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From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope

I want to introduce you to Rev. Darren Ferguson, a pastor who first found his faith while in prison for attempted murder. Rev. Ferguson spent nine years in federal prison, first at Rikers Island and then at Sing Sing in New York, where Darren and I met. Show More Summary

How to Imagine a Symphony Orchestra: Mina Zikri and the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago

Mina Zikri is a lot like other artists, or at least he's a lot like other promising, new artists who you might not know about.  When you see him perform, for example, not only is the intensity of his dedication immediately clear, but...Show More Summary

Illinois Educational Funding -- Expect Deep Cuts

Within 24 hours of Governor Bruce Rauner taking office, numerous media outlets reported on his immediate steps to rectify Illinois' dire financial situation. While his first acts as governor weren't earth-shattering, they are more than...Show More Summary

Jesse Malmed @ The Film Studies Center

last monthUnited States / Chicago : A/C

The show begins as Roy Orbison filters in through the speakers in the theater, Happy Days plays while Robin Williams still makes us laugh, and the morass of language is snarled and muddled throughout the visual odyssey of Untitled (Just...

Hollywood Director, Cathryn Michon, Discusses Her New Movie, "Muffin Top: A Love Story"

I learned some interesting factoids recently. Only 4% of Hollywood films are directed by women, but women buy 52% of the movie tickets. Hmmm. It seems that there are few females who crew on film sets and that only 15% of the major speaking roles in films are enacted by women. Show More Summary

GoPro captures aerial view of Chicago

Why venture outside to view frozen Chicago when you can sit cozily on your couch and watch what a GoPro captured while flying on a drone? Thanks to news freelance photographer and videographer Colin Hinkle, you can.  In a stunning 2-minute,...Show More Summary

focus: Lucy McKenzie Exhibition @ The Art Institute of Chicago

3 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Upon walking into the Art Institute's Modern Wing, the beloved exhibition of Josef Koudelka is now removed and a new exhibition sits in its place--quite literally. Before entering the space, Lucy McKenzie is projecting towards her audience. One mechanically...

Bartender-author Greg Seider teaches us how to make cocktails that don't suck

Put me in a home kitchen and I could kludge almost anything to at least edibility with some wine, garlic, and rosemary. But having grown up in the era of the Pina Colada song, the low point for mixology in America, I've never felt like I had a comparable intuitive sense of the principles of cocktails.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

#HutchOnFallon

Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson is no stranger to late-night television. He's been on Conan three times and has also made appearances on Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel. But there's one Jimmy who hasn't yet invited Hutchinson to grace his sound stage, and that's Mr. Show More Summary

12 Powerful Climate Allies That GOP Denier Leaders Can't Ignore

After my son submitted his college applications a few weeks ago, he confessed not getting into his top choice school would be the "ultimate dreamcrusher." That aptly sums up the dread I started to feel following last week's election....Show More Summary

The Fat Cats at College of DuPage (an Illinois Jr. College)

Gift bans be damned. It's steaks, ribs, filet and crème brulee... for all. In June, the College of DuPage (COD) lost a $20 million state construction grant because of corruption. In July, COD was exposed for paying up to $27,000 in fees and private membership dues at the presidents shooting club. Show More Summary

Question Before the Court: Can Corporations Betray Retirees?

At a chemical plant called Point Pleasant in a town named Apple Grove in a state John Denver labeled almost heaven, a man known as Freel Tackett helped negotiate three collective bargaining agreements that provided raises and decent benefits for workers and retirees. Heaven ended in 2007 for Tackett and other retired Point Pleasant workers. Show More Summary

How We Arrived At The Current State Of Our Politics

This post will take you all the way from the invention of the Tonight and Today shows through the dysfunction of modern politics. It's a bumpy ride, so please stow your tray table. There used to be a thing called "mass media." FirstShow More Summary

Giving Thanks

On November 15, thousands of people across the globe will celebrate National Philanthropy Day (NPD) by putting their "love of mankind" into action through deed and giving. In communities everywhere, this day is set aside to officially recognize the importance of philanthropy to both the recipient and the giver. Show More Summary

Illinois Approves Secret Fracking Rules: IL Enviro Council Thrown Under Bus, Grassroots Hold Line

On the heels of the nation's fastest growing coal mining rush, a state legislative committee chaired by Sierra Club champion Sen. Don Harmon officially unleashed fracking in Illinois today, approving the final regulatory rules in secret,...Show More Summary

Shedd Aquarium helps rescue orphaned baby otter

Meet Pup 681, a southern sea otter pup who was found all alone and crying on a California beach. After weeks of intensive care, the 5-week-old otter seems to be enjoying her new home at the Shedd Aquarium.The pup was discovered on Coastways Beach in central California on Sept. Show More Summary

LeBron James And Cavs Are Still Searching For An Identity

It's not that the Cleveland Cavaliers aren't going to score points. Newly minted head coach David Blatt should be able eventually to get his three superstars -- including young point guard Kyrie Irving, who understands pick-and-rollShow More Summary

Embrace it, don't take 'Swiftamine'

"Saturday Night Live" nailed it this weekend with "Swiftamine," a fake commercial for medicine that adults take when discovering they like Taylor Swift induces vertigo. "I took my daughters to a Taylor Swift concert. I did not want to go," says a humbled dad (Kenan Thompson). Show More Summary

The Creative Gifts of ADHD

In his 2004 book Creativity is Forever, Gary Davis reviewed the creativity literature from 1961 to 2003 and identified 22 reoccurring personality traits of creative people. This included 16 "positive" traits (e.g., independent, risk-taking,...Show More Summary

The Devil Wears Red Sneakers in Don Juan in Hell, a Shavian Dream Debate

4 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

The Devil, wearing red sneakers, is host to some of the finest artists and geniuses of time immemorial. The notorious Don Juan surprises us by not being happy in Hell. He wishes to spend eternity in Heaven, even though everyone...

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