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The General Admssion Sat Jan 05 2013

Column: The General Admission

On Christmas Eve, I walked along the beach near my hometown in Florida; the day after Christmas, it was back to the Chicago snow. It's my second winter in the city, and while everyone tells me how mild the two have been, I still don't like anything below 75 degrees. If you ever meet me in person, I won't admit that I don't like the winter, though -- I'll tell you, "I can handle it." This snow-white lie is something that I want to believe, at least halfway convince myself, so I don't freeze to death and so people will stop telling me to deal with it.

Although I wanted to stay with my family in the metaphorical (sun kissed, orange blossom, tropical) Florida paradise, I had to come back for The Straight and Narrow, a show I co-wrote that had a one-off performance at Stage 773 last Thursday (Dec. 27). My friend Jane Blackburn-Hammer (wearing the tiara in the above promo photo for the show) and I wrote the play together, and a few months ago we had submitted to Stage 773 as part of their pro-theater space proposal program. Opportunities like producing my first play -- although I never thought a comedy -- are the main reason I moved to Chicago. Stage 773 chose our proposal and gave us the Dec. 27 date. Two days after Christmas is not the ideal time for a one-off show, but the theater offered us their (really nice and big) space for free and that's hard to pass up no matter what the weather.

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Tyler Gillespie

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

By Steve Prokopy

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