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Thursday, November 26, 2015

'The dog ate my homework' and other dumb excuses a Chicago tutor has heard

Posted By on 11.26.15 at 09:00 AM

"I get lied to on a daily basis," says Kristi Harreld. - ANDREA BAUER
  • Andrea Bauer
  • "I get lied to on a daily basis," says Kristi Harreld.

is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week's Chicagoan is Kristi Harreld, tutor.

"Sometimes people are like, 'Oh, you're a tutor, that's a cute side job.' But no, this is actually my job. This isn't my hobby. I can't quite say this enough. I have a master's degree and more than ten years of experience. One student I've worked with for eight and a half years now, all the way from his freshman year of high school to being a super senior now at DePaul.  

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DJ Virtual Brat offers an education in Japanese fashion trends

Posted By on 11.26.15 at 08:00 AM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

  • Isa Giallorenzo

To talk style with Jimmy Hassett, a shop assistant at Wicker Park vintage boutique Kokorokoko and a DJ who goes by the name Virtual Brat, is to get seriously schooled on Japanese trends. “I’m into the fairy kei/decora vibe, which is kawaii [Japanese for “cute”] and very pastel,” he says. This loosely translates to a childlike look in which he layers as many cutesy pieces as possible. “I am meticulous with accessories and where they are. I love adding more throughout the day, like hair clips, plastic chains, and bracelets.” He’s attentive to color as well: “Everyone should be conscious of the colors they choose to put on every morning. You’ll realize that you not only feel good about yourself but you’ll brighten someone else’s day too.” Some of his inspirations are the 80s Italian design and architecture collective Memphis Group, Harajuku and rave fashions of the 90s, Simon Fortin’s cuddly artwork, and rainbow-bright Milkbbi clothing, as well as vintage pieces from Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck’s out-there 90s line W&LT (such as his shirt and backpack). Other influences come from music: “I like stuff that is hyperfast, catchy and cute. I recently deejayed at East Room for Nightcore Night. Nightcore is pop music that is sped and pitched up. The atmosphere was really positive and the crowd was jumping up and down. I hope to play there again!” Listen to Hassett’s high-speed mixes on Soundcloud.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Essential stories of Chicago Police Department misconduct

Posted By on 11.25.15 at 06:48 PM

Chicago police torturer Jon Burge
  • Chicago police torturer Jon Burge

The Reader has covered the issue of CPD misconduct, particularly officer-involved shootings, for decades. If you're new to the issue, or just need a refresher, here are a handful of stories from the archive that give context to the recent events. 

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Things to do in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day

Posted By on 11.25.15 at 04:51 PM


There's no need to give in to Thanksgiving-induced cabin fever; the city has hardly shut down. There are still plenty of places to eat, movies to see, and markets to shop. Whether you need to occupy your family, escape your family, or just want to get out of the house on the day off from work, there's lots to do. Here are some of our recommendations: 

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Morimoto's sui generis tracks add color to Chicago's hip-hop kaleidoscope

Posted By on 11.25.15 at 01:48 PM

  • Courtesy of Morimoto's Facebook
  • Morimoto

In hip-hop as in life, where you're from can play a huge role in where you're at. Take rapper Sen Morimoto, who makes music under the name Morimoto. He's called Chicago home for two years but grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he experimented with music and in the late aughts honed his voice as a member of young collective Dark World, a group with a love of harsh noise, folk, punk, and hip-hop.

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Did you read about Malcolm London, the Boy Scouts, and Little House on the Prairie?

Posted By on 11.25.15 at 01:00 PM

Activist and poet Malcolm London was arrested during the Laquan McDonald protests Tuesday night. - AP PHOTO/PAUL BEATY
  • AP Photo/Paul Beaty
  • Activist and poet Malcolm London was arrested during the Laquan McDonald protests Tuesday night.

Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

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Freddie Gibbs maintains his singular talent with 'Careless'

Posted By on 11.25.15 at 12:00 PM

Shadow of a Doubt
  • Shadow of a Doubt

Freddie Gibbs
's rap career has been, to put it lightly, chaotic. In 2007 Interscope inked a deal with the MC from Gary, Indiana, who packed up and moved to LA only to be dropped by the label in October, about six months after he was signed. Gibbs stayed in LA and focused on work, strengthening his remarkable rapping technique, which draws from multiple regional gangsta-rap scenes.

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What Mayor Emanuel needs to learn from the killing of Laquan McDonald

Posted By on 11.25.15 at 10:24 AM

Mayor Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy at a press conference yesterday afternoon. - AP PHOTO/CHARLES REX ARBOGAST
  • AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
  • Mayor Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy at a press conference yesterday afternoon.

It's hard to put a positive spin on the release of a video showing a white Chicago police officer needlessly snuffing out the life of a black teen, but Mayor Emanuel did his best Tuesday afternoon. ​​"This episode can be a moment of understanding and learning," ​the mayor said at a press conference at police headquarters​.​

​He himself has a lot to learn. ​

​You ​may recall ​the mayor sounding an alarm last month about policing in Chicago and throughout the nation. ​​​​At a summit of mayors and law enforcement leaders in Washington​, Emanuel ​called attention ​not ​to the unjustified harm that ​​some officers were doing to civilians, as revealed by numerous videos, ​but to the harm ​​videos were doing to policing​. 

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A Table, Donkey and Stick chef tarts up crabapples

Posted By on 11.25.15 at 09:00 AM

Crabapples are technically edible, but as anyone who's bitten into one can tell you, most aren't anything you'd really want to eat. Scott Manley of Table, Donkey and Stick, who was challenged by Homestead's Chris Davies to create a dish with crabapples, says he grew up near the town of Crabapple, Georgia. "We called them 'crap apples,'" he says, and doesn’t remember trying to eat them much. "We knew better."

Manley was expecting the crabapples he got to be very tart, and was disappointed to discover that they were like regular apples but mealier, with less flavor. "They're kind of boring," he says. (Because it's late in the season for crabapples, Manley had trouble sourcing them, and couldn't find any that were more to his liking.)

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With Bob and David is a worthy Mr. Show reunion

Posted By on 11.25.15 at 08:30 AM

Odenkirk and Cross come in peace. - NETFLIX
  • Netflix
  • Odenkirk and Cross come in peace.

The cold open of With Bob and David contains a line that reminds us to rid ourselves of all expectation: "This ain't no show, mister." But as Bob Odenkirk and David Cross's four-episode Netflix sketch special continues, it's hard to shake the warm, fuzzy feeling that Mr. Show is indeed back. From the cast of past featured players to the absurd concepts to the seamless transitions, it's everything we loved from Bob and David when they first appeared onscreen together 20 years ago.

Before landing their HBO show, the duo worked on The Ben Stiller Show and Odenkirk had stints writing for Saturday Night Live and Late Night With Conan O'Brien. After Mr. Show ended in 1998, the comedians became household names separately, Cross in his role as Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development and Odenkirk playing Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad. So much has changed in the comedians' lives and careers—and in comedy and humor more broadly—that it's no wonder they would ask us to come to With Bob and David without preconceptions.

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