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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The end of Rahm Emanuel’s rule means that the center may no longer hold in Chicago

Posted By on 09.05.18 at 04:18 PM

Rahm Emanuel has opted out of the Game of Thrones in Chicago.
  • Rahm Emanuel has opted out of the Game of Thrones in Chicago.

Rahm Emanuel ducked out of City Hall alone on Tuesday afternoon, his usual security detail walking slightly ahead of him.

Across the street at Daley Plaza, 150 or so activists had gathered to celebrate his vanquishing at an event called "Celebrate the End of Rahm Emanuel’s Reign of Terror" on Facebook. He didn't appear to notice. Instead, he stopped to offer a friendly gesture to a random passerby while strolling hastily down LaSalle.

"Farewell, good luck," said the man at the other end of the mayor's index finger.

"You too, man. You too," Rahm replied before strolling to his car.

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Music critic Peter Margasak says farewell and thanks to the Reader and to Chicago

Posted By on 09.05.18 at 01:16 PM


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I have a handful of concert previews already written for the next two issues of the Reader, but now I'm sitting in a friend's apartment, with almost everything I own in storage, on the eve of leaving the city I've called home for 34 years—this post will be the last thing I write for the paper for the foreseeable future, and it's definitely my farewell as a staff member.

The Reader has been my professional home since 1993, when writer Bill Wyman, managing editor Alison True, and editor in chief Michael Lenehan decided it would be a good idea to bring some of the cocky snark of my old zine Butt Rag into the pages of the paper. When I started a freelance Reader column called Spot Check (later taken over by Monica Kendrick), I had no idea that I'd be hired as a staffer in 1995—much less that I'd still be writing for a paper I loved dearly 25 years later. That run ends today. I'll be spending the next year in Italy, at the American Academy in Rome, where I've been accepted into the institution's Visiting Artists & Scholars Program. I plan to work on a book about the collision of free jazz, experimental music, and underground rock in Chicago covering roughly the years 1992 through 2002.

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These kebabs are terrible on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 09.05.18 at 06:00 AM


ARTIST: Sarah Squirm
SHOW: Guerilla Toss, Good Willsmith, Sarah Squirm, and DJ B-Trip at Hideout on Sat 9/22

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