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  • 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...
  • New book explores history of Chicago's swankiest residence

    New book explores history of Chicago's swankiest residence
    When he was just a boy, which was some time ago, Rick Fizdale would look through the front window of the car his father would drive south on the Outer Drive. Just past the North Avenue exit, that window would fill with a view of the buildings that form...
  • Coming attraction

     
    Here is the trailer for the documentary film -- still in production -- on the Anthony Porter / Alstory Simon case featured in today's front page story in the Tribune. The filmmakers clearly have their point of view on the......
  • Understanding autism -- Mike Royko's son updates his family's experience with its 'greatest tragedy'

     
    (Photo taken by Brad Schade) David and Karen Royko had many advantages, including a steady income, health insurance, a helpful school district and supportive parents. But the cost of dealing with their son Ben's severe autism pushed them into bankruptcy.....
  • Open thread: Weeks in Review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is 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 of......