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Put Your Best (Green) Face Forwardnew

For those who put quality on par with eco-friendliness, there’s good news: Ecotools makeup brushes aren’t just eco-friendly; they’re some of the best out there.
Chicago Newcity  |  Molly Each  |  01-30-2008  |  Fashion

'Yalo' Looks at War Crimesnew

What is more damaging to a storyteller's accuracy -- time or torture? Here is the heart of Elias Khoury's mesmerizing new novel, in which a young man is arrested at the end of the Lebanese Civil War and charged with rape, robbery and collaboration.
Chicago Newcity  |  John Freeman  |  01-23-2008  |  Fiction

eighth blackbird Dumps Conventionsnew

The contemporary music ensemble received a big boost last month when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced that its 2006 album strange imaginary animals had garnered no less than three Grammy Award nominations.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dennis Polkow  |  01-23-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Cloverfield''s 9/11 Infelicitiesnew

Last weekend's $46-million top-grosser essentially says that its characters and, by extension, its paying audience, deserves to be killed: New Yorkers, Americans, Abrams' target demographic. I never thought I would see a movie made in the United States that was so gung-ho about 9/11.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  01-23-2008  |  Reviews

Profs Study Hipster Migration & Other Urban Phenomenanew

Dan Silver, Lawrence Rothfield and Terry Nichols Clark have recently completed a groundbreaking study on just what it takes to create a "scene," whether it be bohemian or otherwise.
Chicago Newcity  |  Sean Redmond  |  01-09-2008  |  Housing & Development

Christy & Emily Create a Sparse Environmentnew

Hook-heavy yet delicately assembled, Christy Edwards' clean electric guitar is knitted with Emily Manzo's piano and keyboard work for a sound that, predictably, combines indie sensibility with classical-like piano-jogging.
Chicago Newcity  |  Tom Lynch  |  01-09-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Kicking 'The Bucket List'new

Rob Reiner does something almost unthinkable: he makes Jack Nicholson painful to watch.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  01-09-2008  |  Reviews

If You Barack It, They Will Come (to Iowa)new

Barack Obama had made a point of reaching out to students, asking them to come back early to caucus, and the call came the day before: my son and three of his pals from Chicago, now all freshmen at the University of Iowa, wanted to go, and could I rent a car and drive?
Chicago Newcity  |  Brian Hieggelke  |  01-09-2008  |  Commentary

Texas' James McMurtry Takes it Personallynew

"The popularity of a song has more to do with the listener than the writer," he says. "People have to identify. A bunch of people identified with this, which is good for me, but kind of scary for the rest of the country."
Chicago Newcity  |  K. Tighe  |  12-27-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

Music to Knowellnew

A listen to this year's holiday music.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dennis Polkow  |  12-19-2007  |  Music

Savage Gracenew

Note-perfect, Tamara Jenkins' The Savages puts all too much American moviemaking to shame.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  12-19-2007  |  Reviews

Holiday Movies 2007new

Dissecting this season's new releases.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  12-19-2007  |  Movies

$128 Million Later: Will Smith is the Last Movie Star on Earthnew

The exteriors are stunning, and sadly, an insistent, ongoing metaphor for the script's inability to suggest much interior life.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  12-12-2007  |  Reviews

Off to the Gallonew

RRIICCEE is a full four-piece outfit, but in typical Vincent Gallo fashion, all traditional notions of a touring band have been thrown out the window. No songs have been written, recorded or rehearsed prior to the tour and no pre-written music will be performed on stage.
Chicago Newcity  |  Brad Knutson  |  12-12-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

Bruce Adams is Kranky No Morenew

In 2005 Adams decided it was time for a change, so he sold his half of Kranky Records and joined forces with his wife to found Now he's back in the label game with Flingco Sound System.
Chicago Newcity  |  Brad Knutson  |  12-12-2007  |  Music

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