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Deanna Isaacs

Deanna Isaacs

I'm a staff writer at the Reader. Before that: grad student at NU, staff writer at the St. Petersburg Times, and beat reporter at City News Bureau. My first Reader story was published in 1980; I've been writing the culture column since 2000. It's been a feast of great material, including, among those in recent memory, Professor Jerry Harris's explanation of why so many of us are broke and out of work ("The Transnational Economy"); the Art Institute shuffle that bumped its Chagall windows to the back of the house ("Chagall's New Nook") ; and the state law that got artist Chris Drew in much deeper trouble than he'd bargained for when he set out to make a point about the lack of art on Chicago streets ("Accidental Poster Child"). Sometimes the fun goes on longer, as in this profile of Chicago's bad boy architect, Stanley Tigerman ("Tigerman on the Loose").
  • Gooned, Gooned, Gone

    Tired of the rough stuff in Rogers Park, Curious Theatre Branch will take its shows on the road.
  • The Nightclub Next Door

    Some new Boys Town condo owners want Circuit shut down because it's too loud. Their neighbors Mike Swingler, Steven heintz, and Ben Scheie say the noise comes with the territory.
  • Link's Hall Goes Pro; Pier Politics

    CJ Mitchell brings big-time arts administration to the little north-side space. But is dance getting the shaft?
  • Art or Bioterrorism?; Miscellany

    Art Institute professor Claire Pentecost rushed to the aide of a friend and wound up in a post-9/11 nightmare.
  • Why Are Artists Poor?

    According to at least one of the experts at last week's International Conference on Cultural Economics, it's because we give them too much money.
  • Save Our Stories

    Peacemonger and sometime congressional candidate Bill Scheurer takes up a new cause: short fiction
  • The Princess Diaries; They're Outta Here

    It took a team of dedicated music lovers to create the buzz that brought the first Zulu opera to Chicago.
  • New Plans for Old Stuff; Notes From the Pier; Miscellany

    Now that the city's on board and they have a good location to work in, Kathleen Finley and Sally Schwartz are set to launch Chicago's first large monthly antique market.
  • French Disconnection; Miscellaneous

    The movie hounds of the Alliance Francaise Cine-Club will have to survive without the club's volunteer programmers, Avisheh Mohsenin and Kai-Duc Luong, who have quit in protest.
  • Mike Lash's Out; No Room at the Fair?

    The city's public art director says he was having a bad day, but he threw a phone and he's been canned.
  • Recognize Her?

    She's Josephine Raciti Forsberg, and she'd like her role in the history of Second City acknowledged once and for all.