By Michael Miner Freelancers in Bondage The Chicago Tribune recently sent its stringers a remarkably unpleasant new contract. The Tribune agreed to pay them something for the work they do. It agreed to nothing else. Don’t call the new terms feudal; the paternalism of lord to vassal does not exist. The Tribune makes it clear […]
Uptown String Quartet Prior to the formation of New York’s Uptown String Quartet, its members had jammed together with Max Roach, the venerable jazz-percussionist dad of violist Maxine Roach. The four women decided to join forces permanently six years ago, after cellist Eileen Folson met up with Maxine again in the orchestra pit of a […]
FALSTAFF 12/13, BIG HORSE Instrumental proficiency, eclectic whimsy, and stateliness a la Red-era King Crimson distinguish this local trio’s new II (Homestead). Singer-guitarist Ian Schneller’s tortured bray lends pathos to the quiet ballad “Home” as effectively as it animates the punked-up melodrama of “Lamppost.” Still, the inclusion of an extended-jam reprise of one song (“Candlelight”), […]
Timothy Anderson has sacrificed everything to tell the world about Henry Hyde’s role in the S and L scandal. Why isn’t the world listening?
Wayne Kusy’s mania started small. In the fifth grade he assembled a tepee out of toothpicks, then he built a toothpick house. A year later he tried a ship. Though it didn’t look exactly like a ship, it wasn’t too far off the mark, so he built another. Eventually Kusy was ready for something big. […]
The Jam/The Jam Collection/(Polydor)
Zully Alvarado stepped up from a dirt-poor childhood into running her own business.
While growing up in India in the 1970s Amir Khan was wild about movies. He’d sit through the same feature three or four times at a stretch. Some of the films he saw were American (a favorite was the disaster movie Airport ’77) and others were from Hong Kong (Bruce Lee was a boyhood hero). […]
How to Succeed in Business Without a Penis: Secrets and Strategies for the Working Woman, by Karen Salmansohn (Harmony Books, $21). Synopsis: Using an array of positive thinking from Bazooka Joe comics to The Art of War, Salmansohn, a self-described image consultant who on page two takes credit for coining the term “Croissandwich,” helps women […]
Ben Joravsky’s article of November 29 (“Other People’s Money”) is rife with innuendo and assumptions, which lamentably serve to justify his limited view of nonprofit arts organizations. Randolph Street Gallery, which was the subject of this attack for not paying artist Lisa Alvarado a portion of a grant for her art project on time, is […]
If abortion were asbestos, would it be banned by now? According to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (October 1996), a review of 23 independent studies of induced abortions and breast cancer shows “a remarkably consistent, significant positive association between induced abortion and breast cancer incidence….The increased risk is seen in both prospective and […]
Dear editor, “Coffee Clash” [November 1], Lewis Lazare’s article about the demise of the popular coffeehouse Scenes at the hands of competitor Starbucks, really touched a nerve. A raw nerve. I happen to be the proprietor and co-owner of a small, just-barely-making-it coffeehouse in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, on the city’s far southwest side. As with […]
Chicago String Quartet When DePaul University decided a couple of years ago to bolster the reputation of its music school, one of its first and best moves was to start a resident string quartet. Two distinguished violinists from points west were recruited right away: Joseph Genualdi of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet and the Muir […]
Dear Reader, I feel bad about the disappointment some folks feel in regards to the natural areas restoration efforts happening in their communities [Neighborhood News, November 8]. However, there is something so philosophically Western (or overarchingly human) about folks being so much more upset about having their “blinders” (buckthorn buffers) removed than at the actual […]
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