NW Side Residents: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ blameless for shooting

By: Donna Marbury, Camille Izlar, and Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory Shaylah Peterson of Wicker Park thought about the shooting on the train all morning. “I couldn’t imagine being in a theater like that and somebody opening fire. That is going to be with me for a minute,” said the 21-year-old Loyola University senior, who was shaken up [...]

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Convicts teach security at burglary seminar in Jefferson Park District

Convicts teach security at burglary seminar in Jefferson Park District

By: John Kanaly Last night’s Keepin It Real seminar sponsored by the Jefferson County (16th) District featuring a panel of felons giving an insider’s perspective on burglaries is just one step the District is taking to keep the number of break-ins down. “I think the community cares to hear how the bad guys got caught [...]

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Theater ensemble brings Spanish flair to Logan Square

Theater ensemble brings Spanish flair to Logan Square

The bilingual arts education theater group Barrel of Monkeys is bringing its brand of theatrics to Logan Square for the first time with its new show, “That’s Weird, Abuelita,” which premiered at the Hairpin Arts Center Wednesday. The troupe’s latest piece comprises 16 vignettes, each based on a short story written by students in grades [...]

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Fund-raiser for Chicago Writers House hosted by local Curbside Splendor

Fund-raiser for Chicago Writers House hosted by local Curbside Splendor

With help from Logan Square-Avondale’s Curbside Splendor Publishing Inc., the Chicago Writers House Project has taken a step toward a goal of buying a house to serve as a work studio, residence and resource center for local authors. At a fundraiser, Thursday, new novels by Chicago authors Joe Meno, Patrick Somerville and Jac Jemc were [...]

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Volunteers refurbish Humboldt Park building for artist space

Volunteers refurbish Humboldt Park building for artist space

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The King of Pop meets Oedipus Rex

The King of Pop meets Oedipus Rex

Photo Courtesy of Gorilla Tango Theater Sophocles gets teamed up with the Gloved-One in Gorilla Tango Theater’s upcoming production: “That Was It: the Tragic Tale of Our King Michael Jackson,” a blend of Greek tragedy, pop culture and comedy. “To do a Greek tragedy, you need someone who is destined for despair,” writer C.J. Tuor [...]

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PRAA brings Smithsonian exhibition to Logan Square

PRAA brings Smithsonian exhibition to Logan Square

  Audio: Responses to “American Sabor” When a Smithsonian exhibition comes to town, most would probably expect to find it in a large downtown museum. Maybe the Field Museum. But for “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music,” the people at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance decided that downtown wasn’t the best location. “Originally we [...]

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Tensions flare over St. Sylvester rectory’s landmark status

Members of St. Sylvester’s parish, in Logan Square, are ratcheting up a campaign to demolish the church’s landmark-designated rectory, and replace it with a prayer garden despite opposition by Ald. Rey Colon. The parishioners are readying a variance to the city’s landmark ordinance that they want Colon to introduce in the City Council and which [...]

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UIMA opens new exhibit featuring 3 Chicago artists

UIMA opens new exhibit featuring 3 Chicago artists

Photo Courtesy of Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art opens its next two-month exhibit on Friday, Aug. 10, featuring three Chicago artists: Dennis Lee Mitchell, Olivia Petrides and Lisa Sambor. The artwork ranges from ceramic sculptures to smoke paintings and all share an attention to organic shapes and movement. With [...]

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Wit Rabbit reads at Quenchers

Wit Rabbit reads at Quenchers

Co-founders Nik Allen, Sarah Meltzer and Tyler Mills. Co-founder Virginia Konchan was absent. Wit Rabbit reads SLIDESHOW Heather MomyerMore Posts

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A sampling of Islamic culture at Taste of Ramadan

Chicago Muslims and non-Muslims alike came together Tuesday to break fast at CAIR Chicago’s communal iftar. Nadya FaulxMore Posts

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Grown ups go green at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

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‘An Evening at the Garden’ raises funds for greenhouse’s future

‘An Evening at the Garden’ raises funds for greenhouse’s future

Lightning strikes and cement-colored clouds couldn’t dampen the mood of partygoers at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse’s “An Evening at the Garden” fundraiser on Thursday night. In addition to getting a twilight view of the greenhouse and its corresponding gardens, guests were treated to live guitar music, wine, local beer, a silent auction, a plant sale [...]

