Chatham | Food

Come for the Coffee

Flecks Coffee of Chatham

LUKE WHITE

LUKE WHITE

Tucked into a corner on bustling 79th Street in Chatham, Flecks Coffee Company brings in customers of all stripes for a solid breakfast and a cup of coffee with some company. “I wrote a play sitting right there,” says Sati Word, a regular. He points to a wooden table and chair against the far wall. The wall is painted deep red and embossed with the words “Dream Big” in large-font calligraphy. Flecks Coffee is “something different, that the area didn’t have before,” Sati explains (it opened in June). “It brings in a crowd I didn’t know was here, neighborhood folks.”

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Music

Lightbulb Songs

Circuit des Yeux's "Overdue"

JULIA DRATEL. Little Village musician Haley Fohr's fourth album is "a lot about escapism, but it's also about confronting reality."

JULIA DRATEL. Little Village musician Haley Fohr’s fourth album is “a lot about escapism, but it’s also about confronting reality.”

“I remember when I was in second grade I had this vision of me being a businesswoman—I’m going to grow up and be an adult and wear a pantsuit and carry a briefcase,” says Little Village-based musician Haley Fohr. “I didn’t realize there were other ways to do it.”

Four albums later, the twenty-four-year-old singer and guitarist behind Circuit Des Yeux has proved that yes, there is another way of doing it. On October 29 she released “Overdue” (four weeks late, appropriately enough), her latest and most polished effort, as well as her first recorded work since graduating from Indiana University and moving to Chicago. Continue reading

Chatham | Stage & Screen

Blaxploitation on the Moon

Christopher St. John was once a chiseled and charismatic screen presence, running up the ranks of the acting world. By the early 1970s, he had acted with the Yale Repertory Theater and The Actors Studio, snagged a major role in Gordon Park’s “Shaft,” and was even prized for his performances in soft-core porn flicks. Then he made 1972’s “Top of the Heap,” and Hollywood closed its doors. Continue reading

Hyde Park | Visual Arts

Unfurling the Past

Courtesy of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

Courtesy of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

Baraka de Soleil scoops the soaking wet fragments of a Paul Laurence Dunbar poem out of the bucket in front of him and solemnly offers them to each of the audience members crouching beside him in the dark. “Listen!” he says conspiratorially as he swirls the water in the bucket. “Listen!”

Soleil was in the midst of one of three newly commissioned performance pieces presented Saturday, October 12 at the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, part of an ongoing exhibition entitled “Unfurling: Five Explorations in Art, Activism, and Archiving.” The exhibition is curated by Daniel Tucker and Rebecca Zorach and based upon their Gray Center-funded project “Never The Same,” a historical archive collected from Chicago’s art communities.  Continue reading