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“Khusugtun Mongolian Ethnic Ballad Group – March 2017”

In Art, Events, music, photography, University of Chicago on March 18, 2017 at 6:25 am

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“Khusugtun Mongolian Ethnic Ballad Group (March 2017)”

In Art, Events, music, photography, University of Chicago on March 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm

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#10Readings – May 15, 2016

In Art, Books, Chicago, Education, Events, Film, History, literature, music, news, University of Chicago on May 15, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Things I have Written

  1. Amplify Arts Conference | Voices UChicago
  2. 4 Events from 3rd Week | Voices UChicago

Books Recently Read (& Recommended)

3. The Big Short by Michael Lewis | The Financial System.  Run by honest geniuses.  Best of The Best.

4. Death from the Skies by Philip Plaitt | Clear Science Writing.  Lot of things to (not) worry about.

Found on the Internet

5. How Illinois Pays For Public Schools, $9,794 Vs. $28,639 | WBEZ |  unconscionable.

6. 2016: Age Of The On-Screen Black Superhero | Two years before #BlackPanther

7. Heads Up: More F-Bombs Being Dropped in Public, New Research Shows | It’s not just me.

8. ‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People | Demographics are changing, even if perceptions lag behind.

9. Columbia is first U.S. university to divest from prisons | Divestment movements remain a viable method to advance moral arguments

10. Oral history: Prince’s life, as told by the people who knew him best | One of many good stories about Prince published after his passing


Unsolicited Recommendations – January 2015

In Books, Chicago, Education, Events, Film, literature, music, Technology, University of Chicago on February 8, 2015 at 9:30 am


App –  Microsoft’s Outlook App for the iPhone is great (so far) for those of us who have to use exchange for our work-lives.  I get that it’s a rebrand of some technology that Microsoft bought, but from my point of view I’m less concerned about the app’s origin and mostly concerned w/ functionality.

Book – I didn’t read much in January, but I did enjoy* (with the caveat that “enjoy” is constrained to the genre, and the rules of the genre, thus a business book is always just an insight or two wrapped in a litany of stories that are an odd mix of poor decisions or common sense) Scaling Excellence:  Getting to more without settling for less.

Graphic Novel – Rob Rodi’s “Thor & Loki:  Blood Brothers” was a fun read.

Album –  I’m of the (advanced) age where “Sukierae” by Tweedy sounds good to me.

Documentary –  Two documentaries from Netflix that I enjoyed in January were: “Something Ventured” on American Venture Capitalism and the 3-D printing documentary “Print the Legend

Film –  Selma!  Powerful.

Articles – I don’t (yet) have a good method of tracking the best articles I’ve read online, but from memory, I enjoyed:  Next City’s profile of Derek Douglas (who happens to be my boss at UChicago), everything about this Humans of New York profiling a school in Brooklyn story,  and John Lewis’s take on Selma and its attendant controversies.

TV – PBS’s “Shakespeare Uncovered” is good.  The King Lear episode might make you rethink how original “Empire” is.   Also,  Star Wars: Rebels manages to channel the spirit of Star Wars in an enjoyable way.

Events/Speakers – You should try to see Cornel West in person.  He’s very present in his surroundings and engaged with his audience.  Also, if there are more events surrounding the School Project in Chicago, you should go.  Passionately committed people trying to figure out how to make education work in chicago (particularly after the school closings).

Back in the High Life / NBA 1987 #memories

In music on July 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The song “Back in the High Life Again” by Steve Winwood immediately makes me think of the closing montage to the 1987 NBA finals (which I watched every second of as a 12 year old, even making my own VHS copy of the series).

Thanks to the magic of youtube,  here it is:

Music of Turkey: Middle East Music Ensemble #uchicago

In Art, music, University of Chicago on December 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm


Sunday Night at the Logan Center for the Arts!





Ari Brown Quintet @ Hyde Park Jazz Fest

In music on September 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm


Victor Garcia Septet – Hyde Park Jazz Fest

In Art, music, University of Chicago on September 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

While the Hyde Park Jazz Festival doesn’t officially begin until Sept 29, this past Friday was the Festival Gala and a performance by the Victor Garcia Septet at the Logan Center for the Arts. I sat out the Gala (mostly because I didn’t feel like dressing up for it, free ticket or not), but attended the concert which was solid (if having perhaps too many solos).