George Dunne’s Farewell (to the tune of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”) When George Dunne’s foes are smiling, sure it’s not a pretty sight. O, I hate to leave the action of an intraparty fight. But laughter is contagious, and I’ll have the last, I guess. For without me on the ticket, they are making […]
To the editors: I knew I liked Ann Markusen from watching her struggle with the fuddy-duddys on the economics discussions John Calloway schedules every so often on Chicago Tonight. I didn’t know just how much I liked her till I read her page-one article, “City on the Skids” (Reader, 11/24/89). Economics has been viewed as […]
For all you pols, publicity-seekers, and just plain readers out there who have been wondering how Sun-Times gossip Mike Sneed tells the good guys from the bad guys, here’s an instructive little chump-to-champ story, told in Sneed’s own words. January 28, 1988: “Little Louie . . . Ah, clout! Isn’t the Mayor’s Office of Employment […]
In the future, you will be boring.
To the editors: I read with interest Ann Markusen’s recent article, “City on the Skids” (November 24). Chicago certainly has been growing much more slowly than the U.S. as a whole, and something does need to be done about it. However, Ms. Markusen’s solution, corporate welfare/centralized planning, is hardly what we need. Indeed, it would […]
A Great Newspaper Deserves a Great City
You might imagine the director of an institution named the Chicago Christian Industrial League to be a grim, black-frocked fellow, passing out bowls of greasy soup. But the director of the Chicago Christian Industrial League at 123 S. Green St., a bright and homey place, is Rick Roberts, a genial, energetic young man who wears […]
To the editors: Holly Greenhagen’s coverage of “Hats, Helmets, Headgear” in the November 17 issue of the Reader was fine exposure of a rare exhibit. The Textile Arts Centre (TAC) however is not a wearable art gallery. The TAC is a not for profit art institution which promotes and presents fiber art. The TAC offers […]
What exactly Tav Falco is I’m not sure. He certainly is an aficionado of southern muck rock, and he fronts a band, Panther Burns, that plays a potent, eerily corporeal strain of mucked-up rockabilly (muckabilly?). But he’s also at least part performance artist (he used to call himself Tubeman and play blues classics on police […]
It was a year when Drug War hysteria had Americans looking for bogeymen under every bed. But not everyone was delighted with the CHA’s unannounced raids on Chicagoans living in public housing. Despite cheerleading from our town’s daily media, some of the people on the receiving end of the city’s grim “crime-busting” adventure told me […]
Looking Back on 9.8 Years of Movies
What’s the Deal?
Out of the Tribune newsroom comes Celebrity Beat, a play by Marilyn Preston and Cheryl Lavin. After bouncing around town for a couple of years, it’s being considered by Bailiwick Repertory.
1989 was a MAJOR year for me. The year was tougher. I was tougher. My eyes grew steely, my pecs perked. My time had come for a power-climb to the top of the decade. I felt like a steroid in a locker room. Things went well at first. My clothes were big, my hair was […]
The Uncensored Leftovers