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  • Intoxicating mix of booze, written word long-lived

    Intoxicating mix of booze, written word long-lived
    The relationship between taverns and writers (and other artists) has long been established and celebrated. It has also been derided, mostly by people who don't go to taverns. The tavern — or bar, saloon, gin mill, dive, pub or whatever you want to...
  • Joe Gump, 1927-2014

     Joe Gump, 1927-2014
    It was while sitting in a Missouri federal courtroom watching his peace activist wife refusing to pay $424.47 in restitution to reduce an 11-year sentence for damaging a nuclear missile silo that Joe Gump decided that he, too, would take what he liked...
  • Tristan Meinecke's sons have his art, will sell

    Tristan Meinecke's sons have his art, will sell
    Some homes are hard to explain. Consider the home near the corner of Western and Chase avenues in Rogers Park. The house itself is easy enough to describe, but what's inside is knotty, melancholy and not cleanly understood. The house is a tan brick...
  • Ron Dorfman, 1940-2014

     Ron Dorfman, 1940-2014
    Ron Dorfman's soft-spoken manner belied his strong journalistic convictions and his willingness to fight for a range of progressive principles, even if it meant leaving a job. In December, Mr. Dorfman and his partner of 20 years, Ken Ilio, became the...
  • Sam Greenlee, author of 'Spook Who Sat By the Door,' dead at 83

    Sam Greenlee, author of 'Spook Who Sat By the Door,' dead at 83
    Even into his so-called golden years, the writer Sam Greenlee was outspoken about the curious fate of his 1973 film "The Spook Who Sat by the Door." A Chicago native, Greenlee, 83, died from natural causes early Monday morning at his home. "The Spook...
  • Sam Greenlee dies at 83; wrote on being an African American in Foreign Service

    Sam Greenlee dies at 83; wrote on being an African American in Foreign Service
    Writer Sam Greenlee, whose novel "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" about his experiences as a rare black man working for the U.S. Foreign Service in the 1950s and '60s was turned into a 1973 independent film, has died in Chicago. He was 83. He died from...
  • Following her inner compass

    Following her inner compass
    Even with the best of maps, you may never know where you're going until you get there. When Barrie Jean Borich came to the end of writing her most recent book, "Body Geographic" ("a stunningly original memoir," said the Kirkus review), she had no...
  • Chicago dancer Lil Kemo ready for bigger breakthrough

    Chicago dancer Lil Kemo ready for bigger breakthrough
    Travon Biggs, a.k.a. the Bop King of the World, a.k.a. the Fastest Legs on the West Side, a.k.a. the originator of the Kemo Step, a.k.a. Lil' Kemo, walked up his unplowed street in North Lawndale the other day, sneakers sliding sideways in the slush....
  • Review: 'Soul Train' by Questlove and 'Love, Peace, and Soul' by Ericka Blount Danois

    Review: 'Soul Train' by Questlove and 'Love, Peace, and Soul' by Ericka Blount Danois
    At its artistic peak in the early '70s, "Soul Train" may have been the most aesthetically triumphant program in television history. With exquisite camera work showcasing the creative, kinetic energy of impossibly fashionable Los Angeles teenagers reacting...
  • Open thread: Weeks in review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is now an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup......
  • 'Shame that Tune!' at Printers Row

     
    Tribune columnist Barbara Brotman will be among the storytellers at a special "Shame That Tune!" show Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on the Center Stage at the Printers Row Lit Fest. This monthly musical-comedy game show was devised by Chicago Reader......