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Illinois beef producers predict higher prices due to drought

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Gutierrez: ‘Today we begin a process’

Gutierrez: ‘Today we begin a process’

History was made Wednesday as Pres. Obama’s deferred action initiative went into effect: A day of relief for thousands of undocumented immigrants   Nadya FaulxMore Posts

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‘The Encyclopedia Show’ uses the arts to teach science

“The Encyclopedia Show,” a variety show founded by poets Robbie Q. Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney in December 2008 and currently based out of West Town’s Vittum Theater, combines the arts and academia (science included) into a series that both educates and entertains. Click here to listen to the full story. Jennifer-Leigh OprihoryMore Posts

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Borinquen Bella renovation will help preserve Humboldt Park’s Latino demographic

VOCCOLA-LUCHA-081612 Justin VoccolaJustin Voccola is a Masters of Science candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.More Posts

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Meet Jana Kinsman, the girl behind the buzz

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, almost one-third of our diet benefits from honey bee pollination, representing roughly $15 billion in added crop value. Since the 1940s, however, the number of managed honey bee colonies has dropped by nearly 50 percent, from five million to about 2.5 million, as part of a phenomenon now [...]

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The business of television: interview with Rick Segall of New Chapter Entertainment

Bucktown is the home of New Chapter Entertainment LLC, a television company that recently opened its doors with alums from The Oprah Winfrey show at the helm. Rick Segall, executive vice president of development and production, is following Chief Executive Officer Candi Carter’s vision to tell stories from Chicago and the Midwest. For 19 years, [...]

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Northwest Side residents concerned about impact of eminent domain on home values

Eminent Justin VoccolaJustin Voccola is a Masters of Science candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.More Posts

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Overview of tax credits for historic homes in Logan Square

Justin VoccolaJustin Voccola is a Masters of Science candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.More Posts

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Not all dreams realized at Navy Pier Wednesday

There were thousands of them: young undocumented immigrants, their families and friends, all waiting at the entrance to Navy Pier, the line snaking down Grand Avenue, under the expressway, all the way down to Wacker Drive. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez  (D-Ill. 4th) described the scene at Navy Pier Wednesday, when Pres. Obama’s deferred action initiative [...]

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Q & A with Chicago poet Larry Sawyer

Q & A with Chicago poet Larry Sawyer

Photo Courtesy of Larry Sawyer Chicago poet Larry Sawyer, 42, has curated the poetry reading series at Myopic Books on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park for seven years. He is the author of the poetry collection “Unable to Fully California,” the founder of milk magazine, an online poetry journal that he co-edits with Lina Ramona [...]

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Bollywood Bash dancers raise money for Indian artisan women

Bollywood Bash dancers raise money for Indian artisan women

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AnySquared shows photography in Logan Square

AnySquared shows photography in Logan Square

  The Logan Square AnySquared artist collaborative unveiled a new photography exhibit Monday night. The exhibit features documentary photography of city street life but also includes more artistic commentary on nature and the human body. In the exhibit, the eclectic styles of five Chicago photographers are showcased, Among them is Seaghan Brien, who is showing [...]

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A piece of Humboldt Pie

Click here to watch the full story Meghan Anne BunchmanMore Posts

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Brazilian community welcomes inaugural Brasil Festival to Logan Square

Brasil Fest Chicago, the first Brazilian outdoor festival in the Midwest, is coming to Logan Square on Sunday August 26. Brasil Fest Chicago, the brainchild of Chicago Samba Director Moacyr Marchini, will offer rhythm and flavors as part of  “The Boulevard,” a lavish outdoor bash held in the Northwest Side community.  Brasil Fest is designed [...]

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The evolution of the Chicago brew

CLICK HERE: Chicago Brew – from bathtubs to breweries Meghan Anne BunchmanMore Posts

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Ipsento Coffee brews to Bucktown

LISTEN HERE: Ipsento Flavor Meghan Anne BunchmanMore Posts

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Francophiles celebrate French Nouvelle Vague in Logan Square

French New Wave has arrived at the Logan Square International Film Series.  And on Wednesday, more than 50 Northwest Side francophiles gathered in the crisp air of a summer’s night, sharing popcorn and beer while watching “L’année dernière à Marienbad.”  Peter “Asa” Kaplan, who started the film series fours ago in his apartment after moving [...]

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Northwest Side reacts to Congressmen Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ comments

In a televised interview Sunday, six-term Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin commented on  “legitimate rape” and how “ the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” while discussing his anti-abortion position. Akin later apologized on Mike Huckabee’s radio show, saying “I used the wrong words in the wrong [...]

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CPS proposes cut in art and music in Northwest Passage high schools

Northwest Side high schools can expect to see an average cut of more than $50,000, or 8.3 percent, from last year’s spending in arts and music in the Chicago Public Schools’ new proposed 2013 budget. Of the eight high schools, including Roberto Clemente Community Academy, Edwin G. Foreman, Kelvyn Park, North-Grand, Carl Schurz, William Howard [...]

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