From the back cover: "The year is 2073. One century ago, radio transmission from Earth passed through space, and Rock & Roll fell upon the mystified ears of an alien world. The new feelings this music produced heralded the dawn of a new age – their lives and culture were forever changed by Earth's rock music. These Starchildren embarked on a life-long pilgrimage to the birthplace of the strange new music. Our world has become a cold, unhappy place. The Ministries of culture have assumed control of the world's art and music, permitting only works which fit their own agendas. The minds of the people have become property of The Man, and Rock & Roll a thing of the past. Arriving on Earth, it was difficult for the Starchildren to imagine how such a dreary planet could be the origin of the beautiful sounds they adored so. Undaunted, the Starchildren walk among us, dazzling humanity with their unearthly beauty and forbidden music, joining underground bands to uplift the masses with the power of Rock. The broken-hearted and disenfranchised youth of the 2070s have found a powerful new voice in these rockers from beyond the stars. The impending revolution is sensed not only by the people, but also by their oppressors, and the Ministry of Music is beginning to crack down with lethal force. To both the fans they enthrall and the authorities they endanger, these lonely Starchildren must keep their true natures secret – but the aliens did not come here to run... they came to rock."
Where Does Poetry Hide? is a collection of poems from the fall 2001 Performance Poetry Workshop, a collaboration between Gallery 37 and Young Chicago Authors, featuring students from Westinghouse Career Academy.
In 1988, the city of Chicago declared three acres of public land along Lake Michigan the future home of DuSable Park--a green refuge dedicated to Chicago's first settler, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. The park has yet to emerge, however, and it is possible that these three lakefront acres could be sold to developers. In 2001, Chicago artist Laurie Palmer sent out an open request for proposals, and the resulting artwork became an innovative exhibit. This inspiring collaboration of Chicago's artists, architects, and activists to bring the plight of DuSable Park to the public has now been catalogued in 3 Acres on the Lake . This volume includes fascinating and thought-provoking renderings of the imagined DuSable Park, as well as commentary on the project and other public space issues from many of its contributors. 3 Acres on the Lake will be insightful reading for anyone interested in urban planning, landscape architecture, and the struggle to preserve public space in American cities.
Discover the world-famous Chicago “L”—in all its grit and glory. The thundering “L” is one of Chicago's most enduring icons. Operating 247 since 1892, it is not only an antique but a working antique. More than 10 billion people have ridden the “L,” which now carries half a million people a day over 222 miles of track. The heavy, rumbling “L” has a light side too. It is sought out by tourists, featured in major motion pictures, enjoyed by wideeyed kids, photographed by admirers, and studied by historians. Meanwhile, both the Smithsonian Institution and the Chicago History Museum have recently enshrined Chicago “L” cars as the showpiece of major permanent exhibits. The Chicago “L” shows how the early “L” lines helped to build Chicago as well as how today's “L” helps to revitalize neighborhoods and tie the city together. Over the past 100 years, the “L” has survived numerous attempts to tear it down. Today its future is secure. New services are being added and new lines planned. This educating and entertaining book brings the tenacious “L” to life.