The table is messy. Scattered with large slices of greasy pizza, paper plates, beer cans, and surrounded by a few college kids and two bands who don’t know each other. They’re talking about food – what they eat on tour, what messes they leave around. Just like on the table in front of them, they’re intimate and unpacked and ready to talk. Then, they stand up and play a concert. Friday night pizza-lovers either smile and stay or walk out, but they don’t forget the moment.
These Dishin’ at Dimo’s concerts happen every other Friday, with new bands and new conversation topics every time. The intimate atmosphere stays the same. Dishin’ at Dimo’s is a segment started by the Chicago Vibe, a young-adult music publication started out of DePaul University. On May 12, bands So Pretty and The Fundamental Kink performed at Dimo’s in Wicker Park as part of this segment.
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It’s a rainy Chicago Saturday in April, and the bookstore is full. A mother and a young child wait in line to check out a thick fantasy book, which the child is gripping tightly. “Some stores are chains, like McDonald’s. They’re in every city. But then think of a restaurant that’s only unique to one city, it’s special and only in that place,” the mother explains to the child.
Continue reading Chicago Stores Band Together for Independent Bookstore Day
The country saw its 4th Annual Independent Bookstore Day last Saturday, April 29. At the same time, Chicago saw its first Bookstore Challenge. The challenge, created in part with the Chicago Bookstore Alliance, asks book-lovers to attend 10 different participating independent bookstores, spend $25 at the first, and receive 10% off at each participating store for the next year.
In a time when the first brick-and-mortar Amazon bookstore has come to Chicago (on Southport Avenue), local bookstores have banded together more than ever, turning their competition into a common thread. In this gallery, bookstore-goers at Unabridged and Women & Children First enjoy the day reading with each other.
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Photo: Strobist Selfie by digitalalexander (CC)
Ally Zacek is doing too much by someone’s standards. By her own standards, she’s perfectly happy.
A 20-year-old junior at DePaul University with a double major in journalism and P.R./advertising, Zacek splits her time between school, internship with online magazine Beauty Atlas, weekly deadlines for Black Sheep and 15-20 hrs/week at Anthropologie.
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Photo: Screenshot from the trailer for All Governments Lie.
A film that made its initial release in Canada is proving itself to be a new must-watch in America, as Donald Trump closes in on his first 100 days of the U.S. presidency.
All Governments Lie made its Chicago premiere from April 7-April 13 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Considering the bombardment of the phrases “post-truth” and “alternative facts” to describe American journalism under Trump, it’s a culture shock that the country’s third largest city hasn’t yet seen this documentary feature, released in the U.S. on Nov. 4, 2016.
Continue reading All Governments Lie: Documentary Brings New View to “Post-truth” Era