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  • 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......
  • 'Shame that Tune' = my shame, Levitan's tune

     
    I'll be a contestant on "Shame That Tune" Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hideout. Per the event's website, the "musical comedy game show" -- features three locally famous contestants telling embarrassing stories, being interviewed by (Chicago Reader...
  • 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......
  • A new book from Royko

     
    The late columnist Mike Royko's son David has written memorably and movingly about how his son's profound autism has changed the lives of everyone in his family. Those works are now collected in "The Chronicles of Ben-- Adventures in Autism,"......
  • Where were you when you decided you'd had it up to here with the Baby Boom generation?

     
    Nick Gillespie's article JFK Still Dead, Baby Boomers Still Self-Absorbed at the Daily Beast calls out the actual greatest generation -- ahem -- for its navel-gazing ways: Since they were born, they were told—and came to believe—that the world...
  • Land of Linkin'

     
    A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. 10 things traditional Christians got terribly wrong by Amanda Marcotte, Alternet. Quiz: How...