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The Weekend Desk Report

Thank goodness CPS is looking to protect its students from graphic depictions of violence.

Market Update
Progress had a lackluster showing this week, as its gains were shown to lag far behind reality.

Jobs Fair
Just imagine for a second that Pat Quinn could big-time Rahm Emanuel Michigan-style. Who should he appoint to be Chicago's Emergency Financial Manager?

While we're at it, who should replace Penny Pritzker at the Chicago Board of Education? In the interest of maintaining the grand tradition of nepotism and insularity, how about Pat Quinn's brother?

Double Jeopardy
Finally, we think we've got the perfect replacement for Alex Trebek. After all, Forrest Claypool is getting really good at giving answers to questions nobody asked.


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Ventra grande.


Comment From Our Very Own David Rutter: I have spent a good month awash in all the videos of Christopher Hitchens. His mind energizes me . . . and this event in Chicago is just the sort of insanity he would rant about . . . and I would, too . . . All believers in the age (and duty) of enlightenment should find it abhorrent. We are not supposed to be a place where religious blasphemy is punished. Free speech and bans on blasphemy are incongruent concepts. We are supposed to revel in the right to dismiss as stupid anyone's religion.

As Hitchens noted often: When he entered his hotel room, retrieved the Bible left there without his approval and heaves it out the window, he was violating no law except the one against litter.


Weekend Sports Special: Letter From St. Louis: Behind Enemy Lines.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Bowie is back! Jim and Greg talk with longtime Bowie producer Toni Visconti about Space Oddity, glam, and swinging London. Then they review David Bowie's new album The Next Day, re-igniting their decades-long debate over the pop chameleon's musical legacy."


The Flying Saucer Weekend Brunch Report: "We here at the Flying Saucer believe that everyone is entitled to healthcare; it is a right, not a privilege.

"A dear friend of the Flying Saucer, Jason C., was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer and does not have health insurance.

"This weekend is for Jason. 10% of all sales will go to help pay Jason's medical bills. Fellow restauranteur, loyal customer and friend, here's to you, Jason.

"And if you're feeling generous, tell your server you would like to contribute to the cause!"


The CAN TV Weekend Viewing Report:

CAN TV brings you local, relevant issues from Chicago's neighborhoods and communities. See what's happening around the city in education, the arts, government, cultural events, social services and community activities.

Defying Boundaries: Becoming a 21st Century Artist


Emmy-award winning composer and educator Laura Karpman shares her thoughts on what it means to be an artist in the 21st century, including being mindful of the past while creating art with digital tools.

Sunday at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21.


Global Girls Takes A Trip To India


Girls from Chicago's South Side share their experience traveling to the Tamil Nadu region of India for an arts exchange program, learning about the local culture, creating an original show, and forming globe-spanning friendships along the way.

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on CAN TV21.


"Observer Effect" Panel Discussion


Artists Jessica Hyatt, Steve Roden, Steffani Jemison, and Julia Fish share their experiences utilizing observation and investigation in creating art, and reflect on what their subjective observations reveal about the artists themselves.

Sunday at 12 p.m. on CAN TV2.


Behind The Scenes With E.T.: Spoken Word Contest


Local poets and storytellers compete at the Totally Positive Productions Spoken Word Contest, held at Gorilla Tango Theatre.

Sunday at 9 p.m. on CAN TV19.


Posted on March 16, 2013

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BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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