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What we wrote about last week on the Bleader

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Last week's Variations on a Theme was Tattoo Week, which featured an introduction by Tony Adler explaining his fascination with tattoos, Julia Thiel on gay tattoos, Miles Raymer defending bad tattoos, Sam Worley on semicolon tattoos, and Luca Cimarusti's profile of Josh Howard, the former's choice for the best tattoo artist in Chicago.

It was also the end of the CTU strike, but Michael Miner was still able to break down school reform by the numbers. Elsewhere, Miner wrote about his love of sportswriter John R. Tunis's children's books, mug shots appearing in newspapers without context, and the real Romney. Speaking of Romney, Worley inquired about the identity of Romney backer Marc Leder and whether the candidate's claims about muffin tops are accurate. In other political writing, Steve Bogira pointed out that poverty is still rising in Chicago.

In Food & Drink, Julia Thiel reviewed Stone's new expiration date-themed beer as well as the farm-to-tavern fare at Farmhouse Tavern. Mike Sula's One Bite sampled the mirchi ka salam at Gharab Nawaz and showcased a documentary about Quarter Circle 7 Ranch by Jim Dallke and Gloria Oh. Also, Bonny's closed :-(.

On the Bleader's B Side, Peter Margasak advocated for the Kickstarter campaign of Malachi Ritscher, wrote about Bay Area band Tin Hat, and looked at the other sides of Helado Negro's Roberto Carlos Lange. Miles Raymer agreed with Steve Albini on his comments regarding Amanda Palmer, while Leor Galil recapped Riot Fest (with many photos) and premiered the first and final album by local posthardcore band Coping.

Film writer Ben Sachs interviewed Classic Cinemas owner Willis Johnson for his Conversions Conversations series, praised the diverse programming of megaplex River 21, and also wrote about Maurice Pialat's We Won't Grow Old Together, experimental filmmaker Robert Nelson, and X-rated comedy The Telephone Book.

Plus, we had a bunch of sportswriting. Ted Cox boasted of his early-season predictions for the White Sox, then got a little nervous that they would be spoiled; he also signaled the Cubs' bright future. And Mick Dumke continued his weekly series on college football with predictions on the Big Ten, tinged with an amusing personal anecdote.

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