Free Will Astrology: Week of July 16, 2020
CANCER: you have a natural propensity to study and understand shadow.
Witnessing a LatiNEXT Moment: A Review of The BreakBeat Poets Volume. 4: LatiNext
This volume comes at a time when we are all searching for new words, grappling with the realization that English doesn’t feel good enough to express or even explain.
Temporary Relief: A Review of Cody Hudson at Andrew Rafacz
Cody Hudson’s work invites us to contemplate a world as we might like it to be: filled with radiant light, warmth and joy.
What’s Going On—Artists, Poets & Writers Respond to Racial Injustice & Police Brutality: Chicago Rememory
With teargas in tear ducts we cry…
Normalcy: The Reality of Race in America
Every Black person in our country represents a different Black experience, yet the death of George Floyd brings us back to the narrative that we are in a box.
“O-o-h Child”: The Chicago Birth of an R&B Anthem
“The time was right for that song. 'Things are going to get easier. Right now.’ The tunes that make it are the tunes that have a message.”
What’s Going On—Artists, Poets & Writers Respond to Racial Injustice & Police Brutality: Remain Silent
When it is the police, We remain silent
True Crime Stories: A Review of Harold Schechter’s Ripped From the Headlines!
Before the internet and cable television became popular, movies fed the public’s voyeuristic desire for true crime's inside information and judicial resolution.
What’s Going On—Artists, Poets & Writers Respond to Racial Injustice & Police Brutality: Black People Are Not Dumber Than You
Let me at least explain that it’s because I feel like I have to prove to you that I’m smart.
A Troubling Blind Spot: Putting Race into the Urban Design Conversation
Current advice on how to improve public space “never once mentions race, revealing a troubling blind spot in the way urban designers talk about this crisis.”
Prosperity in Pastry: Acadia Becomes… A-Cake-ia
Acadia, the Michelin two-star restaurant in the South Loop, has recently discovered that what people really want to eat is cake.
Red Hot Chicago Summer: Fiery Femmes of Burlesque Speak About History, Intimacy and Self Love
"Now even the idea of intimacy is different. The idea that I'm going to be taking off my clothes in front of people, even six feet apart, seems close."
Reimagining the Role of Dance: Red Clay Dance Teams with Health Professionals in the Dance Pamoja Challenge
The yearlong program is designed to build resiliency against the virus through physical, mental and spiritual health services.
Solace: Lockdown Offers a Chance to Revisit Chicago’s Public Art
The new strictures imposed on everyday life have been an opportunity to slowly and methodically work my way around the public art of Chicago.
Music Top 5: July 2020
Lockdown goes easier with these outstanding album releases by stellar Chicago artists, all available now.
Making #AMENDS: Exhaustingly Cathartic, Ultimately Uplifting
"We believe sincerity and real apology with substantive action is needed to make genuine change in the world and not just on paper."
Piercingly All-American: A Review of Hamilton
“Let’s raise a couple more… to the revolution.”