Creating a platform for Brazil’s tech scene

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Creating a platform for Brazil's tech scene

There’s been a lot of activity in Brazil’s tech startup scene lately. Incubators are popping up everywhere, and several startups have managed to snag U.S. venture capital and even get a foothold in Silicon Valley. TechCrunch and other industry websites have been reporting major news involving Brazilian startups that making international moves, particularly IPOs. But there is no English-language media … Read More

Breathing new life into ‘Mystery and Awe’

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Breathing new life into 'Mystery and Awe'

To say that this website had looked the same for about 20 years is not an insult; that’s exactly what the site’s author, pastor and scientist Bruce Booher, told me on the phone! Here’s the original site: And here’s what I did with it: Your browser does not support the video tag. A modern homepage offers visitors a glimpse at … Read More

Dining out in Chambana

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Global Wednesday @ Silvercreek: France

This might come as a surprise to my Chicago friends who think Champaign-Urbana is just a big college campus surrounded by cornfields, but there are plenty of foodie delights to be found around here. A sampling: Global Wednesday @ Silvercreek: Brazil Contemporary American joint Silvercreek launched a Global Wednesdays series earlier this year, offering fare from a specific country each … Read More

The night I met George A. Romero

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The night I met George A. Romero

Despite the stellar programming, I hardly ever set foot in the Gene Siskel Film Center during my 20-odd years in Chicago because getting there from my Northwest Side digs just seemed like way too much work. I had to really want it — and when informed that George A. Romero was going to appear in person to introduce a new … Read More

Midwest Beer Fest @ Cowboy Monkey

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Midwest Beer Fest @ Cowboy Monkey

It could be argued that this event was somewhat mislabeled: asides from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (St. Louis) and Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Mich.), every brewery present was from Illinois, and over half of them were either local or from Chicago. But who’s gonna thumb their noses at an opportunity to sample so much of what the state’s booming … Read More