Archive for April 2013

Margaret Anderson: A life in my South Loop stomping ground

Margaret Anderson:  A life in my South Loop stomping ground
I’d sort of heard of Margaret Anderson through the years.  She started a literary magazine in Chicago 99 years ago called The Little Review.  Friday night the whole story came alive for me via the latest work of South Loop author and playwright June Skinner Sawyers at the Fine Arts Building.  Cynthia Judge played Anderson... Read more »

John Corigliano on My Mind and in My Pictures

Me and John at Ganz Hall
The famous Pulitzer Prize winning, Oscar winning, Grammy winning composer John Corigliano came back to Chicago (he was CSO composer in residence 27 years ago) from his home in New York this past week to celebrate his belated 75th birthday with Chicago musicians and their friends.  I spent a lot of time with him, most... Read more »

Tree Graffiti

So what are all those placards doing on our trees at Roosevelt and State?  Courtesy of Morton Arboretum in Lisle?  The DuPage County suburbanites descended on our uber-urban neighborhood last week to patronizingly show us city folk what trees can do for us.  And in the process totally littered and besmirched the very plantings they... Read more »
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Columbia College Chicago's Manifest: an update

Columbia College Chicago's Manifest:  an update
There’s been some heavy traffic on my blog of late.  My last post–a guest post written by a neighbor a few blocks over expressing her concern about loud music and other noise from Columbia College Chicago’s annual all day Manifest Urban Arts Festival in May (in the middle of which she lives) garnered some attention.... Read more »

Columbia College Chicago's "Manifest" Destiny

Columbia College Chicago's "Manifest" Destiny
Today, I am “loaning” my blog to a friend and South Loop neighbor, Connie Elaine Remkus, who has been “fighting City Hall,”–not to mention Columbia College Chicago–over the college’s Manifest Urban Arts Festival that takes place every year in May.  Connie lives right in the middle of the outdoor fest–and has to endure loud noise... Read more »