Category Archives: chicago

Walking in the cemetery

We have always lived near cemeteries. First near Graceland and now Cavalry, not too far from Rosehill. In fact, part of my graduate thesis was about the necropolis at Rosehill being such a perfect reflection of the living metropolis of … Continue reading

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Patricia Barber

Last night, JB and I went to the Green Mill to hear Patricia Barber. Barber plays there nearly every Monday night, when she isn’t on tour or working at her Michigan home. The Green Mill is Al Capone’s old hangout … Continue reading

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La Dulceria Mexicana…

…five blocks from our house.

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Trying to save our souls

On our way to Lorca’s Blood Wedding, we came across someone trying to save our souls.

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“Yes, the dogs are loose.”

Jane Byrne died last Friday (1933-2014). She was the first and only female mayor of Chicago, lasting for only a term 1979-1983, replaced by Chicago’s only black mayor, Harold Washington. Though she ran as a reformer, she was trained in the … Continue reading

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“Do Everything”

Today we toured the F.E.W. distillery in Evanston. Though the name refers to crafting small batches of whiskey, rye, and gin, the name is also the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard, president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union from 1879-1898, … Continue reading

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Buddhas in the ‘hood

Indira Freitas Johnson has carried out a new public works arts project, in collaboration with Ten Thousand Ripples, which embodies her belief in tolerance and dialogue, peace and communication. She has made 100 castings of a partial Buddha head and placed … Continue reading

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