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Film

Q&A with Steve James

Chicago magazine, March 2017 — Read my Q&A with filmmaker Steve James, part of an issue on the theme “Why We Love Chicago.” Photo: Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune

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Music

Wilmette’s Robbie Fulks up for first two Grammy Awards on Sunday

Pioneer Press, February 9, 2017 — When Robbie Fulks began making his 12th studio album, he set a lofty goal for himself. The country-folk singer-songwriter-guitarist, who lives in Wilmette, recalls saying: “It’s boring doing the same thing over and over again. So how can we raise the game?” That’s when he decided he’d try to […]

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Law

Foot Fight: Subway sandwich suit raises class action questions

ABA Journal, February 2017 — In January 2013, Australian teen Matt Corby posted a photo on Facebook of a Subway “foot-long” sandwich he’d bought next to a ruler that showed it was an inch short. The post went viral—and within weeks, people across the United States began to file lawsuits, claiming they’d been shorted by […]

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History

Chicago police were condemned in 1904 for drinking, slouching, ignoring crime

Chicago Tribune, January 29, 2017 — Too many of Chicago’s cops weren’t doing their jobs. Slouching in unkempt uniforms, they drank whiskey in saloons when they should have been walking their beats. And they ignored crimes happening right in front of their eyes. These were the findings of an investigation in 1904 called the Piper Report. “Chicago’s police […]

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Music

Favorite Concerts of 2016

Underground Bee, January 10, 2017 — Read my blog post about my favorite concerts of 2016. Photo of Bill Callahan by Robert Loerzel

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Theater

January-February 2017 Theater Preview

Make It Better, January-February 2017 — Read my preview of Chicago-area plays. Photo: Goodman Theatre

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Theater

Ike Holter and ‘The Wolf at the End of the Block’

Playbill, January 2017 — For a playwright who has received the highest praise from critics, Ike Holter is disarmingly modest. “I’m pretty dumb,” the 30-year-old Chicagoan says, struggling to explain how he writes his riveting dialogue. “I have no way of saying how it comes out.” Dumb? Really? That’s just about the last thing you’d say after […]

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Music

Favorite Albums of 2016

Underground Bee, December 31, 2016 — Read my blog post about my favorite albums of 2016.

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Theater

Newberry Library’s Shakespeare Exhibit

Playbill, December 2016 —  As the world marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Chicago had good reason to boast. Even though it’s an ocean and half a continent away from Shakespeare’s home turf in England, the city hosted the largest celebration of the Bard in 2016. “There’s really nothing that matches Shakespeare 400 […]

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News

Election Night 2016

Letter from Chicago: Misery engulfed Clinton supporters as outcome became clear London Evening Standard, November 9, 2016 — In this overwhelmingly Democratic city, many of the people who’d gathered in downtown bars to watch election results grew sullen and angry as the night went on. “How is it close?” asked Rachael Smith, a DePaul University student wearing […]