Blog Posts

Sexism is alive and well in 21st-century sportscasting

ESPN's broadcast of Tuesday's play-in game between the Astros and the Yankees featured baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza, an Olympic softball...
Chicago Reader  |  10-10-2015  |  The Sports Page

Wayne Shorter's nimble rhythm section steps out on its own

Pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade have served as the telepathic rhythm section in one of...
Chicago Reader  |  10-09-2015  |  Post No Bills

A Cardinals fan searches his soul

As always, I'll be rooting for the Saint Louis Cardinals in their coming series with the Cubs. But this time...
Chicago Reader  |  10-09-2015  |  The Sports Page

Life on Mars, plus more new reviews and notable screenings

In this week's long review I look at Ridley Scott's The Martian, starring Matt Damon as a U.S. astronaut struggling...
Chicago Reader  |  10-09-2015  |  On Film

It's not a wedding without a Polish meat hut

Polish weddings require stamina. There you are flapping your way through the Chicken Dance when hunger strikes.…...
Chicago Reader  |  10-08-2015  |  The Food Chain

Chicago celebrates the films and photography of French master Agnès Varda

My favorite film by Agnès Varda—who arrives in town tomorrow for a weeklong residency at the University of Chicago—is the...
Chicago Reader  |  10-07-2015  |  On Film

Taraf de Haidouks continue to produce spirited Romani string-band music

Several of the most charismatic and skilled members of the veteran Romani music group Taraf de Haidouks have died since...
Chicago Reader  |  10-06-2015  |  Post No Bills

Pac-Man meets a Donkey Kong potato at Level 257 in Schaumburg

Would it surprise you to learn that the food at Level 257, a gargantuan Pac-Man-themed Dave & Busters-style arcade-slash-bowling alley-slash-restaurant...
Chicago Reader  |  10-06-2015  |  The Food Chain

John Corbett reads from his new book, Microgroove, this weekend

I've had the pleasure of being friends with writer, curator, and producer John Corbett for more than three and a...
Chicago Reader  |  10-02-2015  |  Post No Bills

Michael Shannon wants you outta here now, plus more new reviews and notable screenings

New reviews out the wazoo! In this week's issue I've got four stars for 99 Homes, the latest from Ramin...
Chicago Reader  |  10-02-2015  |  On Film

Sleeping With Other People successfully subverts rom-com formula

I was dismissive of the romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People when I reviewed it a few weeks ago, but...
Chicago Reader  |  10-02-2015  |  On Film

Do the Cha Cha Cha at Jinya Ramen Bar

By now we've all gotten used to the idea that when it comes to ramen there's nothing to fear from...
Chicago Reader  |  10-01-2015  |  The Food Chain

Dennis Hopper's Out of the Blue remains a powerful depiction of teen delinquency

Tomorrow at 7 PM, Northwest Chicago Film Society will present a 35-millimeter print of Out of the Blue (1980), Dennis Hopper's...
Chicago Reader  |  09-29-2015  |  On Film

Listen to a manguebeat classic by Chico Science & Nação Zumbi

Selecting a particular 12 O'Clock Track each week has a tendency to set me on natural associations, with one tune...
Chicago Reader  |  09-29-2015  |  Post No Bills

The Dirty Fight for Farmland in Latin America

Even though much of the world's food supply still comes from small farmers, those same farmers from Honduras to the Philippines increasingly cannot feed their own families, and they're fighting for survival.
City Newspaper  |  Tim Louis Macaluso  |  10-02-2015  |  International

Trump up the Volume!

California GOP politics in the era of Trump.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Tom Gogola  |  10-08-2015  |  Elections

Last Days of Cannabis Prohibition in California

Interviews with various CA cannabis players as 2016 legalization initiative gains steam.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Tom Gogola, Stett Holbrook and Molly Oleson  |  09-24-2015  |  Drugs