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Robert Bullen

Writers' Theatre's A Little Night Music Captivates

Robert Bullen | Posted May 18, 2012

There's something magical happening up in Glencoe, Ill. It's a sparkling new production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1973 musical, A Little Night Music -- a sophisticated, romantic comedy set in 20th century Sweden about mismatched pairs who, through a mix of fate peppered with manipulation, waltz into the...

Kelly Cogswell

The Dyke March Hits 20!

Kelly Cogswell | Posted May 18, 2012

It's that time of year again, when lesbians all over the world huddle in back rooms, plotting global domination, civilization's end, and their annual Dyke March.

The very first Dyke March in the history of the world was in D.C. on April 24, 1993, on the eve of the big...

Gino Vicci

Floor Traders Upset Over CME Group's Changes

Gino Vicci | Posted May 18, 2012

Amid pressure from the nation's largest grain association and "significant feedback," the CME Group Inc. backed off a proposed plan to extend trading hours in grain futures and options, but only by one hour. The amendment, which still has to be approved by the U.S. Commodities...

Jade Doskow

The World's Fair Project: The Parks (PHOTOS)

Jade Doskow | Posted May 18, 2012

This is the second installment of my World's Fair Project as presented on the Huffington Post. In the first, I looked at some of the Fair architecture from the 1950's and 1960's, representatives of the world's cultural obsession with outer space. In this installment, I am pleased to...

Amitai Etzioni

NATO: The Mother of All Deals

Amitai Etzioni | Posted May 18, 2012

A message to the NATO summit in Chicago: be realistic. Trade in items of low saliency to us, but of great import to Russia, for items that have little saliency for Russia but that are keenly sought by us.

A line or two on how I came up with this...

Joe Cirincione

The Avengers' Nuclear Villain

Joe Cirincione | Posted May 18, 2012

The Avengers puts a new twist on Hollywood's view of nuclear weapons. The nuke in this blockbuster film is both a villain and a hero. This may be very post-modern, but it's an ambivalence the film industry should finally shed.

The Avengers is a hugely entertaining film, and...

Al Eisele

The One Book Review Robert Caro Cares About

Al Eisele | Posted May 18, 2012

Robert Caro says he doesn't pay much attention to what reviewers write about his books, but he paid plenty of attention to what one reviewer wrote about The Passage of Power, the fourth and latest volume of his monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson.

And that's not just because of what...

Richard Komaiko

How Effective is Excelerate for Chicago Startups?

Richard Komaiko | Posted May 18, 2012

Excelerate Labs is entering its third year, so I've decided to look back on the companies its supported from the first two years to see how they've fared. Two recent events motivated this investigation.

First, my company announced a major partnership this week with FindTheBest, the...

Malou Innocent

Bumps on the New Silk Road

Malou Innocent | Posted May 18, 2012

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meets on May 20 in Chicago, coalition partners hope to stabilize Afghanistan with development projects beyond 2014. One initiative is the "New Silk Road," which aims to revamp Afghanistan's ancient position as the regional trade hub linking the West and Far East. But...

Dominic Carter

Use of Rev. Wright Would Be a Disaster, but Not Necessarily for Obama

Dominic Carter | Posted May 18, 2012

Be careful what you wish for. Or what your powerful supporters might have possibly wanted.

It was quite smart for Mitt Romney to quickly distance himself from the proposed idea that a supportive Super PAC of his considered bringing back of all issues, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.


Sid Mohn

Global Chicago Is the Perfect Host for NATO

Sid Mohn | Posted May 18, 2012

For the last few weeks, Chicago has been bracing for a new kind of storm -- the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, summit that's occurring this weekend. For all the hassles that accommodating the event entails, though, it is a chance for host countries to showcase their most global,...

Nico Lang

40 Reasons I Love Being a Chicagoan

Nico Lang | Posted May 24, 2012

Last year, Travel and Leisure named Chicago fourth-best in civic pride -- of the country's major cities. In "Proud of Their City," T&L put Chicago after New Orleans, San Juan and Savannah. As they begin to conduct their survey for this year, I compiled a partial list of...

Elysabeth Alfano

Whaam! Splat! Bang! Lichtenstein Hits Chicago's Art Institute

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted May 18, 2012

WHAAM! Splat! Bang! Its a big summer for Chicago as the groundbreaking retrospective of the iconic Pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein, opens at The Art Institute of Chicago this week through September 3. Spearheaded by James Rondeau, the Frances and Thomas Dittmer Chair and Curator, Department of Contemporary Art...