#666: The Wizards Altar

July 29th, 2016 § permalink

The Occult Bookstore has math on the door. » Read the rest of this entry «

#665: Cuties and the Englewood Cartoonist

July 27th, 2016 § permalink

And here on a sunny Chicago morning, is the story of how an Englewood High School grad became the first black syndicated cartoonist in America. » Read the rest of this entry «

#664: To Read This Story

July 25th, 2016 § permalink

To read this story, you’ll have to put on music. » Read the rest of this entry «

#663: Brown Girls and the Act of Existing

July 22nd, 2016 § permalink

There’s an air conditioner window unit chuffing luke-cold air into the tiny studio space at the Flat Iron Building.

It ruffles a few sheets of construction paper taped to the walls, souvenirs from the cast party for Sam Bailey’s web series You’re So Talented. “You’re so…” was printed, leaving party attendees to fill out the rest.

Bailey only kept the snarky ones, the ones where her friends jokingly called her trifling, bougie, thirsty, mediocre.

All the walls in the small studio are covered in taped images, whiteboards and Post-Its. Outlines for a someday future season of You’re So Talented, photos of actors and artists for inspiration, dry erase diagrams of odd film-ese.

Past the note-strewn desk and table, past the mismatched chairs, the coffee maker, array of snacks and not-well-hidden bottle of Scotch, one section of the wall is devoted to Bailey’s upcoming web series, set to start filming in August and debut in early 2017.

There are taped-up stills of Bollywood films to nail the South Asian movie color scheme, pics from indy arthouse fare like “Pariah” and “Obvious Child” to inspire on lighting, framing or other technical details. And there’s a line of headshots of the new series’ cast.

There’s not a white face among them. » Read the rest of this entry «

#662: Rise of the Tangerine Goblin – A Blogger’s Apology

July 20th, 2016 § permalink

It was 2011 and I had just read that, get this, Donald Trump announced that he wasn’t going to run for president. » Read the rest of this entry «

#661: Zubat and the Theys

July 18th, 2016 § permalink

They and they were of types who usually don’t talk.

The first they were 30s-ish, white and cool, aging punks and hips whose once candy-colored hair was now seeing threads of white come through. A man and a woman riding a rocking, jumbly ‘L’ train toward the Loop. » Read the rest of this entry «

#660: A Corruption Tour Mission Statement

July 15th, 2016 § permalink

I made TV news on Wednesday. Twice.

The first time was the NBC 5 evening news in a piece about the Chicago Corruption Walking Tour I run.

Take a minute to watch the segment here.

The second time I made the news Wednesday was on the local PBS affiliate’s Chicago Tonight, when I was used as maybe not the greatest example in a question. » Read the rest of this entry «

#659: Downtown Bingo

July 13th, 2016 § permalink

The Rules: Print off the three cards below, grab two friends (or two groups of friends) and hit Chicago’s downtown.

Whoever gets a straight line of five in any direction first wins! » Read the rest of this entry «

#658: The Five Greatest Sentences the Chicago Tribune Has Ever Written

July 11th, 2016 § permalink

It’s a beautiful summer day, I was out of town all weekend at a wedding and, well, I just wanted to do this.

So in lieu of your usual story today, a list of five of the greatest sentences that ever appeared in the Chicago Tribune, as per its online archives. » Read the rest of this entry «

#657: Bit-O-Honey

July 8th, 2016 § permalink

“You will have little bits of bee in your honey, I’ll tell you that right now.”

On a rainy Thursday under a park district shelter, a group of about 12 people and one puppy gathered to talk bees. » Read the rest of this entry «

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