Back to School

We begin September by honoring teachers, those passionate and patient souls who are at the heart of our education system. As I write in the piece, I'm grateful to teachers and educators of all stripes "for all you do to empower young people and make the world a smarter, more thoughtful and more intellectually Rebellious place." Here's to a great year ahead.

Writer Jera Brown continues her volunteer opportunity spotlight series with a look at the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. (And yes, that's Jera in the photo looking Super.)

Jera was also wooed this week by the poetry of Chinaka Hodge, who will read from her new collection "Dated Emcees" on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Women and Children First.

"Seinfeld" fans won't want to miss Chicagoland native Jennifer Keishin Armstrong read from her book "Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything” on Friday, Sept, 9 at the Orland Park Public Library.

And as writer Janet Arvia discovered, September is also a big month for Chicago band The Handsome Family, including an art exhibition by lyricist Rennie Sparks, who explores "what heaven would look like for your pet."

In Rebellion,



Women and Children First

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Beauty Rebelle: Miracles Do Happen

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Making Riot Fest Feminist Again with The Julie Ruin, Juliette & the Licks and More

The Douglas Park event was loaded with unforgettable sets, including a few from some of the strongest female-fronted groups in the business.

A Wonderful Chat with 'Wonderful Town’ Director Mary Zimmerman

Chicago’s Goodman Theatre is taking on the Big Apple with its revival of the Leonard Bernstein musical “Wonderful Town” directed by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman, who Janet Arvia had a chance to interview.

10 Years Gone: Celebrating the Magic of 'Rabbit Fur Coat' with Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins

Lewis' debut solo release "Rabbit Fur Coat" may never get the credit it deserves for its genre-blending effects on the independent music scene – or for giving young women the confidence to be simultaneously strong and sweet or “Nice as F*ck,” if you will – but fans at the Chicago Theatre were more than ready to honor the album that has meant so much to them over they years, soaking in every perfectly executed note and line of captivating, heartfelt storytelling.  

Laughing with the Ladies of Oddball: Cameron Esposito & Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza Shlesinger and Cameron Esposito proved to deliver two of the funniest sets of the Oddball Comedy Festival.

Chicagoland Native & 'Seinfeldia' Author To Give Talk About the Show About Nothing

Chicagoland native Jennifer Keishin Armstrong will be in the area this month to discuss her latest book at “Jerry & George & Kramer & Elaine: An Evening with the Bestselling Author of Seinfeldia.”

Pet Projects: Animals and Art Align in Debut Exhibition of Handsome Family Lyricist Rennie Sparks

'I usually ask what heaven would look like for your pet and go from there. I try to incorporate all the good things the pet might want around them. All the talismans of good life.'

Poet Chinaka Hodge's 'Dated Emcees' Explores Hip-Hop, Violence and Love

The name "Dated Emcees" is a double entendre. Hodge speaks of dating emcees, “no jazz men left: i date emcees,” and dated emcees, “washed up / rappers, finger-dead can holders, uprocking on / inflamed knees, asking what to do with the next decade . . .”

Rebelles of the Month: Teachers

As another academic year begins, we here at Rebellious Magazine salute the people powering our educational systems, from pre-K teacher assistants, to school librarians, to post-grad professors.


Young Rebelles and Superheroes: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are superheroes who act as friends and advocates to children in the court system.

Photos/Review: For the Love of Liz Phair

Visual and written evidence, inspired by an April 14 performance at Chicago's Civic Opera House, that Liz Phair is the coolest chick in the music business

Cautionary Tales on Two Wheels

Some hazards don’t stem from cars. As biking season kicks into gear, let’s consider my top totally avoidable faux pas.



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