March 22, 2013 |
Look at the ground around Daley Plaza this Sunday, and you might be in for a jarring sight: the chalk outlines of fifty or more human bodies, scattered as though the Loop were a murder scene. That is the hope of Stephen Lukas, 25, one of the organizers behind a flash-mob style performance meant to draw attention to the gun violence that plagues Chicago and other cities. "Our goal is to get people to ask questions," said Lukas, a musical theater performer and River North resident.
April 4, 2013 |
The Chicago youth behind Project Orange Tree, an anti-gun violence effort taking root this spring, know about sacrifice. They've seen classmates and friends victimized by neighborhood violence around the city, among them Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old who was fatally shot earlier this year after being caught in gang-related fire in North Kenwood. And since April 1, they've been fasting from sunup to sundown to honor her death and inspire community members. They're also wearing the color orange, a symbol of...
May 1, 2013 |
I attended high school in Chicago's upper-class Lincoln Park neighborhood, surrounded by brownstone mansions and designer boutiques. Though I was no stranger to the concept of violence-- we went through metal detectors and had police officers on staff at Lincoln Park High School--I never thought that one of my classmates, Frankie Valencia, would be brutally shot and killed by a gangbanger outside of a Halloween party. And I definitely couldn't have imagined that one of his best friends, Ricky Pike, another classmate of ours, would also be...
April 11, 2013 |
Chicago rapper St. Millie isn't shy about revealing his innermost thoughts to both friends and journalists alike. "This is my first big interview, by the way," he admitted in a recent phone interview, "So I'm a little nervous. " Born Milton McKinney III 21 years ago, the rapper is similarly unguarded on his debut mixtape, "No Religion but Up," a soulful effort packed with songs that touch on everything from Chicago gun violence ("Hello") to his mother's struggles with drug addiction ("Dear Moms")
July 24, 2012 |
I write this column basically every two years. The only difference is that this time, I had perhaps my silliest RedEye column ever (that's saying something) slated for the issue where the cover memorialized the twelve peopled killed (not to mention 71 shot) in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Incongruous topics aside, I really have nothing new to say or contribute to a stale debate in a country that has basically lost its mind when it comes to the possession and regulation of firearms.
April 2, 2013 |
As hard as we try, we can't always control how we - collectively and as individuals - are perceived or what our path through the world will be. Those twists and turns form the through-line of The Second City's 101st mainstage revue, "Let Them Eat Chaos," which journeys across time on cruise ships, in dive bars, at violin lessons and all over Chicago to shed some light - and some humor - on the confusion. To see how the cast brought order to the chaos inherent in creating a new sketch comedy revue from scratch, we asked each to share a chaotic...