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About A/C

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.


Andrew HuffAndrew 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 Email him at


Nancy BishopNancy Bishop
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 and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop.

Mina BloomMina Bloom
Mina Bloom is a freelance writer living in the Logan Square neighborhood. She has a penchant for anything Hello Kitty and owns more house plants than she knows what to do with. She has freelanced for publications including, but not limited to, Forbes Travel Guide, Community Health Magazine and Logan Square Literary Review after earning her journalism degree at Columbia College Chicago. Follow her on twitter at @tinytunezz.

Lindsey FleischerLindsey Fleischer
Lindsey is a Kentucky girl, who came up north to continue her studies in the lucrative field of Art History. Currently the Director of Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park, Lindsey enjoys attending gallery openings, photography, and appetizer samplers.

Lauren HabermanLauren Haberman
Lauren Haberman is a good old mid-western girl who decided to head west to Colorado for her Creative Writing degree only to find she couldn’t live without her Lake Michigan Summers. She has a bad case of wanderlust, a passion for photography, a love for good comedy, and a great respect for banjo players. When she’s not out enjoying all Chicago has to offer, she’s home tweeting. Make sure to follow her here!

Brittany JuliousBrittany Julious
Britt Julious is a freelance writer with a serious love of macarons and mixtapes. She tumbls at Britticisms and co-hosts the Brooklyn Radio podcast, "I Love My Wife," a love letter to weirdos with guitars.

Ashley LisenbyAshley Lisenby
Ashley Lisenby, born and raised in Chicago, is a recent journalism graduate from Boston University. This vegetarian foodie enjoys writing, photography and documentary work. Check her out on Photo Elevation.

JH PalmerJ.H. Palmer
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.

Steve ProkopySteve Prokopy
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.)

Kelly ReavesKelly Reaves
Kelly moved to Chicago in 2003 for art school, racked up as much student debt as one can possibly rack up over six years, and is currently working it off behind a bar. In her free time she runs a gallery, makes paintings, and sits on her back porch in East Garfield Park, watching her dogs chase flies.

David SchalliolDavid 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

Kara VanderBijlKara VanderBijl
Kara landed in Chicago three years ago after layovers of varying lengths in the South of France and Los Angeles, CA. She's an unapologetic morning person and tea drinker. She is the managing editor of This Recording; otherwise, you can occasionally find her on her blog or on Twitter.

LaShawn WilliamsLaShawn Williams
LaShawn Williams is a lifelong Chicagoan who hails from the city's South Side. She is an arts and entertainment junkie who loves comedy, theater, and sitcoms from the 80s — even the corny ones. Follow her on Twitter: @MsWilliamsWorld.


Caitlin BerghCaitlin Bergh
Caitlin Bergh is a Chicago comic by night and a grad student in social work by day. Bergh is a cast member at The Lincoln Lodge, produces The Funny Story Show at LooseLeaf Lounge, co-produces Performance Anxiety Chicago at The Pleasure Chest and has a one woman show called Chunks.

Christian ScheuerChristian Scheuer
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.

Sarah ShuelSarah Shuel
Sarah Shuel is a girl afflicted by the disease known as wanderlust, which in her short years, has led her round the world and back to the great city of Chicago. Her travels would be empty without her passion for photography and her drive to put down in words exactly what makes this world, and this city, as amazing as it is. A recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago, she is entering the world of journalism with a slight caffeine addiction and a bright outlook on the future.


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