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Remembering Conrad Worrill

Chicago Reader (Style) 6/3 11:05A Ben Joravsky
It’s hard to summarize all of what Conrad accomplished in his life; among other things he was a Black nationalist, coach, political activist, professor, scholar, and sports enthusiast. One of the sad...

Making A Change

Sequins and Stripes 6/3 4:14A Liz
artwork by Daria Rosen I think we can all agree that the past few days have taken a heavy toll on our emotions. The racial injustice happening in America right now is tragic and what s even more...

Essays as group therapy

Chicago Reader (Style) 6/3 1:00A Derrick Clifton
How are Black writers coping? We’re chanting, fact-checking history, and envisioning a tiny future. Karen Hawkins…

Pivot Arts Festival switches it up online

Chicago Reader (Style) 6/2 10:50A Kerry Reid
The annual celebration of multidisciplinary performance adjusts for the times. Pivot Arts has been an incubator for multidisciplinary performance for nearly a decade, and its annual festival, which...

Inside the intricate worlds of Polly Pocket

Chicago Reader (Style) 6/2 10:05A Megan Kirby
An interview with collector and Instagrammer Julia Carusillo Oh, to quarantine inside a Polly Pocket, safe and enclosed, all the comforts of home sculpted in colorful plastic. Browsing the Instagram...

Michael Salvatori’s long, strange trip

Chicago Reader (Style) 6/2 9:10A Steve Krakow
In 1982 Michael Salvatori recorded a sought-after private-press folk LP, and 19 years later he cowrote the score for genre-defining video game Halo . Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow)...

Rhymefest’s greatest moment in Chicago music history

Chicago Reader (Style) 6/2 8:05A Che "Rhymefest" Smith
Veteran rapper and activist Rhymefest remembers an all-star festival by and for the community. Not only is 2020 the Year of Chicago Music, it's also the 35th year for the nonprofit Arts & Business...

Evanston’s Road to Reparations

Chicago Magazine 6/2 6:19A
Compensating African Americans for the wrongs of history has been a political nonstarter for decades. Then, last November, one Chicago suburb made it a reality.

Police abolitionists find fuel in the protests

Chicago Reader (Style) 6/1 12:30P Maya Dukmasova
As more people lose faith in the state, community organizers offer alternatives. Here's what's true no matter how you look at the events of the last week:…

The Reader's stay-at-home chronicles: day 73

Chicago Reader (Style) 6/1 11:10A Reader staff
What we're reading, watching, listening to, etc. At 5 PM Saturday, March 21, Governor J.B. Pritzker's COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8, aka the Stay at Home order, took effect. Here's a daily-ish...

Poetry at a distance

Chicago Reader (Style) 6/1 10:05A Ariel Parrella-Aureli
Poets come together to share the joy, pain, and hope from the pandemic in a new video project. Open mikes have gone dark amid the pandemic, but creativity has taken to a virtual stage. For local poet...
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