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Dan Sinker & @MayorEmanuel
MayorEmanuel: “Today was one never ending f*&#ing strategy session. Workloads doubled when Axelrod’s moustache announced it was taking the week off." (October 18, 2010) Dan Sinker Chicago is known as a political city, a place where the gusts of aldermanic promises almost blow the red stars off our honorable flag. One would assume holding an election without a Daley on the ballot for the first time in 22 years would provide enough drama for the evening news. But in... Continue Reading >>
Hear What the Press is Saying
Want to learn more about Stages, Sights & Sounds? Check out these great previews from around the city (and country!) of the spectacular works coming your way May 3-15 in Chicago and Evanston. Chicago Tribune: by Chris Jones …if you’ve traveled outside the U.S., you’ve doubtless noticed how much innovative theater for kids and families some countries produce. In many ways, the audience that benefits the most from exposure to international theater is children. And yet we don’t see much... Continue Reading >>
Elizabeth Warren on Tavis Smiley
From the January 12, 2011 episode of Tavis Smiley,, Tavis talks with Elizabeth Warren, who's launching the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren speaks at the Festival on Wednesday, February 23; 6-7pm. Watch the event. Watch the full episode. See more Tavis Smiley. Continue Reading >>
Laying “The” Body to Rest
I’ve been through “Peace & War,” seen “The Climate of Concern,” heard a lot about “Thinking Big,” and got some good guffaws in with “Laughter.” But this year, I was infatuated with “The Body.” As a staff member, you see the Festival grow from a small wisp of an idea into an arts and culture extravaganza.   We consume the Festival like many of you. We look at our calendars, map out the venues, and maybe get a few books from the library by upcoming presenters. This... Continue Reading >>