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Robert Bullen

Writers' Theatre's A Little Night Music Captivates

Robert Bullen | July 18, 2012 | Chicago
There's something magical happening up in Glencoe, Ill. It's a sparkling new production of a Little Night Music -- a sophisticated, romantic comedy set in 20th century Sweden.
Kelly Cogswell

The Dyke March Hits 20!

Kelly Cogswell | February 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
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.
Gino Vicci

Floor Traders Upset Over CME Group's Changes

Gino Vicci | July 18, 2012 | Chicago
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.
Jade Doskow

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

Jade Doskow | July 18, 2012 | Arts
World's Fairs typically were used by the hosting city as a reason to develop an urban site that was previously unused. Some of these sites were marshes, forests, or simply sprawling fields. A lot of my photographs examine a return to nature as weeds and plants would overgrow the exposition pavilions; in many cases, there was no real concrete proof that this huge event ever took place, except for the magnificent park that was developed as a direct result.
Amitai Etzioni

NATO: The Mother of All Deals

Amitai Etzioni | July 18, 2012 | Politics
There are major foreign policy items to which the Russians attribute very great importance but are of little significance to us, and vice versa. Call it a major saliency differential. This seems to lay the ground for a major deal that has yet to be struck.
Joe Cirincione

The Avengers' Nuclear Villain

Joe Cirincione | July 18, 2012 | Entertainment
The blockbuster problem in The Avengers is the writers' desire to turn a nuclear weapon into a golden bullet that can save the day -- even if this bomb is more likely to ruin it.
Al Eisele

The One Book Review Robert Caro Cares About

Al Eisele | July 18, 2012 | Books
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.
Richard Komaiko

How Effective is Excelerate for Chicago Startups?

Richard Komaiko | July 18, 2012 | Chicago
Excelerate has been very successful in finding, funding and supporting young Chicago companies. With the announcement its third class, I'm applying data-driven comparison to the largest startup incubator in the second city.
Malou Innocent

Bumps on the New Silk Road

Malou Innocent | July 18, 2012 | World
The U.S. and NATO officials continue to call for pursuing greater regional diplomacy. They have yet to put forward concrete ideas about the content of such a negotiation that will include all of Afghanistan's neighbors.
Dominic Carter

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

Dominic Carter | July 18, 2012 | Politics
The million dollar question is whether Obama's base will turn out again. Using Wright, a polarizing figure as he is, would guarantee a high African American turnout. And guess who these voters are supporting?
Sid Mohn

Global Chicago Is the Perfect Host for NATO

Sid Mohn | July 18, 2012 | Chicago
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 | July 18, 2012 | Chicago
I compiled a partial list of the millions of great things that make me proud to call Chicago home. Because Chicago deserves to be number one on the civic pride list.
Elysabeth Alfano

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

Elysabeth Alfano | July 18, 2012 | Chicago
The exhibition is truly the first of its kind or scale. Lichtenstein blurred the lines between low art and high art and paved the way for current day street artists and graphic novelists to further explore their craft in the world of fine art.