The Secret History of Chicago Zines, a panel discussion featuring Steve Krakow, Jake Austen, and Chris Ware, is part of an informal celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the Secret History of Chicago Music (written by Krakow and published in the pages of the Reader). The local-lit luminaries dive into the untold history of DIY music zines and their influence on local music. A complementary show on Monday at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) features Ono, Bill Vermette, and Krakow's own Plastic Crimewave Sound.
I discovered Raw magazine while looking for pornography in the back room of my local Omaha comic shop," Chris Ware recalls in Outside the Box, a collection of in-depth conversations between influential cartoonists (among them Allison Bechdel, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, and Daniel Clowes) and Hillary L. Chute, a comics scholar and assistant prof of English at the U. of C., where she organized the wildly popular Comics: Philosophy & Practice Conference in 2012.Continue reading >>
In 20X2 Chicago, a combo of 20 local writers, designers, musicians, artists, and chefs have two minutes to answer one question: "Where are we?" Such bon vivants as Steve Delahoyde, Britt Julious, Jessica Galliart, and Justin Kaufmann provide answers, which can come in the form of a prepared statement, short film, interpretative dance, or whatever in between. $10http://20x2.org
In conjunction with World Book Night events across the country, local author Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent, Identical) speaks at Sulzer Regional Library. An annual event, World Book Night encourages readers to hand out free books in their communities in order to provide literary inspiration to those who might not pick up a book otherwise. Attendees at tonight's event will receive a free WBN edition of Shakespeare's sonnets.