Posted inFilm

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu: seeing red

Romanian expatriate Andrei Ujica spent four years combing through the national film and television archives of his homeland to assemble this epic documentary, which uses official images of communist political pageantry to revisit Nicolae Ceausescu’s quarter century of misrule. Like the slow-moving but hypnotic dramas of the Romanian new wave (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, […]

Posted inFood & Drink

Scraps: The chemistry of foodstuffs, openings and closings, a locavore dinner, and more

In honor of the International Year of Chemistry, the Illinois Science Council has organized a series of workshops on the chemistry of foodstuffs. On Tuesday, June 7, from 7 to 9 PM at Metropolitan Brewing (5121 N. Ravenswood), NU chem professor Shelby Hatch will “celebrate beer,” explaining the factors that determine alcohol content, among other […]

Posted inFood & Drink

The new Bite Cafe, the Original Five BBQ, Bivona Ristorante, and other recent openings

Recent Openings Search the Reader’s online database of more than 4,300 Chicago-area restaurants—and add your own review—at Antico | Wicker Park/Bucktown | $$$ Tucked into what used to be an antique store just off Armitage in Bucktown, the aptly named Antico is by all appearances a typical neighborhood restaurant. Yet the unassuming facade masks […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Summer book fairs

Little City Book Fair Billed as the largest used book sale in the midwest, this annual sale also offers CDs, DVDs, comic books, and collectibles. Proceeds benefit the Little City Foundation, which supports children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. 8/19-8/21: Fri 5-10 PM, Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Harper […]

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That ticking sound? In Marisa Wegrzyn’s new play, Hickorydickory, it’s time running out.

Want to know the day of your death, so you won’t be caught off guard or make unnecessary dinner reservations? The Internet has the answer, as usual. Simply visit the Death Clock (—the Web’s “friendly reminder that life is slipping away”—and enter your date of birth, gender, estimated body mass index, and whether or not […]

Posted inMusic

In Rotation: Current musical obsessions of a Reader staffer and two notable Chicagoans

Peter Margasak, Reader music critic Swedish Azz’s Azz Appeal: Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson leads an excellent quintet through sincere but freewheeling interpretations of tunes from his homeland’s golden era of mainstream jazz in the 50s and 60s. Stickmen’s Insatiable: Once every year or two I pull out this CD, which collects every recording by Philadelphia’s […]