace and human rights indeed requires more than bumper sticker slogans. It requires discussion carried on without the underlying bias of Patricia Stoll’s article on the demonstration at UICC at the Israel Independence Day celebration [“Demonstration,” May 6]. Conflicts are not resolved when reportage omits important details and uses […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Founding Funders

To the editors: I would like to compliment the Reader and Ben Joravsky for a very excellent article about the Crossroads Fund [Neighborhood News, April 15]. I wish to clarify a couple of points made by Mr. Joravsky. Crossroads is not the “brainchild” of any one individual, since at least a dozen people were involved […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Reward Yourselves

To the editors: I have to go back to make my point back to “Power Politics” (Reader 3/18/88) which told the story of the present Edison franchise. You’d better believe two main papers in Chicago aren’t enough. I’ll bet many many people were picking up Readers that never had before! Your problem is that you […]

Posted inNews & Politics

The Straight Dope

Why does the label on a bottle of Pine-Sol say, “It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling”? Exactly what uses are unlawful? We’d hate to be sent up the river on a Pine-Sol rap. –Hank Keedy and James Nielock, Chicago Don’t laugh, boys, it […]