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Friday, February 25, 2011

Ads From the Past: February 18, 1972

Posted By on 02.25.11 at 09:00 AM

Chicago Reader @ Forty ads from the past: Alices Revisited, 950 W. Wrightwood

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Morning Art: Richard Wasserman

Posted By on 02.25.11 at 08:49 AM

A photo by Richard Wasserman, part of The Chicago River 1999-2010, a show of his work on display through 9/2 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4300.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Early Warnings Roundup

Posted By on 02.24.11 at 01:57 PM

Parts & Labor
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Though a heap of shows sold out this past week (Cut Copy, Florence + the Machine, the Wax Trax! showcase, Iron & Wine, Queens of the Stone Age), another solid batch got announced, including Young Widows at the Beat Kitchen, Empty Bottle shows by Davila 666, the Marked Men, and Parts & Labor, and Hideout dates from Azita and Anni Rossi.

This week's big concerts include Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae at the Aragon Ballroom, Rihanna at the United Center, German industrial freak show Rammstein at the Allstate Arena, and glam metal commissioned by God from Stryper at the House of Blues.

Check out my full list of notables after the jump:

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Living for 32

Posted By on 02.24.11 at 01:15 PM

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Fresh from Sundance, Kevin Breslin's short documentary Living for 32 follows Colin Goddard, a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and antigun activist. It screens Friday 2/25 at 7:15 p.m. in the Peace on Earth Film Festival. Q&A with Breslin follows. Trailer after the jump.

Friday's program includes Curt Fissel's Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean, about an interfaith fair trade cooperative, 6 p.m., and Iman Zawahry's comedy about an American Muslim woman cop investigating a pig theft, UnderCover, 6:55 p.m.

Bob Hercules's documentary about the firebrand St. Sabina's pastor, Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger, screens at 8:30 p.m. with Amy Krause Rosenthal's animated Kindness Thought Bubble, followed by Q&A with Hercules and cinematographer Keith Walker, then an opening night party.

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In Rahm's Race, Voting Stifled By Lack of Suspense

Posted By on 02.24.11 at 12:30 PM

Voter turnout on Tuesday was higher than in the two previous Chicago elections, but the increase was modest given the absence of an incumbent in the mayor’s race for the first time in 22 years. Forty-two percent of registered voters cast ballots, compared with 33 percent in 2007 and 34 percent in 2003.

“Everyone’s an expert about why people don’t come out to vote, and no one knows for sure,” said professor Paul Green of Roosevelt University. He thought the key Tuesday was the lack of suspense in the mayor’s race. “People get excited when there is competition. I give Emanuel a lot of credit. He ran as an incumbent even though he wasn’t one.”

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One Bite: Mince Pie

Posted By on 02.24.11 at 12:25 PM

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There's nothing I can say about mince pie that the late Cliff Doerksen didn't write a thousand times more brilliantly in his James Beard award-winning story The Real American Pie. But the occasion of Cliff's memorial service two weeks ago presented me and former Reader art director Sheila Sachs with the opportunity to make the meaty pastries that everyone agreed "reliably caused indigestion, provoked nightmares, and commonly afflicted the overindulgent with disordered thinking, hallucinations, and sometimes death."

I've read and reread the piece numerous times, so I don't know why my thinking was so disordered when I bought enough ingredients to double the San Francisco Chronicle recipe he cites—especially since he clearly indicated that he scaled it down just to make two pies. I think I was emboldened by the promise of Sheila's German-engineered steel apple peeler, which, as it turned out, apparently only works efficiently with German-engineered apples. We learned a few other things during the three day-process: don't leave boiling apple cider alone in pricey enameled Dutch ovens, beef suet makes an excellent skin moisturizer, and you can't add too much booze to your mince (though you can definitely add too much sugar).

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Happy Feet

Posted By on 02.24.11 at 11:55 AM

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Remember when you were ten and you liked to draw on your sneakers? Chicago-based company BucketFeet takes that concept to the next level, using actual artists who are much more talented than you.

Founders Aaron Firestein and Raaja Nemani met while volunteering with kids in Buenos Aires; Nemani admired Firestein's customized kicks. They teamed up to create BucketFeet, which gets artists to create illustrations for basic slip-on sneakers and then donates part of the fees to kid-focused nonprofits, including Metropolitan Area Group for Igniting Civilization (MAGIC), a Woodlawn-based organization whose initiatives include a stringed-instrument music program.

The debut collection features Firestein's own designs, with more from artists around the world to come.

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Morning Art: Amanda Williams

Posted By on 02.24.11 at 09:03 AM

My Grandmother Was Not One to Repeat Herself, by Amanda Williams, part of She Git It From Her Mama, a show of her work opening Fri 2/25, 6-9 PM, at Blanc Gallery, 4455 S. King, 773-952-4394.

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Ads From the Past: December 17, 1971

Posted By on 02.24.11 at 09:00 AM

Chicago Reader @ Forty ads from the past: Adams Apple, 6229 N. California

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