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The Weekend Desk Report

Special 2011 Oscar Preview Edition

With the price of oil pushing above $100 per barrel this week, it's possible Americans will soon pay almost as much for a gallon of gas as they did for a movie ticket in 1999. Which means, of course, that it's time to gamely prop up the brutal dictatorship that is Hollywood. Here are our picks for the major categories.

Best Supporting Actress
Our nation's recent history suggests when faced with a choice between two Fighters, go with the bloodier conflict.

Best Supporting Actor
Why give the award to a fake crackhead when Hollywood can produce the real thing?

Best Actress
If the past week has taught us anything, it's this: don't bet against the ballerina.

Best Actor
The field has been riddled with upsets and agitators, but at the end of the day no one has managed to topple the King.

Best Picture
The Social Network may not win this year, but we've got a feeling next year's sequel, The Hastily Retooled Search Algorithm, will dominate.


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Good just to be nominated.


CAN TV Weekend Report

Chicago Newsroom
In this one-hour post election special, Ken Davis is joined by political strategist Delmarie Cobb; Sun-Times columnist Alejandro Escalona; Nadig Newspaper columnist Russ Stewart, and Chicago magazine writer Carol Felsenthal. They review the results of Tuesday's election and the prospects for the April aldermanic runoff races.

Saturday, February 26 at 7 p.m. on CAN TV21

To watch the video online click here.


Perspectivas Latinas: Centro Romero
Abel Nunez, associate director for Centro Romero, discusses adult education, women's empowerment, legal assistance and youth programs offered by the organization.

Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. on CAN TV21
25 min


The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang
Co-authors Lance Williams and Natalie Moore discuss their book on the gang that originated in Chicago's Woodlawn community.

Saturday, February 26 at 8:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr


The National Association of Women Business Owners: Black History Month Panel
Lynn Sutton of Kairos Consulting Worldwide joins a panel of women business owners to share their success stories and the history of the women who've inspired them.

Sunday, February 27 at 1:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr 16 min


Posted on February 26, 2011

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