The Occult Bookstore has math on the door. » Read the rest of this entry «
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 «
July 25th, 2016 § permalink
To read this story, you’ll have to put on music. » Read the rest of this entry «
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 «
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 «
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 «
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.
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 «
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 «
July 11th, 2016 § permalink