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A Town Called Brzostek Among the Compelling Documentaries at the 27th Polish Film Festival in America

English professor and social anthropologist Jonathan Webber may not have known the full extent of his actions when he first felt compelled to rebuild a cemetery in the bucolic Polish town of Brzostek, where his grandfather was born.Show More Summary

Dive into Cinematic Theater with National Theatre Live

3 weeks agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Going into this production, I was skeptical about whether theater could be as beguiling on screen as when it's performed live. With the atmosphere of the Music Box Theatre at 3733 N. Southport Ave., I was hooked into the...

Steppenwolf's 1984 Recreates Dystopian World of the Past...and the Present

last monthUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Photos by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux Inc. WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH This slogan of the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue) in George Orwell's novel, 1984, sums up the themes of Newspeak, doublethink, censorship and repression that...

Coffin Going Past? Seen Weirder Stuff....

Pervesk' October 2015 from lucy wieczorek on Vimeo. For its Halloween show at Uptown Underground, Pervesk Burlesk has a full-size coffin as a prop. How to get it to the Underground? Wheeling it through the streets of Uptown, of course. Show More Summary

Unspeakable: The Life of Richard Pryor @ Broadway Playhouse

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

The new production Unspeakable opened Tuesday night to a full house eager to understand the life and work of Richard Pryor, presented as a "dramatic fantasia." Film critic Pauline Kael once said of Pryor that he was "a master...

Why Every Black Activist Should Stand With Rasmea Odeh

As a Black activist, many people ask me why I choose to support Palestinian rights. While the answer is in some ways complicated -- triggering significant personal and political questions for me -- in other ways it is quite simple: I stand in solidarity with anyone fighting for freedom. Show More Summary

Hubbard Street Celebrates William Forsythe in Fall Dance Series

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago opens its 38th season this week. This year's fall series revolves around one man: William Forsythe. Three pieces of Forsythe's choreography make up the program. N.N.N.N. gets its U.S. premiere in the show. The piece features...

Black Button Eyes Productions' Goblin Market Shows Talent, Left Thinking about Closure

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Photo by Cole Simon. They laughed a little louder, they cried a little softer, they lived a little stronger because they stood together...sisters. This quote from an unknown author exhibits the connection between sisters Lizzie (played by Jennifer T. Grubb)...

Zombie Seinfeld: The Walking Dead version of Jerry, Elaine, Kramer & George

2 months agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Oh no! The Zombie Apocalypse has overrun Manhattan and the well-loved Seinfeld television series has been infected with the disease. Can the characters be saved from "Zombie-citis"? Beginning October 10, this unique show at Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown will...

Gentleman's Guide Charms at the Bank of America Theatre

If you were to look up "delightful" in the dictionary, I wouldn't be surprised if the 2014 Tony Award winning musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder provided an exemplification of the word. In an an action-packed 2.5 hours, we...Show More Summary

Uptown Underground Goes All Out For October & Halloween

Uptown Underground is celebrating October in a big way. Not only will there be Halloween themes throughout the month (everything from magic shows to drag shows to Rocky Horror Shows), there's a new price structure and new entertainment...Show More Summary

Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets Headline Harvest and Harmony Fest: Chicago's North Shore suburb's first annual festival to spotlight its hidden artist community

Marshall Crenshaw Tucked in somewhere in the conspicuous affluence of Highland Park, Illinois lies the town's quaint Ravinia District- a tiny, yet vibrant community of small business owners, unique boutiques, and eclectic restaurants and food specialty shops. Show More Summary

History repeating: Chicago aldermen who opposed food trucks now seek to restrict operations for food carts

Less than a day after Chicago lifted its ban on food carts on Sept. 24, city aldermen with a history of limiting the city's food options made moves to restrict vendors' ability to operate in lucrative locations. Two aldermen have launched...Show More Summary

Side Show at Porchlight Music Theatre

A lucky handful of commercially-produced shows become flat-out hits that run for decades. Yet more than often, most shows buckle under the pressures of modern commercial theatre and are sadly forgotten. And then there are shows like Side Show -- a show that struggled and quickly folded when first produced on Broadway in 1997. Show More Summary

It's Groundhog Day at CPS

An autocratic Chicago mayor strategizes with his trusted Chicago Public Schools CEO (who previously ran the Chicago Transit Authority) about how best to deal with a group of CPS parents and community activists who are putting their bodies...Show More Summary

A Thank You to Urban Prep Charter Academy's Fired Teachers

As a new school year is beginning at Urban Prep Charter Academies, I have had the opportunity to reflect on my time as an educator at Urban Prep's Englewood Campus. As I reflect on some of the people that have been so formative in my...Show More Summary

Watch Amy Schumer Rap With Talib Kweli At Constellation

Talib Kweli joined Amy Schumer on stage at Constellation last night to perform a vintage Kanye West classic "Get 'Em High." [ more › ]

Is It Time for an Artisanal College Movement?

In recent decades, as we have come to feel increasingly distant from the sources of our food and of much else, there has grown a desire to know where our products come from, to see the hands that made them, to understand how they came to be. Show More Summary

Papalo, the mysterious herb on your cemita

There aren't many ingredients you would associate with exactly one restaurant—helium with Alinea, I guess, and if I were to mention the Mexican herb-slash-weed papalo, Porophyllum ruderale, you might say "Isn't that the thing they put on the sandwiches at Cemitas Puebla in the summer?" Yes it is, when they can get it at all (more on that in a minute).…

Happy 90th Birthday To The Uptown Theater

click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge 90 years ago today, the Uptown Theater opened its doors to the public. Today, it sits in suspended animation, no longer open to the public, but with hope of a revival lurking just around...Show More Summary

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