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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

'Love For Sale' highlights a lost chapter in Chicago advertising

Posted By on 06.30.15 at 03:30 PM

  • Courtesy the artist
In the exhibit “Love for Sale: The Graphic Art of Valmor Products,” the Chicago Cultural Center highlights a remarkable chapter in the history of graphics in advertising. While the creativity of both imagery and copy are fascinating to take in, it is the social relevance of the Valmor Products graphics that makes the exhibit worth seeing.

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Stop the presses! Donald Trump is in our building!

Posted By on 06.30.15 at 03:00 PM

Donald Trump spoke to (or romantically serenaded?) members of City Club of Chicago yesterday. - CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP PHOTOS
  • Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photos
  • Donald Trump spoke to (or romantically serenaded?) members of City Club of Chicago yesterday.

It was the biggest local story since the Stanley Cup.

Donald Trump visited the Tribune editorial board.

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'After Today' at Gallery 400 combines art and activism

Posted By on 06.30.15 at 02:30 PM

Patchwork Pall by Marianne Fairbanks
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  • Patchwork Pall by Marianne Fairbanks
One of the original aims of Gallery 400's ongoing "Standard of Living" series was to create exhibitions and events based on key issues relating to labor and economics. “After Today," the fourth exhibition in the series, is the first to respond directly to themes suggested by activists, UIC scholars, and regular Chicagoans, going beyond the original issues to explore larger economic shifts within various Chicago communities.

"We are not interested in simple categorizations," says Gallery 400 director and exhibition curator Lorelei Stewart, "but in the complex ways that people are putting art and activism into play with each other."

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Skaters and BMXers from all over the U.S. descend on Grant Park

Posted By on 06.30.15 at 02:00 PM

Open since last December, Grant Park's skate park hosted its first nationally broadcast event earlier this month when the Dew Tour came to town. Skateboarders and BMX bikers from across the U.S.—among them Alec Majerus of Rochester, Minnesota; Curren Caples of Ventura, California; and even Chicagoans like Chaz Ortiz—competed for medals in BMX Street, BMX Streetstyle, Skate Street, and Skate Streetstyle. 

Here's a collection of photos from the electrifying event.

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Scalia to America: The Supreme Court isn't worthy to judge

Posted By on 06.30.15 at 01:30 PM

  • Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photos
  • Judges unfit to judge?

Yet again, Antonin Scalia has given us reason not to trust the court he sits on. When he scolded the Supreme Court in his dissent to its ruling that sanctioned same-sex marriage, I could understand it. His side had lost, and what explanation for that could there be other than that the winners were unfit to judge? And so he wrote, "To allow the policy question of same-sex marriage to be considered and resolved by a select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine is to violate a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation."

But that was last week. On Monday the court ruled 5 to 4 that the death-penalty drug midazolam is constitutional. Scalia was one of the five, so what could his problem be? Alas, Justice Stephen Breyer suggested in his dissent that it might be time for the court to revisit the larger question of whether capital punishment itself is unconstitutional. Sensing this notion might find some favor with patrician justices of a liberal stripe, Scalia wrote to stop it dead in its tracks.

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Al Pacino demonstrates the magic of Method acting in the 'naturalistic fairy tale' Manglehorn

Posted By on 06.30.15 at 01:00 PM

  • Manglehorn

Al Pacino is so famous for going overboard that you can easily forget how good he is at conveying quiet resignation. In The Godfather Part II, Donnie Brasco, The Insider, and large parts of Carlito's Way, Pacino beautifully embodies a type of wounded masculinity, playing characters who aren't happy with how their lives have turned out but whose integrity demands they sleep in the bed they've made. The actor can communicate years' worth of disappointment with a sigh, drawn-out line reading, or downcast expression. Guilt seems to exert physical force on his sadder characters, who go about their business as if in constant, aching pain.

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For those about to stream, AC/DC salutes you

Posted By on 06.30.15 at 12:00 PM

Dirty streams done dirt cheap - WEATHERMAN90/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Dirty streams done dirt cheap

Anyone who regularly uses online music-streaming services has probably noticed some important artists missing from cloud-based platforms: Bob Seger, King Crimson, Ash Ra Tempel, DJ Sprinkles, many Drag City artists. OK, maybe I'm the only person who considers these acts important—but hey, sometimes I'm itching to listen to them and there are situations where my physical copies or external hard drive aren't readily available. Well, knock AC/DC off that list. The rock-hard hard-rockers, in conjunction with today's Apple Music launch, will make all of their discography available for streaming services, for whenever you get the urge to hear the same riff gloriously played over and over again. In celebration of capitalism at its crudest, today's nooner is an AC/DC standard, "What You Do For Money Honey," off of some album called Back in Black

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Did you read about Chris Christie, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Brian Urlacher?

Posted By on 06.30.15 at 11:41 AM

To nobodys surprise, Chris Christie announced hes running for president
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  • To nobody's surprise, Chris Christie announced he's running for president.
Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

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Walking around Local Foods—opening today—with Rob Levitt

Posted By on 06.30.15 at 10:30 AM

Garlic scapes overlooking Stock, the cafe at Local Foods

  • Michael Gebert

  • Garlic scapes overlooking Stock, the cafe at Local Foods

The first time I visited the future site of Local Foods just off Elston on Willow, it was a vast hall full of rubble. The second time, it was a construction site with the walls of its future facilities visible, but not much more. Yesterday, as I walked around it with Rob Levitt of the Butcher & Larder (the formerly independent, now in-house at Local Foods butcher), it was a modern food market with about half the goods it hopes to ultimately carry on the floor, and less than that back in its coolers, but enough to open today and continue to fill its larders over the coming weeks with local produce from every midwest farm you have ever heard of.

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My friend Brandon Bostian, the Amtrak 188 engineer

Posted By on 06.30.15 at 08:00 AM


  • Courtesy Ryan Smith
  • Brandon Bostian
Nine years ago, I published a blog entry that casually referred to a lunch I'd had in New York City with a college friend of mine. It was the tiny bread crumb that led the national media to my virtual door one morning last month. I woke up to a barrage of online messages from producers of outlets ranging from NBC News to CCTV (the English-language news channel run by Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television), who targeted my e-mail, Twitter, Facebook—even my LinkedIn account. All of them asked if I could speak to them about this old pal.

Why did the media suddenly care about one of my lunch dates from 2006? Because of Amtrak 188.

A quick refresher: On May 12, a train carrying 243 passengers from Washington, D.C., to New York City barreled around a curve in Philadelphia at approximately 100 miles per hour—double the speed limit. When paired with the sharpness of the turn, the train's dangerous momentum caused the entire thing to leap off the tracks and smash into the ground, killing eight people and injuring 200 others.

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