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Shambolic rocker Mac Blackout publishes the art book Madman’s Eye

Everyone loves an old-fashioned "local mutant makes good" story. It's the kind of feel-good journalism that reaffirms your faith in God and country—and in this case, in a shambolic artist of humble Hoosier stock who's found a way to turn his chaotic responses to a world gone sterile into provocative and original street art, album covers, paintings, music, and more.…

At Regards to Edith, old-school Chicago eats in a changing neighborhood

Heisler Hospitality’s 12th restaurant is the latest breath into the Fulton Market District restaurant bubble. I am not a fan of suicide, but if I could crawl into the chocolate churro souffle at Regards to Edith I would joyfully eat myself to death. With no regrets, I'd happily gaze down on the runner who snatches the plate away, delivering my remains to the dishwasher, who then blasts what's left of me down the drain with a howitzer of hot steaming water.…

Protest fashion is all the rage

Is the revolution in clothing design a sign of a bigger revolt to come? Looking at clothes is a form of time travel.…

Barney the Elf, Hellcab, and ten more new stage shows

The best-ever explanation for what makes reindeer fly and the 25th anniversary of a Chicago classic are among this week's best bets. Barney the Elf As a non-Christian, I have no brief for Christmas. But Other Theatre brings a whole chorusful of gold lamé briefs to this oddly compelling holiday tribute.…

What happened to the early, funny Savage Love columnist?

Dan Savage confronts a critic, advises a POS, and more. Q: I used to be a fan of your column, Dan, but something happened to you. Maybe it’s stress, the current political climate, or some other issue—I don’t know.…

Isabelle Frances McGuire’s bread and butter is their art

“I’m a Cliche” at Prairie Gallery uses yeast and fermentation to explore issues of identity. When you hear the word "bread," what do you imagine? A bakery?…

Puff: Believe It or Not gets to the truth of lying

Remy Bumppo revives an 1848 French comedy about people with no use for facts. Augustin-Eugène Scribe would’ve felt right at home in today’s television industry. The most popular French playwright and librettist during a good chunk of the 19th century, Scribe anticipated the Hollywood writers’ room by maintaining a creative staff whose members assembled the hundreds of entertainments that appeared under his name.…

The Third Coming of the Jesus Lizard

On the eve of their latest return home, the Jesus Lizard talk about why they chose Chicago—and how they became its most beautiful noise-rock monsters. The Jesus Lizard are back . . .…

Why did WYCC receive millions less than expected in auction?

Many people are asking the same question, and not getting great answers. A little more than two years ago, the Chicago Tribune published an editorial urging the City Colleges of Chicago to sell its public television station, WYCC, channel 20. Beginning with the assumption that WYCC was superfluous (given the existence of Chicago's larger public television station, WTTW), the editorial argued that keeping it would be "daft," since there was now "a chance to sell the channel in a government auction for as much as $474 million."…

The battle of the billionaires heats up as Rauner calls Pritzker ‘one of the...

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, December 6, 2017. …

Our very first animated gig poster of the week

ARTIST: Trek Matthews SHOW: Chikamorachi & Jeff Tweedy and Lia Kohl & Haley Fohr Duo at Hideout on Wed 12/13 MORE INFO: trekmatthews.com

Mudbound deserves a theatrical run in Chicago

Dee Rees's period drama Mudbound, which is now available to watch on Netflix, opens with a scene that sets the tone for everything that follows. In the Mississippi Delta during the mid-1940s, two white brothers struggle to dig a plot on the family farm where they can bury their father's corpse.…

Do millennials get Seinfeld?

A Chicago high school history teacher's "club about nothing" aims to pass down an appreciation of the 90s TV phenomenon to the next generation. Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford.…

Rahm hands out TIF incentives the way Santa gives gifts

Thanks to the mayor's generosity with our taxes, Christmas may come early for Amazon. If he ever gets tired of the entertainment business, Chance the Rapper should consider a career as a fortune teller. The civic-minded hip-hop star was remarkably prescient at a November 20 press conference, when he cautioned his youthful followers to keep their eye on taxes.…

Dumpster Tapes showcases local Latinx talent at the second annual Demolición

Dumpster Tapes showcases local Latinx talent at the second annual Demolición, Chicago groove machines the Lowdown Brass Band celebrate a new album, and more. In October 2016, Dumpster Tapes co-owner Alex Fryer debuted Demolición, an annual showcase of Latinx Chicago musicians that's named after a 1965 single by Peruvian protopunks Los Saicos. On Friday, December 8, this year's Demolición comes to the Auxiliary Art Center.…