One night in the life of two street hustlers
Five years after directing his hit documentary about spelling bees, Spellbound (2002), Jeffrey Blitz returns with a high school comedy that builds on that film’s winning combination of academic stress and offbeat individuals. A put-upon student with a stuttering problem (Reece Thompson) is dragooned by a ferociously competitive schoolmate (Anna Kendrick) to be her partner […]
Monika Bukowska, 25, moved to Chicago’s west side from Poland when she was eight years old. She lives in Wicker Park, works in retail, and fronts the band Brilliant Pebbles. Tell me about your outfit. It’s stretchy fitness pants and a Speedo swimsuit, which balance out the dress. I like gem details [holds up ringed […]
Mano’s thinking up a million ways to get his beats into your ears.
I am a single guy . . . never good with women . . . not many girlfriends . . . . I didn’t have sex till I was 31 . . . but all my life I’ve had this strange fetish . . . . I love to be shampooed with lots of lather […]
When drying my hands in a public bathroom, I frequently have the choice of an electric hot-air dryer or paper towels. Since the label on the hot-air dryer proclaims it is environmentally friendly and reduces paper towel waste, I generally use it. But the dryer requires no little electricity, the production of which is often […]
In Jonathan Marc Sherman’s witty but contrived comedy, a cloistered Harvard grad student–so illiterate in pop culture he’s never seen Star Wars or Sesame Street–becomes an “untainted” new talent in Hollywood. Encouraged by his girlfriend’s speed freak brother, he pitches a TV series about Darwin and evolution–and ends up writing a hit sitcom about Adam […]
Paul Klein’s handpicked collection of tax-supported local art is not for locals.
It’s ludicrous for you to publish a “Logan Square Issue” [August 10] and not mention one word about Johnny’s Grill (2545 N. Kedzie Blvd.)?! Four stars, best diner food, nicest staff! You essentially snubbed them, since you mentioned nearly every business on either side of them. In my opinion, “Elizabeth,” the sweetheart who works there, […]
This festival of work by black artists from around the world continues through Thursday, August 30, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $9, $5 for Film Center members; for more information call 312-846-2800. Following is the schedule for August 17 through 23; a complete festival schedule is […]
Jeff McCourt is remembered in Chicago magazine.