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Student Loans Tying You Down?new

Don't look for help from Congress's latest fix.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  07-03-2012  |  Education

Do Government Subsidies for Film Production Create a 'Race to the Bottom'?new

Especially now, when so many traditional jobs have been lost, "everybody wants to be Hollywood east," Cornell University professor Susan Christopherson says. It's "sexy meets desperation." More than 40 states are actively vying for movie production business, upping the ante on subsidies in what she calls a "race to the bottom."
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  11-30-2009  |  Movies

European Report Shatters the Myth of the Olympics' Economic Benefitsnew

While boosters predict that hosting the 2016 Olympics would bring Illinois $22.5 billion, a crucial report from the European Tour Operators Association came to the conclusion that "there appears to be little evidence of any benefit to tourism of hosting an Olympic Games, and considerable evidence of damage."
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  09-21-2009  |  Economy

Chicago's Olympic Bid: What's In It for the Arts?new

Why are the city's nonprofit cultural institutions lining up behind a bid that looks dicey enough to send almost half the sports-besotted Chicago public running the other way?
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  09-14-2009  |  Sports

A New Crop of Scrappy Troupes is Making Opera Accessible in Chicagonew

Chicago has a new crop of stereotype-busting little opera groups playing at bargain prices in intimate venues -- including the neighborhood pub. Faced with the traditional opera world's shrinking ticket sales, dying audiences, and dearth of opportunity, these artist-entrepreneurs are looking to crack that world open and cozy up to the masses.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  07-27-2009  |  Theater

Crowd-Sourced Graphic Design Has the Profession on Edgenew

Widely perceived as the wave of the future, Crowdspring has also been characterized as the design Antichrist, a force that will destroy the profession.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  02-23-2009  |  Art

It’s Good to Be the King’s Election Lawyernew

Chicago attorney Michael Dorf has thrown his hat in the ring for the job of head honcho at the National Endowment for the Arts. Here are his killer qualifications: from the time Barack Obama began his run against Bobby Rush for Congress in 1999 through Obama’s election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Dorf was his election lawyer.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  01-26-2009  |  Art

Stanley Tigerman Talks About His Design for the Illinois Holocaust Museumnew

He says the project really hasn't changed since he interviewed for the commission. He took "a little free-hand sketch" to that interview, he said, and "I've built the sketch. Developed dramatically, modified somewhat, but not in any way that is detrimental. I'd been waiting to do this building all my life."
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  11-24-2008  |  Art

Lennard Davis Argues that Obsession is Largely in the Eye of the Beholdernew

Obsession: A History is the UIC professor's study of the rise and bifurcated path of obsessive behavior as both an illness and an ideal in the modern world.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  11-24-2008  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Sonic Boom: Why Theater is Getting Loudernew

The basic problem with sound, engineer Nick Keenan maintains, is that everyone hears it differently, and no one really knows how to talk about it.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  11-10-2008  |  Theater

Nonprofits in a No-Profit Economynew

As the Dow takes a dive, Chicago con­temporary arts group Renaissance Society works on its first endowment.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  10-14-2008  |  Economy

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Synergizes Itselfnew

Marketing its music through its own label, the symphony adds value with a new kind of lecture series.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  09-29-2008  |  Music

Can You Copyright Stage Direction?new

Lawsuits over Urinetown haven't helped decide the matter.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  08-26-2008  |  Theater

Gay Activists Fight James Dobson's Induction into National Radio Hall of Famenew

Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen states that while his group could have lived with a win by, say, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Dobson's agenda -- which includes curing homosexuality and lobbying against same-sex marriage -- makes Focus on the Family's election intolerable.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  08-04-2008  |  Media

Chicago Makes it Easier to Panhandle than to Sell Art on Downtown Streetsnew

Unless you're at one of those cookie-cutter annual art fairs, you're not likely to encounter artists selling their work on the street here at all. If you do, you'll probably also see a cop rapidly approaching. Street sales are illegal downtown and -- at the discretion of the local alderman -- in other areas as well.
Chicago Reader  |  Deanna Isaacs  |  07-28-2008  |  Art

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