What makes a good sequel? When Pixar Studios produced Toy Story 2, showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago on April 18, they provided what is one of the better answers to this question in film to date. Originally conceived as a direct-to-video sequel to Pixar’s smash-hit Toy Story (1995) (and possibly related(…)
In Nicolas Roeg’s 1971 film Walkabout, showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago on April 7, a white teenaged girl and her younger brother are stranded in the Australian desert and must make their way back to civilization, meeting an Aborigine boy who helps them on their way. But that’s not nearly what(…)
By ANNE SPISELMAN Sunday, April 7. Sundays seem to be synonymous with sloth, so I guess it’s no surprise that we didn’t get out of the house until 11:30 a.m. But the delay gave me time to catch up on my note-taking, while our host Marco led Fred on a tour of the villa, which(…)
By MALACHI VINACCIA I recently decided to check out Hyde Park’s new vegan spot, Native Foods Café. As I entered, I noticed the vibe was very inviting and happy. The first employee I met was very polite and greeted me with a smile as I walked up to the register. While looking around, I noticed(…)
By JENNET POSEY Returning to where it all started is how the duo of Simeon Viltz and Mulatto Patriot viewed a recent listening party at Hyde Park Records, 1377 E. 53rd Street, for their album “Ray Elementary”. Simeon and Mulatto Patriot or MP both attended Ray Elementary School in Hyde Park along with many of(…)
Four big city Democratic mayors share in the joy of being boss.
April 6. There’s nothing like an outdoor market to motivate me to hit the road relatively early, so it’s not too surprising that we set off for Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian) on the southeastern coast of Sicily by 9 a.m. When we arrive at around 10:45 a.m., we head straight for the island of Ortygia (or Ortigia), the oldest section of the city and find parking in a lot near the market, which is on the left-hand side as you go onto the island.
When George Cukor’s 1938 film “Holiday” hit theaters in the midst of the Great Depression it did rather poorly — and it’s easy to see why. By BRIAN BELAK.
A trip to the Sicilian city of Messina. Part of an occasional series on travel with mobility challenges. By ANNE SPISELMAN.
A trip to 53rd Street in search of one blogger’s favorite childhood grub. By GREG FAIRBANKS.