Posted inBlogs

There’s no “NAY” in “TEAM”

Critics often deride the Chicago City Council as a mayoral rubber stamp. Aldermen want you to know the critics have it wrong. “We are a team on the City Council,” Eighth Ward alderman Michelle Harris said today. “There’s nothing we can’t do with each other.” That raises all sorts of possibilities, but I think she […]

Posted inBlogs

Fashion’s Night Out in Chicago

Anna Wintour in The September Issue As hardcore Wintouristas already know, Fashion’s Night Out, “a global initiative to promote retail,” takes place Thursday in countries with their own edition of Vogue magazine—among them Italy, Brazil, and India. In this country, the event’s HQ is New York, of course. Still, a couple Chicago retailers have decided […]

Posted inBlogs

Brooklyn, not the Bronx

Ronald Lawrence and Hassan Pore take aim at hip hop’s Bronx creation story, making the case for Grandmaster Flowers, “the original grandmaster” and his colleagues as the originators of hip hop in the parks and nightclubs of Brooklyn and Queens starting in 1968. Lawrence and Pore’s documentary Founding Fathers is the opening film of The […]

Posted inBlogs

Pants Are Powerful

While we’re over here debating the merits of harem pants versus skinny jeans, Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein has been fined $200 for wearing pants (but was spared 40 lashes). Sudan is partially ruled by Islamic law, and the statute in question is conveniently vague, singling out anyone “who commits an indecent act which violates public […]