From Mark Singer’s engrossing 1993 profile of Ricky Jay: “The playwright David Mamet and the theatre director Gregory Mosher affirm that some years ago, late one night in the bar of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago, this happened: Ricky Jay, who is perhaps the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive….”
Drummer and Chicago native Kobie Watkins has released his debut as a bandleader, and he celebrates on Monday at the Jazz Showcase.
Bill Ayers makes a funny to the Backyard Conservative. Dennis Byrne, Jonah Goldberg unfamiliar with concept of lulz. Not laughing with you, etc.
“Flash mob performances” at Water Tower Place and two other locations, Thursday afternoon.
* 57th Street Books hosts a launch party for Sara Paretsky’s latest V.I. Warshawski novel, Hardball. “Now Warshawski’s starring in her 13th mystery, and both she and her maker are at the top of their form,” writes Kathie Bergquist. * Kathy Griffin signs her memoir at Borders on Michigan. * The veteran literary journalist Tracy […]
Kells comes out (again) as illiterate.
A group of aldermen float a new proposal requiring that privatization deals receive more scrutiny before they’re voted on. Others wonder why the City Council needs a new law to help it do its job.
One of the things I constantly heard during the Great Tucker Max CTA Dustup of 2009 was that admitting to taking offense at the misogynistic ad campaign was all part of his most geniusist plan to get everyone to see his movie and become the Tyler Perry of spoiled white man-children – no, really. (Kyra […]
September 2008: We don’t need more cops. October 2009: We need more cops.
Gender- and color-blind casting helps the Goodman Theatre production of Animal Crackers avoid stereotypes that were accepted when the musical premiered on Broadway in 1928.
“It’s an interesting time for the history of photography. The ‘greats’ are entrenched in the textbooks, but It feels like we’re searching for new heroes, late-career folks whose work bridges the gap between, say, Walker Evans and right now. Barbara Crane is one of those photographers.” That’s Luke Strosnider on Barbara Crane, subject of a […]
…the hedge fund manager who says he wants to explore a bid on the assets of the Sun-Times Media Group?
Nominally this Beachwood Reporter list is about how little Jim Tyree may end up paying for the Sun-Times Media Group (isn’t Ebert’s blog worth that alone?), but the people who really end up looking silly are, in order: 1. TribCo underpants gnomes 2. Milton Bradley.
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The Reader’s annual fiction issue comes out in December. We’re taking submissions for another month.