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  • 'Breakfast with Curtis,' an indie about toking, joking and communal living

    'Breakfast with Curtis,' an indie about toking, joking and communal living
    Picture an aging hippie who drinks red wine all day long, walks around barefoot, peppers every third sentence with "man" for emphasis and usually has a deep cut of some '70s-era album playing on the stereo. This is Syd. Every college town, I'm convinced,...
  • Shining a light on women's issues in Chicago

    Thirty-five women representing a variety of nonprofit organizations that address women's policy, health and economic issues joined us for a Trib Nation Community Conversation recently. Here are some of the issues that women believe merit more coverage...
  • Rocker Patti Smith wins Tribune Literary Award

    Rocker Patti Smith wins Tribune Literary Award
    Patti Smith was writing long before she became known as a rock performer, so the accolades she has been receiving for her written work have a complete-the-circle sort of feel. She won the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction for "Just Kids," her...
  • Libraries that use 3-D printers consider new rules

    Libraries that use 3-D printers consider new rules
    Faced with almost unlimited options, Liz Kelsey and her 5-year-old daughter, Alice, decided to make a single red rose. Using the 3-D printer at their suburban public library, they could have just as easily made a pair of ear buds, a citrus reamer, a...
  • Chicago Public Library brings Mini Maker Labs to branches

    Chicago Public Library brings Mini Maker Labs to branches
    Teens can keep their creative juices flowing this summer at one of the Chicago Public Library’s new Mini Maker Labs, popping up at several neighborhood branches from July through late November. Inspired by the CPL’s award-winning Maker Lab...
  • Printers Row Lit Fest celebrates 30th birthday

    Printers Row Lit Fest celebrates 30th birthday
    What a difference three decades make. The first Printers Row book fair, in 1985, featured about 40 booksellers and attracted a reported 6,500 attendees to what once had been a somewhat dicey neighborhood. Considering the crowds in recent years, the 2014...
  • Author Stuart Dybek: Chicago's storyteller

    Author Stuart Dybek: Chicago's storyteller
    The way Stuart Dybek tells it, on the night that he decided to become a writer, the moon rose full and bright over Lake Michigan. It had not been an easy decision. His father, an immigrant from Poland who had pushed his way to foreman at the McCormick...
  • Marlo Thomas embraces reinvention -- and has a book to prove it

    Marlo Thomas embraces reinvention -- and has a book to prove it
    I once read that when "That Girl" was ending its five-year run on ABC in 1971, the show's writers wanted the series to conclude with a wedding between Marlo Thomas' character, Ann Marie, and her boyfriend, Don. But Thomas wouldn't go along, fearing it...
  • A guide to walking tours in Chicago, Evanston

    A guide to walking tours in Chicago, Evanston
    How many times has this happened to you? You're taking out-of-town visitors around the Loop or another popular neighborhood, and they point to a building you've seen thousands of times before and ask "What's that?" You hem and haw while your credibility...
  • Chicago libraries to be closed Wednesday

    Chicago libraries to be closed Wednesday
    All branches of the Chicago Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, May 7, officials said this week. That includes the Harold Washington Library Center, Woodson Regional and Sulzer Regional Libraries. The branches are being closed for a day of staff...
  • Vivian Maier exhibit at Harold Washington Library

    Vivian Maier exhibit at Harold Washington Library
    For a woman of mystery, the late North Shore nanny Vivian Maier certainly is easy to find these days. The latest installments in the posthumous story of Maier and the compelling photographic images she snapped — but rarely developed — come...