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Five Things to Do This Week

On your agenda: Gorilla-masked feminist avengers swoop into Columbia College … Béla Fleck gets the band back together … A Tennessee Williams classic takes a strange road at Goodman … plus, what the Columbia College associate professor and indie publisher Zach Dodson is doing this weekend.

Rahm’s Role in Fumbling the Economy: Tidbits from a New Obama Book

With the campaign season heating up, the Obama books keep coming. The latest: The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery, by The New Republic‘s senior editor Noam Scheiber, published this week by Simon & Schuster. As is the case in most Obama-related books, one of the most entertaining characters is Rahm Emanuel…

Hinsdale is on a Tear Again

Before the housing bust, Hinsdale was the Chicago area’s capital of teardowns, with more than 100 older homes replaced by new construction each year from 2004 to 2007. That pace slowed during the bust, but the demolish-and-replace trend has been percolating back to life—and accelerating in the past few months—say real-estate agents, builders, and the village official who monitors construction in that western suburb. After 29 demolitions in 2010, there were 35 in 2011, says Robert McGinnis, Hinsdale’s building commissioner, and he expects the village to top that in 2012…