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  • Performance art meets comedy: Casey Jane Ellison's 'Touching the Art'

    Performance art meets comedy: Casey Jane Ellison's 'Touching the Art'
    The first time Casey Jane Ellison took the stage as a stand-up comedian, things didn't go well.
  • One man's fine art of complaining about your post office

    One man's fine art of complaining about your post office
    Marc Fischer approached the Logan Square post office the way a beaten dog approaches its owner. He came at it sideways, tentatively, prepared to flee. His memories of the place were not especially warm. When he was asked by a reporter to return to the...

    'David Bowie Is': How do you fit a rocker into an art museum?

    'David Bowie Is': How do you fit a rocker into an art museum?
    Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...

    Annoyingly talented

    Annoyingly talented
    You know what's annoying? Experimental short stories. You know what else is annoying? Adam Levin. He is 35 and grew up on the North Shore. He is talented and can't do anything half- way, which makes him frustratingly, endearingly bold, the twin...

    Cartoonist Chris Ware is in his own category

    Cartoonist Chris Ware is in his own category
    If you were building a Chris Ware, if you were constructing the most celebrated cartoonist of the past couple of decades, drawing up the plans for an Oak Park illustrator so routinely referred to as a genius that the accolade is more like fact than...