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A group show at the Ann Nathan Gallery

“The times call for group shows,” says Victor Armendariz, assistant director of the Ann Nathan Gallery. “So many artists aren’t getting exposure. “Also, it’s always interesting to see how works play off one another.” The 15 artists featured in Gallery Group, Ann Nathan’s current exhibition, vary widely in their subject matter and choice of media […]

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Key Ingredient: Pastry chef Sandra Holl of Floriole copes with apricot kernels

The Chef: Sandra Holl (Floriole Cafe & Bakery) The challenger: Abra Berens (Bare Knuckle Farm) The ingredient: Apricot Kernels “A lot of people say that they’re poisonous,” Sandra Holl says of apricot kernels. “They are, I guess, in large amounts.” Apricot kernels—the seeds inside of apricot pits—contain the compound amygdalin, which some people believe can […]

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Practical Theatre Company vets Paul Barrosse and Victoria Zielinski stage their first sketch revue in 20 years

Strange that Paul Barrosse and Victoria Zielinski think they need a script just to put on a show. Their compulsive give-and-take yielded a pretty strong hour of improv when I interviewed them. You’ll notice that I have exactly one line in the conversation excerpted below. But a script has been prepared and rehearsed. It consists […]

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The Reader’s Guide to the Chicago Blues Festival

Early this year, citing financial crisis, the city of Chicago threatened to consolidate or eliminate most of its free lakefront music festivals, or at least to start charging admission to some of them. The cover-charge idea died on the vine, but four events—Viva! Chicago, the Country Music Festival, Celtic Fest, and the Gospel Music Festival—have […]

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Three Aces, Antico, Sable, and five more restaurants with new outdoor seating

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 a crack staff and kitchen under the direction of server Trinna Schramm, a former expediter at Alinea, and chef-owner […]