A/C is Gaper's Block's topical section devoted to Chicago's vibrant arts and culture scene. From comedy to painting, interviews to photo essays, A/C features what excites us, whether it be a new standup comedian or the opening of a major show at the Art Institute. Stop by regularly for short updates and in-depth features.
Nancy Bishop, Arts & Culture Editor
Nancy is a Chicago native, recently liberated after 30+ years in corporate marketing and PR. She is happy to be writing for Gapers Block about things she loves, especially theater, film, books, music, art and design. You can read her personal writing at nancybishopsjournal.com and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elspeth Carroll is a Chicago-born London-raised writer and film programmer. She has worked with Kartemquin Films, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
Kim Campbell saw the tidy bowl blue of Lake Michigan for the first time while chugging down Lake Shore Drive with a car full of cats and books. 23 years later, she still misses east coast pizza but considers it a fair trade off for the arts & culture scene in Chicago. She writes with equal fervor about theater, circus, dance, adventure sports and food. You can see her tweets at @kimzyn.
Andrew Huff, Editor & Publisher
Andrew thinks Chicagoland is the best amusement park ever. A lifelong night owl, he works deep into the night at his West Ridge two-flat, writing and editing and playing with the cats. He spends more time online than probably is healthy; follow along at me3dia.com. Email him at email@example.com.
Jen Kraakevik is a storyteller, waitress, certified bilingual teacher and blogger. While exploring various aspects of Chicago city-life, she enjoys most her "family dinners" with friends and roommates, going on Netflix binges, finding the next local pub (or coffee shop) and traveling. Email her to ask her more about her story.
Adam Morgan is an author, lecturer, and screenwriter in Chicago. He completed his MFA in fiction and screenwriting at Roosevelt University, and has taught writing, screenwriting, and English as an adjunct professor at multiple universities. His latest book is a natural history of the North Carolina piedmont.
Jeanne Newman is a huge foodie and a fan of theater and dance. With a professional background and a masters degree in the arts, she is delighted to be part of both the A/C and Drive-Thru teams at Gapers Block. Her past work has been published nationally in Bust, the Chicago Not-For-Tourists Guide and A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago. Locally, she has written for Windy City Times, Nightspots, dykediva.com, centerstage.net and many others. Her poetry work appeared in Windy City Queer and she has toured and performed all over the country as a live lit and poetry performer.
J.H. Palmer is a secret writer who has lived in Chicago since 1992. She was born in Boston, but you'd never know it. Notable moments in her life include a brief stint as a census taker, writing copy for a hangover chaser, and a temp job at a catheter factory. She lives on the Northwest Side with three cats and a man. When she's not catching up on cable TV shows on Neftlix, she enjoys biking, eating, and writing about her life in her blog, Buttered Noodles.
A Windy City resident for more than 20 years, Steve writes about everything but movies at his day job for a trade journal publishing company. Using the alias Capone, he has been the Chicago Editor for Ain't It Cool News since 1998, and has been writing film reviews since he was a wee lad of 14, growing up in Maryland. (An archive of older columns may be found here.)
David Schalliol, Managing Editor
A graduate student in sociology at the University of Chicago, David is involved in far too many non-academic projects for his own good. You can check out some of his diversions at his personal website, metroblossom, and that flickr place. He has South Side pride. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris has been a lifelong Chicagoland resident and is proud to call Avondale his neck of the woods. When trying to avoid Wicker Park traffic on his bike, he enjoys partaking in devouring every single type of taco there is in the city. If you care to hear his ramblings about who's the best Simpsons character you can find his musing at his Twitter.
Grant Reynolds is an artist, writer, and co-founder of the Chicago-based jam-comics group Trubble Club. His book Comic Diorama (Top Shelf, 2009) featured a piece that was selected for Houghton Mifflin's Best American Comics 2011. A year later his book Hypnotic Induction Technique was nominated for an Ignatz award in the category of Outstanding Mini-Comic. Currently he's working on the autobio series Don't Try To Save Me.
Alice Singleton is a screenwriter, filmmaker and local media darling residing in Chicago. She is obsessed with finding the antidote to the cult of mediocrity currently plaguing our society and uses her extensive and vast experience as Everywoman to focus her journalistic pursuits on the gale forces of gender, race and class that make this American life the perfect storm.
Christian, an artist, photographer and builder of things, works for a small gourmet bakery in Evanston, bringing sweet goodies to the masses in various coffee shops in and around Chicago. In his downtime, he makes "stuff for people who like stuff" and keeps a blog about his varied interests in design and things with wheels.